Peak Reflection

Wishing everyone a peaceful and prosperous New Year!


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The Golden Hour

THE GOLDEN HOUR

No destination, no compass
Sixty glorious minutes passing by
Taking in the golden moments through my eyes
Savoring every second of the journey
For wherever the wind may take me

The Golden Hour

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A Bump In The Road

Looks like I hit another bump
In this long and winding road
The view is still ugly
And not very friendly

I am so tired
I’ve lost all desire
Wishing for my destination
So I can see salvation

Guess this is a sign
I need to pull aside
And take a good look
At the mistakes I took

I have fought for my share
It’s only fair I ignore the stare
And follow my heart
To continue where I start

Not sure how to proceed
Though I do believe
With certainty
My heart will lead the way
To better days

The Mystery of Life

The mystery of life… you never know what you’ll get.

The good, the bad, and the ugly…

And just when you think you finally know the answers…

There will be many more questions bottled up inside…

The Glass Tower

Instead of taking more photos, thought I would continue to play with Photoshop filters today. I found another useful filter effect — the Lens Flare. Like its name, it simulates lens flare effect. So, it’s best use on photos with reflecting objects such as glass buildings, water, or shiny surface.

I experimented on a photo I took of one of the many glass buildings in downtown Seattle. While I find the reflection of the clouds and bright blue sky interesting, there is nothing really special about the image.

When I added the lens flare, it created a faux sun reflecting from the side of the building. I thought this made the building look more impressive and gives a better impression of the bright sunny day that it was.

One of the important things to remember about working with Photoshop is to use layers. It will save you a lot of time and aggravation.

1. Duplicate original photo on a new layer
2. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare (You can change the brightness and lens type. For the brightness, I chose 100% and applied it twice separately. I find this gives it a softer flare. Like cooking, it’s easier to add more than to subtract.)
3. On a new layer, I added 25% saturation to bump up the blues and -2% lightness to compensate the brightness from the flare.

The Mixing Bowl

Darn it! Woke up this morning to snow, rain and gusty wind. It’s days like this that I envy my sister. She lives in Hawaii. Hum… maybe it’s time to pay her a visit. 😉

I was going to bake cupcakes for today’s post and instead, got distracted by the mixing bowl. I like the reflections and thought this would fit today’s daily shoot assignment: Make a photograph of something shiny or glossy, but not transparent. Emphasize the effect of the surface.

Temporary Sun

Woke up this morning feeling uninspired and S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder). And from the look of the weather forecast, nothing but more rain ahead — the typical Pacific Northwest winter. Although from the looks of the weather pattern across the country — like the tornado that hit Oregon yesterday — this year’s weather is anything but typical. I took this shot yesterday during the walk with my dogs. I know… not very exciting to look at but at least we got some sun. 🙂

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

The joy of living in the Pacific Northwest… another rainy day. I can hear my creativity singing the “The Rainy Day Blues”. Well… as they say, “The show must go on…” decided to continue with yesterday’s surface reflection experiment.

Zooming Around Town

Saturday was one of those rare sunny days in Seattle… the kind that makes you feel great… makes you want to get out and do something fun and exciting. It was a beautiful day for a ride in a convertible car. I love ridding in the convertible. There is something very exhilarating about the freedom of not having a roof over my head… the feel of the sun on my face… and the hair whipping in the wind…

 As we headed towards Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market for my intended photo shoot, I took a self-portrait from the side-mirror. When I saw the result of the shot, my creative mind started churning… I came up with the idea of shooting from the moving car at different speeds. Luckily, I have a willing partner and driver who were supportive of my interesting idea. I have never done anything like this before… so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the end results…

Life In The Golf Course Pond

I never would have guessed the abundant life could exist in a small man-made golf course pond. All this time, I thought it was just a golf balls burial ground. What I thought was going to be a quick photo session turned into a two-hour adventure. I spent most of it  just sitting and observing… waiting for some good shots.

Good things come to those who wait… as I crouched between the bushes being eaten alive by the mosquitoes, my patience finally paid off. This little bird flew right in front of me with a white moth in its beaks. Quickly, I shot off a few frames before it spotted me and flew off.