Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Holga Photograph ;;

The weather has been pretty lousy the past few days with a lot of rain and now some chilly temperatures and I'll be working all day Saturday, but I'm hoping for some nice spring weather soon.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Red Cross ::

I found this scene this morning in a rural community near where I live. Actually, crosses are big in this little area and, off the top of my head, I can think of at least 4 more that I have photographed within just a couple of miles. I'm hoping to take many more photographs around here in the summer when the fields are planted.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Closed Title Pawn Shop ::

It's unusual to see one closed around here these days. Kinda like all of the thrift shops popping up everywhere--a sign of the times!

Monday, March 21, 2011

In The Clouds Cove Community ::

The Clouds Cove community is a short drive away from where I live and it's down this back road that I would probably never have ventured down if not for a sign beside the main road that led me to check it out several months ago. This is one of those areas where I seem to always find something new to photograph every time I visit.

I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time in the area during the summer. As a bonus, the Flint River also runs beside the road for a ways and I'm going to try fishing there some also.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Rural Church

I started a project to photograph churches several years ago but I quickly found that most were very unnoteworthy, but every once in a while I come across one that's interesting, such as this one in Owens Crossroads, Alabama.

Friday, March 18, 2011

All Things Change ::

This was formerly a used appliance store that had all sorts of character until it was sold, torn down, and is now a used car lot!

Monday, March 14, 2011

More Experimentation ::

I've been working more and more with OnOne Software's Phototools 2.6 and here is one of my latest products. It's a bit more manipulation than I would normally do, but I like it. The software is very nice for working with portraits and wedding photographs and next I'll post some before and after shots with some skin tones in a few days.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Albertville, Alabama ::

I've been trying out OnOne Software's Plug-In Suite 5 and the more I use it the more I like it. The suite includes Focal Point, Mask Pro, PhotoTune, Genuine Fractals (now called Perfect Resize) PhotoTools, and PhotoFrame. I've found FotoTools to be indispensable for enhancing images and I've long used Genuine Fractals for upsizing my photographs. I believe that they do offer a trial download at their website and they also have some really great videos which run round around 1 hour each to help you get used to the products and how they can enhance your workflow.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Chair ::

This is a photograph from 2008, but I have recently realized that I have, perhaps unconsciously at first, been photographing corrugated metal buildings and loading docks that I run across.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cash Only ::

I finally got Windows 7 up and running and all of my programs and plug-ins loaded up so we should be good to go for a while. All I need now is more ram. I'm currently running 4 gigs, but my motherboard accepts 16 so I'll probably add 8 gigs soon.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Still Here! ::

I haven't gone anywhere--I've been updating the desktop to Windows 7 and there have been some glitches, but I'm working through them right now and should be fully back with some photographs sometime this weekend.

It's a pain to change operation systems, but I hope this will be a good move in the long run!