Grand Canyon

Back in 2009, my youngest daughter was living in New Mexico. We went to visit her and along the way made a side stop at the Grand Canyon. Neither my wife nor I had ever been there before. We viewed it from the South Rim, and every viewpoint was simply “WOW”.

Here is one example of what we were able to see: (Click on image for larger view)


Posted in art and entertainment, outdoor, photography

Submit a Title

Last night I as playing with some fractals, below is the result! Right now it is nameless. If you would like to suggest a name, leave your suggestion in the comments! Thanks for playing!


Posted in abstract, Fun Stuff

How to Make a Pinhole Camera from a Pringles Can

This adorable young photographer’s name is Fresley, and for a recent science experiment she decided to show YouTube how to turn a Pringles can into a pinhole camera in just over 8 minutes.

All you need in way of materials is an empty Pringles can, an X-Acto knife, some opaque tape, wax paper, a pair of scissors, a ruler, a pen, a pencil and a pin. Once you’ve collected your supplies, just watch the video above for a step-by-step breakdown of how to go from Pringles can to Pinhole Camera.

This is a wonderfully quick and easy DIY project that is especially great if you’ve never tried out pinhole photography before or you want to introduce your kids to photography in a cool, crafty sort of way. Plus, if you stick around to the very end you’ll get a short lesson on aperture so… you know… win win.

Check out the video to see how it’s done, and if you do try this at home, drop me a line in the comments and let me know how it went!

Posted in art and entertainment, cameras, photography

Faux Painting

I have many friends who do amazing work with watercolors, acrylics, oils, etc. Paint brushes do not belong in my hands! However, from time-to-time I do enjoy taking a photographic image and making it look like a painting. Here is one i did just this afternoon. I hope you enjoy it!


Posted in Digital Art, Fun Stuff, textures

Canon 7D Mk II — Coming Soon!

New rumors suggest that the announcement of a replacement for the Canon 7D may come on Friday, September 5, 2014, which is a week and a half before Photokina 2014 kicks off. I continue to see steep discounts on the original 7D.
Canon 7D Mark II Rumors
There are still several spec rumors floating around for the 7D Mark II (or whatever it will be called) and nothing is really getting trimmed down yet. One solid spec seems to be the EOS 1D X-styled top plate with no Mode dial. Resolution has been rumored between 20-24MP and “advanced” video features have been consistently rumored as well.

If you have any details about the upcoming camera, let me know.

See the below lists of previously rumored specs.
Canon 7D Mark II Rumored Spec Set #1

    24.1mp APS-C Sensor
    Dual DIGIC V
    Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
    61 AF Points
    3.2″ LCD
    Build quality like 5D3
    GPS & Wifi
    $2199 ($500 more than the 7D at launch)
    ISO Performance to get close to the 5D3
    “Lots of video features”
    More recent specs suggest the following as more accurate.

Canon 7D Mark II Rumored Spec Set #2

    20MP sensor
    ISO 100-12,800 (25600 extended)
    1/8000 shutter
    Quiet shutter mode
    Phase detect AF, 19 area
    8fps continuous shooting
    Buffer size – 15 raw, 126 JPEG
    3.0″ 1040k dot LCD (touch screen) – not articulated
    Weather sealed (as original 7D)
    910g weight


Posted in cameras, photography

“XYZ” is for

OK, I think I have prolonged the ending of this project as long as possible. BUT it is finished before the promised end date of 8 July!

So, what are XYZ? Well here it is!



Posted in Project A-Z

“W” is for

There are so many things that could represent “W”! While on a recent trip to Bermuda I found this one that I knew would be the right fit!

Let me present Wahoo’s! Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is centrally located in the heart of the historic town of St. Georges and boasts panoramic views of the harbour. It offers a wide range of menu items that is guaranteed to satisfy any picky eater. From their famous locally caught fish items including Wahoo nuggets, rockfish Picasso and of course their award winning fish chowder. To the delicious schnitzel sandwich and ever changing, pasta special. Bring your family for a nice relaxing meal or come for a romantic dinner where you’ll overlook the moon lit harbour.


Posted in Project A-Z

“V” is for

Well, “V” would have to be for “Variety”. I like to shoot a variety of different subjects in a variety of different locales. I also like to display my images in a variety of different ways. Recently I was given a PS Action that would make an image look as if it was supported by four corner slits.  Look below and you will see what I am trying to describe. Most of you will have already seen the image of the orchids, but this is just displayed a little differently.  If you would like a copy of this action just let me know!

Click on image for larger view:



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“U” is for

“U” is for UNIQUE. And what could be more unique than your very own cell phone case with one of my images? WOW! Would your friends be green with envy? Well you can get a case for an iPhone 4/4s/5/5c/5s or a Galaxy S4 or S5 with any of my images that appear on  Now obviously the images that are in a portrait style might work better than the ones on a landscape style, but you can move and crop to meet your desire!

Below is an example of a Galaxy S5 case with my “Lenten Cross” image. Check it out!



Posted in Camera phone, inlet images, Project A-Z

How to turn day into night

Have you ever created an image during the day and were curious how it would have looked at night? Maybe it’s a shot from a trip, so you can’t just go back and shoot after sunset. Just today I was looking through some older images and came across one that I would like to have shot at night. Problem is that this photo was shot at Hobcaw Barony and they are closed at night. Gee, what’s a photog to do? Well, here is what I did to kinda make it look like it was taken at night.

This is the image I started with. blog-articleFirst I created a new Solid Color fill layer by clicking the black and white circle in the layer panel. This will open a new window to select a color for the fill. Select the blue as close to black as possible.

Your image should be completely covered by the fill layer now. (It’ll just be a blue rectangle) To create the night effect and let us see our original image, you have to change the opacity of the fill. Change the top menu selection to “Multiply” and slide down the opacity to around 80%.(Make sure the Color Fill Layer is selected)


We have darkened the image but you can see from the shadows that there is a light source that would be shining on the front of each building. Maybe it’s a bright moon or maybe it is a street lamp, it doesn’t matter, but there is a light source and we need to account for it. So, I selected a round soft brush with a low opacity. I selected something like 30% opacity. Then I lightly brushed the front of each building so it would look like light was hitting them. Then, since it is supposed to be night, I selected a small star brush and inserted some stars in the sky. That’s all I did to this image. Others might required more or less work depending on what you start with.

Here is what I ended up with.  Clickon the image for a larger view.  Give it a try sometime!

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Posted in Fun Stuff, Night photography, outdoor, photography