Wednesday, December 12, 2012

oh my blog!

So neglected, I know!

To amend, I'm posting photos I took during of a crazy storm last week. I have never experienced such a massive rainfall, the heaviest raging for about two hours.
To be clear, most of the water was gone 15 minutes after the rain stop. Beside pool chemistry being totally off and the pool becoming murky pond - no damage.

Friday, November 2, 2012

memory scraps fb train

Mscraps iDSD celebrations are always huge, filled with activities, fun, and with an enormous, free collab kit you can collect on CTs' and designers' Facebook pages and blogs. This November is no different, only that the collaborations is bigger than ever!!

Here is a preview of the whole kit:
(not all parts in in the preview)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

the things we do to take a picture

I'm sharing pictures from a recent trip to Lundy Canyon in Eastern Sierra Nevada range. 
 I have never seen a beaver dam and here they were everywhere!. My husband loves to make 360˚ panoramic pictures and too often I watch him with knots in my stomach on some high spot, turning around as he takes photos. Spots like this include a cliff, a high rock or a top of a beaver dam - as in this case:

If you drag slowly toward the bottom of the window, you'll see me in action :-)
(don't forget to zoom in or out to get a different view)

and here is another 360:

some creations by master beavers

Sunday, October 14, 2012

preset smitten

I have a preset as a thank-you for my Facebook fans. It's great for portraits as well for landscape and urban shots. It is 2012 process version, written for LR4 but LR3 will apply it as well, although the results will have more contrast. Personal use only, please.

You can collect it on my FB page - For My Fans tab
Feedback welcomed!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

a couple of recent layouts

Here are some pages in a simple, sorta artsy style with lots of brushes or masking, probably closest to my heart. Celebrate the hour in which Jopke and her designs landed in Mscraps  :-)

Crafty Art Snippets 3 - Jopke Designs
Wavy World template by Cornelia Designs

again Crafty Art Snippets 3, Jopke Designs

Crafty Art Snippets 2 by Jopke Designs

Monday, October 1, 2012

monterey in august

We were meeting our daughter, who was coming from Southern California, halfway - in Monterey. I feel so lucky to live in an area with so many inspiration around, lurking, waiting to be explored...I just need to have my eyes open.

It started by spotting some classic cars in the Wharf while driving through Monterey, then we enjoyed typical coastal atmosphere, watching harbor seals watching us. 
I don't know about you but I consider eating Thai food a visual experience as well.  :-)

We spent the next day strolling around the picturesque city of Capitola (still the Monterey Bay) where I shot one of my five-star photos (link), experienced close encounter with brown pelicans and dissevered surprising beauty in watering fields north of Santa Cruz.

Don't miss the rest of the photos!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

art journaling at its finest

Oh dear me, do you know Ania-Maria (or Anna-Maria) Wolniak and her art journaling pages? I'm so getting out my watercolor paint!
I discovered her talent in one of the Stampington magazines, I can't remember which one.
She's definitely awaken some jittery spark in me!!

HERE is the link to Ania's blog (her art journal pages) and HERE her Flickr photo stream. Happy browsing!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

b&w preset rome

When processing photos from my trip to Italy, I made a bunch of nice B&W Lightroom presets, one of them I'm sharing with you today.

Rich contrast and slightly pronounced grain makes it perfect for architectural or urban photos. I would advice against using it for portraits, there is too much contrast.
Don't dispair, I'm planning on making some more! :-)

As always, I'd appreciate some feedback, and respecting my TOU. Thanks bunches and enjoy!

some examples:

Friday, August 17, 2012

this right here

Heather T. has a new kit - This Right Here - at Mscraps, I made two pages with it:

Now Is When It Counts

Thursday, August 2, 2012

on a whim

There is a beautiful kit by Heather T. being released at Mscraps - On A Whim...and lookie lookie my pages with it:
I'm Just Happy

No Reason

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

recent layouts

A couple of pages I made in between my trips:

Earthly Delights
Juice by Co&Zo

Sunset At The Harbor

 Recipe For Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Afternoon
both pages above with Lazy Days by Heather T.

Starfish by ForeverJoy Designs

Monday, July 30, 2012

liguria and tuscany

I would like to share another batch of photos from Italy (first part was surprisingly interesting Genova). So much to see around Genova and Florence! Little towns rich with history and beautiful atmosphere:  Lucca, San Gimignano, resort-like Portofino or well known Pisa. See them all HERE.
(photos shown here processed with my presets)

San Gimignano



San Gimignano

Saturday, July 14, 2012

inspiration from venice

Shame on me, really. My last post was in May! In my defense, touring beautiful cities in Europe, visiting family and friends comes first.

I invite you to have a taste of some of the places I've visited: Genova, Florence, Venice, Prague...

gondolas in Venice

Monday, May 7, 2012


Shame on me, really. 
Five years I've lived in the area but this was my first time taking pictures in Sacramento. It had to be the bright spotty orange ball on the sky which made me finally go and explore one of the most recognized landmarks - Tower Bridge.

Not much luck with the moon there. The moonrise was around 10:30PM, the sky was too dark to have any detail on the Moon. Add to it a long exposure I wanted to have calm, mirror-like water - a recipe how to reduce the Moon to a cute, sparkly star.

I don't mind though. The shots of Tower Bridge are nice enough.

The sushi dinner by the Riverwalk Park wasn't bad either.

next two photos are from the day before, in our neighborhood

Friday, May 4, 2012


Mscraps is kicking off iNSD celebrations with this fantastic FB/blog train. Those are always such a huge hit - you don't want to miss it!

Just look at the preview - the collab is huge and free to pick up in pieces of Facebook pages and blog of Mscraps designers and CT members. Amazing, isn't it?

Did I mention the sales already started?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

my golden poppy quest

There are about 10 known locations in California where you can find great fields of Golden Poppy (state flower), worth taking photos. I opted for Bear Valley in Northern California, about 80 mins drive from me. I was hoping to try our 17mm Tilt-Shift lens. Those are optimized for f/16 and higher and with tilt functions I could have an image sharp from 0 to almost infinity. COULD.

I drove through the valley which is beautiful itself, only no signs of the poppies. Eventually, I had to turn back because the roads were extremely bumpy and I couldn't bear the suffering my dear car was going through anymore.

Well, here is what I found instead of the fields of gold:
(can you tell I have a tendency to apply photo treatment to any rustic or vintage photo?)

processed with my preset Sweet Brown
(not yet published)

processed with my LR preset Smitten
(not yet published)

used my preset American Classic
(free here on my blog)

processed with HDR Pro by Nik Software

Friday, April 27, 2012

mother's day coming

I bet you didn't know :-)

I can imagine there is going to be a flood of mom-themed kits and I got to play with this one - Mother Light by Heather T.

Mother's Love

Thursday, April 26, 2012

new releases

We have new designers at Mscraps and we are literally bathing in awesomeness!

And I played! It seems that I love orange these days (giggle):

Whatcha Got
with Soccer Star by Erica Zwart

Just Like Dad
 with Babbo - kit for dads - by Meta Wulandari