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The Pink Rose

Posted in Casas, flowers, Huntington Beach, Larry and Shelley, Photography by Bridget Casas on July 22, 2011


I took this photograph at Larry and Shelley’s house. Actually, I took it with my cellphone . I believe this is the first image I have used from my phone. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the resolution. I am not real happy with the way this looks so I may work on it later. (Update: I did change it and it looks a lot better, it is just rather small compared to my other photos). It has been several months since I posted and now that the weather is warm, I will work on doing more.  I downloaded the image using Adobe Bridge into camera raw where I increased the vibrance and lowered the exposure a little. Then took it into Photoshop and cropped it. Usually I show my metadata in the caption under the photo, but I really don’t have any to share today. I will give this a tag of Blackberry 9530, but that is all I have to report!


In My Front Yard

Posted in bougainvillea, Canon 7D, Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 6, 2010

Canon 7D, Raw, EF-S18-55mm, 28mm, f/4.0, 1/125, ISO 100

When I stepped out my front door this morning to get the newspaper, I saw this beautiful bloom. My house faces North so there is not much sun. My bougainvillea rarely gets any flowers. I thought I better take a photo. I like it because it shows the pinks and the oranges. I basically just did levels and contrast adjustments. I like being able to see the texture on the petals and the stamens. In general, I am very happy with this photo. Let me know what you think!


White Orchids on My Patio

Posted in Canon 7D, flowers, Huntington Beach, orchid by Bridget Casas on June 10, 2010

Canon 7D, Canon EF-S18-55mm, Raw, 34mm, f/6.3, 1/250, ISO 800

I finally got that photograph of my orchid. I took this on my patio in natural light. I guess I was “feeling it” today!  As usual, I did a levels adjustment in Photoshop plus a vibrance increase.  I put everything on a new layer and changed the blend mode to multiply. It highlights the details on the flowers. I decided to include more lens info in my caption. Specifically, the manufacturer and size of the lens. The lenses I use are all Canon except my Lensbaby. That reminds me, I haven’t used that lens in a while. Maybe tomorrow or sometime this week-end. I am trying to give you as much info as possible about what I do and how I do it. I hope you find some of it helpful.


Pink Calla Lily

Posted in calla lily, Canon 7D, Casas, flowers, Huntington Beach, Larry and Shelley, Photography by Bridget Casas on May 16, 2010
pink calla lily

Canon 7D, Raw, 59mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO 100

I was at Larry and Shelley’s yesterday to take some photos of Lily for her two month birthday. Shelley and I were in the backyard and she was very proud of this pink calla lily. The photo came out very nice and I really like the shadows falling across the lily. Since it is a raw image, I opened it up in camera raw and made a white balance adjustment. Then in Photoshop, all I did was a levels adjustment. Maybe I need to do something more exciting and artsy with my photos so I will have more to share with you.


Geranium Leaves

Posted in Canon 7D, flowers, geraniums, Huntington Beach, leaves, Photography by Bridget Casas on May 12, 2010
geranium leaves

Canon 7D, Raw, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/6400, ISO 200

It is such a beautiful day today! I went outside to take a photo of the first blooming orchid of the year. Well, as you can tell, I did not have much luck with it. I will try again later. I told Willie I wasn’t “feeling” it. However, these very colorful geranium leaves came out great. Aren’t the variety of colors beautiful? Willie has a good green thumb. I did a little cropping in camera raw then took it into Photoshop. There I did a levels adjustment to make it pop then I opened up the lens correction filter and added a slight vignette. That is an easy way to do it. It’s a little windy outside now so I guess I will try the orchid again tomorrow.


A Beautiful Geranium

Posted in Canon 7D, Photography by Bridget Casas on April 25, 2010
Black and white geranium

Canon 7D, Raw, 55mm, f/2.8, ISO 100

I have never done a black and white geranium photograph. This was a beautiful pink with many colors going through the leaves. I opened up my Nik filters and decided to go black and white. This has a blue filter which really made the flowers pop. I made a slight contrast adjustment (lowering it) along with a levels adjustment and here is the result. I hope you like it. I like the way it has a circular feel from the leaves in front and the leaves and stems in the back. It makes your eyes stay on the photo and not go off. Do you agree?


Geraniums Blooming in My Backyard

Posted in Canon 7D, Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on April 19, 2010

Canon 7D, Raw, 55mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 100

I do all of my shooting (well, maybe 98%) in manual mode on my camera. The meta data on this image seems to be pretty common for me. I really liked this photo because of the sharpness of the buds – you can even see little fuzzies (a technical term) on them if you look close. I did a slight levels adjustment in Photoshop, then I added a little of a vignette so the buds would stand out  more. We have many geraniums in our backyard, and this was my favorite photo from this day.


Purple Petunias

Posted in Canon 7D, Casas, flowers, Huntington Beach, Larry and Shelley, petunia, Photography by Bridget Casas on April 16, 2010
Canon 7D, Raw, 48mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 100

I took this yesterday at Larry and Shelley’s when I was over there to take Lily’s one month photo. She is so cute! Anyway, they have some very nice flowers in their backyard and I went back to take some different photos. These were so pretty but I forgot to ask Shelley what they are called. Could it be a petunia? My Canon 7D takes such great photos I really don’t have to do much in Photoshop. The main thing I did was a levels adjustment which helps the white balance and then I did some noise reduction. I am a little unclear as to why it needed this since I shot it at a low ISO.


A Sign of Spring?

Posted in Canon 7D, Photography by Bridget Casas on February 19, 2010

Canon 7D, Raw, 50mm, f/7.1, 1/250, ISO 100, Nik Film Effects Software

Do you think this is a sign that Spring will be coming soon? We have had a lot of cold weather and rain here in Southern CA and we are having more starting tonight.  I heard on the news yesterday that we will be having rain storms here until the beginning of April.  There was some sun and a new daffodil  blossoming in my back yard though.I am very happy that this pretty daffodil decided to take it upon itself to bloom towards the end of February. I took some photos earlier in the day that were completely in the shade. I liked this one I took a little later in the day. With the Nik Film Effects filter, I was able to get the look I wanted.


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Using My +2 Macro Filter

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on November 24, 2009
My mother's Christmas Cactus

Canon 20D, Raw, f/5.0, 1/1000, 58mm, ISO 200, +2 Macro Filter

I was looking for something to photograph today. I wanted some inspiration. I got it looking in my backyard at the Christmas Cactus. What changes it made in 2 days! I wanted to use the +2 macro filter with a very shallow depth of field. I am happy with the results.  I upped the green saturation a little and the contrast. I like what that did. I also like the angle of the sun lighting the leaves.


An Antique Image of a Rose

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 7, 2009
Canon 20D, f5.6, 1/160, Nik Silver Efex Antique Plate II Filter with Curves and Levels adjustments
Canon 20D, f5.6, 1/160, Nik Silver Efex Antique Plate II Filter with Curves and Levels adjustments

 This is an image of a rose I took that is blooming in my front yard. I love the effect the filter I used gave it. As I said the other day, I love these filters and the black and white effects they produce. I will be doing much more of it and sharing the images with you here.


A Friendly Pink Rose

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 16, 2009


 I especially liked this rose because of the gradient pink and rose colors and the yellow towards the center. I have done a lot of flower photos this month. I will try to do more variety from now on. Look at how much darker the older rose got in the left of this photo. The life of a rose! I just wish it was a little sharper!


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Bachelor Buttons

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 15, 2009


These are Bachelor Buttons growing in Larry and Shelley’s back yard. I think Shelley started them from seeds. She has quite a green thumb! Isn’t the color pretty? We were over there for a little while this afternoon after having a birthday lunch for Willie’s dad. It looks like their sunflowers are going to seed – I guess they are done for the summer. I love the color of these flowers and they look so delicate! My mother used to grow flowers like these.


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!


My HDR Orchid

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on August 9, 2009


 Not that long ago we thought the orchid was dying. I asked Willie to cut it down because it was getting so tall. He put off doing it and then, surprise, surprise, a bud appeared on the top! I thought it might be fun to try another HDR image. I got the tripod out and put a white board behind it. Willie held a piece of cardboard to try to block the breeze. It worked at the top but there is some movement at the bottom. I used five images in this process. That gives me more info to work with than just using three images.


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