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Dreamreflectionz by Lee Jorgensen

Passionate about people, travels, wine, critters, nature and all the other magic moments of life!

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No Fisheye Lens? No problem!

I was considering getting a used fisheye lens just for fun, but realized that I probably would not find enough use for it!  Still intrigued with the sometimes very odd results, I was wondering if it could be done in Photoshop?  Low and behold, of course it can! You can make your photos look like traditional fisheye lens pictures with the black border, but I discovered that you can create a bubble effect, too!

It is surprisingly easy to do!

Open a photo with dimensions of 1×1 (fully square image).  Go to Filter>Distort>Spherize and raise the amount all the way to 100%.

If you want a border, create a new layer and grab the Elliptical Marquee tool. Set the feather value in the Options bar to 15px. Create a circle selection as large as you can without going outside the image. Press Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+I to invert the selection and then fill in black or the color of your choice!

Beach Blanket Babylon

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“Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating over 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!

Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.”  Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Colin Kaepernick, Vladimir Putin, Lady Gaga, Wonder Woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sarah Huckabee, Ivanka Trump, Serena Williams, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.”

If you’re going to San Francisco, do not miss this absolute gem in the middle of North Beach.  I must have seen it 15 times over the past 21 years.  Here is the link to their website:  https://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/

Bordeaux Trip #4

Outside Bordeaux – The Hourtin Lake and the Atlantic Ocean

Only 1 hour from Bordeaux, or a straight shot to the West from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, you will find Hourtin with its lake and the beautiful Atlantic Coast.  Not as populated or affluent as Cap Ferret or Arcachon, it is a beautifully peaceful destination for getting out of the City of Bordeaux.

 

Motion Still or Cinemagraphs?

I have recently been having a lot of fun creating partially animated photos.  It is actually surprisingly simple and the results can be quite striking:

 

But, it does not always go right!

Another world to discover and play with!

New Toys!

New Camera, Camcorder and Software and not enough Hours in the Day!

(Shot on Sony A6500 and Sony AX700 using Cyberlink PowerDirector as Editing Software.)  Make sure you watch in HD!!!

Testing it all at the Solano Lantern Festival

Having fun with graduation pictures

A new software, Corel PhotoMirage, did not start our quite so well and I seem to have caused some major earthquakes around San Francisco!

Luckily, there were some good results, too!

Fall has arrived in Napa!

The colors are not quite as spectacular as they will be in a couple of weeks, but a few little pockets around Oakville are showing colors ranging from vibrant green to stunning orange and red.  Andretti Winery is one of the most photogenic wineries that I know of!  It is located on Big Ranch Road which runs parallel to the Silverado Trail.  It is open to the public and tastings are available.  Grab your cameras and have fun!

Oooops!

Sometimes, technical mistakes can produce rather amusing results!

This photo was taken on a cold winter day and I had put my neutral density filter between my teeth while I changed my lens.  It was getting dark, so it completely escaped me that the filter was now all fogged up!

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I am not sure what happened with this one – probably a very dirty lens!

 

Arrrrrgh – Pirate Festival in Vallejo!

A new discovery in my own backyard – The Pirate Festival of Vallejo!  So impressive to see so many people and such elaborated costumes in the 105 degrees’ weather.  Luckily, ice creams, drinks and water melons were available everywhere, but the parrots and pet monkeys had to stay home!

Gellin’!

Magmods are fabulous light modifiers!  They seem to be mostly used by wedding photographers, but you can have lots of fun with them at home, too!  These photos were created with two speedlites, gels and masks for the patterns on the wall:

Light Painting

One of the most difficult aspects of photography to me is flash and other ways of creating and sculpting light.  That may be why I find it so fascinating!  It is like a whole new three dimensional world and yet, it really should be so simple, because you are in control!  Truth be told, I do not feel very much in control when I am standing in a room with flashes, ambient light peeping through the windows, reflectors, gels and flashlights!  Here are some examples of (attempted) controlled lights:

 

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This was taken in a dark room with a black background with only a flash  used for painting light on the bottle and the ornaments.

 

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My first attempt with gels and a Speedlite!  Another pitch dark room with nothing but a flashlight to illuminate the flower.

Next assignment for me:  Outdoor night shooting with flashlights and gelled flashes!  Stay tuned!

 

 

Do photos always have to be in focus?

No, they do not!  Sometimes, you can get really creative with zooms and swirls, panning and shaking.  Play with it and enjoy the fun.  Every result is a total surprise!

Fun with Mylars!

I learned this trick from my friend Gale Perry, a very talented photographer and photo tour operator.

You buy a roll of silver colored mylar (you can find them on Amazon or in art supply stores) a make a cone which you attach to your lens with tape.  It is a bit tricky to get it on without crumbling the paper, so be patient!  The cone should look something like this:

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Make sure you have plenty of light and that the cone is straight and watch the magic unfold!

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