Archive for April, 2012

Lewis Kemper

Monday, April 16th, 2012

I had the opportunity this past weekend to attend a session by Lewis Kemper.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect before I went to the event.  But, I thought it could be interesting and decided to attend.

He began the event by going over some basics about digital photography — what things mean, what settings to use, etc.  But, the best part to me was when he talked about different techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.  I am pretty familiar with Photoshop and know how to do just about everything I need to.  But, Lightroom is fairly new to me.  There sure are a lot of nice features built in that you can only discover by messing around a lot or by learning from someone like Lewis.  I have to say, after attending this event I am going to get more out of Lightroom than I have been.  Also, I think this will motivate me to finally setup a workflow in Lightroom to auto import my photos and automatically send them off to a backup drive.  I have been doing this manually for a long time, which always makes me put off importing photos.  Hopefully, Lightroom can make this whole processes faster and easier!


Lori Nix

Friday, April 6th, 2012

A couple of years ago I came across the work or Lori Nix and I was fascinated by the scenes she creates.  She takes the whole idea of creating a photo to a new level, because she literally creates the who scene as a diorama.  The details in these scenes are amazing.  You can take a look for yourself on her website —

Where are my seeds?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

So, several weeks ago, while in a local grocery store it occurred to me that all of the oranges that I saw there were navel oranges.  There was not a single orange with seeds in it.  There were small navel, medium navel, large navel, but that was it. So, I was on the hunt for an orange with seeds.  At another grocery store it was the same thing.  Several different kinds of navel oranges, but none with seeds.  Even at the local Co-op, there were all kinds of navel oranges, but it was hard to find a regular old orange.  There were blood oranges and one variety of orange that was not navel, but a small amount compared to large amounts of navel oranges.

This got me thinking.  Since a navel orange has no seeds, the trees do not reproduce naturally.  The only way to make more of them is to graft part of an existing tree onto a normal orange tree.  Essentially, all of the oranges we eat are genetically the same (until genetic engineering came around).  So, in the most natural way of growing navel oranges if a disease arose that targeted the navel orange there would be nothing to stop it.  Every tree is the same, there are almost no variations that would make some trees resistant to the disease.  Although, now that genetic engineering is around, I am sure there have been trees produced that are resistant to most diseases.  But, still, I want my seeds.

Update 6-6-12: I was eating a navel orange today and I found seeds!  I think the orange trees are trying to revert back to being a regular orange.  Although, it still tasted like a navel orange.