Archive for Santa Fe

This Is For……… (another post to a friend)

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Infrared, Shimmering Silver, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by sambissell

Reaching Out To, Santa Fe, 2006


I met you last night and one I hope that our friendship blossoms for a long time to come. In the brief moments we had to talk, we cut straight to the cores of things and connected in ways many people still have no clue about. So, consider these photos as a way to see a little deeper into me………..

Minions Reaching for Their Garden God, Edgewater, 2010

Getting Out of Hell, Edgewater, 2008

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As Fall Approaches

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, Botanical, Buildings of Denver, California, Christmas, Contemplative, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Idyllic, Me, Mysticism and Magic, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by sambissell

DBG Pond and Changing Trees, 2005

These are photos I’ve taken through the years that reflect the oncoming colors that Autumn graces all of us with, in all of our different spots in the world. When I moved to Colorado many many years ago, I was told that there “aren’t any real colors, just lots of yellows.” Because I came from New England, where I grew up, and spent lots of time in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest during many of those same years, I was used to seeing a vast range of colors.

I didn’t think much of Colorado’s Autumn colors when I was in and out of college….I simply didn’t make note of it (if you can believe that!!). The more time I spent in the mountains, though, the more I came to realize… Continue reading

Recent Electrifications – Part 2

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by sambissell

I’ve been going through old works looking for pieces to work on and thought I’d share what I’ve done.

I took this photo when my son and I were on vacation in Arizona in 2003. It was taken in the Saguaro National Park, west-southwest of Tucson. We stopped on the road because the sunlight was so dramatic on this one saguaro as well as the clouds above. The day was a rolling series of rain squalls that blew in from various directions. So here are the two pieces:

Saguaro and Storm

Saguaro and Storm

Radiant Saguaro - Before the Storm

Radiant Saguaro - Before the Storm

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When Photos Go Electric

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by sambissell
original for What She Sees

original for What She Sees

A few months ago I was working on a picture, adjusting the color, the highlights, contrast levels, etc. I decided to “play” with it when I was done adjusting it and had saved the image to some folder. I ran it through various filters, finding none that I liked really. Then I clicked on one that shifted the image so much that I was really on to something…for me, anyway.

You see, I have pretty much taught myself Photoshop Elements, the little brother (or sister) to Photoshop CS3. Along the way, I’ve referred to an excellent book by Barry Beckham,  The Digital Photographer’s Guide to Photoshop Elements 4: Improve Your Photographs and Create Fantastic Special Effects. I highly recommend this book to anyone having trouble with Elements. (However, he hasn’t published a revised edition since Elements 4 so you’ll have to simply work your way through the improvements that Elements 6 arrived with.) I’ve taken a few classes here in town at Working With Artists in Lakewood (Colorado) and learned some of the various aspects of it; if you’;re in the Denver area, please check out Working with Artists/Flash Gallery….terrific bunch of folks and definitely a fine bunch of photographers!
Overall, though, I’ve taught myself the bells and whistles that I know. And I have a long way to go to master what Elements has to teach me. So, I slog onward……………. Continue reading