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05 Dec

Christmas 2011

How I created our Christmas Card image

final image of Holiday Home with lights

There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.
Merry Christmas from our Home to yours.

The Chrismtas image of our home was digitally painted from a series of photographs taken over a two-hour period of time. I set up my camera about half an hour before sunset, while there was still plenty of daylight to compose and focus my image. Once my camera was set in place, I only touched it to change the shutter speed for exposure.

CAPTURING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTENT

Daylight to Night Light

I captured a full range of exposures from daylight to night light. At times I bracketed the shot by capturing three exposures at one time, normal exposure, +2 over, and -2 under. Other times I manually adjusted the exposure to capture either the detail of the lights or the detail of the shadows.

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15 Nov

I Love Art

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I need art too

image of me at Distinction
© Kurt Lightfoot

Kurt Lightfoot from Deja Vu Photoservices captured this image of me as I was leaving Distinction Gallery on Saturday night. As you can see I was in a pretty happy mood. I saw Kurt set up to take the shot and decided to jump into it. I'm glad he was ready for me.

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11 Aug

Illustrator Multiple Artboards Part 3

Package Design

Illustrator’s multiple artboards are great for print package design. I start with a multiple artboard document to design comps, and stick with that layout until the final design and content have been approved. Everything gets transferred to the package dieline as the final step.

Examine the dieline 

This dieline is for a DVD amaray case. There are 5 sides with printed graphics. One side is open to hold the DVDs. It’s important to understand how the 2D dieline becomes a 3D object before starting your designs.

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07 Jul

Where to find clients

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What has worked for me

Ask anyone who successfully runs their own business, and they will tell you that building a clientele takes hard work and a little good fortune. My clientele has grown this year for which I am grateful. The truth is, I found most of my clients close to home.

This is what has worked for me.

Neighbors
I consider a neighbor to be anyone in my community, not just the guy next door. My first client was my son’s little league coach. That was over 10 years ago. We still work together weekly.

50% of my clients are either direct neighbors or referred by a neighbor.

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05 Jul

American Sex Symbol

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Autopia - Jully '11 PAG Show

American Sex Symbol
"American Sex Symbol"

My love affair with a car

I was in love with my car…once. It was a 2001 black Volkswagon Passat. It had black leather interior, triptronic transmission, a great sound system and heated seats. I loved the heated seats the most. I even turned up the heat on summer days.

Unfortunately the Volkswagon service department had a way of making me feel abused, even viloated, especially after the warranty ran out. The day they told me I needed new catalytic converters at a cost of $6,000, was the day I knew my love affair had to end.

I felt small, stupid and cheated. I vowed to never fall in love with a car again and I traded the black beauty in for a boring, metallic blue Hybrid Hylander, a car I wouldn’t care about if the kids trashed, which they did.

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26 Jun

11 SD Fair Photo Exhibit

Architectural Photography

CSUSM Stairs in black and white

This year I have one image hanging in the San Diego County Fair Photography Exhibit. It was selected for the black and white architectural category. There is more than a little irony to this since the majority of my photography is not only in color, but color that usually pushes the edges. I only recently decided to work on my black and white photography as a means to help myself see better, with the hopes of improving my picture taking.

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16 Jun

Custom Wordpress Header Design

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New portfolio content

The Orchard View Color portfolio has been updated with a new section, Custom Wordpress Header Design.

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01 Jun

Home Plate - Familiar Abstract

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Flash Black - PAG's June Photography Show


Home Plate Black and White Photo
Home Plate image for the PAG show Flash Black

The PhotoArts Group Inner Space Gallery show for June is titled Flash Black. I commited to entering this show several months back. I knew it would be a good challenge, because I never see or think in black and white. I'm drawn to color. The more dramatic the color, the more I like it.

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17 May

Zen at the Japanese Friendship Garden

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Balboa Park Photography

I signed up for a 5 week seminar photography class. The first class was held last Thursday at Balboa Park. When I signed up for the class I didn’t know that my son’s senior awards night would be held at the same time. I decided to go to the park early, spend a couple hours shooting on my own, introduce myself to the instructor at the start of class time and then head back home for senior awards.

My brain was a jumbled mess as I drove to downtown. My thoughts felt like pin-balls bouncing around in my brain.

What am I doing spending money and time? … Why?.... Did I get enough work done today?…Am I properly managing my clients and their expectaions?... How do I find more good clients?... What about yesterday's meeting at Roland?... Where has technology come and where is it going?... What are the possibilities?.. What does it mean for me?... And my sons, our oldest finishing his second year in college, youngest about to graduate high school with high honors… Shouldn’t they be front and center in my thoughts?... What about my husband, working and earning while I head out seeking personal enrichment… How do I make more money?... What am I doing?

Organ Pavillion Shadows

I grabbed my camera and headed into the park with no clear idea of what to photograph. I looked for interesting details and these shadows in the Organ Pavilion caught my eye first.

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