Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It Aint Fake

My grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave at that grammar, but, hey... (hey what I don't know, just 'hey').

Anywho. Rounding back to the fake part. I take pictures. I take pictures of pretty things - both people and places. I transfer pictures from the camera to the computer. I post pictures on Facebook, blogs, stock companies, discs, thumb drives, wall art, etc.

Bing! That's it.

Notice I didn't say PhotoShop in there anywhere.


Our pictures are not faked (okay "faked" is a hard word, but I'm a little cranky about being tricked sometimes - think Cosmo magazine). What you see is what my camera saw. If the sunset was pink and orange, it was pink and orange in real life. If the water was that color blue, it was that color blue. If there is a dude in the background, he was left there (the photo where he was scratching himself, that photo will never see the light of day). If it was raining when I took that photo of Mount Rainier, you are not going to see a sunny sky background popped in.

"You can just PhotoShop that out," I hear all the time.

No, I can't. Honestly, confession of all confessions, I don't own PhotoShop.

Not that I don't have post processing software - I do, but just not PhotoShop. Most of them I use so rarely I have to youtube the instructions because I forgot how to find that little "wand" thingy.


Those pictures need to come out of the camera rarin' to go.

I do make the occasional adjustment. I do use brighten and contrast tool (called "auto"). I almost always (have too) use the straighten tool (I'm not sure why I can't get the horizon to stop being so blooming crooked). And I do use the clone tool to get rid of blemishes. I've tried to clone people out - I stink at it and it looks fake!

Maybe someday I will take to the whole PhotoShop idea, but for right now, I have to make sure that it is going to come out of that camera without much post processing. I take my time prior to the shot because I know I don't want to make it sitting at a computer.

So if you see one of our photos, that is the actual reality of the photo.









Monday, November 3, 2014

2015 Calendars Are Here - Cook Islands!

The South Pacific beckons with a soft whisper of the ocean rolling over the empty, sandy beach.

Sound like some sappy commercial and then the reality is anything but.

Cook Islands really does have those empty sandy beaches.  I'm not talking about beaches you have to hike four hours through jungle terrain to get too.  I'm talking the beach outside the Palm Grove Resort, or the Black Rock Beach.

For 2015 you can enjoy the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki without ever leaving your office.

Cook Islands Calendar 2015

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge


Just off Highway Two, between the towns of Troy and Libby Montana, at milepost 21, is a pull off where you will see a LOT of cars/campers/trucks/trailers.  This is because it is the parking lot of Kootenai Swinging Bridge and Falls.

This was an intended destination, and the reason we took Highway 2 instead of the faster Interstate 90.

We didn't know it was going to be almost 100 degrees, either.

There is a lot of information out there on the bridge and the falls and the history.  You can read about those on the Libby Montana attraction website.  This is about the fact that it is WORK to get there!

Maybe it was the fact that it was 100 degrees outside and I hadn't gotten enough sleep the night before.

No, it was because it was 100 degrees out.

It was also almost a mile from the parking lot to the bridge.

Yes, we only went to the bridge.  When we scooted back to the Y where you could go to the falls, I'd had it.  Another reason to come back, I say.  With the temps in the low 60's.

Yes, welcome!
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

From-the-Car Photography - 5 Simple Steps

5 Simple Steps to get pictures of your vacation without having to stop. All.  The.  Time. 


*Disclaimer:  This is for the passenger of the car - NOT the driver

Based on our pulling-the-car-over-all-the-time experience, we knew we had to reach Sandpoint, Idaho sometime in the summer of 2014.  That said, I developed an art I'm calling From the Car Photography.

I would have called it Car Photography, but then people would think it was pictures of cars.  Then they'd be mad there were no cars.  Then I would get emails.  Then I wouldn't sleep at night.  Circles - constant circles.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Road Trip - Glacier Peak National Park - Getting Out The Door

Since our last road trip in the Summer of 2013 went so well (read about that adventure lovely trip here), we thought we'd subject ourselves do it again.

This summer was a bit odd in that we didn't have SUMMER until July 28th.  Not summer, like summer weather.  No, we had that.  More so than us rusty Washingtonians are used too.  What I mean is we had to be around every Monday and Tuesday because of drivers ed.  You miss more than three of those suckers and you start over.  I was not about to to do that.

The final test was July 28th at 8 am.  It was scheduled to be over at 9:00.  We figured we would get the car packed and head out to pick our daughter up at 9:00 and we'd go from there.

Until she called us at 8:06 to say she was finished with her test.  Um, what?  A six minute test.  To pass drivers ed?  Well.  Not sure what to say about that.

Regardless, turned the car around after not even taking the keys out of the ignition and drove the six minutes back to get her.

We locked the front door at 9:15 and headed down the driveway.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Football....FINALLY!!! And A Survival Tactic

Tomorrow night, August 7th, 2014, 6:00 pm Pacific Standard time the dry spell ends.

Football season is finally back in town.
Yeah, it's a photo of a Sounders soccer game at CenturyLink Field,
but work with me here.

To get where this is coming from:

1)  I'm from Seattle.  Hello, we won the Super Bowl.  'Nuff said.  Well, except for neener neener neener to the Denver Broncos who lost 43-8 and San Fransisco (SF just because).

2)  Football season is when I get a TON of stuff done around the house.  Everything from more writing than any other time of year to the most spotless house you can imagine to the best food we've had since the last Super Bowl Party.

Here's where this starts:  I have to have a diversion to be productive.  I have to be "supposed to be doing something else" to get anything done.  Football season on the flatscreen TV seems to fill that void.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

World Cup 2014 - 7 Fast Facts

For the casual North American this whole World Cup thing can be a mystery.  While soccer or futbol is popular, well, pretty much everywhere else in the world, soccer is just now moving up in the ranks of popularity in the United States, but it has a ways to go.  Here are some quick facts to keep up with a couple billion of your closest friends who are also predicted to watch at least part of the games.  

1.  The World Cup to the world is like the Superbowl is to the United States.  

To put it into perspective, though, 105 million people watched the 2010 Superbowl909 million people watched the final minute of the 2010 Championship game between Netherlands and Spain (Spain won 1-0).


Where kids in Haiti play soccer - inside an unfinished building.

2.  The World Cup, like the Winter and Summer Olympics, are held every four years.  

Host Countries are chosen decades in advance.  In Brazil, there are actually 12 host stadiums where the soccer games are held throughout Brazil.  Brazil has reportedly spent $11 billion to host these games ($270 million alone for a stadium in Manaus that will only be used for four matches – and is so remote it cannot be reached by car).