August Challenge: Black and White… Entry #5 My… What Nice Horns You Have!

Tess has been very busy working, moving and dealing with a sick doggie. Periodically she will update me and when I didn’t hear from her for this challenge, I figured she was over her head in work… which she really is, yet she found time to edit one of her images and present it to us in the black and white challenge.

“This was taken during the first time I was at the Fort Worth Zoo, of course with you, Lala. I got the chance to remove the distractions from the background.”

Let me first show you the original image and then her edited image.

My... What Nice Horns You Have! (Photo by Tess)

My… What Nice Horns You Have!
(Photo by Tess)

My... What Nice Horns You Have! (Photo by Tess)

My… What Nice Horns You Have!
(Photo by Tess)


August Challenge: Black and White… Entry #4 Rose

Our next image is from Diana and it is so nice to have her join in again.

“Well, I failed to get a shot in for the past two months… just gets in the way. I decided for this month to look at some old photos and see what I could convert to black and white since I never shoot that way. I chose a rose…..Why? A rose should show color and vibrance… that is exactly why I decided to make it different!! This was a rose I photographed while in California a couple years ago. The morning dew was perfect, as it formed perfect drops on the petals. When I converted it to black and white, the image was pretty stunning!! I hope you enjoy it!”

Rose (Photo by Diana)

(Photo by Diana)

August Challenge: Black and White… Entry #3 Abandoned Tracks

Our next entry is from our friend Sassy…

“OK now, as for the August challenge, Black and White, I have a few that would probably work, but I’m going to submit my favorite picture.    These are abandoned train tracks behind the old Publishers Paper pulp mill in Oregon City. I shot this back in March on a photowalk I participated in.”

Abandoned Tracks (Photo by Sassy)

Abandoned Tracks
(Photo by Sassy)

Happy Birthday Linda!

We interrupt this challenge to wish our  friend and resident poet a very Happy Birthday!

Photography has added another dimension to Linda’s creativity and on her birthday card to me, she included a beautiful butterfly photo that she put together on the Walgreens site.  Linda is an avid gardener and loves nature and much of what she writes about can be seen outside her kitchen window. 

Her poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies and in Texas Poetry Calendar 2012, and Peace Words, A Poetry Collection to Commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace, 2011. 

I would like to share one of her poems with you…


A spider spun a siken web

of intricate design.

I marveled at the beauty

of each orb and whorl and line.

Sunlight caught the rainbows

in the sparkling drops of dew

and in the iridescent wings

of an insect caught there, too.

August Challenge: Black and White… Entry #2 Coca Cola

So… this is another learning curve for me.  Since my computer died, I am now having to resort to my laptop which I probably do not use as much as I should.  My desktop computer is my go-to site as it has all my photos at a quick click.  So I have connected my external hard drive to my laptop and miraculously the photos appeared.  Whew!  Not being very techy, I am always intimidated to try something new but we are fortunate in the club to have several very tech-oriented people to call on and I immediately think of Marylin, Mary and Robin W. and I had a friend help me along the way as well.

So this photo is from Robin W. and she always has a way of teaching us something about how she processes her images and this one is no different.

Coca Cola (Photo by Robin W.)

Coca Cola
(Photo by Robin W.)

“This sign is over a long-closed restaurant in the Farmer’s Market area in downtown Dallas. I’m afraid it’s in danger now, given the on-going gentrification of the area. When converting to monochrome I used the color adjustments, trying to pull out as much contrast as I could. The red and yellow components are increased, while lowering the blues and greens.”

I sent a thank you note her way… “That really turned out beautiful Robin and a good lesson to be learned! I so much appreciate you sharing your photographic skills!  I think it makes so much more sense to have you explain how you got a photo and then to see the results!”

And her response was: “My goal is to get as good with contrast as Ansel Adams. And that’s a good thing since there’s no chance at all of achieving it and having to find another goal!” 🙂

August Challenge: Black and White… Entry#1 Prairie Creek Falls

Today I will begin posting our black and white photos and appreciate all of your submissions. We will start off with one by our newest member to the club… Liz. I met Liz about a year ago through Capture Dallas and I can tell you she is great fun to go out and shoot with and has won quite a number of awards on Capture Dallas. She loves nature photography and has captured some gorgeous water lily photos but for this challenge she is submitting a photo of Prairie Creek Falls in Richardson.

I have never been there but I am thinking that this might be a good spot for an outing for the crazies once the weather cools and when there is some fall color. We might also try doing some portraits of each other while there.

So please welcome Liz to the club and I hope we can arrange to meet up soon to shoot together!

(Click on photo to see in a larger format.)

Prairie Creek Falls (Photo by Liz)

Prairie Creek Falls
(Photo by Liz)

To see more photography by Liz, please go to:
Capture Dallas site:
It’s great having you join us Liz and hope you get to meet a bunch of the gals real soon!

Playing with Your Photos

The weather is supposed to be HOT! and what better time to stay inside and play with your photos?

So… I took my own advice and have discovered that not all editing programs are created equal.  Some will do what others will not.  Each has it’s own quirky features and some  are easier to use than others but the great part is, you can work on a photo in one program, save it to your computer and then bring it back, in another program to use one of their features.

Use this “down-time” to explore what can be done.  If you look on the right side of the blog, you will see that I have added a couple more options under “Editing Your Photos”.  Nothing to download and these programs are free!  Give it a try and have fun with your photos!  That’s what photography is all about!

The Happy Fountain


Bravo to Lorraine and Mike!

We have concluded our entries for the shutter speed challenge and I thank everyone who took the time to enter a photo.

I thought it would be nice to give a shout-out to Lorraine and Mike.  I have known Lorraine for years as we worked together at the hospital but she has only recently started doing photography after joining the CWPC.  Her husband Mike, on the other hand, is an accomplished photographer and quite the techy when it comes to a knowledge base about why things work the way they do.  They both share the desire for perfection in their shots and will go to all lengths to get it… and how fun that they are able to share this hobby!

Now they have taken it a step further and have used their photographic skills to document some significant happenings at the local church in Rowlett.  The original Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rowlett was built in 1899 and the dedication took place on July 22, 1900.

Evidently Mike dropped by  to ask if they would mind if he photographed their historic old church and got the “go ahead”.

As Lorraine says… “Mike is really the main one taking the photos for this church. I go with him when I can and get a few shots here and there.

The two-photo collage of the church was the church secretary’s idea. She liked the idea of having a “his and hers” collage. I took the top photo and Mike took the bottom photo 46 seconds later.

The church secretary, Diane has been very welcoming and really appreciates our photos. Others will sometimes stop us when we are there to express their appreciation for the photos. Everyone is always so nice, making this such an enjoyable experience.”

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima visited Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rowlett on February 13, 2014. The world-famous statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim and the arrival of the statue to the church was documented by Lorraine and Mike.

(Be sure to click on the photo to see in a larger format!)

“The church wanted a collage for the event we photographed back in February
with the statue visiting the church. Mike got that done and framed it
and took it to them a few weeks ago and they really liked it and have it
hanging in the foyer before you go into the sanctuary. The collage has a
mixture of the photos taken by Mike and I. The priest came out when we
took it in and seemed very happy with it as well.”

“Mike was asked to go take some photos of them replacing
the cross on the historic church at Sacred Heart.  He went there at
7:00am and photographed the event.  They were very happy with his photos
and put them in the church bulletin.  Today was the anniversary of this
old church and used a photo he had taken for this as well.”’s “Cross Raising” album on Flickr

Thank you Lorraine and Mike for allowing me to share your accomplishment with the Crazy Women!  We certainly never know where our photography may lead us and the people we will meet along the way.  Bravo for your fine work!  Your photography will go down in history!

July Challenge: Shutter Speed… Entry #6 In the Air

This is our final entry to the shutter speed challenge and I appreciate those of you who took the time to enter.

Marylin has been a bit pre-occupied with birds of two different kinds.
She took these photos at Lake Lavon.
The airplane is:
“In the Air”
ISO 1600
In the Air (Photo by Marylin)

In the Air
(Photo by Marylin)

The bird is:
“In the Air… 2”
ISO 1600
In the Air...2

In the Air… 2 (Photo by Marylin)

Looks like this bluebird has caught his dinner! Click on photo to enlarge!