Sunday, October 24, 2010

Photo Editing - Wedding

For my next photo editing experiment I decided to play with a photo that I took at my friend's wedding. The aisle that she walked down was covered with red and pink flower petals, so I decided to take advantage of that burst of color.

Original photo in color

b/w + red, Lomo-ish

b/w + red, boost, vignette

Photo Editing - Flower

Another photo editing experiment. This is just a photo of a flower that I took while on a hike. The original is good, but I wanted to "warm" it up a bit and I also created a blurred effect around the flower.

Photo Editing - Sunset

Here is another photo editing experiment with a tree and sunset. It's a little more subtle and not as dramatic a change as my edited photos of the Flatirons, but I still think it has a cool look to it. The edited photo has an interesting effect where it looks like sunbeams are shooting out of the clouds.

Photo Editing - Flatirons

Because of car problems I was stuck at home yesterday, so I decided to spend my day playing around with a new photo editor. I found something online called Picnik and you upload your photo to their site and you edit it online. All of the basic editing features—and there are several of them—are free, but you can also upgrade your features by paying a small monthly fee. So far I've just been playing with the basic features, and I really like them. I'm holding off on upgrading to the premium edition until I decide that I really want it, and, more importantly, decided that I will use it enough to justify the cost. Here are a few of my photos that I've edited.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


A few of my friends like to make fun of me because I'm obsessed with clouds and sunsets. I will be the first to admit that I take a lot of photos of sunsets. How can you not? The light, the glow, the colors, the silhouettes. It's all so beautiful. It's peaceful. It's romantic. People might make fun of me, but I always question and wonder about the people who don't notice those things. How can you not stop and look up at it? How can you not take ten or twenty seconds—or even better several minutes—to enjoy it? People need to get out of their heads and their body, so to speak, and take more time to enjoy the world around them. Fortunately many of my friends appreciate my little obsession with clouds and sunsets. These photos are for them. And I'll be posting several more sunset photos in the days and weeks and probably months to come.

Monday, June 14, 2010


So, any kind of nighttime or indoor or low-light photography is something I'm still trying to get the hang of. These types of photos often come out a little blurry or a little grainy. Even when I play around my settings or when I'm able to use a tripod, things still aren't quite as crisp as I'd like them. I think I just need to experiment more with these types of shots, and eventually I'll figure out what works best.

I tried to take a photo of the moon in this shot and adjusted the exposure and all those technical things, but it turned out grainy. But, for whatever reason, I kind of like it. It's not a crisp, clean shot of the moon, but I think that there is a different emotion and a mood created by the graininess. At least that's what I'm telling myself...

Saturday, June 12, 2010


This was one of my first attempts at something artistic. I was playing around with my camera features and found a sepia setting. Sepia gives a photo that old-fashioned feel. And with this old-fashioned feature, I thought I should take a picture of an old thing. This a copy of one of my favorite Greek tragedies, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, along with an old pair of glasses.

Birds and Blizzards

I took this photo in March 2009 when we were having a late winter/early spring blizzard. The weather was so bad that eventually some roads and freeways were shut down, schools were closed, and our office was even closed. While watching the nonstop news coverage about the weather, I noticed that a small bird flew into my balcony and landed on the ledge. He looked quite confused and petrified, and it seems like he was not very eager to fly in that kind of weather.

Hello, Birdie

One afternoon I went to the top of a parking garage here in Boulder to take photos of clouds that were rolling over the mountains. When I got to the top of the parking garage, I met this cute bird. The bird didn't seem to mind me all that much and didn't fly away, but instead took the time to pose for a photo.