Friday, December 24, 2010

Holidays!

Well I have some life altering news to tell everyone. It all started when I went to get my boyfriend Karim from the airport. We went to a place we both love called Fat Straws and killed some time before heading over to Rockwall, TX to eat and walk along the lakeside. Rockwall is the place where we had our first date so we were reminiscing once we got there. I was also taking pictures with my big camera,
 and then Karim looked over at this lighthouse and said "Hmm, I wonder what those papers say..." So I zoomed in with my camera and took a picture and this is what I saw:
Then I turned around and looked at him and he got down on one knee and proposed. I was sooo excited, we both were. It was a great date. So I am now engaged to be married to the man of my dreams.
Merry Christmas to me! Happy holidays everyone! More pictures on Facebook but video will be posted to youtube by Karim later.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Patty-Cake Cats

This makes me laugh...

Flying Snakes?

The Paradise Tree Snakes of Asia are known for their graceful gliding abilities. They will actually jump from a tree and glide safely to the ground. It is quite amazing. Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/science/30obflight.html?ref=science. And a link to a video of the occurrence: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/moment-of-impact/video-snake-takes-flight/5612/.

Michael Forsberg

Michael Forsberg is another photographer I look up to in wildlife photography. He started out as a seasonal ranger and ended up right where I want to be. He recently published a book that is entitled Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild. He traveled 100,000 miles in three years to capture the beauty, wildlife, and conservation challenges in the Great Plains of America. More on him here: http://www.michaelforsberg.com/.

Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer for National Geographic. He is very dedicated to his work and goes on many trips for National Geographic. Lately, he has published a new book called Rare: Portrait's of America's Endangered Species. His website describes the book: "Some of them are likely to go extinct without people ever knowing they existed, and the goal of this book is to give them a voice. Part of a multi-year project documenting Earth's vanishing biodiversity, Rare shows what we stand to lose if we don't act now. The good news is that there is still time, and this book highlights what each of us can do to save these unique creatures -- and ultimately, ourselves." This is why I now look up to him. This is something I would love to do and would be thrilled to experience. You can find this here: http://www.joelsartore.com/

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen was a brilliant actor in many films. A legend in the comedy industry. He was one of my dad's favorites and I enjoyed watching him perform. Sadly, he passed away this past weekend to an illness. Here is an article about him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/movies/05scott.html?_r=1&ref=arts

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ice Age?

A man in Russia named Sergey Zimov is noticing that animals such as wild horses, musk oxen, moose, and reindeer are being reintroduced to northern Siberia. Soon Canadian bison and deer, along with predators like Siberian tigers, wolves and maybe leopards will come to the area. He believes these animals will fill the emptiness of Siberia with grass-eating animals which can slow global warming. Read more here:


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101127/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_ice_age_park

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know I did. I had lots of food practically all throughout the break. I am stuffed! I had Thanksgiving lunch at my aunt's house in Edmund, OK on Thursday and then Friday I went with my parents to the YMCA Adventure Camp in Anna, TX to photograph a wedding. We stayed there overnight and got fed 4 meals one of which was another Thanksgiving dinner. Then took some great shots of the wedding.

Mmm, Thanksgiving dinner.....

Beautiful wedding...


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Six Problems Solved by a Freezer

I found an article on yahoo (http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/6-alternate-uses-for-your-freezer-2412274/) that talks about some cool tricks you can use with a freezer. Here they are...

Eliminate unpopped popcorn

Don't you just hate the kernels of popcorn that are left at the bottom of the bowl? Eliminate the popcorn duds by keeping your unpopped supply in the freezer.

Remove wax from candlesticks
Grandma's heirloom silver candlesticks will get a new life if you place them in the freezer and then pick off the accumulated wax drippings. But don't do this if your candlesticks are made from more than one type of metal. The metals can expand and contract at different rates and damage the candlesticks.

Extend candle life
Place candles in the freezer for at least two hours before burning. They will last longer.

Unstick photos
Picture this: Water spills on a batch of photographs, causing them to stick together. If you pull them apart, your pictures will be ruined. Don't be so hasty. Stick them in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then use a butter knife to gingerly separate the photos. If they don't come free, place them back in the freezer. This works for envelopes and stamps too.

Clean a pot
Your favorite pot has been left on the stove too long, and now you've got a burned-on mess to clean up. Place the pot in the freezer for a couple of hours. When the burned food becomes frozen, it will be easier to remove.

Remove odors
Got a musty-smelling book or a plastic container with a fish odor? Place them in the freezer overnight. By morning they'll be fresh again. This works with almost any other small item that has a bad smell you want to get rid of.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Photoshop Practice

So today we worked on some Photoshop skills. First texture, then color range and sharpen mask, and finally puppet warp. Here is what I came up with. Posted below are before and after photos.



 





Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Final Project Preliminary Shots

Here are some of the shots I took this weekend. I went to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge for sunset on Friday and Saturday. I also went for sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. This is turning out to be a great final project.