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Enjoy the following images from this past August from Maui. Exploring Lahaina, sunsets, hiking Haleakala, spending time with friends. Photos taken between August 6-20, 2010.

Photos © 2010 by The Design Foundry РAll Rights Reserved

The Design Foundry’s Photography – Image chosen as a Picasa Featured Image

Picasa has recently chosen one of the images uploaded by The Design Foundry as a “Featured Image” – featured images are those that appear on Picasa’s home page that have been uploaded by their subscribers.

I had just uploaded my batch of images from my last Maui trip only a few days before – and I’m still amazed that out of the millions of images that people uploaded, somehow the following image was not only noticed, but chosen. I’m deeply honored by this selection!

 
From Maui 2009

New Images – Canyon Lake & Apache Trail, AZ

Camping at Canyon Lake & Tortilla Flats, while also hiking Mesquite Flats, Tortilla Trail, and Fish Creek Canyon along the Apache Trail – 13-15 February 2009

Starting a new painting – “Last Light”

Now that I’ve finished my previous painting, “Wahikuli Sunrise” – time to start a new one! The next one (that hopefully won’t take too long for me to finish up) – tenatively to be called “Last Light” – is from a collection of images I shot after spending one day this past summer doing a 20 mile hike within Haleakala Crater on Maui. The damn hike kicked my ass, and I made it back to my car at the head of Halemau’u Trail right before sunset.

While driving down the mountaina – I ended up having to pull over and shoot the incredible sunset across the hills above Kula. From these shots, comes the subject for this next painting. Finished size will be 12″ x 30″ – Oil.

So, after one night of painting, I have the basic colors down on the canvas. This is just the beginning – it has a long way to go – but I’m already getting a good feeling on how it’s going to turn out!

Adobe Lightroom – what a great tool for photography!

I recently got a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – have to say that this program ROCKS! I’ve just finished up optimizing a group of photos I shot this past August while on Maui. In the past, I’d have to spend quite a bit of time in Photoshop to clean things up (things like cropping crap out that is distracting, or straighting the image against the horizon). Then, I’d upload the images into something like Flickr or Picasa – then, go through each of them to add descriptions and search keywords. One by one. For each photo site. Which sucked.

With Lightroom, not only is cleaning things up quite easy (kind of like using iPhoto, but more powerful), but I could add descriptions & keywords within the program – that allows uploads to things like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, or Photobucket – without having to retype manually all the descriptions & photo info.

So – the most recent batch of Maui photos are up – and they’d be up sooner if I’d not had a hard drive die on my two weeks ago. Enjoy!

The Design Foundry – Maui 2007 Photos

Wacom intous3 4×6 Pen Tablet

I’ve thought about getting one of these things for awhile – a pen tablet. Plugs into a USB port on my Mac. I’ve avoided it for quite awhile – since I’ve always told myself that my mouse works just fine, and I can’t see why I should spend hundreds of dollars to do the same thing my mouse does.

Well, prices have come down. I’ve thought about getting the Wacom Bamboo…but the Bamboo Fun Medium is only $30 less than the intous3 – and the intous3 has twice the resolution. And, I also figured I’d use a little bit of the “stimulis” check (which is a whole other joke) – and get myself another business write-off this month as well – so tonight, I bought a pen tablet – the aforementioned Wacom intous3 4×6.

This thing is uber-cool. I’ve been using it for 2 hours – and I’ll be damned – it works SO much better than a mouse! It’s so damn intuitive – and my wrist doesn’t ache from using it like it does after using a mouse for hours!

Now, I know – this is for graphics professionals (like myself) – who spend buttloads of time in Photoshop or Illustrator. I have only started playing with it in Photoshop. More importantly – this thing just completely ROCKS if you have any kind of work that would normally require a mouse. Multiple windows open? Just point & drag – but unlike a mouse, you’re not moving your whole hand – it feels more like your just pointing with your finger! And, whether it’s photo re-touching, illustration, or painting in Photoshop – having the ability to use brushes to not only clean things up, but it’s also pressure sensitive – so it’s much more like using a real paintbrush or airbrush!

i haven’t tried the handwriting recognition yet either – and probably won’t, as I used a Palm IIIxe for years, and never really felt that handwriting recognition works that well – there’s always that part of my crappy handwriting that it just never translates correctly, and I spend more time retyping than it would have taken to type to begin with.

But for moving around your computer’s desktop – I think this is freakin’ nirvana!

The Design Foundry – New Fine Art Photography

One of the things I offer as part of a wide range of services with The Design Foundry, is photography services – whether for print or web.

But, I also do a bit of more “travel” oriented photography as well – stuff that is less about “business” and more about “art”.

And now, after only 10 months, I’ve finally finished putting together a small sample of photography I did last August on Maui.

So, feel free to browse the new album – and enjoy! The Design Foundry – Maui 2007 Photos

“Harbor Morning” is finished!

After a number of months working on “Harbor Morning” – it’s finally finished!

Oil – 2008 | 24″ x 36″

View from Lahaina Harbor, looking across the boats toward the island of Lana’i.

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New Images Available

Just finished putting together some new images from up at Roosevelt Lake & the Apache Trail here in Arizona – enjoy!

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