Trellis Bay on Beef Island in the BVI is famous for its Full Moon Festival.  This monthly event which is a gathering of locals, sailing ship inhabitants and other fun finders out for an evening of dancing, drinking and festivities.   Locals in colorful garb balance way up high on stilts while dancing in the streets with anyone crazy enough to join them.  Of course, I was right there with them in the midst of the craze. The main theme is the Fireball Party which is the cultural event not to miss.  I was still using the Minolta DiMage Z1 so the images are not a crisp as I would likeRead More →

Still searching for the perfect sea plane picture and these are okay but not exactly what I’ve been striving to achieve.  The ocean color is nice and plane itself has a good contrast but the water spray could have been better.  They have not been altered with Photoshop and that might help to deepen the blues.  The problem is in taking action pictures.  Still, they could be worse, too so I guess I shouldn’t beat myself up.    It’s more difficult to get the exact composition while trying to follow the object in motion.   If I’m recalling right this was in St. Thomas, USVI, but recall exactly.  Read More →

Bisbee Arizona is an artistic community nestled in the Mule Mountains of Southern Arizona.  It’s an once was copper mining town that still holds the old world charm of Victorian and European influenced architecture.  As we strolled along its quaint streets with rustic bars, art galleries and historic hotels there was much to take in. I was on a photo-shoot mini vacation with family.  David, my brother-in-law, is also a photography buff and we had planned this trip just for the photography.  He and I were in direct competition to see who could find the best photo ops and I’m still not sure who won. Probably both of us! He’s taught meRead More →

From a high ground patio up on a hill overlooking St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, we saw this strange little character who was shedding his coat.  We were amazed to see a lizard who was midway in the process of the change.  I never knew they did that and it was a nice surprise to see it in action.  The link at the end of the story is a uTube video on the process and it’s quite interesting how the Leopard Gecko goes about the entire shedding.   I don’t think the gecko we found was a Leopard Gecko based on the shape ofRead More →

Italy is a romantic eye opening country to visit and I love it, especially Venice.  Gus and I first saw Venice through the eyes of another after seeing a picture of a Venice Canal Scene in 2007 while visiting Las Vegas.  Since then we had wanted to see Italy in person.  In 2012 during the spring our wish came true and we spent 3 weeks exploring Italy.  While there we were able to spend 4 days in Venice looking for the canal from the picture.  Of course, with my Nikon D60 in hand I took numerous pictures while in Venice, Rome and Florence. The firstRead More →

This colorful Pack Mule was found noshing on a few blades of grass along a well travelled road in Jamaica.  Of course, the first words out of my mouth were that famous… stop.. stop… I have to take this picture.  The owner of the mule was close standing by with his hand out for a few dollars right after I snapped the picture.  I’m sure it was his way of earning a living and very smart of him at that.  The image was take with my new Nikon D60 camera and I was still getting used to it so used the auto shoot and auto focus. Read More →

This little knobby kneed fawn just stood their looking at me as I took a number of pictures of him. This is by far one of my favorites of all those taken. It looked like he had just started walking and wasn’t quite sure footed yet. The little knees were twisted inward and he had his little tongue hanging out like he was say na..na.. just try and get me. Here are the before and after images. By using Photoshop the fawn color was brightened and the grass was also modified so that there was more depth to both. Before I got so involved with cookingRead More →

This image was one of my first attempts at creating what is called a compilation using Photoshop. It’s done by combining multiple images with layers and masking.  It took many hours and is of at least 5 separate photos taken during the early fall season as we drove along an Idaho highway or while visiting with friends in the Idaho Panhandle. The sky is an image that probably did not occur in Idaho but I liked the heavy clouds and deep blue sky.  I think it’s probably from the Caribbean. When altering the sky, it was important to keep in mind that there would be shadowingRead More →