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Healing through Photography

by on Jun.20, 2012, under Eye Candy

This is an amazing and inspiring story, not just for the visually stunning images created by artist Kirsty Mitchell, but for the reason behind their inception and creation. Losing one’s parent is a tragedy, yet part of the cycle. Grief can express itself in so many ways, but rather then being yoked by negativity, Kristy channeled her emotions to add something beautiful to share with the world. No doubt, escapism can be dangerous. Retreat to far from reality and one can lose their perception of what is real and what is make-believe. Here though, it seems like this artist has found the edge of balance.

These photos speak to me. I want to be one of the subject of these images. To be dressed in beauty and nature and to shine with exoticism but also have hint of the familiar. I could  stare at the images for hours. Someday…

Read about Kirsty Mitchell’s story here.

(Click images to enlarge)

© kirstymitchellphotography.com

©kirstymitchellphotography.com

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Jackass Meadows 2011

by on Oct.13, 2011, under Eye Candy

This year, thanks to my generous mother, I was able to attend the (usually) annual family gathering/camping trip to a place up in the high sierras my Grandfather and Great Uncle found 50+ years ago called Jackass Meadows. Without fail, every time the name of where we camp comes up in conversation with someone new, I get a laugh and/or an odd look. I swear people, I am not making the name of this place up!

See, it’s right here! http://g.co/maps/zp2g2

The name is derived from the wild donkeys that inhabit the meadows below Florence Lake. I have actually caught glimpses of them (along with wild horses) on previous trips. No such luck this time.

I wanted to share some pics I took this trip. Along with learning about shooting in RAW format, I had two photographic techniques I wanted to play with this go-round, taking HDR (High Dynamic Range) images and panoramics. I am more pleased with my panoramic results then the HDRs. My DSLR is several generations old, so it can only take a 3-shoot HDRs. I’m not sure if that’s why I am not getting the depth in my pictures I was hoping for, or if its just my lack of advanced PS skills.

My favorite panoramic: (click for larger view)

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Fabulous Long Exposure Photographs

by on Apr.08, 2010, under Eye Candy

I happened across this great post with 45 amazingly beautiful examples of long exposure photographs. I love the feeling of manipulated time pictures like these give. When I can find some time of my own, I’d love to experiment with this technique. Anyone else ever try it?

45 Astonishing Examples of Long Exposure Photography

A few of my favorites:

Fireworks

Star Trails

time to choose the right colours

Persistence

Monasterio de Piedra Spain

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Tilt-shift Maker

by on Apr.05, 2010, under Eye Candy

Tilt-shifting is a technique where you take an organic photo and alter it to such a way that it appears to then have been taken of miniature models. It makes for some really interesting and eye catching photos. Like most cool techniques, someone has made it simple to do and easily accessible to the masses. Thus I introduce you to:

http://tiltshiftmaker.com/

This is a great site where you can upload pics and make your own tilt-shifts or you can play around with pics from their gallery. Making tilt-shifts is easy, all one has to do it to play around with a few sliders to achieve their desired effect.

Here is an example my friend and photographer, Grieg Wehr, made from a picture he took at a NASCAR race: (click through for full-size images)

Original:

Tilt-shifted:

I particularly like the guy in the bed of the white pick-up truck in the lower middle of the picture who looks like he is yelling at the camera.

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