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Almost a great shot

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.

Bluebird house

Orchid Orbitals

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?

Orchid_OriginalI 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:

Orchid1

Orchid2You 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?

100 Custom Phone Cases (and Counting)

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:

Custom cellphone case

Cat cellphone cover

Original artwork phone case

Family portrait cell phone case

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First Day of Spring in Pennsylvania

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.

Chive flower photo

Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/1500 sec @ f/4.0

Fish on Friday

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.

Disney Swan Kimono's Sushi

Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24mm f/1.4, ISO 3200, 1/50 sec @ f/1.4