Monday, January 26, 2015

Photo Archives

I wanted to introduce the Jenn Dixon Photography Archives over at tumblr.  I'm going back through old photos and randomly selecting some to post.  Take a look!

Jenn Dixon Photography Archives

It's actually quite fun going through these old photos.  There are a lot of good memories and it's interesting to see how I've grown as a photographer.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Good Things

I know.....I haven't updated this in a while, but here's some good news.  First, one of the photos I submitted for the 2014 Lancaster County Photography Meetup book was selected to be included in the collection.

Jenn Dixon Photography: Fall 2014 &emdash; Lancaster Alley Walk 1

This was taken during  meetup where we explored some of the back alleys of Lancaster City.  It was also one of my first forays into working with dodging and burning.

The icing on the cake, though, is that fifteen of the submitted photos were also selected to be in an photography exhibit at Coe Camera, a photography institution located in Lancaster.  I am so honored to have one one of my photos that I submitted be a part of this exhibit.

Jenn Dixon Photography: Longwood Gardens &emdash; Longwood Gardens 57

I took this at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA this past summer.  When selecting pictures for submission, I almost didn't choose this one.  After my own careful consideration, I decided I was going to stick with this particular photo.  I'm so glad I did!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Point and Shoot Fun: Crystal Cave Park

On Saturday, Joan, Deb B., Deb's B.'s son Seamus, and I went to Crystal Cave Park in Kutztown, PA.  I had never been in a cave before, and this was really cool!  I didn't want to risk taking my DSLR into a cave, so I took my point-and-shoot, and took some photos, flash off, of course.  Here are some of the photos I got.

It's really nice tour, if you are in the area.  I recommend checking it out.  They don't care if you take all the photos you want of the cave and its formations.  They don't even care if you use flash, since, as our tour guide said, they're just rocks.

I wouldn't recommend taking a tripod or monopod inside because there are some tight squeezes, stairs, and it can be slippery.  Keep your flash off, try to minimize shake is the only advice I can give, otherwise.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Back From Vacation!

I recently was on vacation in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, USA.  I have been there before, and have taken lots of photos.  I didn't do so much this time, but I did get some great shots of my adventures.  Here's my absolute favorite on the week.


I think all of the photos I got that week were special.  I would like to think I got some more unusual shots rather than the standard ones that I always seem to come away with.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dodging and Burning

After recently attending a meetup where dodging and burning were explained, as well as ways to do it during post processing, I finally decided to give it a shot.  How did I do?

Without getting to technical, I "burned" the rust, by making it darker and bring out the details.  I "dodged" the bricks to make them brighter and to bring out the detail of the rust even more.  Wikipedia can explain this stuff better than I can, truthfully.

Dodging and burning refers to the the ways back in the days of film when photographers would manually do this to their exposures.  Now, we have programs that do this for us, through layers and paints brushes, and actions.

 How I did this, was have a 50 percent opacity gray layer where I used a white brush for burning and a black brush for dodging ( I think I have that right.  Correct me if I'm wrong, please.), and I colored each over the areas I wanted the proper effect from.  Not to hard!  Ah, I should mention that I am using Photoshop Elements 12.

I should really post the original here for comparison.  I do like this photo.

Edit:  Here is the original for comparison.  I can see the difference!

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Lonely deviantART Page

My deviantART page is lonely and needs some TLC.  Take a look! 

I know, it's mostly stuff that I've posted before, but there some interesting things there, too, such as old fractals and such.  There are a lot of memories on that page for me.

deviantART is where I first cut my artistic teeth.  It will always have a special place in my heart, and will probably always keep a page open there.

By the way, the freaky photo here is my avatar on dA.  I took it with my phone using and app called Slow Shutter.  Neat, huh?

Friday, August 29, 2014

LED Hoop Light Painting

I had a good time the other weekend playing with light painting with my LED hoop.

Kinda cool, huh?  I have more over on my website if you are interested in taking a look.

I was so happy with my results, I decided to write a quick tutorial over on Hubpages on how to do light painting with any LED lighted object.

Here's the equipment that I used.

You could just just dial down your shutter speed to 30 seconds, though, too.  I also recommend using your delay timer setting on your camera with a remote trigger.

I would love to see your LED lighted photography.  Link me some pretty photos here!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My First Crack at Astrophotography

I got the chance to try my hand at astrophotography on Sunday night.  For a first try, I think I did pretty well!

I shot in manual mode, turned autofocus off, and dialed my exposure time to 30 seconds.  Here's where I got my settings from.    Let's get to the pictures!

I'm not sure if I had some camera shake (I was using a tripod and remote trigger) or if I actually have some light trails.  The "dotted line" is a passing plane.  I love how you can see the Milky Way in this photo.

For this one I put the camera on the ground, pointing straight up at the sky.  Again, I used use a remote trigger for the shutter.

Have you ever tried astrophotography?  It's actually easier than you think if you have a good, clear sky and a camera that can be set with manual settings.  I was happy with my results!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fall Photography Tips

I've been doing a little writing over on Squidoo, and since fall is right around the corner, I decided to write a quick page about fall photography tips

It's basic information, but I tell you where to look, when to look, and what to look for.  All the photos on that page are mine.

What is your favorite photography tip for the fall?  Leave a comment to share it with everyone!

I do enjoy summer, but I am also looking forward to the fall (I'm a fall baby) and the colors that it brings. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wolves of Lititz, PA

If you are ever in Lititz, PA, you MUST visit the Wolf Sanctuary of PA to see the majestic creatures that they care for.  I had the privilege of going there a second time earlier this month and got some more photos of wolves.  Keep in mind, there is usually a double-layer of fencing, so I could focus through one, but not the other.  Please enjoy these beautiful animals!

Jenn Dixon Photography: Summer 2014 &emdash; Wolves 9

Jenn Dixon Photography: Summer 2014 &emdash; Wolves 11

Jenn Dixon Photography: Summer 2014 &emdash; Wolves 1

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family Photoshoot

I had the pleasure of photographing my sister's family on Sunday, and the photos turned out great!  I did formal shots of the family, but also took a few candid shots of my sister, husband, and little girl, like this one.

I adore this picture.  Allie, their daughter and my niece, is starting to pull herself up and wants to walk.  She'll be one on July 16.  Here's a video of what I mean.

Interested in seeing the rest of the photos?  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Longwood Gardens: Then and Now

I was recently at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  I hadn't been there since I was eight years old.

I remember going there and having my little blue Fisher-Price camera and snapping photos all over the place.  This is the only one that remains, I believe.  It is of the Conservatory.  It was my favorite photo from the roll at the time and it remains one of favorite shots I took as a child.

I remember walking into the conservatory and taking the shot.  I was so proud of myself.  I knew I had a good pictures, at least in the mind of an eight-year-old. 

When I went back, I was really looking forward to going to the Conservatory.  My goal?  See how much it had changed and if I could get a similar shot.  Granted, the building has changed, but the effect is similar.

Cameras have come a long way, and so my has eye for photos.  Sometimes, though, I wish I had some of that fearlessness in photography that I had when I was a kid.  I hope to recapture that one day.

If you are interested in seeing more of my Longwood Gardens photos, head on over to my photo website.  Also, if you would like to see more of my photos as a child, take a look at my free e-book of my photos as a kid, teenager, and young adult.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Longwood Gardens: A Taste of What I Did

I was at Longwood Gardens on Saturday with Joan, and we had a great time!  I took my camera with me and got some beautiful shots.  Here's a taste of what I took.  The flower is a lisianthus.

It's not the sharpest of photos, but I really like the contrast I got on it.  Keep an eye out for more photos from the excursion.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ephrata Cloister: A Different Look

On May 11, 2014 I was at the Ephrata Cloister for a photographer meetup with my photo group.  I had been there before, but since the Cloister is close to my home, I went.  I also decided that rather focus on the buildings, I was going to concentrate my photos on smaller details of this historic site.  Here are a few shots from this outing.

The birds there must be used to people, because, even though my lens is decent for zooming, I was able to get pretty close to this critter, too.

I encourage you to see the rest of my photos from the Ephrata Cloister that I took on this day.  As well, here are some photos that I have taken of the Cloister in the past.

Cloister Buildings
Cloister Stairway
Another Cloister Building

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PicMonkey Review

PicMonkey is a free online photo editing service.  When I say free, I mean that most of the features are free, otherwise you can purchase a Royale subscription for additional features and graphics control.  Since I use PicMonkey a lot for graphics for my other blog, I did sign up for Royale.  I hadn't used it for regular photo editing, yet.  Until today.

Here's a picture I took of my niece, Allie.  She's nine months old and is adorable.  Yes?  Yes.

I decided to give PicMonkey's photo editing features a whirl.  And came up with this.

Since they are so small, it's hard to see the color differences.  The biggest change I did was the crop.

PicMonkey allows you do a lot of fancy effects with your photos, such as a cross-processing one.  You can add bokeh shapes, and put hats and lips on people.  What PicMonkey has basically done has put some of the more complex Photoshop procedures into an easy to use interface.  I like it.

What it doesn't have is a way to process RAW files, and that's what I really do want.  Still, for a more basic needs, a good JPG editor will work, such as PicMonkey.

I like creating fun graphic with PicMonkey, too, such as the one below that I used on another blog.

With a little creativity and know how, you can come up with some pretty neat graphics.  Not only do you have access to PicMonkey's built-in stock, you can upload your own images and and clip art, too.

This is a good program, especially if you want something easy to use, that's fast, and gives you a good quality product, even if you don't pay for the extra features.  PicMonkey is an asset for bloggers who want to create cool graphics and photographers who want to start to play with their images more. 

PicMonkey: photo editing made of win

Monday, April 14, 2014

Colonial Park Easter Egg Hunt

Some of the neighbors held an Easter egg hunt for the area children in the park next to my house.  I felt strange being the only solo person there, and holding a camera, at that.  I wanted to get out and see what the excitement was about, really.  The kids looked like they had a great time!  I got a few shots.  Here's one of my favorites.

It's amazing how quickly the kids grab all those eggs.  A fun time was had by all.  If you'd like to see more, I have some other nice shots on my website.

West Reading Photo Walk

On Saturday I was out with my photography group in West Reading, PA for a photo walk.  My friend Joan came along, too.  It was a gorgeous day and I got some interesting shots.  I even did a composite of two that turned out pretty nice, as well.

The flower photos was taken on the grounds of the Reading Museum, which is actually pretty cool if you are ever in the area.  The other photo is an antenna from the West Reading Borough Hall with an overlay of some cool peeling paint texture that I found. 

Interested in seeing more from the day?  Head on over to my website gallery and take a look.  I'd love it if you did!