I was photographing some wrens who had recently moved into one of our backyard bluebird houses, watching mom bring treats for the nestlings. An unhappy, homeless bluebird landed on the house, so I re-positioned my camera and was snapping a few shots, not paying any attention to what was happening at the entrance. I didn’t realize it until later, but as I was shooting angry bird, by chance I also got the wren in the corner of the frame . Cool shot, I think, but I wish I had captured more of the wren. Maybe next time.
On a recent visit to Washington, DC, my family and I stopped in at the United States Botanic Garden. It’s a remarkable place, with plenty of great photo opportunities. But what happens when you get back home and find that some of your shots are not terribly exciting, like this one?
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad shot; it’s just not very inspiring. But it does look like a good starting point for a little Photoshop distortion filter magic. Here are two examples using the same distortion techniques, just a different crop of the original:
24 Species in 24 Hours
My family and I had quite an afternoon of birdwatching yesterday. We spotted 22 different species, and never even left our backyard.
We saw at least three different Baltimore Orioles,
two different Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
and at least one of each of the following:
- Orchard Oriole
- Tufted Titmouse
- Black-capped Chickadee
- White-crowned Sparrow
- Brown Thrasher
- House Finch
- Northern Cardinal
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Northern Flicker
- Turkey Vulture
- American Goldfinch
- American Robin
- Red-winged Blackbird
- Common Grackle
- Common Starling
- Blue Jay
- Mourning Dove
- Downy Woodpecker
- Gray Catbird
- American Crow
As if those weren’t enough, we added two more to the list this morning:
- Eastern Bluebird
- Tree Swallow
All in all, not a bad day!
If you had to pick a name for this girl, what would it be?
On another note, my wife has volunteered to take over the duties of keeping my Facebook Page up to date. I know she’ll do a better job than I, since my updates were few and far between. Please check it our here.
I didn’t realize it when it happened, but as I was looking through my records, I noticed that I had recently made and shipped my 100th custom phone case! That’s one hundred individuals that I had the pleasure of working with, making sure their cases came out just right. Some were pretty straightforward (the images were almost print-ready) while others took a bit of editing and manipulation to get them perfect. Looking back, it’s amazing to see the variety of images that all come out looking like they were made to be on a phone case. Here are just a few of my favorites:
I recently teamed up with the incredibly talented Italian fashion designer and artist Fulvio Ruggiero to distribute his remarkable series of Disney-inspired original art. Fulvio’s work will be featured in my shop, and will be available on various media, including prints, canvases and phone cases.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming. This example, inspired by the Disney film Frozen, shows Fulvio’s interpretation of sisters Anna and Elsa:
You can find more phone cases featuring Fulvio’s original art here.