Photo Editing

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Picture 1 - Sky Light Filter

Picture 2 - Graduated Filter

Picture 3 - Low Key Filter

Picture 4 - Reflector Effect

So by now it is no secret that I use photoshop to edit my pictures. Yesterday I found a filter plugin for photoshop made by NIK Software called Color Efex Pro 3.0. I am trying a demo version of it for 15 days. If you check out the price you know I am not going to be buying the software but it is fun to play with. Any way I know there are many of you who read our blog and don't own photoshop (mine is an old version but it works) so here are some resources available online. 10 Free Web-based Alternatives to Photoshop andPhotoshop Freebies for those of you who do have Photoshop. I haven't tried any of them out so if you do let Me know what you think. Be sure to vote for you favorite photo above. (see the pole on the right) -SG


New lens and new pictures

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Kid's reaction to produce week two

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Well we received our second box of produce. We received:
1 Green leaf Lettuce
½# salad mix
1 sweet Red Onion
2 heads Fennel
2# Fava Beans
2 heads Fresh Garlic
1 bu Garlic Whistles
1½# New Red Potatoes
1 basket Strawberries

We are happy to report the German butterball potatoes from last week are so far the best potatoes we have ever eaten. Denise was a bit concerned as she cut them up for dinner. They seemed so coarse compared to store potatoes. We followed the recommended cooking suggestion and they turned out delightful. They were sweet and tender. In fact we went to the Corvallis farmers market to buy more to last us a bit longer.

We still have not had the courage to eat the beets from last week, but everything else we have eaten and tasted pretty good.

So this week, we have tried a couple new things. The garlic whistles are fine. Texture of a fresh green bean with a hint of garlic flavor. I wouldn't buy them, but would not avoid them either. We have more so we will try them another way. The salad greens are wonderful. I don't like bitter lettuce and the stuff in the store has no flavor. This was delicious. Salad has never tasted so good, not even the stuff we grow.

We introduced the kids to fava beans. We had a few fresh. We will play with them cooked some too. Weird looking, but not too bad. Abigail seemed to like them the most out of the kids.

So tonight, Denise grabbed some of the fennel leaves and told the kids she used to sneak into this as a kid. She doesn't remember eating fennel, just the leaves she picked from a plant growing behind a shed. Next thing we know it, the kids are plucking leaves too. Abigail really liked it. We asked her if it reminded her of anything. For those of you who don't know fennel. The leaves taste like liquorice. I don't believe she has ever had black liquorice before, but who knows. Her response was classic. "It reminds me of the day I was born." We should have asked for more details, but the moment is gone now and we were just taken by surprise her response.

So if you want to remember the day you were born.... Just eat fennel.


Your Photo: Our Critique

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A friend of mine told me about a blog that among other things offers helpful advise about photo's and how to improve your technique. i submitted one I took of Anna and received some helpful comments from them. I really appreciate the helpful advise I have gotten from friends (Jef, and John) and the encouragement to improve they have offered. Any way the contributors at popphoto rated the picture 2 1/2 stars but also gave some good pointers.
The review can be found here.



Monday, June 9, 2008

On Sunday I had the opportunity to attend Ward Conf. in Willamina. This Picture was taken from across the street from the Church and over looks the town of Willamina its self (facing east). There is a fantastic view from the Church. -SG

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Farm Fresh Produce

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Denise and I decided to do something different this summer. We joined a produce co-op of sorts. A friend told us about Denison Farms Harvest Box's earlier this year and we decided to check them out. We did this because they give a broad variety each week and we wanted to try all their varieties of potatoes, tomatoes and other items. Something, we would not be inclined to do on our own. Since we pay for it, we didn't want to be out the money and so we are less likely to waste it. Basically it costs about $20 a week through the summer and fall for a "box" of fresh fruits and vegetables. This week was the first week and I picked it up today it included:

1 French Crisp Lettuce
1 Green Romaine Lettuce
1 Bunch of Spinach
1 Bunch of Carrots
1 Bunch of Beets
1 Fresh Green Shallot
1 1/2# German Butterball potatoes
2 Pints Strawberries.
1 bunch garlic Whistles

Naturally for dinner tonight we made grilled chicken salad with cougar gold cheese crumbled in. The verdict was great, the lettuce was very crisp, the carrots flavorful, mixed in green onion, grilled chicken and great cheese and ohhh what a salad.

Was the box of veggies worth $20 well that depends. At Waremart probably $16 dollars worth of veggies but better quality and flavor. But who has bought German Butterball potatoes or garlic whistles at the store lately. At Roth's, Safeway's, Albertson's it is probably worth $20 and it supports a local farmer so there you go. -SG