Sandyp.com: Blog http://www.sandyp.com/blog en-us (C) Sandra Personette (Sandyp.com) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:54:00 GMT Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:54:00 GMT http://www.sandyp.com/img/s/v-5/u749110900-o9781907-50.jpg Sandyp.com: Blog http://www.sandyp.com/blog 90 120 Mr. and Mrs. Mallard http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/6/mr-and-mrs-mallard I saw these cute ducks at our local park today. Since they are a female and male mallard, I call them Mr. and Mrs. Mallard.

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(Sandyp.com) bird drake duck hen mallard sony sonyr10 iv wildlife http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/6/mr-and-mrs-mallard Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:53:44 GMT
Rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/6/rose I photographed this rose today using a textured background and Topaz software to give it a soft focus and painterly appearance.

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(Sandyp.com) flower rose soft-focus sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/6/rose Wed, 06 Jun 2018 04:45:06 GMT
Cat in a Meadow http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/5/cat-in-a-meadow I took this photo last weekend but thought the cat deserved another background. The textured background is from Jai Johnson at dailytexture.com in her Forest Meadow collection.

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(Sandyp.com) animal cat cat in meadow domestic cat pet sonya7rii sonyalpha textured background topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/5/cat-in-a-meadow Fri, 25 May 2018 02:21:15 GMT
Website Makeover http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/4/websited-makeover I decided to change my site to a more modern design. The Home page has a slideshow featuring full page images that will keep scrolling to the right on a computer unless the viewer stops it by taking their mouse off the image. When I'm on my iPad, I can scroll the images using my finger. The first image shown is this photo of a mum. 

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(Sandyp.com) chrysanthemum flower rosevelt website makeover http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/4/websited-makeover Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:52:47 GMT
Falcon http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/2/falcon This is another bird that I saw at the Snow Goose Festival in Chico, CA. I assume it is a brown Falcon. Since there were so many people at this exhibit, I used a texture for the background to block them out. 

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(Sandyp.com) bird falcon sonya7rii sonyalpha textured background topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/2/falcon Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:47:33 GMT
Northern Pintail Duck http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/1/northern-pintail-duck This past weekend, I went to the Snow Goose Festival in Chico, CA. While I was there, I took photos of many different ducks, including the Northern Pintail Duck shown in this photo.

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(Sandyp.com) dabbling duck duck northern pintail duck sonya7rii sonyalpha http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2018/1/northern-pintail-duck Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:32:29 GMT
Dahlias http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/10/dahlias I finally found some dahlias at a nursery. I don't know why, but I am having a difficult time finding them in my area. This is a photo of a dahlia with two different backgrounds. I couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I decided to post them both. If you click on the image on the right, you'll see both.

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(Sandyp.com) dahlias diptych sonya7rii sonyalpha http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/10/dahlias Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:04:28 GMT
The Classic Rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/9/the-classic-rose I found this lovely rose yesterday and just had to share a photo. I photographed it twice, and you can see both images by clicking on the image on the right.

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(Sandyp.com) flower hybrid tea rose ilce-7m2 macro nik software pink rose rose sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/9/the-classic-rose Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:51:56 GMT
The Classical Iris http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/9/the-classical-iris I decided to photograph an Iris since I had never photographed one before. I tried different backgrounds from textured, pure white and gradient. I can't decide which one I like best. You can see all three by clicking on the photo on the right.

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(Sandyp.com) flower iris purple sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/9/the-classical-iris Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:15:51 GMT
Yellow Rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/golden-rose I took two photos of this rose.  One photo is more of a yellow or gold color and the other one is more of a orange color.  I couldn't decide which color I liked more. You can see both versions by clicking on the photo on the right. It is the same rose, processed differently.

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(Sandyp.com) close-up flower macro rose sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz impression http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/golden-rose Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:31:35 GMT
Dahlias with Background http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/dahlias-with-background I tried adding a colorful background to this pair of Dahlias. I had originally photographed them with a white background on my led light pad. I liked it, but I thought that a colorful background would be nice for a change.

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(Sandyp.com) colorful dahlias flowers sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/dahlias-with-background Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:29:01 GMT
Greeting Cards http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/greeting-cards I've been making some photo greeting cards with my flower photos.  This is one example. The photos can be placed on the front of a card and personalized with a message to match the occasion.

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(Sandyp.com) dahlia flower pink sonya7rii sonyalpha white background http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/greeting-cards Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:36:29 GMT
Dahlias http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/dahlias I've been looking for some Dahlias all summer and finally found some yesterday at Home Depot. I took this photo against my led light pad and used just a slight amount of Topaz Impression.

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(Sandyp.com) dahlia flower pink sonya7rii sonyalpha white background http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/8/dahlias Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:04:34 GMT
The Popular Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/7/the-popular-daisy I took two photos of this daisy, but couldn't decide on which background I liked best, so I decided to post them both. I processed the photo using the blur filter in Photoshop on the background and just a very small amount of Topaz Impression. I added a texture to the photo on the right. If you want to see both photos, just click on the photo on the right.

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(Sandyp.com) daisy flower gerbera daisy sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz software http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/7/the-popular-daisy Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:26:02 GMT
Red and Yellow Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/7/red-and-yellow-daisy I've been searching for some dahlias to photograph, but they seem to be scarce in my area, so I decided to use this daisy. I usually choose much larger daisies, but I thought that the coloring of this daisy was particularly striking.

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(Sandyp.com) black background close-up daisy flower gerbera daisy sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz glow http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/7/red-and-yellow-daisy Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:58:49 GMT
Another Gerbera Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/4/another-gerbera-daisy Daisies are plentiful this time of year, and I love to photograph them.  It's difficult to take a bad image of a daisy, after all.  Anyway, I just added two photos of the same Gerbera Daisy to my flowers page because I just couldn't decide which one I liked best.  One example is on the right.  To see both images, just click on the daisy.

 

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(Sandyp.com) daisy flower gerbera daisy macro sonya7rii sonyalpha topaz glow http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/4/another-gerbera-daisy Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:06:58 GMT
The Gerbera Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/3/the-gerbera-daisy The Gerbera Daisy has got to be the easiest flower to photograph. The large petals and the central disk florets differ in all the variations, but all are quite beautiful.  This is my latest Gerbera Daisy photo.

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(Sandyp.com) Gerbera Daisy SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz software daisy flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/3/the-gerbera-daisy Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:16:50 GMT
The Osteospermum http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/3/the-osteospermum I found some osteospermum flowers on my walk yesterday.  I tried to photograph and process them a little differently from my usual process.  Here are two examples.  I'm not sure if I like them.  The first one has a gradient background, and the second one has a painterly background.  Click on the image to see both versions.

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(Sandyp.com) Osteospermum SonyA7RII Sonyalpha flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/3/the-osteospermum Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:14:54 GMT
White Ranunculus http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/3/white-ranunculus I have discovered the beauty of the Ranunculus flower.  I have previously added a red, yellow and a pink ranunculus to my collection. The latest addition is a white Ranunculus.  I'm hoping to get some more blooms from the plants I bought, so I can practice taking more photos.

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(Sandyp.com) SonyA7RII Sonyalpha flower green background macro ranunculus white http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/3/white-ranunculus Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:47:23 GMT
The Ranunculus Flower http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/2/the-ranunculus-flower I found some Ranunculus plants at Home Depot, and since I had never photographed them before, I bought a few to experiment with.  This is a picture of a pink one.  I also photographed a red and yellow flower.  They almost look like roses when they are in full bloom.

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(Sandyp.com) SonyA7RII Sonyalpha black background flower macro ranunculus http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/2/the-ranunculus-flower Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:26:16 GMT