I went for a walk around the farm, while it was snowing, the other day. I thought I was going to shoot the fresh snow on the trees, but some areas were too icy to risk walking through. Instead, my girlfriend and I took photos of some of the 40 horses on the farm. This was one of my favorite outfits.
Shot with ProShot using an Iphone 7. Edited with Snapseed, Mextures, and VSCO.
It’s been two and a half weeks since I moved my grandmother to a memory care facility. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, btw. She’s doing just fine now, though. We didn’t tell her this was the move, but I think she’s figured it out.
I really thought I would have my freedom back, along with tons of time to create, once we went through with the move. Unfortunately, I’ve been pretty busy taking care of the house, planning a nearly 3 week trip to the east coast for October, getting ready to move to Oregon in a few weeks, and driving 200 miles for my niece and nephew’s birthdays…twice.
It may be a few more weeks before I have time to refocus on my creativity. In the meantime, I’m writing an essay on the impact having a creative outlet has on my life. Keep an eye out for a blog tour Shannon and I are hosting on this topic. We have a good number of talented people who are sharing their thoughts as well.
And now, a chicken portrait I did a few weeks back. I can’t believe I didn’t share it sooner, after going through all the trouble of editing this one. I used TangledFX, Mextures, and Snapseed for the edit.
This is Roxy. My friends in Oregon got chickens not long ago. Naturally, we had to play with them a bit, on my first day there. One of my friends grabbed Roxy and put her up on this post, which is 7 or 8 feet off the ground. It gave me a perspective that I liked, so I took a photo with my iPhone.
I remember saying she looked majestic, as I was taking the photo. They all laughed, until they saw the edited version. Then they saw what I saw and used words like “epic” to describe it haha.
Someone in Oregon told me this could be a postcard. I’m sure it could sell in the country, not so much in silicon valley. Anyways, I’ll give the file to my friend to use as his background/screensaver because he loves it and I’m sure he wants to show it off.
I edited the image with Snapseed, used a guest formula in Mextures, and used TouchRetouch to remove the wire because I found it distracting.
This is the original.
Who doesn’t love some clouds to add interest to a photo? I’m still getting use to the weather and the way the clouds behave here. For some reason, the clouds these past few days have been hanging out above the town or to the north. They certainly look cool, but it means I have to drive to the other side of the valley to shoot them…not that a 10 minute drive is a big deal.
Shot with ProHDR, edited with Snapseed.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
There always seems to be a fork in the road. It would be nice if there were signs letting you know what was up ahead.
Shot with ProHDR. Edited with Snapseed.
Another shot from the fields the other evening. This is whats left after the harvest. If any of you buy those fresh express bagged salads, this is where some of the lettuce comes from. They have a factory about a mile from this spot.
Shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed.
I went out to the fields yesterday for the sunset. One of the lettuce fields had just finished being harvested. Its amazing how many heads of lettuce they actually leave behind on the ground. Seems like such a waste.
Above is the ProHDR/Snapseed version. I like this one because its kind of dirty and gritty, just like the scene before me. Below is the ProHDR/Shock My Pic version which I like because its artistic. I’ll probably write up a review for Shock My Pic soon because its going to be a lot easier than reviewing the few other apps I have to get to.
As the sun was getting lower and lower, the light rays started to paint these beautiful rolling green hills. Without thinking, I pulled off the 5 at the exit for Dunnigan, CA. I had never heard of this place before and I’m sure you haven’t either.
The road was windy and filled with potholes. It took me through the green hills that I wanted to shoot, but there wasn’t really anywhere to pull over. Finally I came up to a small area where I could get off the road, but it wasn’t a good spot to showcase the hills. There was a field with an opening in the fence and a sign that said a permit for the pheasant hunting club was required to access the area. I hadn’t seen anyone for miles, so I decided to go get a few shots before the sun went down. I’m sure the worst thing that could happen is a redneck farmer would come chase me off the land and I’d play stupid saying I missed the sign.
This spot was only about a mile or two from the freeway, but it was so incredibly peaceful. The birds were making calls that I hadn’t heard before and the light was caressing the tall grasses in a special way that you don’t get to see for more than a few minutes each day. You might want to click on these to see them larger.
Both of these were shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed, Filterstorm, and TouchRetouch. In the second photo I used Filterstorm to add saturation and more red to the sky. The more I use Filterstorm, the more comfortable I get with it. I hope to get a review up sometime this week.