Hello… It’s Me…

Hello to you all.  I hope you have had an amazing year!  Yes, I am only 11 months behind on writing anything.  Time just gets away!

It’s been a crazy year.  A lot of photography going on, since we live in an amazing place.

The Mystical Forest.  That’s what we call our little home on the mountain!

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Yes, even though this was in the winter of last year.  It’s our amazing home in the forest.

We finally closed on our home in April of 2016.  And the games now begin with projects and all the other fun things that comes with owning a home.

It’s been a busy time with photography.  We have enjoyed the mule deer this summer. And they’ve become stars on the trail cam!!

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And every time we go to breakfast on the weekend, I always have my camera.  So Mt. Shasta has been shot a lot.

I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t use some form of camera.  My iPhone has been snapping away daily.  I changed jobs in April, so there are a lot of things to see on the way to work and home and while I am at work!!!

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This is Discovery Marsh, at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, in Tulelake California.  An amazing place to get away from the desk and take a walk.

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On the way home from work.  Now that the time has changed.

I could post a thousand pictures of my commute.  But I wont do it all in one day.  I’ll be gentle.

I am hoping… key word hoping, that I can post 1 photo a day for 2017.  I will attempt to do current photos.  But sometimes I just might have to dig through the archives.

Have an amazing day.  Stay safe and Be nice.

Tlynn

My First White Christmas in over 30 Years

Hello World!  It’s me.  Not doing a great job at keeping up with a photography blog, but I am ready to Rock N Roll with the upcoming New Year.  So….. As the title says.   This is my first white Christmas since 1983. I was in Eastern Montana.  Honestly, it has been snowing off and on since before Thanksgiving.  I am ready to be able to drive to work on clear dry roads.

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This is our back yard.  It is pretty! And I haven’t shot snow pictures in years.  I mean, “Real” snow pictures. Of course we had our snow in the desert about 2008, where they closed the base we worked at (Edwards Air Force Base) because we had about 3 inches of snow. And we all know how California people drive bad enough when it rains.. Add snow.. It was ugly.

Today is Christmas. Merry Christmas.

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This is just down the road from our house. Taken today.  I love it. I just wish it wasn’t so cold on the fingers to shoot outside.

There are good things about snow, the dogs don’t seem to mind it. This is their first real winter. My Charlie boy is starting to look like a bear!  But he doesn’t complain!  The little dog, she is freezing off her girl parts. And the old dog, she tolerates it.

_MG_9084 copy  He just knows there’s something good underneath all this snow.  It was a pine cone!

There are bad things about winter.  I forgot about the shoveling, the getting stuck ( I haven’t yet) and the crappy roads. We live on a pretty steep incline, so my trusty 4 wheel drive aka “Mama Bear” has gotten me up the hill, down the hill, across the bridges, and to work daily!   However, we don’t even own a real snow shovel. Dear Husband attempted to buy one, most of the stores laughed!  This area hasn’t had snow like this in about 5 years (lucky us) So old school way of shoveling snow.. use a flat shovel.

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New school way of shoveling….  Use the Deere!!

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He looks extremely cold.  Nice green stocking cap too! (I made that!)

Thanks for following my first winter adventure!  See you soon.. I promise!!!

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Peace and Love

TLynn

Restoring Color on Faded Photos

Greetings to you all.

I hope spring has sprung where you are, and you are out and about taking great pictures of spring flowers and life!

I have been home re-cooping from knee surgery, so I haven’t been able to get out as much as I wanted to enjoy the wonderful weather in the high desert of Southern California.

While I have been home and realize there is nothing on day time television, I broke out some old photos and decided to start scanning.  One of the years I scanned was 1977.  Time and not been good to these photos. Stuck in photo albums with plastic over the page, to “protect” them, kind of faded them. And some had tears, scratches and who knows what on them.

While you can restore a photograph to near perfection with lots of tips and tricks, I have a few tips and tricks that can help you with the basic color restoration.  I was lucky enough to take an online photo restoration class.  I love restoration, but it sure can be time consuming.

In these photos the adjustments were all the same.

 

Create a Levels Adjustment layer

Once the Levels Adjustment box is open; choose the drop down arrow where it says RGB.

Select Red

Once you have this open, move the slider to the left just to the beginning of where the red begins to show on your photo.

Once you have finished the red,  repeat the steps with the Green and the Blue.  Once you do the blue, most of the colors will be back to almost original.

After playing with this for awhile, it will become easier than you thought to bring colors back to some of the old photos you thought you wouldn’t be able to save.

When the color has been corrected, you can then play with the clone tool, spot healing brush and the patch tool (under the healing brush tab).  To fix any tears and scratches or other colors.

I didn’t spend hours on these two photos, but I was able to accomplish what I wanted.  A brighter photo with some basic restoration applied.

Hope you may have learned a little something with this tip.  I am sure there are a zillion ways to do the same thing I just mentioned.  Do what you are comfortable with!!!

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Until Next Time

Happy Shooting

TracyLynn

Fun with Apps

Hello world…

Yes I’m so glad I started this blog for my photos and then failed miserably at uploading anything to it.  That’s me… Put it off another day… lol

So I have an addiction, of the worst kind. Seems I just love photography apps for my iPhone.  It really started a while back, but I was on Instagram and one of my friends had posted a really cool picture. So I just had to know what the app was… Yikes.. That lead to about 3 apps later.  The app was called distressed fx.   Which led to the tangled fx which lead to vintage fx.  And now you see, it’s bad.  I have a lot of plug-ins for photoshop and lightroom and I am enjoying learning texture overlays and all that fun stuff but I fell in love with the vintage fx.  So I came home today and wanted to see if the Apple App store had it available for the computer.  Ya, okay.. so 25.00 later,  I have want I want.  And now I’m having fun bringing new/old life to existing pictures.IMG_4632

I posted this picture on Facebook, the birds were part of the app on my phone.  So this is the one that people were commenting on, that drove me to find it for my computer.  I really just wanted to capture the tree, but then my creative side took over.  Oops!

So, with that said, here are a few of the photos I’ve had fun editing and playing with today. As my husband slaves away doing tile work in the bathroom.  Oh I did wash my car today!!! I am no longer a bad car mom!  It’s not just for still life and flower pictures,  I did a couple landscapes as well. I really need to photograph some people, so I can see how it works with real life as well.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my little photographic adventure.  www.jixipix.com is the site that I got the programs from for my computer!!!

Have a wonderful week

Tracy Lynn

The First of Many

I have been doing a lot of reading about marketing “myself” as a photographer, and everything falls back on getting a blog.  I have my personal blog, so I decided what the heck. I will start one for my photography.  Once I get it up and running I will have previews of my work, old and new.  This is something that means the world to me and I would love to be able to do it on a more regular basis, (photography).  My go-to  for photography is mainly landscape photography.  Being that I live in the desert, it can get quite frustrating when it comes to taking landscape photos.  I have started learning and experimenting with still life photography and I find that I really enjoy this as well.  Once we get out of Southern California and move back to Montana, I will be on a mission to do even more landscape photography. I have shot a few weddings, mainly for family and close friends.  I am a candid photographer. While you must have your posed wedding pictures, I find it much more satisfying to capture people in their real element. You know, kind of like sneaking around and getting them being who they really are.  Cute, Dorky, Funny, and Loving.  I hope you’ll follow me on my photographic journey.  Let the games begin!!!

Thank you all in advance!

tracylynn