August 17, 2014

Free Photography E-Books



The weather forecast here in east Tennessee is calling for a hot and humid week, with a high percentage of thunderstorms each day. That’s typical for August! We beat the heat by staying inside when it’s too oppressive, and we read a lot of books on our electronic devices (Kindles and iPad).

So I was happy to recently find a generous listing of free photography e-books. There are 46 in all, and the links can be found HERE and HERE. Perhaps you would like to read a few of these e-books too! Many of them are provided as pdf files, so you can easily save them to your computer. Go on and grab them while you can…

August 12, 2014

1100th Post Celebration!



It’s a little bit overdue, but I wanted to celebrate my 1100th post! The milestone was reached about two weeks ago. I still shake my head with amazement about how much this blog has been part of my life since the beginning of 2007. I originally intended to share simple stories about life at our country cottage and our travels. However, the scope has expanded and grown over time. I never dreamt that it would inspire me to improve and share my love of photography – a bonus!

I have made many wonderful friends here. Like throwing coins down a wishing well, I had no idea whether I would have any readers or followers. It was an act of faith. And somehow, people found their way here. I am thrilled beyond words that people came back, time and time again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

August 8, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Animals


It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge!Animals” is the theme this month.

A Personal Photo Challenge

As my long-time blogging friends know, I adore photographing animals. Domesticated and wild animal subjects pose challenges to even the most skilled photographer. Animal movements and expressions are unpredictable and fast. A study of their behavior helps to anticipate poses, and an intimate knowledge of equipment and settings is essential to capture moments that are fleeting. An animal photographer also gets to practice the virtue of patience!

August 7, 2014

App Mini-Review - Distressed FX


A whole new breed of artists has shaken up the photography world, thanks to evolving camera technologies built into our mobile phones and creative apps for capturing and editing images. These artists frequently employ texture techniques to give their photographs a painterly look. 

I have been a big fan of applying textures layers with Photoshop for many years. So I was excited to discover some apps for my iPhone and iPad that accomplished the same task. One of my favorite discoveries is called Distressed FX.

Below is an introductory video that showcases the app’s capabilities.



I purchased Distressed FX a couple of months ago and considered it a bargain at $0.99. For a limited time, downloads are now free! (I am sorry to report, Android users, that the app is not currently available for your devices.)

In my research about this app, I was happy to learn that the mastermind behind the app is a woman artist who lives in my town. How cool is that?

August 6, 2014

Photo of the Week - Sandstone Formations Along the Burr Trail




Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

This image highlights the type of scenery that surrounded us during our drive through Long Canyon on the Burr Trail. Rocky cliffs towered above us, proudly proclaiming their rugged beauty. I wish I had taken more photographs to stitch together in Photoshop for panoramas like this. I think panoramas really help to showcase the magnitude of the western landscape!

(P.S. Don't forget to click on the photo to see it bigger!)