I thought I would be smart and preorder my iPhone. That worked great and it arrived before noon on Friday. I spent the next five hours trying to activate it. Debbie was up before dawn and at the AT&T store picking hers up and doing interviews on the morning news with a grand-baby in arms. She had hers updated and humming away before mine arrived. All’s well that ends well so after I had mine activated it was all great.


We spent the day today rounding up things for the Egyptian Mummy shoot. Gauze, feathers, background paper, straw and too many other things to mention.


We took some time out from errands to take photos of Henry at the pumpkin patch but he was not feeling like posing today. I got to try out the iPhone camera a little more and that was about it. Hopefully his Daddy got some good shots.


There was a lot to see and do at the pumpkin farm. Maybe too much…


Another fine blue sky October day. I’m glad I got outside to see it. I only wish I had a little more energy to enjoy it with.

April Showers

I’ve gone from feeling like death on a stale bun to just lazy. After being sick with the flu and a lung infection for the last three weeks I’m thinking it’s time to start getting busy again. April has brought a lot of rain and storm damage to the area. It’s raining again today so flooding will soon follow. Our family has had baby showers in addition to rain showers and leaky shower faucets so that has me thinking about buying some umbrellas but not the water repelling kind. I’m interested in umbrellas for lighting or light modifying. Trying to decide what to get and shopping for bargains as usual.

While I was trying to get well last week I spent a few days reading a new book by Scott Kelby, “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques For Photographers using Photoshop.”

That’s a long title but it gives you a good idea who this book is aimed at. Depending on how much time you have already spent doing portrait retouching, some of this may seem familiar but there is a lot of great stuff you probably have not considered before unless you do this sort of thing full time.

This book is a must have for photographers who do their own editing or want to get started editing portraits. There is a great chapter on workflow and how to go about edits when you only have a limited amount of time to spend on each image. Scott provides several different ways to accomplish many tasks, which allows you to choose the best technique for the job at hand. There is also a great retouching checklist you can add to your photoshop menu to help keep you organized and not forget anything important. Ok, he’s not paying me so that’s enough about that. I liked it.

Now that it looks like I might live, I’m trying to figure out what my next project is going to be before grand baby number one arrives next month.