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