Simple Pleasures

I’m Not Particularly Simple. But Sometimes...

Simple is good.
Like a pat on the back, a refreshing minty drink – or staring at the sky when the sky is on fire whilst out for a walk.
The latter was my reality selection a couple of weeks ago, when I wanted to get awaaaayyyyyy from the computer for a bit.
Warm, summer evenings are so irresistible!
And so are skies like this one, which felt like it was sent just to me.

I expressed my deepest gratitude. ;)

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The Photoshop World Picture Book of KHutt

Photoshop World is Unique

I went to Photoshop World in Las Vegas last week. I go because I get to see friends that I don’t get to visit with much throughout the year… I meet NEW friends, I make connections, get ideas and am generally inspired and re-focused at the end of it all.

And IN the end, it truly is all about the people. These are photographers whose passion for what they do spills out onto the people around them. And that’s a unique thing. We don’t just recognize each other by face and name… we know each other’s heart and soul.

I honestly didn’t take a ton of photos this time. But the ones I DID come home with tell a story that I’ll love to remember 25 years from now. About the smiling, lovely peeps I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. All of them were taken with an iPhone 5.

Reno to Vegas… 

It started out with the journey from Reno to Vegas. It’s not a long trip, but it’s always colorful. Reno International Airport IS the official Burning Man airport… and B.M. had just gotten out. You can always tell the folks coming from Black Rock Desert… because everything they own is covered with the white chalk dust they pick up out there. It’s my personal entertainment to spot them from the roads, walkways and check-in line!

That’s the Reno end of the trip. At Las Vegas, we get to see the cute guy with a pair of shiny new cowboy boots tied to his backpack. I grew up with actual cowboys… I won’t even attempt to repeat what they’d say to this. And they never EVER roll up their boy jean cuffs. DOH! I giggled out loud.

 

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The Big Upcoming Tonality Pro Webinar!

Tonality Pro Webinar

Tomorrow I’m giving a webinar on Macphun’s Tonality Pro.
It’s FREE, FREE… and yes, FREE! You just have to register ahead of time by clicking this link.

Then… you can get 10% off the purchase of any Macphun product by using the code KHUTT.
(You don’t actually have to wait for the webinar for that… it’s good any old time.)

The actual time/date is: September 10, 2014, 10am Pacific Time.

I thought I’d mention all of this right up front, ’cause I don’t do a ton of webinars, so this will be fun. (And free.) I’m excited!

Before… and Two Ever-Afters

So, to get us all in the mood, I thought I’d share one of the photos I’m going to work through. It was taken in The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. This is the RAW image, complete with big fat, unsightly ladder and a couple of workmen who didn’t have the good sense to know there was an ARTISTE at work and move their butts!! hahahaha!

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Tonality Pro and Options

Options in Life… and Post Processing

A girl loves her options.

I’m ridiculous about it. Ideas or plans without options are useless to me. Snoresville. Like spandex that only comes in black. No options? Whuuuuut?? I do not speak this strange language!

To give you but a small (trust me, it’s small for me!) example of this in photographic terms, I give you 5 images. One original, 4 variations done in Tonality Pro by Macphun Software. I’m doing a free webinar next week on this very plugin. I do SO love to set the stage ahead of time in a properly conspiratorial manner. My husband would guffaw right now. In fact, he probably WILL give a hearty snort when he reads this! (which he will.)

The first one is the original, processed before I discovered the mighty Macphun  in Adobe Camera Raw… except for that bit of clouds in the upper right corner, which I tucked in there using Photoshop. Cause this girl does NOT suffer boring, colorless skies easily, nor does she intend to start anytime soon! It should come as no surprise to learn THAT’S a whole other story. (Coming soon to a blog near you).

The Paragon of Paint

But our story for today begins here, at an incredibly run down building in Queens, NY. It was so urbex and cool. It also cracked me up, because of the paint job on a building which is the home of Paragon Paint. I took it as a single shot on my Sony NEX-7. (Yes, I’m still carrying it!)

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News About My Upcoming Macphun Webinar!

I’m excited!
Know why?
‘Kay, I tell ya. (you know I can’t keep anything from you! Ok, almost anything. heh.)

Next week, I’m giving a webinar on Sept. 10m 2014 at 10 am Pacific Time on MacPhun Software’s Tonality Pro! I’m stoked about this, because I love Tonality Pro. It’s  SUCH a blast! Go here to learn more about it… or click here to simply register outright, you thrill seeker, you!  You do need to register ahead of time… but it’s completely FREE!

We’re calling it Rediscovering Black & White – Again! because monochrome and I go waayyyyy back. Like, 30-something years back! (Did I just say that out loud?)
I feel like I’m rediscovering my black and white photography – but in whole new ways. For the rest of this week, I’m going to post photos I’ve processed with Tonality Pro… some of which I’ll include in the webinar itself. Who knows.. maybe all of them? You never know with me… I’m very spontaneous about these things.

Use the code “KHUTT”for 10% off ANY Macphun product. I love a deal, I so do. :D

This is a shot taken at Mono Lake. Processed scary quick with Tonality Pro! It’s awesome that way…

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Meanwhile, Just Outside of Las Vegas…

I’m off to Photoshop World in Las Vegas today. Gonna jump on the big silver bird and wing my way to the Bugsy’s big playground in the desert.

OK, I’m really going to connect with a bunch of photographers, put my finger on the pulse of the industry – and probably go out in the desert and take pitchers (as my friend Barry Blanchard refers to photographing. hehheh).

This was from last year, when a few photographer friends headed out to Valley of Fire for what turned out to be a gorrrrgeous sunset. I’m hoping for another sky like this one! There are also wild donkeys out in another area out there… am hoping for a wee visitation. They are so awesome… but I don’t want to disturb their natural flow. If they happen to flow my way… well, who am I to turn away? Grin.
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Nicolesy’s Top 10 Fave Photo Blogs

Nicole S. Young is a superhero. She’s also a pro photographer, educator, author, wife, dog mom. If you don’t know her work, get thee hence to her website! You’ll learn a TON, see beautiful photos and witness a woman at work building her own creative empire. She blows my mind on a regular basis.

One of the many places Nicole contributes as an author is on the terrific PhotoFocus Blog. Recently, she posted her “Top 10 Favorite Photography Blogs“. A great read if you’re looking for more awesome photo-related content to consume like a fine wine.

Guess who was #1? Yes, my friends… our humble little mashup here on the KHutt blog topped the list. I just had to share. Because I respect Nicole so much… it’s a huge honor and I am humbly grateful. Because y’alls are taking this ride with me… I thank you from my heart. So, high fives all around… and happy Labor Day!

Now go on with your badass selves… and carry on with Being Awesome!!
(oh, and yes you can… click on the image below to see the post.) ;D

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Big Message, Few Words.

The Mighty Visual Aid

I love visual aids. Y’know, images that just say it all – and then some – with no words at all.

It’s a little awkward when you put one on your blog, then proceed to use a bunch of words to talk about it. Kind of defeats the purpose, don’tcha think?

So I’m gonna go minimalist here;

The big picture.
The final hump.
The top that awaits just past the hardest climb yet… and you can’t see it from where you are.
The view: breathtaking
The scope: epic
You in the midst of it all: tiny.
Just keep going. You’re doing great… and you’re almost there!

Thanks so much for coming to my visual aid. Please continue now with your previously scheduled activities. :D

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My iPhone5 and Me

Rockin’ the iPhone

2 things about me.
I love mobile photography – and my iPhone 5 is my friend.
Not only does my iPhone bring my world to me so I don’t have to go chasing all over creation after it (truthfully, any phone will do that.)… it takes photos that STILL kick all the others’ ass. If you have an Android and take umbrage at that last part, I’m sorry. But it’s true.

I’ve tried the MotoX, the Nexus 5, HTC One… and checked out scads of others – new and old – that friends own. Believe me, I’ve tried stretching my wings. But all roads lead back to the iPhone camera. Still!

It IS too small anymore. But with the new BIGGER ones on the way… well, you know where I’m headed. heh.

My Mobile Categories

I think of mobile shots in a few ways, and approach each shot according to each one.
On my iPhone, I can take purty photos on the spot, give them a little KHutt love, post them – and enjoy the fact that they don’t scream ‘MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY!!’. Sometimes its fun to see if people register that it IS a mobile shot! This one was taken over the weekend at ZigZag Creek at the foot of Mt. Hood in Oregon. We were up visiting our friends Brian Matiash and Nicole S. Young. On Sunday, we went out to photograph and also shoot an episode of The Chat with Brian, which we did sitting on a log by this very same creek:

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Climbing, Like a Girl

The Climb

I named this photo “The Climb”, ’cause well, how could I not? The hubs and I were out hiking and photographing along a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, one lovely day on Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada mountains a couple of weeks ago – and we’d gotten separated. No biggie – we agreed to meet back at the car when we were done. As I clambered through a section of rocks, I stepped out onto a granite outcropping overlooking a small group of rock climbers. There were couple of spotters on the ground, a fella on some crazy section of rock – and this gal.

She was working on a move that was relatively new to her, though not being a climber I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was. I just know it looked pretty tough to me – and that she was getting coaching and encouragement from the guys on the ground. Whatever it was required several tries. In between them, she’d dangle in mid air like it was the most comfortable place to hang out; a hundred feet above the ground on a rope. She was huffing and puffing like a freight train too, which gives you an idea about how challenging it was. One thing I CAN tell you for sure: she was badass.

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And it made me think of this video I’d seen recently called Like A Girl . Standing there, watching her focus, determination and strength – I knew what it meant to climb like a girl.

I’m a climber too.
Just not on vertical granite rocks.
But I do it focused, determined and strong…  like a girl.
Hoping to help re-define just what that means for younger generations.

How ’bout you?

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Being Interviewed by the Delightful Paul Griffiths

Being interviewed is fun – and always a bit surreal. Especially when an entire 1 hour show is dedicated to YOU!
But photographer Paul Griffiths makes it easy.

Recently, he asked if I’d join him on his video podcast (is that a “vlodcast”?) titled “Live and Uncut“, which he publishes on his blog: “One Camera, One Lens.” I was happy to do it. even though it’s a whole hour talking about myself – something  I don’t always feel comfortable doing. That’s a whole lot of oneself!

Paul is an apprentice in The Arcanum, and is a member my friend Valerie Jardin’s cohort. They study street photography over there… but I guess he got landscape-curious. :D
I guess cross-discipline-curious is going around, since I’m joining Valerie in Paris next year as a guest of her spring workshop. (did I say that out loud? Man, just LOOK at all the scoops you get here first! I’m not officially announcing Paris yet. But it’s coming. heh.)

Anyhoo, Paul and I had a good time on his show… which you can see right here. And check out his other episodes – they’re great!