April 20, 2014

Spring Flower

Some days I just want to create. 
I don't know if it is spring fever or that I keep seeing wonderful images on Facebook, but today I just wanted to create. Thanks to my friend Karen Messick I discovered BrushStroke. 
I combined it with Tangled, Filterstorm, ImageBlender and a Snapseed to create this water color image. 
How fun it is!

The original. 

April 14, 2014

A Day at the Beach with my iPhone

A day at the beach was great for my heart and soul. 

iPhone capture ProHDR 
Processed with Snapseed, Image Blender, Glaze and Filterstorm - a favorite combination

April 4, 2014

The Moody Gorge

Green, damp, wet, solitude, mossy, fresh, clean, rushing, hues, moody, rain, mist, dripping, lively, beautiful, serene, active,.... just some of the words I believe describe the Columbia Gorge yesterday on my hike. After capturing this image I took a minute to sit and absorb the moment. 

April 1, 2014

View from Munra in a new light

I am often inspired by others work. While pursuing Facebook today I saw a few images that reminded me to get out of the box. 
Tonight I just let things flow in a way I haven't for months. The image might not be inspiring but to me it is a break through. The combination lately has been mostly of Snapseed, Filterstorm and Image Blender with some texture app thrown in. 
Today however I was in visioning a texture and color of the sky that would create a mood. It took Artista Haiku, Glaze, Old Photo Pro, Snapseed, Image Blender, Artista Oil, and Photo Forge to finally get it right. 
I followed my own advise and played. It felt good!

March 31, 2014

Hiking in the Columbia Gorge

The spring always brings an array of weather to the Pacific Northwest. Somedays it is down right difficult to get out to exercise with a 90% chance of rain. 
However yesterday was glorious with breaks of sunshine among the rain sprinkles. The rainbows even made their appearance. 
This is a stitched image of 3. Captured without a tripod with ProHDR ( that in itself is impressive with my tremor.) 
I processed it with AutoStitch, Snapseed, Tangled FX, Filterstorm, ImageBlender and Snapseed again. 

Hope to go out again today. 

March 13, 2014

The Hike to Munra Point

It has been a while, both for a blog posting and for hiking. I decided not to go easy on myself for the first hike of the season and climbed to the top of Munra Point about 1800 feet. Pay off for the hardwork was a golden sunset from the top. However along the trail what captivated me was the old oaks covered in lycan and moss. 
One of the many things I love about my iPhone and the ability to process images on it is that you can do it from anywhere at any time. This image I processed from a warm bubble bath after the hike, another wonderful reward. 

Tangled FX
Image Blender

February 10, 2014

Floating Market -Thailand and my iPhone

To me, Life is about 'being there in the moment'. Americans live to work when they shoulSpent time with my iPad tonight in front of a warm fire listening to great musicd be working to live. Think about it! When is the last time you did something that you have wanted to do your whole life? 

Spent time with my iPad tonight in front of a warm fire, listening to great music with my fellow artist creating in the next room!

January 5, 2014

Long Tail on Koh Lipe

Got up early this morning to take a peek at sunrise. Spent 30 minutes walking the beach capturing the moments of the day. Gave this image a slight vintage look using a Vintage by Jixipix. It has been a good morning. 

December 30, 2013

Top Photography Apps for 2014 - iPhoneography

Five of my favorite images from 2013

I had a chance to visit the Palouse again this year. The famous lone tree was surround by a magnificent storm. Processing it in black and white made it that much more dramatic for me. 

Jefferson Park has become one of my most favorite backpacking locations. This sunset is one to remember. 

This year was spent mostly in Portland Oregon where I worked at Portland Urgent Care as the clinic manager and now the marketing manager. More recently I have discovered my artist self in the way I dress. Socks have become my theme. This is the first of my Portland Socks series.  

The Columbia a Gorge has been a backdrop for my health and many iPhone images throughout this year. The Gorge is full of water and green moss. I would love to take a hike with you there. 

In April my dad and I visited Washington, DC and the East Coast to the south. We were fortunate to arrive during the peak of cherry blossom. We arrived early to Tidal Basin to capture this image of the Jefferson Monument. 

I am so looking forward to 2014 as I know it will bring wonderous times of love, travel and adventure. 

Here is my list of photography apps I currently use. Happy New Year to All!

My top five must have photography apps:

My top five blending apps for photography:
All Artista

My other five must have apps for photography:

Other items of necessity:
Lightweight Tripod
iPhone camera holder for tripod
Car charger
Screen protector - no cover however

December 25, 2013

Crazy Christmas

Loving Snapseed on Christmas. 

Enjoyed spending Christmas with family at Suzanne and Tyson's again this year. Heading to Bangkok via Frankfort tomorrow. Hoping to capture lots of post worth images. 

December 22, 2013

Morning at Lake Sammamish

Started my holiday celebrations with my mom's side of the family. Enjoyed connecting with everyone again. Afterwards I was invited to spend the night at my aunt and uncles vacation house on Lake Sammamish. What a treat it was to open the window shades this morning. 

Processed the image with Snapseed and Old a Photo Pro. 

December 11, 2013

Eleven Pipers Piping - iPhoneography and Percolator

This weekend I looked up some ideas to enjoy the Christmas Spirit and decided to go to the Portland International Raceway where the largest drive thru display of Christmas lights in the Northwest was held. So tonight Mark and I left the house about 7pm and drove through traffic, yes there were still cars commuting, to the north end of Portland. I hummed songs to myself to get in the spirit and prepared to play Christmas songs on my iPhone while we drove through the highly anticipated displays. 
We paid the $16 entrance fee and proceeded for the next hour to drive along the track bumper to bumper with tail lights glaring as we past brightly colored yard art covered in Christmas lights, scattered throughout the grass. After we drove under the Reindeer tunnel we finally crawled toward the 12 Days of Christmas displays. I was so excited when the 11 Pipers Piping were actually on my side of the car so I could capture this Kodak (ok iPhone) moment to be remembered for the rest of my life. 

After that thrilling moment, I became The Grinch and broke the one car behind the other formation and started passing cars, buses and vans full of people merrily sing carols. Mark slide low in his seat so he couldn't be seen as I cleverly took my place back in line just in time for the grand finale, The Tunnel of Lights! Ohhh, ahhhh!!! 

After all this excitement I could hardly wait to come home to process my life long memory. So here it is in Peculator fashion. 11 Pipers Piping among the stars. I hope this moment is just as memorable for you as it was for me. 

So if you are in Portland and want to see the Lights of Christmas, I suggest you try something other than the raceway, so you can actually enjoy your holiday moment.