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First I would like to thank you for visiting “Focus to Frame” and my new blog. This post is the first of many to come. I will be posting articles to include photography how to and photo shooting hints, photo locations, latest photography equipment, all future updates to my website and anything else related to photography. Please feel free to send me comments and contact me if you have any questions related to photography. Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog posts at any time.


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Monthly Newsletter

I will be sending a monthly newsletter to my fans starting in December.  It will have a featured monthly theme and photograph. It will include other photos related to that theme. It will offer an opportunity to invest in my fine art photography through my Focus to Frame website. If you are interested in investing in one of my photos and are reluctant to order it through my website please contact me.  As you know I print, mat and custom frame in my framing shop. I can save you 25% off of my website prices. I will ship the print or framed print to you.  I only do paper prints. Anything other than paper print needs to be ordered through my Focus to frame website.  Go beyond the wall with magnets, mugs, ornaments, and other customized print items. 

Seal Beach Pier California Panoramic

This photograph is an HDR-Panoramic photograph consisting of 21 separate images run through High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing and then stitched together in Lightroom Panorama merge. Ah, the wonders of creative photography software we have access to these days. This image is the Seal Beach Pier at sunset how I love to photograph the natural beauty of our world and tie it into architectural structures. There are several programs available to post-process images. I use Aurora HDR by Skylum, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC. The latest update to Lightroom Classic allows in a single step; you can also merge multiple exposure-bracketed photos (with consistent exposure offsets) to create an HDR panorama.


Slide Show Composition Presentation

I designed this powerpoint presentation called "15 Composition Techniques That Will Improve Your Photography," which I recently performed as a live presentation to the local Oasis Arts club and the Murrieta Arts Counsel. I inserted enough information with each slide, making it easy to go through the display on your own without audio or me doing the voice over the slideshow. It covers the main points of composition that will help improve your photography. Always remember we may call these rules, but they are only guidelines. Plus you can combine different guidelines in the same photo. Please feel free to comment if you have input or questions about the techniques I presented. Enjoy the slideshow.


The Elegant Pelicans at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

I captured these magnificent birds at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach California in late October.

The American White Pelican is a winter visitor to the reserve. This behavior with their wings spread is commonly described as "sunbathing" or "wing-drying. They spend winters mainly on coastal waters, bays, and estuaries, or a little distance inland. They are snowy white with black flight feathers visible only when the wings are spread. A small patch of ornamental feathers on the chest can become yellow in spring. The bill and legs are yellow-orange. Immatures are mostly white as well, but the head, neck, and back are variably dusky.

The Brown Pelican lives in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve year around. Brown Pelicans live year-round in estuaries and coastal marine habitats along both the east and west coasts. When not feeding or nesting, they rest on sandbars, pilings, jetties, breakwaters, mangrove islets, and offshore rocks. The Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. On the Pacific Coast, Brown Pelican adults have red skin on their throats in the breeding season as you can see by this photo. On the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Brown Pelicans are slightly smaller and their throat skin is greenish black.


Hover Dam Before and After Photos

Creative Post Processing Your Images

The above before (left) and after(right) images you see with this post illustrates what the image looked like out of the camera and after I post processed it in Skylums Luminar 3. I have people ask me all the time how I make my photos pop and come alive. I use many editing tools to help me create beautiful, eye-catching images. Not only in digital for the internet but also print. I have been using Adobe "Lightroom and Photoshop Creative Cloud" for a few years now which is on a monthly subscription plan. Both of these programs take a long time to learn and become proficient. I also use the NIK collection as a plugin and to work my magic outside of the Adobe programs. About a year ago I discovered a new assortment of editing software by Skylum.


How would you like to go a step beyond Microsoft Photo Editor for PCs and Photos for Apple Mac to post process and edit your images? There is a fantastic editor called Luminar 3 by Skylum that brings the power and inspiration to achieve that. Luminar makes your photos the center of attention. A beautiful interface offers a sleek canvas to enjoy and enhance your photography without other attractions. You pay once and enjoy forever with no monthly subscriptions and free updates. It is amazingly inexpensive at $59.00 one time cost. It is easy to use, and you can start editing as soon as you install it on your computer.


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