Share Your World – 2014 Week 42

What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?

I’m an extreme early bird, always have been. I’m up 3-4 in the morning working on my image processing, blog posts and editing education. I write emails to friends and relatives and plan the day ahead. I take naps and generally head for bed before 7 p.m..

If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick?

Wisdom I’m a bit of a control freak so luck doesn’t play a part in my world.

If you were given the opportunity for free skydiving lessons would you take them? Why or why not?

No. I’m just not interested in using a parachute. :)

Is the glass half empty or half full? What is in the glass?

Half full. The glass is happiness.

My Little Lorikeet Buddy

Looks like I’m going to change my visiting habits to the zoo because the Lorikeets are only on exhibit on weekends. Nobody knows for how long either. Below is a cool photograph I grabbed of one of these feisty birds sitting aong the fence. They are so accustomed to people being in their home they’re not shy or skittish at all. Photographing them is a piece of cake.

Lorikeet 01

First Image Using Photoshop CC

You’re not going to notice anything different or special about this portrait of Everett, a bird keeper for the Oregon Zoo. I just started using the latest version of Adobe’s latest offering yesterday but remember in about 90% of the cases it’s the same as my older CS6.1 for Mac version. I just processed the image the same way I have for years and everything went well. The menus and tools are identical to the older version. I need to do more research on the new improvements with Photoshop CC so I can consider using them. The first thing I noticed is that Photoshop CC is the full Monte, meaning it’s the extended addition I could never afford. It’s also a 64 bit version giving extended capability to your workflow.

The most fun I’m having with my new editing software involves Lightroom 5.0. That’s an editor/cataloger package designed specifically for photographers. I already love the cataloging capabilities that works as a database, simply locating your files on your hard drive rather than moving everything around. That’s cool because I have thousands of photos in my own library filing system I set up years ago. I can leave everything the same but still find everything with Lightroom.

I have a big advantage over most photographers in that I’m retired and single. I have all the time in the world to learn everything I need to know. I’ve begun modifying Photoshop CC to resemble my older software. I’ve added my custom signature brush to the brush palette so I can sign my finished images. I’ve arranged the menus and added some of my plug-in filter packages that  love so much. I’ve got the NIK suite working fine.

Suffice it to say that I’m happy with my purchase and look forward to continue providing you with quality images on my blog. Look for more posts as I continue to learn.

Everett – The “Birdman”

Everett 01

Adobe Finally Got Me – Again

I tend to be a practical German when it comes to money. If I can’t get a good deal I wait or I move on. I’ve been a long time registered owner of Photoshop editing software. My first was version 4.0 decades ago. Adobe has been sending me emails over the course of the past year trying to entice me to make the switch to their Photoshop CC service that basically rents you the latest version of Photoshop with the promise of constant continuous improvements as they are developed. That offer started at $19.95 a month for at least the first year. I got the best offer two days ago for $9.95 for both Photoshop and Lightroom for that low price. That did it for me. That’s ridiculously cheap at $120 a year for a pair of software programs costing nearly $1,000. I put my order in today and downloaded everything to my iMac. It’s all set up and running fine. Now the fun part of upgrading my education on the newer, more powerful Photoshop and latest version of Lightroom. Lucky I’m retired and have tons of free time to devote to getting up to speed. As soon as I do at least 3 older versions are getting uninstalled and deleted from my hard drive. I’ve managed to get one of my three Plug-in filter suites to work with the new software. Given a bit more time they’ll all come around to working, even if I have to keep Photoshop 6.1 for Mac on my computer just for using them. :)

Tomato Frog In Pool

There are 3 Tomato Frogs in an exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. The photo below captures the largest of the three. They can be elusive at times, preferring to hide under the large green leaves that are part of their habitat. I was fortunate to catch this specimen out in the open enjoying a little dip in their tiny pond.

Tomato Frog Framed

A Safari To Deepest Darkest Africa

I like the composition I set up in the photo below because of the leading lines created by the different fences in the scene. There’s the pathway lined with three distinctly different fence materials that continue a line to the grass hut tower as the central subject. It didn’t hurt that I was able to include a splash of Autumn color as well.

Hut With Autumn Color

A Bench With Autumn Color

I’m still collecting bench pictures in my strange quest for the scenes containing them. It sort of reminds me of the red couch project where two photographers carry this huge bright red couch and place it in unexpected places before taking their photographs. Benches represent a calm place where you can take a break, kick your shoes off and stay a while. They are actually inviting you to do just that.

I spotted this photograph develop in my mind’s eye as I rounded the bend along the Oregon Zoo’s pathways. With the light for the day just perfect I was looking for a scenic shot that incorporate some of our brilliant Fall color. This is it.

Bench With Autumn Color

My Love Of Photography

One of my many loves is capturing pictures of the interaction between people and animals. I love the expressions on all parties concerned. I think I could fill a book full of these snapshots in time.

Another thing I love about my passion are the stories behind each photograph. There are always circumstances involved in the process of seeing something of interest in a scene or situation, the sheer delight of a child getting to reach out and pet an animal, the instant unfounded fear generated when a Lorikeet lands on a young boy’s head, the anxious expression of a child being released by his mother to go get himself a bird. They all warm my heart and make any effort I may put into my craft worth it.
Barnyard Love
Dreaming Heart
Lorikeets Along The Fence

Waiting Your Turn

“Patience is a virtue” goes the old saying. Children & adults need to learn to wait to get where they want, when they want as they grow up. Some people never learn to wait in line. These four Lorikeet seem to be doing pretty well as they wait for their turn to feed on nectar held by this young lady. The birds have really been actively seeking it out since our summer has ended. Visitors to Lorikeet Landing have no problems attracting birds to their hand, arm, head & beyond these days. The zoo is only opening the exhibit on weekends through October in anticipation of shipping all the birds to a Florida zoo permanently. They’re trying to build and education center on the grounds occupied by the birds presently.

4 Birds On My Arm