This was an ambitious edit and I wasn’t sure it would work.  I doubt I could ever print this out because it is so minuscule, but it was a challenge to try. I stole a tiny butterfly from the original image (it’s so small if you blink you won’t see it). To tone down the pixelation I played with my new app Big Aperture, it’s .99 and pretty awesome for creating creamy bokeh.

Tomorrow is our first day of Souvenir Foto School, I am so excited.  I am really sorry for those that don’t want to see another photograph from moi  I am working behind the scenes to put together a brand, new shiny blog design with a lot more varied content, so I hope you can stick with me these next couple of months while I try to keep my focus + sanity.  I promise it will be worth the wait!

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.


I am on cloud nine today. No, not because I had to go work all day for that client that makes me want to go rock in the corner, nope. I am high on the possibility of things to come, an intoxicating feeling, which also seems to land me deep in the present.  For a non-new-agey person, I think I may have sounded definitely ‘out there’ and new-agey.  I am taking another huge leap of faith this week and letting loose said client, which means I will not have the ‘security’ of a paycheck.  I understand what they mean by leap because it feels like a huge one (apropos that I should choose this during a leap’ year, no?).  I am just ready for this, mentally and fiscally. I’ve saved and saved and saved. I haven’t bought a pair of shoes, gone out to dinner or a movie since I don’t know when. I saved like my life depended on it and it does.  I am not King Midas now by any stretch but I have enough to get me through a few months and to see if I can make it without a ‘real’ job. I am not going to be laying poolside eating bon bons either. I have been working hard, very hard, but working and loving what I do is an extreme pleasure that I can’t quite articulate. I love how I feel in the morning when I know I have a whole day of possibility ahead of me. I love that I feel creative, productive and light. I am scared but it’s a happy fear (is there such a thing?). I can’t wait for Souvenir Foto School to start, it’s always a good time and I feel like it’s a perfect way to wish my old life a ‘bon voyage’. Thank you to everyone who visits, your support has helped my dreams come true as you have never given up on me and have been my virtual cheerleaders.  I am both humbled and extremely grateful.Thank you.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here. Read more…

P.S. I used a very cool (and free) action from Pioneer Woman for this edit.  Have at it!

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The reason I like this photograph, is not the photograph itself but the memory it conjures. This lone bat was in a tray sandwiched between bird wings and bird beaks in the otherwise bird specific section of the Natural History Museum. Why then a solo bat? There was a note next to the bat, which in retrospect I should have photographed as well that read something along the lines of, ‘although a bat can fly it is not a bird.’. Just in case anyone may have thought a bat was a bird. Even as a small child I never once thought a bat was a bird, but maybe there are other kids out there (or sheltered adults?) that may have been confused until they came upon the lone bat?  Anything is possible I suppose, anything.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here. Read more…


I saw a documentary last weekend called Ghost Bird about the discovery of a thought to be extinct bird called the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. I don’t want to ruin it for you in case you want to see it, for those that think a documentary about a woodpecker is about as exciting as watching paint dry I should add that the story that unfolded for me was one of hope, the power of belief and great sadness. It’s amazing how destructive humans can be but equally amazing what humans can accomplish if they set their minds to it. The Nature Conservancy was started as a result of the Ivory-billed Woodpeckers first round with extinction. This pair of birds are Western Meadowlarks. I live in a concrete jungle, there’s pockets of nature here and there but I never see little yellow birds flitting about. This pair is as close I have ever been to seeing a bird like this in Los Angeles. I once had a hummingbird come visit my back door, I about imploded with delight. When I was a kid I’d see Blue Jays all the time, but I haven’t seen a Blue Jay since I was about six, no idea where they could have gone, but I don’t blame them for moving. I am hoping with our impending re-location that we pick a spot where seeing a beautiful bird is an everyday occurrence. I pinky promise that I would never, ever take it for granted.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here. Read more…

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This is about where I threw the towel in on this project last year. Tonight I almost did the same, not because I didn’t have an edit I sure did, but my desktop computer slowed to a snails pace and then the Photoshop threw up a white flag of surrender–I lost all my work. I would say it was devastating, but that seems a bit much, I’ll save devastating for a natural disaster not a software failure on a self-imposed assignment. This was taken with my Iphone, it’s ostrich legs in case you thought it was perhaps a dinosaur. I’ve always been curious about this large flightless bird that stands upright and can run over 40 mph. I hate to admit this, but I have actually had a bite of an ostrich burger once. I swallowed. I can’t believe I would do that, have you seen the eyelashes on this bird? How could anyone ever eat an ostrich? I still hang my head in shame, it’s not like I was starving on a deserted island and the only thing I could find was a bite of ostrich burger. It’s one of the things I regret in life, truly.
I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here. Read more…
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