The cat’s in the bag

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in All, cat, Featured, galpage, photo, Photography | 2 comments

I was playing around with my cat last weekend and I couldn’t help but snag a couple more shopping bags for just this purpose. I laid the shopping bag down, set up my flashes and sure enough Mr. Morris walked right in :)


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2015 Faculty and Staff art show

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Design Tips, galpage, photo, Photography | 2 comments

If in the area come on by! I have a few things hanging here :)

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Shooting the Drag Races in Sonoma Raceway

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in All, photo, Photography | 3 comments

Cars and me really haven’t had much of a relationship except to ask myself is it big enough to haul stuff and does it have an air conditioner! Well none of these cars below met that criteria so I haven’t given them much thought. So those that know me are a bit perplexed as to why I went to the Friday night drag races at the Sonoma Raceway. Well truthfully a friend of mine really wanted to go and I thought it would be a new experience for me. Well it really was and I must say those cars are loud!!!

One of my favorite things was just seeing how many women compete now and I have to say when a woman rides a motorcycle it is with style :)

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Bold bobcat

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in galpage, photo, Photography | 3 comments

Had a little encounter with a bobcat last night that seemed to think my place was fair game.

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Nifty QR Code

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Design Tips, Web Tips | 1 comment

Ever see those ugly black and white things that were all the rage a few years back called QR codes? Well they had the potential of being something great but they were pretty ugly and the technology just wasn’t on everybody’s phone to make it that useful.

I discovered ounchtag.com today and made my own QR code that is melded with an image. I think it looks pretty cool! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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If you don’t know what a QR are code is you can read more about it here.

UPDATE:

No sooner did I post about this that I found a place to use one! One of my clients is a writer and here is a bookmark advertising her books page. The site is not yet live but she will be able to use this bookmark at conferences to take her to her website and to links to buy her book.

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Great dane puppy – cute

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in galpage, photo, Photography | 2 comments

I photographed the cutest and softest great dane puppy this weekend. You can see the “milk” on his lips. The owner actually gave him cream cheese but it seemed to be a hit! You can see from the size of the feet he has a bit of growing to do! :)

How to share a youtube video fullscreen

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in tutorial, Tutorials, Web Tips | 1 comment

It’s easy enough to click the full screen mode on a video but what if you would like to share a video already viewable in the large size? Perhaps you want to embed a link on your web site that doesn’t show all the other youtube clutter? You just want the video to take over the view. Not sure why youtube has hidden this but for now the solution below seems to work.

The URL for a video you find on youtube for example looks like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0eHPrT_Wjo

This is just going to show you something that looks like this:

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The trick to get full screen is to delete “watch?v=” and replace that with “v/

Below is the changed web link. Copy and paste the link below in the browser to test!

https://www.youtube.com/v/r0eHPrT_Wjo

 

A little trip to Benicia

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in photo, Photography | 6 comments

I got a chance to go on a little trip into Benicia, CA to explore the marina area. It was high tide so there weren’t a lot of rocks but some for some interesting shots below. Such a pretty place. I didn’t know this little hidden gem existed.

Photographing college graduation

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in All, Design Tips, photo, Photography, Web Tips | 4 comments

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example gallery from weebly

example gallery from weebly

I was asked to photograph the Los Medanos College 2015 graduation ceremony a couple of days ago. It happened to be the largest one they had yet and that meant over 400 graduates! Needless to say I have over 2,000 images I needed to whittle down through and make sure I tried to show most everyone while still capturing the fun of the event. We use these photos not only to document the night but they are great marketing pieces to remind potential students what they are working towards.

The trick to getting maximum exposure is to get through these photos fast before the momentum of the event wears off and that is where some handy software can help. I used Adobe lightroom to quickly star the photos I was going to keep based on the thumbnails. Then I batched adjusted the exposure on some that were a little light struck. Then I did a little cropping and then exported them as decent sized jpegs.

Here is where the cool part comes in. To make a web gallery or a slideshow can take hours but not so when you use the free templates that weebly offers you. They offer free blogs and web hosting and what’s even cooler is you can download the pages and keep a copy for hosting elsewhere.

Another free little tool I just found out about is Pro Show Web that allows you to quickly make a slideshow with 15 images or less and set it to music.

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When bent nails are good

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in photo, Photography | 2 comments

I’ve always been drawn to old buildings and things that show the ravages of times. It feels like there are ghosts that live there. Not only is this old door come from days gone by but those bent nails cause one to stop and wonder why… Did the lock fall off? Did someone try and break in? Was it a quick repair and these were the only nails they could find? I also love how the thin spider web appears to be the only thing holding the door in its place. Below is a link to the recently approved for stock photo.

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