22 12 2015

Solstice in Raleigh, NC was at 11:49 PM on December 21. I took these photos after dark on the 22nd. I made these luminaries using Yankee Candles and lunch bags. After awhile, it smelled like Christmas outside!! I too three exposures and used Photomatix to make the HDR image.  I added a border with ON1 10 Effects.




 I took this at sundown on the 22nd. It is our next door neighbor’s house. Added an HDR preset and a frame. 




16 12 2015

This weeks lesson is all about Silence. For me, I go to the cemetery for Silence.

December 12, 2015 was National Wreaths Across America day ( Thousands of volunteers laid wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery and many other cemeteries across the USA. There were ceremonies in Raleigh at Historic Oakwood Cemetery. I went there today to take some photos.

On Saturday we were in Columbia, SC for our friends wedding. The hotel we stayed in is near Fort Jackson. I started to notice young men in wheelchairs passing through the lobby. I saw one young man walking on two prosthetic legs. We think that they were in the area to participate in the Wreath ceremony at Fort Jackson. I thank these young men and women who serve our country to keep us safe. I just wish they didn’t have to. A Moment of Silence to all who have served. I used Photomatix to make an HDR image and used Lightroom and PSE to remove all of the color except red and green. You can see more photos on my flickr page:


This is a photo of one of the trucks leaving Maine, which are carrying the wreaths (taken by my cousin Steve Smith).


Other photos from Historic Oakwood:

Color Schemes

8 12 2015

This weeks lesson is all about the color wheel. ruth-ellenFlanagan_ColorScheme_1754 My best friend’s husband is Kevin, my husband is Kevin. Their next door neighbor’s name is Kevin. We have a new next door neighbor and his name is Kevin.

I had to use a photo I took the day after Thanksgiving. We are off to a wedding in SC and this photo just fit the theme. I took this as a series of photos of my friend Kevin sitting in each chair so I could merge them together as a few of you did for the self-portrait. He said he should have changed his shirt to match each chair (will try that in the Spring). I set the chairs up in rainbow order (missing orange and violet). He moved from chair to chair and changed his pose. This photo is an example of the Triadic color scheme. The chair you cannot see is green.

I did the following:

1. Used Photomatix to make an HDR image of the black & white version of this image.

2. Opened the color image and then pasted in the black and white version.

3. Created a layer mask on the top layer and used the brush to make the colors appear. Time consuming but worth the time!


I used this image to create my twirl image during the week of Radial Symmetry. Another Triadic color scheme.