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:
You can see some of the elements of the original in both, but it always amazes me how differently these images come out. Which do you like better?
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:
Prints and canvases aren’t available as of this writing (check back soon), but the phone cases are. Here’s what the “Frozen” iPhone case looks like:
You can find more phone cases featuring Fulvio’s original art here.
It’s been a long, cold winter here in the Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania. We didn’t have any blizzards, record-breaking snowfalls or floods caused by ice dams or sudden snow melts. Having already been through those, I’m certainly thankful. But we are stuck in a pattern of below-average temperatures which just doesn’t want to quit. Nice days are few and far between, and the long range forecasts indicate no end in sight. So much for getting an early start on the outdoor chores!
Despite my whining, today is the first day of spring, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite flower photos. A chive probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think about spring flowers, but I think the colors are suitable. Enjoy the photo, the day and the warmer weather to come.
Who abstains from eating meat on Fridays during Lent? Personally, I do, but it just doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice when seafood is an option. This shot was taken at Kimono’s at the Walt Disney World Swan, one of our favorite sushi restaurants.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, “The winter of 2013-14 will be remembered for being one of the most spectacular migrations of snowy owls in history. It may be a lifetime opportunity for many to experience this iconic bird. By January 6, there had been reports of snowy owls from at least 33 counties, some for the first time in history.” I didn’t get lucky enough to spot one this winter, but the article reminded me of some snowy owl photos in my library. Here’s one of my favorite shots from an outing I took a few years ago …
If you want to learn more about this year’s migration, the full article can be found here.