Posts Tagged ‘water’

A long but good life

It’s been a short life for this one tulip that’s brightened our house for the last several days. But it’s been a good life. And we are so happy it has been here.


I was in Mobile, Alabama this past weekend at a conference for oncology camps for kids. (Pardon the mild bout of alliteration there.) We stayed at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel which was right on the water downtown. Our room overlooked the Gulf.

Whenever I could manage to barely open one eye to a slit at 5:30 in the morning, I almost saw that the sunrise could possibly have been something that I might wanted to witness. You know….given the opportunity. One morning, I managed open one eye fully and noticed the early morning left some fog on the water with a battleship silhouetted within it. It was quite cool. I almost thought I was seeing things. I got up and grabbed my camera, stumbed to the window and attempted to get a few shots before I crawled back in bed. I’m finally looking at those shots again…several days later. I guess I wasn’t seeing things after all. Turned out to be a pretty cool sight. Only thing I’m bummed about with the image is that you can see reflections in the glass that I was shooting through. Oh well, I was 19 stories up. It was through the glass or not at all.

Mobile, Alabama

Muddy waters

Posted: November 3, 2009 in Photography, texture
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The other day, I was walking around the future site of the camp for children with serious illnesses that my husband is helping to build. (check it out if you’re curious! It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. But as of now, they’ve just started moving dirt around and changing the lay of the land to accommodate the cabins and other buildings. We’ve had a lot of rain lately and the ruts made by the heavy machinery have turned into pools of muddy water. Add to that the fact that it was Halloween day, October 31, and many of the leaves on the surrounding trees have hit the ground. Thank God for my cool Hunter boots or it would have been an ugly mess!

Anyway, I noticed while walking around how beautiful the colorful leaves looked in the murky water. I had my little point and shoot camera with me and decided to grab a quick shot. I didn’t frame the image or look for just the right collection of leaves or anything. We were walking rather briskly to another point and I just held the camera out and took the shot almost without looking at what I was getting at all.

I downloaded the image to my computer and I started playing with it in Photoshop. I used a Pseudo HDR action followed by a Modelize action and then I put two different textures over the top. Both textures were variations of rust. One was desaturated and had a 60% opacity/Overlay and the next was 25% opacity/Hard Light. Here’s what I came up with. I know. I know. You can make almost any image look great if you spend enough time with it in Photoshop. You’re right. So if you want to see what the original looked like, just click on the photo below.


Muddy Waters

Green canoe

Posted: September 16, 2009 in Camp, Photography
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What a unique title for this picture, huh? Took me all day to come up with it. There’s nothing interesting to say about this photo really. It’s another one that I took up at camp and then added the lomographic effect. (see previous post regarding the tractor below.) I guess that’s all I have to say about that.

Green canoe

Green canoe

Sitting on the dock of the lake

Sitting on the dock of the, uh...lake.

This photo was taken at about 6:00 in the morning on Indian Lake. I got up to let my dog out to go to the bathroom. Our friend’s lake house has a wall with huge windows that look out over the lake. As I was going back up stairs, I glanced out the windows at the view. I got all the way upstairs and climbed back in bed. I was laying there thinking of how pretty it looked before the folks on the island got out to play. It was calm and peaceful. As comfortable as I was in bed, I decided to get up, dig out my camera and go take a few shots before I missed the opportunity. I’m glad I did now. It was well worth it.

Another shot taken on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La. I love going out on this lake in the aluminum boat. Sometimes there are gators out there. Sometimes there are hornets nests in the trees. There are always lots of fish and beautiful egrets and herons. And there is always peace.

Cypress reflection

Cypress trees on the lake