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What Can You See When You Look Up?

Posted in Canon 7D, Huntington Beach, Photography, tree branches, trees by Bridget Casas on May 27, 2010

Canon 7D, Camera Raw, 17mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO 200

This is my neighbors tree in their parkway. I noticed one day how intricate and intertwined the branches are. You can’t see any of this just looking at the tree straight on. I went in the house to grab my camera and Willie wondered what I was doing. When I showed them to him, he said he had never noticed this before. I did increase the saturation and contrast in Photoshop. It did not need a levels adjustment. I then cropped it some because the sky looked white at the two bottom corners of the photo. It was too distracting and I wanted you to be able to see all that is going on with the tree. I hope you like it. Tonight there is a full moon. I am going to try to get out and take a photo. Why don’t you do it too and we can all post tomorrow and compare. Also, go outside and look up to see if there is anything interesting to photograph!

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A Solarized Tree in Central Park

Posted in Canon 7D, Central Park, Huntington Beach, Photography, tree branches, trees by Bridget Casas on May 6, 2010
A Tree in Central Park

Canon 7D, Raw, 17mm, f/9, 1/800, ISO 2500

The original photo of this tree came out exactly like I wanted. I did have to do some exposure adjusting in Camera Raw, but no cropping or anything else. When I got it into Photoshop, I decided I didn’t want to show you just another tree surrounded by green grass in the park. I started playing around with different filters and settled on this to give it a black and white, high grain solarized look. What that means is, parts of the “negative” are reversed. If you look at a black and white negative and it is reversed in post processing, that is one type of solarization. Did you learn something new today?

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A Light Pole in Central Park

Posted in Canon 7D, Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on May 3, 2010
Central Park Light Pole
Canon 7D, Raw, 17mm, f/9, 1/320, ISO 200

It was such a gorgeous day and after having lunch with Larry, Shelley and Lily, Willie and I took the dogs and the camera to Central Park to go for a walk. We certainly were not the only people with that idea! I took some good photos which I will share with you. I put this one in today because Willie likes it. I like the shadow and the rust and texture on the pole, but I am having difficulty looking at it. My eye keeps going off the page. Start with the base of the pole and follow the shadow. Then go a little left at the top of the shadow and follow the trees to the pole. What happens? You go right off the page! There is nothing to lead you back down to the base and off again. Compare this image to the black and white geraniums I did last. You should be able to easily see what I am talking about. Let me know what you think of this image.

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Happy Anniversary!

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 10, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, f10.0, 1/60, ISO 800, 31mm, Nik Pro Contrast filter

Canon 20D, Raw, f10.0, 1/60, ISO 800, 31mm, Nik Pro Contrast filter

I gave this post that name because today is our anniversary! We went for a little walk and came across this tree at the park. There is a lot of moss and some strange cuts on it. Plus it looks like it could be a space alien with those long tendrils coming out at you. No wonder Donnan barked at it!

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A Very Odd Tree (or is it a bush)?

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on September 1, 2009

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I took this photo of this very strange tree at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach. I am very curious about how it grew like this. It is very much alive and has a lot of leaves from two or three areas. I have no idea what it is and I am getting tired of writing those words, as I am sure you are tired of reading them! I would appreciate some help. There were several trees shaped like this, but this was the most unusual one. Has a flower on it – can you see it?

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on August 31, 2009

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Aren’t these strange looking pods? I took this photo at the park and I don’t think I have ever seen these before. Have you? They look kind of scary to me! Does anyone out there have any idea what these are? I had a good time walking around the park taking photos. It is always fun to see new things!

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A Palm Tree Grows in Long Beach

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on June 26, 2009

While on Twitter this morning, I got some help with my Lensbaby problems. The main thing is I need to adjust my diopter on my camera so I can see better through my viewfinder. Well, I had a lot of very exciting things to do today, like buy dog food, go to the store, to Target, to the bank, etc. Well, in the middle of all of this, Willie slammed his finger in the car door. We eventually ended up at the emergency because it would not stop bleeding. It looked really bad. I grabbed my camera as we were leaving, and I had the Lensbaby on. So this is it for today!

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A palm tree at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach…

So our afternoon did not go as planned! At least there is a part of this image that is in focus! That is a big improvement from some of my previous Lensbaby shots. I like the colors and the way it turned out. I was ready to give up yesterday but I think I will persue this type of photography. There are a lot of people on Twitter who are willing to help me and give me advice. How can I refuse and give up? Hope you have a really good week-end and stay out of trouble! By the way, Willie did break  his finger and he has a splint on it. He will probably lose his fingernail too. Not so good!

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A Windy Afternoon at Central Park

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on March 23, 2009

We were at the park again today on the west side. They have a big lake there that actually has some water in it! Not like on the east side of the park where they only have water right after a rain. It was so windy and you can see the ripple in the water and the tall grass blowing. There were a lot of people there taking advantage of the afternoon sunshine. Kyla and Donnan enjoyed it also, along with Willie and me. It was after 5:00 P.M. when I took this photo so it was getting quite chilly.

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Winter afternoon at Central Park…

There are a few ducks in this photo and you can see (if you look closely) where the bridal trail is in the back. Kyla loves seeing the horses when they ride by.  I was supposed to meet with my broker today but we changed it to tomorrow morning. We  need to get ourselves organized and get some work done. Then I have class tomorrow night so it will be a busy day. I have nothing for class, so I guess I will let my group down and get an “F” for tomorrow.  I think my photo for today is rather blah – I am sorry and I will do better tomorrow.

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Did You Ever Play Pick-Up Sticks?

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on March 13, 2009

I dumped these twigs on the ground this morning and it reminded me of the old childhood game. But that was not my main objective in doing it. I wanted to try to create a photo for my weblog. I converted the image to black and white and then brought back the color in the buds that were on the ends of some of the twigs. I wanted to have something to keep the viewers eye on the image and not leave the page. Where do your eyes go when you look at it? Do they stay on the image?

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Randomly strewn twigs from a trimmed tree…

I know last week was the end of my Saturday morning class, but I am going to take it again starting tomorrow. I have a friend who wants to go too so it will make it more fun. The instructor said he would move on to more advanced things so I hope it works out. Larry and Shelley are going up to Mammoth for the week-end. The rest of my day is busy and so is the week-end. I need to finish the product photos for my new client so I can deliver them on Monday. I love being busy!

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A Panoramic Central Park

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on March 6, 2009

I was at the park trying out some panoramas. There are four photos in each shot and I think they came out pretty good. It is for an assignment for my photography travel class and I think it was a great idea. I have often thought about doing it but it has been a long time since I have even tried. I have had my Canon 20D camera for many years and yesterday I finally downloaded the software that came with it to do a “photostitch.”  This five week class has been great and I want to thank the instructor, John Clark, for the new ideas I have gotten.

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Surf City’s own Central Park…

This is just one small area of the park. It is a beautiful Friday here, though a little chilly. We will be up early tomorrow morning as I need to go to class and then we are going out to Fontana for the VARA (Vintage Auto Racing Association) Route 66 Races. It will be a fun day and I hope the weather stays nice! Our friends Carol and Bill are going but my other friend Cheryl will not make it. I look forward to seeing my brothers and other family members, including Larry and Shelley. Have a fun day!

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Pink Blossoms on Fire

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on March 3, 2009

Aren’t these pink blossoms gorgeous? I was at Central Park this morning and all of these trees are starting to bloom. It was a very clear morning and the sky was beautiful. I took some other photos for my classes but I wanted to share this one on my weblog. All of the water is gone in the center lake so I was glad I got that photograph with the ducks a couple of weeks ago. Everything was so green and pretty and there were many people out enjoying the Spring weather.

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Bright sun shining on the pink blossoms…

I have class tonight in exactly three hours.  I still need to go take a few more photos for our group project. Since I need to go close to the school, I may just leave early and do it then. Kyla and Donnan are enjoying the nice weather today. That is good because it looks like it could rain again tomorrow. I hear Willie walking around the house but I do not know what he is doing – I am sure it is something very constructive! I hope you are having some Spring weather wherever you are!

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A Lake at Central Park

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on February 19, 2009

This photograph shows the ducks having a good time on the lake. They are swimming around and creating the ripples in the water. I really liked the reflections in the water of the clouds and the trees. The ripples help show them off. Right before I took this photo there was a mother and little kid feeding the ducks so that is why they are all over on the other side. It was a beautiful day at the park!

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A fun-filled morning at Central Park…

There is a little restaurant at the park called the Park Cafe. There is only outdoor seating so there are always people there with their dogs. In all these years, we have never eaten there. I was looking at the menu yesterday and I would like to go for breakfast sometime. I think we will wait until the weather warms up! Class was good last night. We are learning how to work in CSS (cascading style sheets) and it is almost like a whole new language! Have a good day because I know I will!

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A View at Central Park

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on February 18, 2009

I went over to Central Park this morning to check out the water levels on the small lakes that are there. It has been very dry for quite a while. There was plenty of water and the ducks were having a great time! I was glad to see that. I was hoping to get some water pictures (which I did get a few) but I liked this one of the branch in front of the blue sky and the white clouds. One cloud was quite gray so we may be due for some more rain. I like the highlights of the sun shining on the top of the branch, then the dark shadows beneath.

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A gorgeous day at Central Park…

There were a lot of people at the park walking around with friends, with their children or their dogs. People were taking advantage of the sun shiny morning! I have my web design class tonight and I want to watch some lynda.com videos. After class last night, I realized I need to learn more about shooting in RAW and then processing in the raw workspace  in Photoshop. There is always something new to learn! Have a good day!

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Some Unusual Roots

Posted in Photography, School by Bridget Casas on February 7, 2009

I was in my Saturday morning class today and outside the room there are some trees. At break time I went out with my camera and took some photos. The roots are very odd looking and shoot out in all different directions with different shapes and sizes. It has rained a lot this week so there is some moss starting to grow on some of the roots. Each photo looks very, very different. I chose this one to share.

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Some roots spread out on the ground…

Class was good this morning. It is a little basic for me, but I am learning. He spoke today about planning what types of photos you want to shoot when on a trip; such as skylines, street life, people at work or play, etc. It is a good idea to do some planning and maybe even pick a theme for your trip. Larry just called. He and Shelley are up in Mammoth snowboarding. They are having a good time. Have a good week-end!

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A Proliferation of Lemons

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on February 5, 2009

Can you believe it is raining today? The weather changes so fast! I wanted to take a photograph showing the rain on my subject. Our lemon tree is now weighted down with lemons so I thought I would take this photo. It was difficult to focus as I was close and there are many different depths and textures. I like all the rain drops.

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How about making a lemon meringue pie…?

Donnan was outside with me while I was taking the photo. He wouldn’t come in with me and he just sat out in the rain like a little dummy! Why do dogs do that? It looks like there is some new snow up at GVL. Check out the web cam. I went to the advanced web design class last night. It looks like it will be real good. I need to work on my personal website and my broker asked me if I could work on his. I have not decided yet what I will do.

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The Trees in the Forest

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on January 15, 2009

Here is one last photograph from our trip up to the mountains. Isn’t it pretty? The trees have such gorgeous autumn/winter colors of green and orange. There is so much snow on the ground and it is melting very slowly. I don’t know when the next storm, if any, will come and bring us some more rain down here and snow up there.

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These trees were not touched by the fires…

It has been so unseasonably warm here I can’t imagine it being cold enough to snow!  But things change so fast, literally overnight!  I wasn’t feeling very good today (really it has been a few days) so I did not accomplish much. I did some research on dog trainers and checked in with Carol to see what they have found out. We will compare notes! I have to start feeling better because I have a big week-end!

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