Monday, August 29, 2011

Photos from the trip to Sierras

I finally got around sorting and posting my pictures (on Picasa) from the trip we took two weeks ago.
You can find them HERE.

A known fact: for really good landscape photos, one has to be ready to sacrifice morning hours of sleep 
and go the distance - literally - to get them.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

About Blake

He is one happy baby-boy in our friends family, and a wonderful model. Isn't he a sweetie?


I played with Winding Down by Heather T, available at Mscraps.

Memories of Paris

Plan is to go back and "repeat" my shots with my new Canon camera. I'd prefer Autumn this time. Although places like New Zealand, Thailand, Iceland and Japan are on my "To Go List" as well. :-)

Meanwhile, to help me dream, I made a page with Special Delivery by Joyce Paul, available at Mscraps.

Les escaliers de Montmartre
Special Delivery Summer Grabbag by Joyce Paul Designs

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mscraps blogtrain making a stop here, again!

Hello everybody, so glad you stopped at my blog!! I hope you didn't get lost and came from the Facebook page of talented Pauline (of PaulineM Scraps)!

I'm sure you know the Mscraps is having a Summer party with lots of games, prizes and free goodies, donated by our awesome designers!! Together with Mscraps Creative Team they made this huge collab kit Beach Party.

This is my contribution: a teeny tiny kit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New old layout

I can't believe I forgot to post my page for July Journaling challenge (it was made in June)!!
For those who don't know, tuba has very strong, low pitch sound. Granpda - a musician - deserves, in my opinion, a medal for letting my kiddies play on it and for listening to the sounds they were making... :-)
made with True Strength by Lisa Sisneros

You like the composition? I made a template for you, for grab HERE. Enjoy!
(see my TOU)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Beautiful sunrise

I'm trying to limit the number of pictures I post (to only the good ones). I pains me but my albums fill up too quickly. 
Here is  something for start: sun rising over Sierra Nevada Range, the Eastern side, taken in Big Pine, California, with my brand new ultra wide lens (Sigma 8-16mm DC HSM, f/4.5-5.6), yoo-hoo!!

Canon 7D + Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM, 
f.l. 8mm, f/7.1,  s.s. 1/100, ISO 200.

Back from a trip

Laundry - mostly - taken care of, camping supplies clean and back in the box.
Only a 1000 photos to sort or edit: well...sometimes...

Because of our traveling, I couldn't post my page with Double Masks by Heather T. How about now?

It is my then-little boy, all serious.
all Heather T, Mscraps

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Trip to Lake Aloha

My third trip to the lake. Each time we took a differnet route. Each time, my feet were blistered the same.

 High points:
 - Pacific Crest Trail looks like a highway, really. I said "Hi" so many times! It's easier on the way down, though.
- It's not an easy trail, I was surprised to see so many people of all ages and sizes!!
 - I have never seen it so full before, and with snow around! Beautiful!
- not much to add, besides the fact that I took some nice photos.

The rest of the photos are HERE

Upper Echo Lake

rock formation by Lake Aloha

Lake Aloha

Lake Aloha again

Upper Echo Lake

a bonus on the way home

Friday, August 5, 2011

I haven't shared another GSO

A week ago, another store collaboration kit was released at Mscraps - Love in the City, perfect for the page I had in mind - black and white photos from San Francisco, with nice urban feel.
I got GSO at (Aug 2nd) and at Mscraps.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Nevada Falls

I have fun doing that. Getting wet and tired, feet blistered, hips hurting. For some reason, the word has spread and hundreds of other individuals want to do the same. The only difference is: I've done it several times already, I know what it is about and still keep coming back. Go figure.

We took friends to Nevada Falls in Yosemite NP. We were really lucky to find a spot for our tent. Recently, the park stopped keeping some of the camping sites for walk-ins, everything is for reservation only and it's booked months in advance.
Getting soaking wet on the Misty Trail is the highlight of the trail. Not so much on the way down, when my body is not being warmed by the steep incline.

After Yosemite, a short stop at South Tufa, on Mono Lake. Just for comparison, here are photos of the area from the last November. Much nicer then, if you ask me.

Then, a step back in time,  in Virginia City, Nevada.

The rest of the photos is HERE.

Half Dome - view from Glacier Point

Misty Trail

Olmstead Point

Tufa Reserve at Mono Lake

Virginia City, Nevada
a new LR preset in making, called Wild Wild West, coming soon   :-)
should it have less of the white vignette?