the road, in oregon, in black and white.

While I was on the road I was doing quick edits and blogging along the way as I wanted to have notes, thoughts on the places and moments. Now that I am home from the trip and things are a bit more sedate, I’m slowly working through my images, finding more and more faves and playing about with some creative, dramatic post (in some cases).

With the images below, I use a combination of Adobe Lightroom 3 and Nik Silver Efex for processing. I love Lightroom for the simple yet powerful tool that it is. There are loads of presets that you can use as starting points and add to, or you can create your own presets. You can control levels and curves and cropping and noise, it’s a joy to work in and so easy to lose hours in. :)

What I like about Nik Silver Efex are the deeper, sometimes grungier, textured effects available, again, pre-sets to start with and build on. Heck you can even add film texture to an image, have a fave black and white film? It might be available, add to that you can adjust the level and size of grain. Imagine that, we have fancy digital cameras and we take those shiny sharp images and make them look like the good old days :).

Anyhow, the three images below were taken somewhere in Oregon, heading back to Washington, on the last day of a two week journey.

the road.

the road.

the field, near the road.

Decorating Cupcake & Cookies with creativeLIVE

In one week, Lucinda Larson joins creativeLIVE for a half day workshop on Decorating Cupcakes and Cookies for the holidays. It’s sure to be filled with treats and treasures!

I had the pleasure of taking a few snaps of some of the samples she brought to creativeLIVE to show off her mad skills in decorating.



If you’re interested in taking your dessert decorating skills to the next level, tune into this free workshop with creativeLIVE.

I hear that there could be a spot or two available to be in the live studio audience for this one, so if you’re interested send a note to audience at creativelive dot com. and let the team know!

On the Road – Part 7 – iPhone style

I’ve been home from my whirlwind trek through the Pacific Northwest to Southern California through the Southwest and Western states for about a week. Since I’ve gotten back I’ve been catching up on things like sleep, email, and some editing. While I still have a lot left to go through from the “good camera”, I’ve really been itching to share some more iPhone photos. There’s been a few randomly splashed about on Flickr and Google+ and perhaps even a blog post or two, but I wanted to do one post to highlight the images created just through my iPhone. Did I mention that my shiny new iPhone4S arrived just in time for this trip?!

To see all the photos I’ve uploaded from the trip so far: Road Trip 2011.

Here are the highlights from my iPhone, images which haven’t been on the blog before…

the arboretum at us davis in california – edited via Swankolab


sunrise in davis, ca – iphone4s, unedited

sunset in davis

a starbucks cup left behind at fort funston, san francisco, ca – edited via 100 cameras in 1


graffiti in a way, at fort funston, san francisco, ca – edited via iris photo suite


mustang at sea – salton sea, ca – captured via hipstamatic

salton sea and a mustang

joshua tree national park – twentynine palms, ca – captured via instagram

joshua tree

somewhere in the mojave, ca – iphone4s, unedited


a patch of rocky desert in arizona – captured via hipstamatic


hechenbach – the cat – captured via lomora2


gargoyle – salt lake city, ut – captured via lomora2


snow falls somewhere in oregon – edited via iris photo suite


more snow, in oregon or possibly idaho – edited via iris photo suite

somewhere in oregon

There could be more, but I think, that might be it, for now…

Thanks for tuning in!