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. 




































Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Final Photo Project

I intend to create a project over a wildlife refuge in Sherman, Texas called Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma between Oklahoma and Texas on the Red River. The refuge includes 3,000 acres of marsh and water and 8,000 acres of upland and farmland and was established in 1946. The marshes and waters are in constant use by migrating and wintering waterfowl during fall, winter, and spring. The refuge provides habitats for all kinds of wildlife mainly waterfowl such as Canada, snow, white-fronted, and Ross' geese along with pintail, mallard, gadwall and other ducks. White pelicans by the thousands can be seen here during their spring and fall migrations which is something I intend on portraying in the project. Deer, turkeys, bobcats, hawks, and songbirds are also abundant including feral hogs. Many recreational opportunities are offered at the Refuge including bird and wildlife observation, auto tours, hiking trails, fishing, hunting, boating, and paddling.The project will attempt to give the viewer an idea of the beauty of the area and will also be a way of educating the public on the world around them or at least in the Texoma area. It will also be a closer look at the hand of man on wildlife and plant life. In the blurb book that I will create, I will possibly identify the main subject in the picture and give some background information and why it is important for the environment.

Here are some inspirations: 

Here are a few photos I have been working on already: