Annual Snorkeling Trip to La Jolla Cove

Having grown up in Southern California, I fell in love with snorkeling when I was a kid.  I probably snorkeled for the first time in Hawaii, but I didn’t fall in love with it until later when I was older and we went snorkeling at La Jolla Cove in San Diego.  La Jolla Cove is a protected marine reserve, so there are lots of fish to see.  The water is of course much colder than Hawaiian waters, but during the {Read More}

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Sweet baby hummingbird

My birthday is next week, and I found an awesome deal on a zoom lens for my camera.  I found it at Target for only $99.  It is a Canon EF 75-300mm zoom lens.  Today I had my first chance to see how well it works.  We were outside, and my daughter pointed out a hummingbird on the tree.  I ran in to change lenses, and came back out to snap some pictures.  I noticed that there were two hummingbirds {Read More}

Spider web trial

I have been trying to get a good picture of a spider web for a while.  When I was out for a morning walk, I ran into this web.  It was not easy to capture.  I had to go back to the house and get a step stool and a water squirt bottle in order to get the water drops on it.  It looks better with the water drops.  Unluckily, when I was spraying the web, the spider decided not {Read More}

Tutorial on how to blur the background of a picture

I have taken some good pictures, but sometimes the background is too focused and distracts from the close-up of the subject matter.  You can blur the background in photoshop, and I will walk you through the steps.  I am using photoshop elements 7, but I’m sure that the steps would be similar in other programs. Here is a picture of a fern straight out of the camera. And here is the same picture with some extra blur in the background. {Read More}

Summer is over, what have you done

Well, summer is over.  I was off work all summer, and really luxuriated in the laziness of it.  I took a photography class, and posted some of the pictures on the photography section on  day 1 of class, day 2, more from day 2, my favorites from day 3, and then some extra pictures from class.  The cool thing about taking the class was that our time was devoted and carved out specifically for taking pictures and editing them.  We {Read More}

More pictures from class

Here are some more pictures from the photography class. **** I often will link to things on Amazon. These are usually affiliate links that will pay me a couple of dollars if you happen to buy something while there.

My Favorite Pictures from the third day

Here are my favorite pictures from the third day of my photography class. A fern that is unfurling. An ant on a flower. Another Banana Slug. **** I often will link to things on Amazon. These are usually affiliate links that will pay me a couple of dollars if you happen to buy something while there.