Shadow of My Former Self

Love the Magic Hour Photo App!

Some of the photos are quite stunning,  if I do say so myself.

This is who I am, when nobody’s watching.

they sure don’t make’em like they use to.

Testing out a Flickr widget. Looking for just the classic cars. Wrong:)
Cool anyway.

Classic Chevy Nova SSClassic Oldsmobile 442Classic Mercury CougarVintage Dodge DartClassic Pontiac Grand PrixChevy Belair Station Wagon ... I think
Sixty SpecialClassic Chevy PickupSay Cheese!Just Say NO to Crack!It's a wrapMimosa's & the Rose Parade
10amWhat we'll be doing after a weekend of Grand boy sleepovers!Blown away.Don't need a map then.Beating the weather in the Rockies ... For now.10,630 ft
David's MenorahGoing Downone of many to comeWinter setting in. Lake Mojave

Just a Ripple. Not a Wave.


I walk the dogs twice a day … you see things;)

Photo of the Year

After organizing over 10,000 of my photos, I voted for

“Rockaway Beach” as my favorite photo for 2011.

Rockaway Beach, Oregon
The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out. ~Annie Dillard

iShoot therefore iAm

vintage cameras
You don't take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.

My first camera was a 126 Kodak Instamatic (circa 1964). It set me back a whopping $15.95.

Fond memories of the week-long wait for the pictures to be developed, only to find out that one … maybe two … (out of the 24 photos) were worth doing something with.

Realized, after many moves, that I still possess every single photo that I have ever taken and I cringe every time I walk by the gigantic blue plastic bins that hold them.

Even though I said I wasn’t going to make a New Year’s resolution, it may be wise to organize my bins of photographs or someday they’ll end up in an antique store cigar box, marked 25¢ each.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Happy Holidays!

On Frozen Pond

Breathing in nature, even in the dead of winter … have to!

Winter in Minnesota
Mill Pond • Jordan MN • January 2011


Organizing photos.

Going through digital photos, so that I can complete a project. Naturally, I’m getting very distracted by all of the shots I haven’t seen in a while.

Gutter • Eureka,Ca • 03.15.08

Self Esteem
Don't let people drive you crazy, when you know it's in walking distance.

Be the Artist.

Free photo effects
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. ~Ansel Adams

Digital photography and video production are passions of ours.

I have been known to snap off 1000 shots in a weekend…thank goodness for my MAC and Photoshop:) Still working on my filing system, though:)

Taking digital photos can change the way you share & organize your photo memories. You don’t need to be an professional photographer, or an artist, to get the most out of your digital photos.

Even if you haven’t taken the plunge into digital photography, you can still use these digital photo tips, free digital photo effects & photo tricks to organize photos & create amazing custom photo effects & really cool photo gift ideas. Just scan in your photos or…you can take a photo of your photo with you cell phone, just watch the resolution:)

DECOUPAGE TIP: Using photos for decoupage? Make copies at your local print shop…or purchase full sheets of label paper to print out your own photos. Will prevent smudging.

Photo Scanning Help

  1. BulletClean your scanner bed with a non-abrasive wipe & appropriate cleaner.
  2. BulletMake sure glass is dry before placing picture or image down.
  3. BulletPhotos need to rest against one side of the scanner bed so that the photos remain straight.
  4. BulletPreview photo before scanning.
  5. BulletScan all photos using the Color option even if they are B&W.
  6. BulletPhotos 2×3 or smaller – Scan at 600 dpi.
  7. BulletPhotos 5×7 – Scan at 300 dpi.
  8. BulletPhotos larger than 5×7 – Scan at 200 dpi.
  9. BulletAlways save as a jpeg or .JPG without compression.

A few of our favorite free photo effects websites are listed below:

Have a favorite? Leave a comment to add!

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.  ~Lewis Hine

We’re always here to help, if you need a hand!

Have fun!