Category: photography

Maui Fern

Maui Fern

Maui Fern

This is a photo I took with Camera+.  There is a big difference between Camera Plus and Camera+, so don’t get confused.  Camera+ is an awesome app for your iPhone.  However, don’t buy it for the iPad.  It’s a total ripoff.  It has none of the features it does on the iPhone.

I used their macro setting which is not a real macro setting, but definitely brings you in closer on your subject.  Camera+ will let you set exposure, focus, white balance and other settings if you want.  They give you more than one way to do this.  I like to just tap both fingers on the phone screen and then tap in the exposure circle or the focus square to get what I want when I shoot.  Also their auto focus works great.

I shot this last year in Maui, although it could have been shot here in Seattle.  But, this is a Maui fern.  It is in a favorite place of mine, Kula Lodge in Maui, up in the mountain, as you go towards Haleakala, the volcano on Maui.

This was overexposed and posed some other problems.  I was going to toss it, but found that hard to do.  I had recently watched a Mike Moats video. If you don’t know who he is, rush, I mean, rush over here. Mike is a totally awesome macro photographer.

Anyway, I was watching one of his videos where he used Nik Software’s Viveza2 to work on a photo that had some problems.  Nik Software is made by Google.  It used to cost a lot of money.  But now, for some odd reason they give it away free.  There are also free videos on how to use it up at You Tube.

Anyway, in Viveze2 there are these little dots that you put on your photo,  They expand into a circle that you can then add contrast, saturation and other elements to in your photo.  So I worked on the overexposed areas in the photo and Viveza2 did it’s magic and my photo was no longer overexposed.

I hope you enjoy this image.  I had fun taking it and enhancing it.

 

 

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

This is a photo of the Pike Place Market.  A very famous public market in Seattle.  Positively every photographer in Seattle has taken a photo of the front of the Market.  But, nobody every drives along Aurora Avenue and nabs a photo of the back of the Market.  And for good reason, it’s rather boring.  The front of the market is colorful with lots of action going on.

But the back of the market, not so much.

I recently opened a second account on Instagram.  I call it @seattle_kerry_style.  My reason for opening this account is to give another look at Seattle.  I am a medium good photographer.  I can’t do the drop dead gorgeous photos of Seattle yet.  But, I can do some interesting alternative looks at Seattle like this.

I took this photo into my iPhone 6 Plus.  I started in Snapseed which is where I start with all photos.  I used the tuneup feature to just get it into shape.  A little brilliance, contrast and saturation.

Then I took it into Enlight, which is becoming one of my favorite enhancement apps.  The more I use that app, the more I find to use.  I started under Image and used Adjust and chose Tools.  I went into Basic and used some of the choices there.  Then back to tools and into Details.  I used structure there.  Then maybe into Color to use saturation.  I forget.  Then, I checked the check mark and chose Clarity.  Again, I went to the tools rather than use their presets.  I really like the settings in Clarity, although I don’t use the Clarity setting much.  I like to use sharpen there, as well as fine, blacks and saturation.

Then when I got what I wanted, I clicked the check mark and chose Target under Image.

This is something new to me and I don’t know if I’m using it correctly.  But I like how I’m using it and what it will do.

There are three choices of gradient under Target, radial, linear and mirror.  I have used radial.  I take the radial gradient and put it over one small area in the photo.  Then, I click on Tools.  That takes me to settings for the gradient.  I then choose Tone.  That opens up further settings for the gradient.  I choose hue first, then saturation, contrast and exposure.  I put them up a medium amount so there is some change in the photo area I have chosen.

Then I click on Tools which takes me back to the gradient shape and I play around with placing it where I like the effect it makes. For instance, I placed this gradient radial to make the purples, the pinks, and the greens in the photo.

Then, I will go back to Tools and play with placement of the gradient, then back to Tone to play with the settings to get what I want.

I keep going back and forth like this until I get what I want in that area.I repeat this several times until I have the photo covered in colors that I like.

Then, I save it and take the photo into the app Procreate on my iPad Pro.  In the front buildings that are green and purple that have some grey on them, there was much more grey than I wanted and it was very rough.  I thought it looked out-of-place with the rest of the photo.  So I took the oil pastel brush under Sketching in Procreate and lightly brushes in those areas to smooth them out and add a bit more color.

I’m new to doing all this.  So, I’m probably doing it all wrong.  But I’m having fun and I’m liking my results.

What is surprising me, is I thought one needed Photoshop to do all this.  It amazes me that I can do it all on either my iPhone or iPad Pro.  Digital technology is moving forward amazingly fast.  More and more it jumps forward every day.  It is so exciting to be on this ride with digital. It’s quite an adventure!

 

Traffic In The City

Traffic

Traffic

I love to take photos from our car as we drive through Seattle.  Seattle is such an interesting city.  I have lived in Seattle all my life.  I love the rhythm of the city as we drive through it.

Recently, we were driving up Boren Avenue past some new construction.  It was early morning, it was a gorgeous summer day.  I could just feel the beat of the city.  I hope you enjoy this photo.

I put this up on Instagram and someone commented that she was glad she didn’t live in the city.  That she was grateful she lived in the desert.  Well, I’m glad she lives there too.  That is what makes her happy.  We all dance to different drummers.  We need to live where the music plays for us.

This was taken on my iPhone 6 Plus and edited in Photoshop and on my iPhone in Enlight.

 

Zany Daze

Zany Daze

Zany Daze

This is a painting that I wasn’t going to post.  I’m not 100% happy with it.  However, I posted it on Instagram, and it did very well, and even got featured.  So I figured it must have some redeeming value.

It bothers me because it seems to just wander around and not go anywhere.  The parts don’t make sense.

I’d be interested in what you think.  You can probably see why I named it Zany Daze.

I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and then moved it into Painter to finish it.  I am finding that in some areas, Rebelle is lacking.  Not in many ways, but in just a few.  It is easier to finish these paintings in Painter.

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Treasures-4

Treasures-4

I’m overcome.  I’ve been given two awards in one day.

When I started blogging, I had no idea there were awards involved.

This one is the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  It is given to someone who follows the blog and comments regularly.

Fabulous Jenn at My Fibrotastic Life, gave me this award. She writes an awesome blog and does craft work that she has for sale.  So be sure to check out her blog.

There are rules to the award.  They are as follows:

1.  Display the award on your site.

2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and notify them they received the award.

4. List seven interesting things about yourself.

OK, on with the awards,

Here is my list with links to their wonderful blogs.

Dawn Hosking

Ewa, at Fibromyalgia and Self Disorders

Trisha, at Notes From the Fog

Susan at Owls & Orchids

Heather at Sincerely Ms. Roberts

I also include one of my most loyal readers, Leigh, who doesn’t blog, but reads mine regularly.

OK, seven interesting things about me:

1.  I am first and foremost an artist.  That is my being, my soul, my everything.  I have to do art.  It is not a choice.

2.  Before I got sick, I was a Risk Manager for a health cooperative.  The most interesting part of that job was negotiating settlements of medical malpractice lawsuits.  These settlements usually ranged in the six to seven-figure dollars.

3.  I have known my husband since 1969 and have lived with him since 1970.  He is the best husband in the world.  I can’t imagine life without him.

4.  I love dogs.  We have always owned dogs.  After our last dog died, we decided that since we want to travel when Warren retires, that we couldn’t be putting a dog in a kennel for long periods of time.

5.  I am totally into social media.  I never thought it would happen to me.  I started on Facebook and then gradually Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and others took over.  I have discovered that these are great places to post my paintings and get feedback.  I belong to several private Facebook pages that are for artists.

6.  I am learning to be a photographer.  My husband is getting ready to retire in July.  We bought him a new camera.  While doing this, I realized I already had a pretty good camera.  I am learning to do my own settings with it.  This will give us something to do together when he retires.

7.  I am going to learn Photoshop.  I just got a Cloud membership from Adobe.  Adobe no longer sells most of its software.  One has to rent it.  Thank you all those jerks who ripped Adobe off and didn’t pay for their software.  But it’s not totally unreasonable.  I got a really good deal and opted to get all their apps. Most of them I’ll not bother with, but I will try to learn Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom.

My next challenge now is to figure out how to put up a slide show of my awards.  That is one of the requirements of these awards.  At first, I didn’t want to do this.  Being an artist, I’m very fussy about the design of my blog.  But now, with all these awards, I feel I should be showing them off.  I’m going to copy Jenn, and set it up like she has.  Wish me luck figuring it out.

Bodies On the Beach-10

Bodies On the Beach-10

Bodies On the Beach-10

My husband and I wake up early every morning.  It has been nice to be out on the lanai, watching everyone wake up.

One treat we see each day is a group from a canoe club down the beach.  They get up and go out in the ocean about 6:30 each morning.

This picture was taken by my husband, Warren C. Mitchell on a Sony RX 100 II.

If anyone is looking to buy a camera, this one is very good.  It is a large view lens which makes the quality of the photos as good as DSLR cameras.

This is my last week.  I have so enjoyed my trip.

Aloha.

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