One portrait in two different looks.  Subject is my wonderful daughter, Sara.  Color portrait is processed in Photoshop Elements with one layer of Gaussian blur overlaid over original after it was adjusted for levels.   B/w is just the color photo transformed to b/w.   I used natural window light.   Thanks, Sara!!

Camera settings for both photos: Canon T1i, F/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.



Single rose blossom taken from the underside.  Cloned out some branches, dodged and burned, used some Topaz Detail and Adjust.  Adjusted some blending modes.  All done in Photoshop Elements.

Camera settings: F/8, 1/200 sec., ISO 400,  focal length 49 mm.  No flash.

Fixed holes. . . my bad!!

The Sporting Life (or Bits)

One of my old show bits from our horse showing days!  Did it in color and in sepia tone just for something different.  It’s amazing what you can find in your garage to take photos of!!  Color photo processed in Elements with adjustments and Topaz Adjust (figures!).  Sepia tone was processed in Elements with tone added to sharpened photo.

Camera settings: F/8, 1/25 sec., ISO 800, focal length 53 mm.  No flash.


The top of this eucalyptus stump caught my eye.  Processed with adjusted levels and sharpening.  The different textures from both man and nature has an impact on the final product.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, focal length 55 mm.   No flash.


Dawson doing his best to find the rope I threw for him!  It’s hard to throw and take a photo right after!  We had to do this many times and he was thrilled.  Supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow so wanted to get this done if I could.  Processed in Photoshop Elements with High Pass filter on his head only.  Then burned.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO 320, focal length 194 mm.  No flash.