Tag: Photography

Pretty Products

Here are some photos I took for Cocoapink.net, and some tips for making your own product photos nicer. When you sell on the net, no matter how great your products are, it can be hard to inspire consumer confidence. Nice product photos can help.

Enabler Set in a yummy Couer De Vahine
Enabler Set in a yummy Couer De Vahine

Alien Icicles

With all the snow we’ve had, and the fact that my husband didn’t put the gutter back after redoing our roof, we’ve had some crazy icicles and an interesting photo op.

Ron Paul is Magneto??

I was watching the republican debates a few weeks ago thinking, gee, Ron Paul sure looks familiar. When I realized why, I could hardly stop snickering. A quick search on google revealed I wasn’t the only one to notice the uncanny resemblance, but I didn’t find any great photos to support the argument. If I were a mutant, I know my super power would probably have something to do with photoshop — and now is the time to use it.

Disclaimer: This is NOT an endorsement for or against Ron Paul — though I have run into a few spam-happy Ron Paul fans who just may be evil mutants. I just couldn’t help myself.

I will bring you hope, old friend. And I ask only one thing in return: don't get in my way.
I will bring you hope, old friend. And I ask only one thing in return: don't get in my way. I didn't take this photo, btw - I will probably move it to another category.


I feel compelled to write today, but everything I’ve tried to say seems to feel like it’s another person’s words, or someone else’s thoughts. Perhaps I simply don’t know what to think or how to feel, or maybe it’s more a problem of knowing that whatever I say could not be enough. Or maybe it’s that my feelings on the war are wrong, because without a doubt, no matter what I could say about it, at least half of you would vehemently disagree.

American Fork Flag salute for Sgt. Nathan S Barnes
American Fork Flag salute for Sgt. Nathan S Barnes

All I will say, is that today, for many people I know, the war in Iraq became infinitely more real. Today, my home town celebrated the life and mourned the loss of our own Sergeant Nathan S. Barnes. Hundreds of scouts and others lined the streets holding flags and saluting as the procession drove by. A bagpipe band played Amazing Grace, and I could hardly decide what was louder: the pounding of our hearts or the sound of them breaking.

Seattle Pics

I had a blast in Seattle with Hands-On Web Hosting and the graphic design / visual communications people from HOW, graphicdesign.about.com, and Creative Latitude. Here a few of the pics I took on this trip. More to come when I get access to my sister’s CF card!

My 15 minutes of Fame

Wow, my photo’s on Reuters! No, dear cyberstalkers, it’s not a photo OF me, but it is a photo I’ve taken, and I am thrilled. It was used as a stock photo in someone’s blog, and Reuters Health picked it up and it’s linked back to me. The article’s interesting too, so have a look! Makes me want to open all my windows now (were it not for the 40F temp I’m registering).

update: they’ve moved or removed the article :-S So here’s the photo I’m talking about:

The old hospital in Lehi. It's been torn down now.

The article was basically saying people in hospitals get sicker for lack of fresh air.

I post maybe one percent of the photos I take, but you can find a few here, as well as a few at sxc.hu. Maybe if you ask nicely, I’ll autograph a print for you ;-p

Is it summer yet?

I just realized I forgot to post this pic of a cool shell I found on a beach in Montery this summer.

A pretty purple and orange cone shell I found
A pretty purple and orange cone shell I found

Guess I may as well post a few other pics I got at the beaches too. It makes me want to go back there now.

A real snowflake

My kids and I made paper snowflakes this winter out of our names. They’re really quite beautiful. But my kids weren’t at all convinced that REAL snow looks like that. So I took this picture.

Closeup of a snowflake
Closeup of a snowflake

Cabin Fever

Mary having a hard day
Mary having a hard day

This picture of Mary describes exactly how life’s been lately. I’m sure it’s some combination between trying to potty-train my daughter and having been through 3 months of remodeling with no ETA on the kitchen sink. Still I’m reminded that one of these days I’ll look back and laugh.

Black & White Colorized Effect

It’s doubly or maybe even triply retro, and everyone’s asking me how it’s done. So at long last, here’s how to apply that “hand-colored” look to your digital or scanned photos.

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

*note* – This tutorial requires Photoshop. You could try to adapt the steps to Paint Shop Pro or the Gimp with plugins.