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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

family fun

While it is not always easy getting your four legged friends to pose for a photo...
...it generally is fun...
...and can actually make for some fun candid shots in the process!

I really enjoy the image we got in the end, what do you think?




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wood Transfer

I saw a blog post from photojojo recently for an image transfer to wood.  It is a look that i really enjoy because I feel like it brings it a great earthy and natural feel to the art work.


Here is the original image that I used for this wood transfer. (You may be wondering what the image is of, it is of a purple bell pepper, a shot I did for a friend as a housewarming gift)



  • Start with a light wood - I found this great piece for 1.99 on clearance at Michael's, however they also had great canvas style plywood boxes that will make them easier to hang, I'll be using those down the road for sure
  • First you paint the ink jet printed image with medium gel (from the acrylic paint section of your art store)
  • Then you apply it to your wood piece using something like an old credit card or gift card to smooth out any air bubbles
  • Let it dry for 8 hours (I am not always the most patient person when it comes to exciting d.i.y projects so I started mine at night and it was ready to go in the am!)
  • Once it has dried completely you wrap a damp towel around the piece so the paper gets soaking wet and then you rub...
  • and you rub and rub and rub, then finish with Mod Podge when you have the look you want
  • Until finally...you have a great new addition to your home art collection or a great gift for a friend!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nighttime Landscape

In honor of the amazing meteor we saw flying through the sky on Wednesday, the days growing shorter with Winters impending arrival and the assignment I received from the DPS newsletter I get weekly I took my camera out for an extended exposure last night. The sun hadn't set long before this shot, but it was windy, so the exposure was 25 sec at f2.8 with an iso of 25, but I loved the composition with the moon in the crosshairs of the power lines and the tail lights of the plane flying through the sky.  I hope you enjoy this little exercise as well!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Golden Gate Park Play


I just loved this fence at Golden Gate Park!  
It gave such a great textured background to the image that would otherwise not make such a strong impression. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Christmas is coming...


be sure you have great family photos for this years holiday card!

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