Autumn is coming. Slowly but surely the days are getting shorter and the air begins to grow cool. Rain in the forecast and apples ripening on trees. My favorite time of year.
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I have discovered the most fantastic Photoshop tool known to the human race! The Clone Tool! It’s basically the easiest way to remove unwanted objects from otherwise lovely photography. I was always eluded by how to make photoshoped images remain natural and flawless and now I know how thanks to a great tutorial over at Photoshop Buzz. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in sprucing up some of your “almost” favorite photos. The photo bellow I took in 2007 on U.S. Interstate 80 somewhere in Nevada… or maybe Utah and I always loved it but could never make it just right. As you will see above with this new tutorial and about a half hour I was able to make it into the photograph I always dreamed it could be.
I don’t know if this was just me or not, but at first I didn’t understand the clone tool. I thought you were copy and pasting from one place to another one click at a time. When really you’re setting a location to clone from and that point moves evenly with your brush as you cover an object in another location. Good Luck!
Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment and/or ask questions.
Posted in In the Kitchen, Nature and Outdoors, Photography, tagged baking, Berries, blackberries, blackberry, Blackberry Cobbler, cobbler, cooking, Douglas, Douglas Squirrel, kitchen, purple, recipe, squirrel on August 28, 2013| 3 Comments »
Over the weekend Sweet Pea (my 2 1/2 year old daughter) and I decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of town life and head for the country. There are a lot of big changes going on in our life (new baby on the way, moving) and we just needed to get away… get away and pick BLACKBERRIES. The blackberry bushes at my parents house are overflowing with juicy, fragrant orbs of deliciousness and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on them, and I was excited to share something that was such a big part of my childhood with my child. (Scroll down for Blackberry Cobbler Recipe)
We started by picking lots and lots of blackberries, but for the cobbler we only needed 6 cups. The rest were divided up and frozen so we could resurrect the best and tastiest part of summer later in the year when the winter days and the endless cold seem to drag on and on. (Complete Recipe and Directions Bellow)
Then we headed inside poured the blackberries into a pan and collected the rest of our ingredients.
We mixed all the dry ingredients and diced up the butter.
After that we went to work with a pastry blender until the mixture vaguely resembled pea gravel.
Add the milk and stir until all the ingredients are combined.
I then spooned the biscuit topping evenly across the top of the berries.
Popped the whole pan in the oven and 40 minutes later it was piping hot and ready to eat!
Blackberry CobblerIngredients: 1 1/4 cups Flour 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour 1 tablespoon Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon Salt 6 tablespoons Cold Butter 1/2 cup Raw Sugar 3/4 cups Milk (I used 2%) 6 cups Blackberries Enough Raw Sugar for Sweetening the Berries (By all means if you prefer white sugar use it instead) Preheat oven to 375° F. Pour Blackberries into 8×8 inch pan and add sugar to taste. I always start with half a cup of sugar and then add more if I think the berries are going to be a little sour (like if a 2 year old helps you pick them and they have visible red spots). Set pan aside and add Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Baking Powder and Salt to a large bowl. Cut Cold Butter into cubes and add to dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender, Fork or your fingers; work the Butter into the Flour mixture until pieces resemble small pea gravel. Add Milk and stir until combine. Spoon mixture evenly over Blackberries (I used a 3×3 grid pattern). Place pan in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until the Blackberries are bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough it no longer feels like lava (about 15 minutes) and enjoy alone or with vanilla ice cream. It’s also good chilled and at room temperature.
While we were out we also saw this Douglas Squirrel sneaking a treat from the very tip top of an apple tree; it even threw a couple of apples at the dogs that were watching it pensively from bellow.
Please feel free to comment and/or ask questions. Thank you for reading.
f/8 – exposure 1/2000 sec – ISO 400
Flamingos at the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, CA.
f/8 – exposure 1/2000 sec – ISO 400
The zoo is a wonderful local resource with lots of opportunities for learning and fun.
f/8 – exposure 1/2000 sec – ISO 320
Photographing birds with lots of light and a fast shutter speed allowed me the ability to capture the detail of the Flamingos feathers. A small aperture helps hold onto a vibrant moment of clarity surrounded by a blurred backdrop to bring all the attention to what is most important in the photograph. Under each photo are the camera settings that I used to achieve the desired affect.
f/3.5 – exp 1/40 sec – ISO 1600
Dark to light, photographing a culvert from within. Makes me think of what it’d be like to be inside a gun barrel. The camera settings above are a wonderful place to start when photographing light from darkness.
Posted in Nature and Outdoors, Photography, tagged bird, birds, california, Eureka, exercise, fun, hike, Humboldt, Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge, photography, weekend, Wildlife on October 3, 2012| Leave a Comment »
No matter where you live there’s always thing to do and adventures to go on if you look hard enough. Living in the Northernmost part of California(five hours further north than San Fransisco) we are blessed with an abundance of outdoor adventure locations, whether it be for a leisurely walk or a intense kayaking/rock climbing/mountain biking experience there is no limit to the beautiful places and winding trails you can find.
This last weekend we took a little trip to one of our favorite hiking locations the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge located on Highway 101 about 10 minutes South of Eureka it’s a wonderful place for walking with children and spotting lots of wildlife. The trail is about a mile long and flat the entire way which is a big bonus when we take SweetPea(19m) hiking. During migration season the refuge is full of majestic geese, swans and grebes, but during the off season you mainly just see a lot of beautiful land and some seagulls, but it was a great time none the less.
The journal/comment box at the end of the trail.
*These are great setting to start with when photographing the sun reflecting brightly off of water with a dark background.