Archive for the ‘Arizona’ Category

New Oak Leaves

Saturday, May 31st, 2014


On my trip to Arizona a couple of weeks ago I had it in mind to do a lot of macro photography in Oak Creek Canyon.  Between road construction and wind it didn’t really happen as I had planned.  But I did get a few shots off between wind gusts and this one captured my vision of new oak leaves.  In post processing I did some detail extraction in Nik Color Efex Pro and added a brilliance/warmth filter.  The Perceptual Saturation 2 filter really brought out the purples in the background which I think gives the image more interest and depth.  I also added a darken/lighten center filter to draw the eye to the center leaf.

Grand Canyon

Saturday, May 17th, 2014


I know, I know, if there is one thing the world doesn’t need it is another picture of the Grand Canyon. This one has no sunrise or sunset, no rain shower or rainbow, no dramatic light so it isn’t going to win any prizes.  I know all that.  I think at this point you would have to be artist in residence for at least a year to get a really spectacular and unique picture of the Grand Canyon.  I really didn’t go to the Canyon to photograph this time. I just wanted to see it one more time before (hopefully) leaving the Southwest. Possibly, it will be my last trip to the Canyon as I am realizing that I am not really a landscape photographer, my hiking days are, sadly, behind me, and there are subjects in the Southwest that interest me more.  What I like about this image is that it was processed to really highlight the terrain and I had planned my day to be sure and get to a spot where I could see the river that formed the canyon. In spite of being shot at mid-day I think it captures the essence of the Grand Canyon. And that should be the goal of all photographs, regardless of subject.


Saturday, May 10th, 2014


It was another windy week in Santa Fe and though I tried to photograph some flowers in my yard I didn’t start early enough so had only moderate success in avoiding movement.  In anticipation of a trip to Northern Arizona next week I started reviewing some pictures from a previous trip.  I had also just purchased some grunge textures from French Kiss Textures.  So when I saw this image of a grungy neon sign in Williams, AZ I thought why not try a little grunge on grunge.  First I applied a preset in Topaz detail to sharpen it up, then I added the Grit filter from the Glorious Grunge Collection.  Using a vivid light blending mode really made the colors pop…and maybe even brought in some new ones.  I’m hoping the sign is still there this time as I would like to reshoot it giving myself a little more space to add a nice grungy border!

Cliff Dwellings, Canyon de Chelly

Saturday, May 11th, 2013


This image is meant to represent the video I have been working on this week which is too large to upload to this site.  Photoshop has some great animation features for amateur videographers like me.  I combined some animated stills (think Ken Burns) with some time lapse and video clips of a stream.  I like the way it turned out but I’m kind of looking forward to getting back to still photography.  If you would like to see the video go to  Give it a few minutes to downlowad.  The video itself is only a little over 3 minutes.