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“Language screens reality as a filter on a camera lens screens light waves”  Unknown

Oops!! I dropped my camera lens first on the tile floor in my kitchen today!  Ouch!  All I can say is . . . thank goodness for protective lens filters . . .

I guess the morale of this story is always make sure you are wearing protection!

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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”  Aldous Huxley 

I love getting a good pedicure, but they are so expensive!  I will treat myself from time to time . . . but in the meantime I just do it myself.  

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“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”  Christopher Reeve 

Yeah, well – so I’ve been back to working out lately after about an eight month hiatus.  How impressive is this!!!  I know, pretty crazy.  What’s a 60 year old Grandma to do??  

OK, truth is . . . Photoshop is amazing!  

It all started with one of the guys in the 365 taking his picture with the Rocky statue in front of the Museum of Art in Philadelphia.  The next day, he posted a shot of himself standing in the imprint of Sylvester Stallone’s shoes in the sidewalk.  Soon, there appeared a photo of another one of the 365 guys (our resident Photoshop Guru) with super pumped up triceps.  Not long after that photo was posted, one of my fellow female 365’ers posted a shot of HER super uber pumped triceps.  So I just had to get in on the action.  The other’s weren’t wielding a weight so I grabbed a 15lb’er, set up my tri-pod, set aperture, focus and timer and captured this shot.  

Well, maybe not exactly this shot.

I  processed it using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro in LR4.  I then exported it to Photoshop CS6 where I used the Liquify Filter to “enhance” my triceps, and added a photo mask by Liv.eDesigns.  

Not much . . . just a bit . . . I mean . . . a girl can dream right?? 

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“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”  Mark Twain 

I came across this fellow today.  Kind of a cutie pie eh?  This photo is a picture of me and my new best friend.  Oh . . . not the Moose silly!  The camera!  LOL!  One of my fellow 365’ers thought that I look kind of drunk . . . I processed this in Photoshop with Topaz Labs Lens Effects filter to blur the background.  I guess it gives a bit of a surreal look . .  . 

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“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”  William Shakespeare 

I grabbed this shot when hubby and I were out and about today.  We each had a camera and were just shooting whatever was interesting down by the waterfront.  When I brought the photos up in Lightroom, I wondered what it would look like if I masked our shadows with a photo of what we were each shooting.  I was fascinated by the sun setting over the fishing boats, while hubby was more interested in the actual pier and water reflections.  I love being out and about together like this.  

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“I have a punishing workout regimen.  Every day I do 3 minutes on a treadmill, then I lie down, drink a glass of vodka and smoke a cigarette.”  Anthony Hopkins

Well, I don’t drink, or smoke . . . so I guess that leaves the treadmill and a lie down!  Since I’m not great at napping . . . guess I’ll just give this workout a good go of it!  I’ve been slack on my workouts of late . . . and it just feels so good to be getting back on track.  I’m pumped.  I’m motivated.  

I guess that’s why it felt right to process this in Lightroom – I put it together in the Print module, then processed the saved jpeg with Trey Ratcliff’s “HDR in Lightroom: On Drugs”.  I’m loving his presets!

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“In every drop of water, there is a story of life.” Leena Arif

I’m playing around with my D800E and the 105mm Macro lens.  Since the sprinklers were on in the garden it was a prime opportunity to get some cool water drop pics.  I have alot to learn to maximize the potential of this lens . . . but I was pretty impressed with what I did get.  Can you see my reflection in several of the water droplets?  I had to really decrease the size of this for posting purposes.  These images tend to start out (in RAW) at around 40 mb.  I’m finding I really don’t need to do much post processing other than maybe a tad bit of sharpening.  The SOOC quality is quite stunning.  Coming from a crop factor camera (the D7000), it’s quite incredible.  

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“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” Alfred Stieglitz

We had to go back to the camera store today to return the CF card as it turned out not to be the right one for the D800E.  We’ll order on e-Bay and get a better price anyway.  We also picked up a couple more lenses – one that only works on the D7000 (18-200mm 3.5 VR) that is used and a good deal, as well as a wide angle 16-35mm 1:4 VR that will work on both cameras.  I took a few test shots at the front of the store in good light with the D7000 and the 18-200mm 3.5 VR.  This display case is full of old film cameras.  Kinda cool!  My reflection is in the glass . . . 

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“The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.”  Orson Welles

I truly believe that it isn’t the equipment that makes the artist.  A good photographer will create amazing photos no matter what camera is used.  However . . . I can’t argue the point that the equipment sure makes a difference in the QUALITY of your photograph.  I have been trying to break in to the Stock Photography business for over a year now and have discovered how difficult it is to get a photograph accepted if it is not absolutely tack sharp and clean with no fuzziness at all.  I have lenses that we bought with our old FX (film) cameras.  At the time we switched to digital, we were so excited that we could use our film lenses on our D100 body.  When I got my D7000 in May 2010, I quickly discovered that the old lenses just didn’t quite do the job on this newer technology.  We bought a 50mm 1.8 and a 35mm 1.8.  The 35mm quickly became my go-to lens for just about everything.  Since I was really only doing close up work . . . it was a perfect fit.  Still though, I had issues with lack of clarity, tack sharpness and over all quality when it came to Stock.  An upgrade was the answer.  So . . . we’ve saved our pennies and finally made our purchase today!  Yay!  I now have a new Nikon D800E, 70-200mm 2.8 VRII, 105mm Macro 2.8 VRII, and a 16-35mm 1:4 VR.  For the D7000 we picked up an 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 VR.  We also picked up an ND8 filter.  I am now loaded for bear!!!  

This shot was taken with the D7000, as I hadn’t even taken the D800E out of the box yet . . . and the look on my face??  Holy #$^%!  What do I do now???  Another learning curve . . . 

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