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Baby Lily Marie

Posted in babies, Canon 7D, Casas, Family, Huntington Beach, Larry and Shelley, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on March 22, 2010
Lily Marie

Canon 7D, Raw, f/8.0, 1/60, 17mm, ISO 2500

She is now six days old in the photo. I used a very high ISO because I didn’t want to use the flash. Inside her little bed in the living room there wasn’t a lot of light. You can see the reflection of the window on her eyes. She is getting very alert and her eyes are attracted to the light. I didn’t remove any noise but I think it looks good. This camera is great! It is doing exactly what I wanted it to do. Next week we are going to take a four generation photo. All I did to this photo was a levels adjustment and a slight temperature adjustment.


The First Family Portrait

Posted in babies, Canon 7D, Casas, Family, Larry and Shelley, Personal by Bridget Casas on March 17, 2010
First family photo

Canon 7D, Raw, 17mm, f/8.0, 1/40, ISO 800

As you can tell, we have a new member of our family. This is Lily Marie and her parents. She was born Monday, March 15 (10 days early). I took this photo and others of the happy threesome. I used a high ISO because I didn’t want to use a flash. I adjusted the white balance in Camera Raw then just a levels adjustment in Photoshop. I will be taking a lot of photos of this little girl for as long as I can. I will try not to bore you too much. But she will be a great subject as she grows up!


My Little Guy Donnan

Posted in Canon 7D, dogs, Personal, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier by Bridget Casas on March 3, 2010

Canon 7D, Raw, f/11.0, 1/200, 43 mm, ISO 100

This is my three year old baby Donnan. I spent some time brushing him today. When he looks like this, we call him “foo foo,” because he is so fluffy. Next, I will work on his four year old sister, Kyla. This is the same little guy jumping in this post. I did a few adjustments in Camera Raw, then I took it into Photoshop, and I really didn’t do anything. He is my little sweety and I love him. He is not crazy about being brushed, but he accepts it and is much better than Kyla who cries and moans with every wisk of the brush!


A Work of Art or Trash?

Posted in Canon 7D, Personal by Bridget Casas on February 23, 2010

Canon 7D, Raw, f/11.0, 1/50, 43mm, +4 Filter, ISO 400, Nik Stylizer Filter

How long do you think this was buried in our backyard? I remember it when it was new. I used a close-up filter (+4) and then took a lot of photos. I enhanced the colors in Photoshop using the Nik Stylizer Filter and I changed the blend mode to soft light. You can really enhance a lot of your images just by changing the layer blend mode. Even though I had my aperture at f/11.0, I still didn’t get much depth of field because of the close-up filter. I set my focus towards the middle by where the door is. How do you like that engine and sunroof? 


I Broke Out the Lensbaby Today

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on November 22, 2009
A photo of a Christmas Cactus.

Canon 20D, Raw, Lensbaby, 1/60, ISO 200, Imageomic

I broke out the Lensbaby today to take this photograph of the Christmas Cactus that is just about to bloom. It was my mother’s plant and I know she would love what it looks like now. It is changing day-to-day and I like going outside in the morning and seeing what is new. I like the Lensbaby and it has been a few months since I used it. I opened the image in Camera Raw and cropped it a little. In Photoshop, I ran my Nik filter then I upped the green and red saturation a little, ran my noise reduction (I use Imageomic) then a little smart sharpen.


Morning Shadows

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on November 19, 2009
Morning Shadows

Canon 20D, Raw, f5.6, 1/40, ISO200, Smart Sharpen, Nik Vignette Filter

I walked into my bedroom this morning and saw the sun casting a shadow on the front of a dresser. I really liked the look of it and how it made the grain of the cherry wood stand out.  My first thought was, “I want to photograph that!” I got my camera and took several photos. I liked this close-up one the best because of the wood detail. It has a lot of texture also. I didn’t have to do anything to the image except I sharpened it a little in Photoshop and added a very faint vignette so the center will stand out a little more and your eye will not go off the image.

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1969 MGB

Posted in Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 11, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, 1/400, ISO 100, 21mm, Nik Pro Conrast Filter

Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/400, ISO 100, 21mm, Nik Pro Conrast Filter

We finally picked up the MGB today. I think it looks great! I took this photograph at the shop before we took off to take it to the upholsterer. So far, it has been a year and a half, and we are not finished yet. This has been a big project. We do have photos along the way, through the different stages of the project.


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Blowing in the Summer Breeze

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal by Bridget Casas on September 10, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/400, ISO 100 55 mm, Nik Film Effect Velvia 100 Filter

Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/400, ISO 100 55 mm, Nik Film Effect Velvia 100 Filter

Willie and I were outside with the dogs this afternoon in the backyard. I looked over at this large “bush” of basil growing next to a pot of geraniums. The sun was shining from the back and the breeze was blowing the flowers. It reminded me of wheat in a field blowing in a field. I hope you can get an idea of what I saw from this image. I took several and this was the one that was the closest to what I saw.



At the Barbecue

Posted in Family, Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 7, 2009


Today was Larry and Shelley’s Labor Day barbecue. Here is a shot from one angle of their back yard. It was great seeing old friends and making a few new ones. The hamburgers were great, along with the salads and all the other good stuff people brought. There were a lot of people there. What was good is that it was not a late night. We were home before 10:00 P.M.



Posted in Family, Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 4, 2009


This is the final day of my goal to post one photo a day for a year. I did it and I am very proud of myself. I feel a little lost right now, what do I do? Larry said go to two photos per day, but that is not going to happen! As I am writing this, I have no idea what photo I will post today. So if there is a photo here, we will all be surprised! I was thinking of doing a self portrait, but no, that will not happen either. This is my Kyla and Donnan on the day they met. It was love at first site.



Heavenly Bamboo

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 29, 2009


I was out walking in my front yard today looking for something to photograph. There are a lot of things and I took a lot of photos. I took a lot of the little round berries, pods or whatever they are on the heavenly bamboo plant. None of them seemed to work. I went back outside with my lensbaby and +10 macro filter and saw this beautiful leaf. Aren’t the colors great? I am very happy with it. I love the lensbaby and maybe one day I can get one of there “better” ones.


Donnan and Kyla, Shampooed and Beautiful

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal by Bridget Casas on August 27, 2009


It was so very hard getting this photo of Kyla and Donnan today. We took them out to the front yard and there are just too many distractions out there! I waited until late in the day because I believe it must have been the hottest day of the year here. They were washed and fluff dried two days ago so I guess I should have taken the photo then (or at least brushed them first)! Oh well – I tried. It is hard to get them looking in the same direction let alone directly at me at the same time!


Driving Down the Coast

Posted in Family, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 23, 2009


I must admit that I did not take this photograph today. I was in Huntington Beach all day today and not anywhere near Dublin. It would have been very nice to be there though! I took this on a trip I took with my mother and my dear friend Robin. We have all shared many, many memories of this trip and Robin and I are so glad mom was able to go before her death. For those of you who have never been on the east coast of Ireland, this is only the beginning of how beautiful it is!


An Evening in Dana Point

Posted in Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 14, 2009

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Had a great evening with friends at the Charthouse down in Dana Point. Our friend Merle wanted to go there so we could see the sunset over the ocean. Not quite a sunset, but a great view! This photo depicts the view we saw! It was beautiful! Larry and Shelley were going to go also, but he called me today and said that Shelley is not feeling well. We will see both of them (I hope) at lunch tomorrow for Willie’s dads’ birthday, his 87th. Not quite sure where we are going yet! 


A Still Life Photograph

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 11, 2009


As I was loading my dishwasher earlier today, this vase with sitting on the counter with the beautiful rose buds I cut yesterday for my photograph. I love the vase they are in. It was given to me by a very dear friend many, many years ago. I thought the roses looked so I pretty, how could I not photograph them!? I took the vase outside on the patio, changed my lens and took a few photos. I wanted to make sure I got the flowers and the vase, but nothing too distracting in the background.  I didn’t do any retouching on the roses – just a little vignetting. Do you like it?


Back With My Lensbaby

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 10, 2009


I walked outside this afternoon and looked over at my rose bushes. I did a post a while ago where I stated that my neighbors have all the pretty roses. Well, I guess I was  wrong!  Isn’t this a beautiful rose? I used my Lensbaby +10 macro filter. It is so much fun to use. I think I finally got my diopter at the right setting. My focal point is closer to where I want it to be. I guess it will never be perfect as long as I have to wear glasses! I first wore glasses in the 3rd grade so I guess I am stuck with them!