Bay Bridge(s)

I’ve been a little obsessed with multiple exposures lately- both in camera and in Photoshop.  Here’s a double view of the San Francisco Bay Bridge at night, with some distortions and reflections adding to the unreality of the image. The double exposure was created in Photoshop, rather than in camera.


Keys . . . and Twigs

The theme for my AAUW photo group today is Locks and Keys. I selected several past images of padlocks to bring, but then I decided that, since I wanted to play with my Lensbaby Edge 80, I would take a couple photos of keys to bring as well.

After taking a few shots of keys spread out in different configurations, a small branch I have on my shelf of props caught my eye. I ended up hanging keys on twigs, and came up with these two images:


When I was all finished shooting, I combined two other images in camera, which I then converted to a split toned black and white in Lightroom. What looks like an added texture is actually the garage floor!


Beach Yoga

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Ruby’s on the Pier

While we were in Newport Beach, we would walk every day over to Balboa Pier, and on our first day we split a chocolate- banana milkshake at Ruby’s- yum! I said I wanted to come back in the evening and get a shot with it lit up, so the next night I brought my tripod along as we walked over at sunset. Our son, Matt was with us, and wasn’t too enthusiastic about me setting up my tripod on the pier just to take a photo of the diner. I wanted to wait until it got darker, but ended up snapping my shot right after the sun went down. No, we didn’t have dinner there.😦  But Matt did agree it made a good photo when he saw the edited version.🙂



We have just returned from a quick trip to Southern California to visit our son. We walked on the beach with him at sunset, and I grabbed this quick shot when I saw silhouettes against the orange sky. I think the fellow on the far right might be taking a selfie!


Shimmer 2


Another shimmer shot- with a very different edit!


A view of beautiful late afternoon light shimmering on the trees caught my eye during our stay at Oak Creek Canyon. Somehow the straight out of camera image didn’t match my memory, so I had fun turning this shot into a little photo art piece that looks nothing like what I saw, but is interesting in its own right.


By the Creek

Two more Oak Creek photos. . .


Details Diptych

I always seem to enjoy taking the detail shots more than the BIG PICTURE. Here are two detail shots from our weekend along Oak Creek.


Yellow Impressions

We have an assignment in our photo group to emulate an old master. I think he means Ansel Adams or Edward Weston- or perhaps a painter.  I’ve been contemplating trying Georgia O’Keeffe- but, when I took this photo of a field of flowers near our house today, I thought of Van Gogh.

This is actually two- or three?- photos of the same field. One was a standard photo, and the other a multiple exposure/intentional camera movement attempt. I layered them, using parts of each, and then did some editing in Topaz Simplify and Impression at low opacity. Fun!




Summer’s End- BLUR edition

No, these images aren’t lensbaby- they’re in camera multiple exposures!

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Summer’s End, Part 2

A little end of summer bouquet. . .


Summer’s End





Another beautiful Arizona sunrise!

On the Road

The theme for this month’s photo club is On the Road.  I took a few photos with this theme while we were away last weekend; I don’t think I’ve got THE photo yet, but here’s one I like.