Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day...

A few months back, I had posted a photo from Seguin, TX.
While I was there, I had taken these other photos
from the courthouse that I wanted to post for Memorial Day.

The inscription on the Guadalupe County
Veterans Memorial states:
"The citizens of Guadalupe county dedicate this memorial to
all veterans who have served and continue to serve
in the United States Armed Forces at home and abroad.
We shall forever be grateful to them for their sacrifices
in giving us the most important gift of all :
America's Freedoms,
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

All around this memorial there are bricks inscribed with names
of those who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Please take a moment to
remember those who have passed and
thank those who have served or are currently serving.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Location: Roadside, Texas

Roadside Flowers in Texas

Lately, I've been experimenting
with different perspectives
when taking photos.

With the photo above,
I hand-held the camera
low to the ground, with the tops
of some flowers brushing up
against the bottom of the camera.

Photo was taken in the evening
alongside a gravel road...
which turned very dusty as we
continued on our way.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Floral Fun

As promised from the last post,
some photos of my intended subjects.

As soon as I clicked the switch to the 'on' position,
a slight breeze swayed the slender stems
(but didn't keep the mosquitoes away).

I cropped the above photo to remove some
other floral clutter...
I really like the blur of the background
and how the reds and yellows
stand out against the green grass.

This photo reminds me of a postcard
wishing that you were here...
the easy yellows and greens
make it seem so peaceful.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fuzzy Wuzzies

I got the chance to get away for a bit before the sunset
and I took my camera with me :)
The original plan was to see if any wildflowers
were still standing and they were......BUT
As we were walking around, trying to avoid
the mosquito horde buzzing all around us,
we noticed these
little fuzzy creatures crawling on the ground
Fuzzy Caterpillar on the ground
Fuzzy Yellow Caterpillar on the ground
Kneeling down and getting my camera as close as possible...
sometimes too close
(I've got about 3 or 4 photos of TOO close)
I was able to capture these yellow fuzzy caterpillars
รก la National Geographic style.
I was able to capture some wild-flower shots too
and I'll be posting those in the next few days...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Effect: Soft Focus

Since it's raining and I'm feeling under
the weather, I haven't taken any new photos
for about a week or so.

This year's weather is certainly different
than last year, where we had very little rain
and the spring season jumped right into summer.

But back to the photos, right?
I'm going to use some photos
that I took about a month ago.

After this photo was cropped,
(a few different ways)
there was something about
it that wasn't "right" for me.

Please note, there was no color
correction done, only the background
clutter was cropped out.

So I decided to try out some of the
effects that Picasa has to offer
and found that the Soft Focus effect
worked best on this photo
(in my opinion).

I think that if I pumped up the color
in the petals, the effect might
be more dramatic...
but I like to capture nature as it is.

What do you think?
Which of these photos appeals to you and why?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Blue Oval

Logo from a 1986 Ford F250

 The Ford logo from a 1986 F-250 still has some
color left in it even though it has seen
its fair share of the elements.