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Picture of the Day: Through the Looking Glass

Picture of the Day: Through the Looking Glass

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Artwork and Photography by Mona Caron In this brilliant street art painting by Mona Caron, we see a utility box painted to show us what this intersection could look like. Located at Church St. and Duboce Ave. in San Francisco, the artwork comes to life when you look…

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Turn a photo mistake into a great shot

Turn a photo mistake into a great shot

Not every photo is a keeper. Indeed, a lot of the pictures you take probably turn out to be duds—perhaps the exposure is way off, the white balance turned everything blue, or you accidentally shot into the sun and your subject is in shadow. Whatever the reason, the good news is that it’s not hard to rescue many of those shots. The next time you have some photos that you’re not happy with, see if any of these tips can help turn a loser into a keeper.

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Chasing Rays



From my newest Flickr Set
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Rock Art

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I was sitting by the pool this morning enjoying my second cup of tea and a Danish when I noticed someone had been creative with rocks again.  I've noticed a couple of interesting rock stacking and balancing acts going on around the resort lately, and loved this latest bit of creative rock art.  I decided I would come back later with the Nikon and get some shots of it, and some of the other interesting rock arrangements here at the resort. 

After snapping a couple of shots of the rock art by the pool, I headed to the pond to take a photo of another piece of interesting rock art that had caught my eye.  

Life%20in%20the%20Koi%20Pond-26On my way to that piece of rock art I glanced down into the pond, and realized what an absolutely gorgeous shot I could get of the remaining original koi, and the new generation it was swimming with.  The fish seemed to be in the mood for a photo shoot.  They posed so nicely for me I got two crystal clear, really great shots, and one that was not quite as crystal clear due to the lighting from the angle I shot it at.

After thanking them for posing so nicely, I headed to the piece of rock art that I thought made a perfect faerie seat.  I snapped a couple of pics of that, then I headed off in the ClubCar to take some more photos of rock art around the resort.  I've started a Flickr, Rock Art Set with these photos, and will keep adding to it as I come across more interesting rock art.  Rocks are abundant around here, and people, as well as Mother Nature sometimes arrange them into very interesting pieces of natural art.




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How I make Monk look like a hoarder

BBs%20Home%20ScreenI've been on a major organization and efficiency binge this past couple of weeks which has resulted in all my past and present photos being neatly organized, and at least thrice backed up.   I am using the iPad more and more to download photos from my camera with, and update my main website blog with via BlogTouch. I was using the Blogger App for that, but switched to BlogTouch because it offers a much richer editing environment. Once I settled on the apps that I wanted to use for those projects, it was time to get rid of the others I had tried, but found lacking.  

Then it was time to do a general ruthless cleanup of older apps I no longer use.  I admit I am as bad as a lot of people when it comes to trying out new apps and games.  Especially if those apps and games are free. As I was ruthlessly going through some of the older apps on my iPad I found myself wondering at times, "WTF was I thinking when I downloaded that?"  Fortunately, I have better sense than to waste time pondering what sometimes goes on in my little blonde mind, and without further ado, quickly deleted all apps that provoked that reaction in me.  Then I took a hard look at what was left.  Since all in App Store purchases can be easily downloaded again if I want them, I set the home screens icons to wiggling again, and hit the X on several more apps I hadn't opened in a long time. By the time I was finished, those little icons that were left were no doubt wiggling in terror beneath my ruthless finger. 

Right now, my trusty little iPad is lean and mean!  I have those apps I use the most on my first home screen, followed a second home screen that contains a few more oft used apps, and neatly organized folders containing apps I want to keep, but don't use on a frequent basis.  This allows me to switch back and forth with ease between frequently used apps, and keeps home screen clutter down to a minimum.  Yes, I am a little OCD when it comes to desktop and home screen clutter.  The only icons on my laptop desktop belong to the Hard Disk, and two folders.  When it comes to my laptop desktop, I make Monk look like a hoarder. 




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How I organize, save and share all my photos now

I was recently inspired by a Lifehacker article to use Trovebox to gather all my current photos from Facebook and Flicker into one place. If you are an Instagram user, Trovebox will also grab photos from there as well. Once I had my current Facebook and Flickr photos gathered and stored in one place, I started using Flickr as my main web album.  I chose Flickr as my main web album partly because I belong to several photography groups there.  The other reasons are because Flickr offers all its users a terabyte of storage space, and the ability to share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, Live Journal, Pinterest, and Wordpress.  I only upload my photos once now, then do all my sharing directly from Flickr.  The Flickr IOS app makes uploading and sharing photos to Facebook super easy. This saves me not only time, but bandwidth as well.

Being a RapidWeaver user, my RapidBlog plugin is how I update my main website blogs on the fly.  I am sharing more of my photos on my website now because of how easy Flickr makes doing that via Blogger.  To share to my blog I simply open the Flickr photo in Safari, and choose Blogger from the share options. Since I have two blogs, I set both up in the Blogger share preferences. This option works on the mobile Safari browser as well, which makes sharing my photos to my web blogs on the iPad and iPhone quick and easy.  My RapidBlog plugin insures that all my Blogger entries instantly appear in my main website blogs.  

Because I have the iPad camera connection kit, I download some of my Nikon photos onto it now.  I use Photo Album Organizer on it to edit and organize those and other photos. Once photos are added to an album in it, I can upload them to Flickr, and save a backup copy to Dropbox directly from the app.  As much as I love using the iPad for saving and sharing my photos with, I know sooner or later space for saved photos will become an issue. However, I have thought this out and now have an iCloud photo stream entitled New Photos that I share to via my main iCloud photo stream.  I can easily save the new photos in it to my iPhoto app when I am on the laptop. Since I have over 400 gigabytes of space left on it, space is not going to become an issue on it anytime soon.  When it does become an issue on the iPad, I can remove older photos on it to make room for new ones. In this way I will always have at least 3 copies of my photos at any given time.

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