A note about penguins

April 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today is World Penguin Day, a day to celebrate all things penguins.

While I have recently posted about my experience with penguins in the Antarctic, my love for these curious animals goes way back.

I can remember visiting Sea World in San Diego (way before any documentaries came out) and always loving the huge penguin habitat. It was my favorite thing to see as a child, and I clearly remember my fascination starting with these curious little creatures.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and the fascination has never waned. When I booked the trip to the Antarctic in 2013, I couldn’t believe that I would actually get to meet penguins in the wild. The first moment I saw Magellanic penguins on the beach in the Falklands Islands, curiously watching droves of humans land on their island, it was even more magical than I had dreamed. I cannot explain the feeling that washed over me as I continued to observe Magellanic penguins in the Falklands, King penguins on South Georgia Island, and the Gentoo and Chinstraps on Antarctica.

A Gentoo penguin makes its way across the snow in Antarctica.

A Gentoo penguin makes its way across the snow in Antarctica.

Chinstrap penguins use an ice floe to relax and soak up the Antarctic sunset.

Chinstrap penguins use an ice floe to relax and soak up the Antarctic sunset.

A King penguin couple on the beach in South Georgia.

A King penguin couple on the beach in South Georgia.

Thank you for allowing me to share my experience with the penguins with you. I find myself missing the penguins.


Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

The holidays are upon us – which can often make for crazy and hectic days. I hope that you are able to spend time with loved ones and that you find a few peaceful moments to enjoy the season.

Last year at this time, I was in the Sub-Antarctic region. I will never forget spending Christmas toasting to the great explorer Shackleton at his final resting place in Grytviken, South Georgia Island. The world’s most remote church resides there, and it was a very special place to be on Christmas for me.

I missed my loved ones dearly, but was so grateful to have so much support to spend the holidays on my dream trip among friends.

Photoshop World Posts

September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Photoshop World was just last week (yikes!). I have compiled all of the posts from that week in case you missed any, want to catch up, or are thinking about attending next year and are wondering what it is all about. Use code PSWCJ14 to save $50 on PSW 2015.

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And the winner is…

September 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Last month, I sent out a survey of images as a special edition of my newsletter, for subscribers only to vote on their favorite image. The winning image will be a special edition print for sale at An Evening of Art & Wine at Two Elephants in Granada Hills, CA.

I was overwhelmed with the response of my subscribers. Thank you to all who voted! By voting, you were entered into the drawing for a signed 8 x 10 print of your favorite image.

The winner of the drawing is: Lee Herbert!

Congratulations Lee! You have been contacted by email – so be sure to let me know which print you’d like!

As for the image – it was close! For a few days, it looked like there might be a tie – but one image held steady and true throughout the voting process. I am pleased to announce that  Inside was the winning image:

This image was created in Mammoth, CA a few summers ago. I loved the way that the hollowed tree trunk framed the tall tree and the vibrant sky. Using the flash (on my camera- yikes) I lit up the inside of the tree so that I could see the detail of the inside of the trunk- which isn’t a view that we are used to seeing.

This print will be available for purchase as a special edition on October 4, 2014. If you are in the area, stop by and say hi. You can grab a glass of wine, and support a great local business.

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Photoshop World Day 3 Recap

September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

The third day of Photoshop World is always bittersweet. It’s the last day and your body is over being abused by the running around from your room to the conference, running to classes that are at opposite ends, scouring the huge conference Expo, and standing/sitting for hours at a time. Your brain is overloaded with things you have learned, ideas for your personal creative expression, and the names of the new friends you have made and will run into again. Thank goodness there isn’t a test at the end of this thing.

Knowing all of this, day 3 was just packed. I had planned on sleeping in, as I was already tired, and had a long day that ended with a long drive across the desert home to Los Angeles. However, I was invited to a breakfast for the readers of Photofocus  by none other than Robert Vanelli, one of the great personalities of PSW. How could I say no to Vanelli?

Going to this breakfast was great- I was able to chat with other readers, as well as publisher of the site Richard Harrington. Perhaps a highlight of that breakfast was meeting and chatting with photographers Nicole Young and Brian Matiash. I have been following Nicole on her blog and social media for years, and have always missed her at Photoshop Worlds past. Ditto for Brian – I ended up sitting next to them at breakfast and even got a selfie with Nicole, taken by Nicole. Where other than PSW can this happen?

Nicole S. Young and I, taken by Nicole.

Nicole S. Young and I, taken by Nicole.

And then of course after a nice leisurely breakfast, it was time to squeeze everything I hadn’t done or still needed to do. Between sessions I wanted to see, visiting the Expo floor, demos on the Expo floor, and everything else, there was plenty to keep me busy until the closing ceremony that capped off the event in the afternoon.

My first order of business was to collect my camera that had gone in for a free cleaning by Canon Professional Services. I was also able to get an image printed on a Canon Pixma Pro 1 printer free of cost. These are just two more opportunities provided by PSW to attendees.

Canon Pixma Pro 1 printer printer printing my image ‘Golden Flower”

Out on the Expo floor, free demos were taking place at several booths. One such demo at the Wacom booth was Kevin Stohlmeyer’s PSW composite found here .

Kevin Stohlmeyer demos his PSW composite at the Wacom booth.

Kevin Stohlmeyer demos his PSW composite at the Wacom booth.

Adobe booth at the Expo floor.

Adobe booth at the Expo floor.

After squeezing in all of that, it was time for the final event- the Wrap Up Rally. This is always bittersweet- you know that it’s ending, but you are having such a great time and still learning.At this final event, videos of the previous days are shown, instructors take the stage one more time, and prizes are given away.

There were a few new instructors who spoke at the final event this year after Larry Becker  opened up the event. Tim Wallace, Roberto Valenzuela (who brought the house down)  and Lindsay Adler all spoke about different lessons they have learned in their career. PSW world regular Moose Peterson wow’ed with some of his photography of war birds and the men who flew them, which will be a Kelby One special on September 12 – you can find out more about it here.

Scott Kelby is always last to take the stage to thank everyone for another great Photoshop World. And it was!

Until Photoshop World August 2015!




Photoshop World After Hours Party

September 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Photoshop isn’t all about technical sessions and cramming information in your brain. The After Hours Party allows both attendees and instructors to let loose and have a good time. This year’s party was held at Gameworks – which was a fun place to act like little kids and play video games. Between bowling, air hockey and Photoshop World instructors racing each other – there was plenty of fun to choose from!

Battle of the PSW instructors!

Battle of the PSW instructors!

Attendees race each other

Attendees race each other

Brent Peterson plays air hockey

Brent Peterson plays air hockey

Kevin Stohlmeyer takes a lap race

Kevin Stohlmeyer takes a lap race

Sharing the Antarctic

June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Just over six months ago, I was fortunate to visit the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region. This was an amazing trip that made me appreciate Earth’s beauty, the amazing way that ecosystems work together, and made me realize that people need to know that places like this exist.

I have been slowly posting pictures to the blog, website and social media. But I have also been putting together a small presentation to educate others about this amazing place and the creatures that call it home. Last week I was able to give this presentation along with one of my travel buddies.

I found it to be really rewarding to be able to share my experience with other people, and to educate and inspire those who had never even thought about the Antarctic as a travel destination to want to travel there.

Here are a few of the images that I showed during last week’s presentation:

Thanks to Jill Levenhagen for the collage template!


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