A Day in Boerne

Boerne (pronounced Burn-ee) Texas is one beautiful small town that is really close to us. For the last day of spring break, we took a day trip just to take in downtown and the park along the river. I was disappointed by the lack of wildflowers but must remember that Boerne is more north than we are where wildflowers are abundant already. Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

Link Photo Shoot

The husband is into Hirst Arts molds which are used in miniature tabletop games like Dungeon and Dragons. I found Link lying around the house and thought how perfect he would look with the dungeon tiles and on the bridge.

I hope to do more of these types of photos in the near future.

Shoes

One day my daughter took her shoes off on the stairs. They looked so posed and perfect that I had to do a mini photo shoot around them.

Sometimes items just lying around the house make for the most interesting photos.

Fun with Photoshop

I have been dragging my feet to jump on the Photoshop bandwagon. For years I have used free versions of software that were Photoshop-like. A few months ago, I decided to give Photoshop CC a try. It’s $10 a month which is a small price to pay to finally use something that I’ve secretly been wanting to explore for a while.

One of the books I am writing is a children’s book that will have illustrations. I at least want to do the prototype for the drawings myself and then will probably hand it off to an experienced artist. I had thought about staging the scenes and the taking photographs and thinking bout this made me Google turning a photo into a cartoon in Photoshop.

After following one tutorial that just didn’t work for me, I found another one with very simple instructions. It was actually on howtogeek.com. Some trial and error followed, but I think I am learning how to do this. Here are a few of my creations from some old photos:

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Here is a tip. It’s important to have a photo without much shadow on the face. If your picture is slightly darker, adjust the brightness first before doing the steps in the tutorial. Here is the tutorial I used found on making a picture a cartoon.

Fireworks!

Fireworks are – for me – extremely hard to photograph. I mean I only can practice twice a year for 15-20 minutes. This 4th I feel I got some of my greatest pictures yet. I would say 95% are in focus! What an improvement.

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This is a picture before the fireworks with Venus and Jupiter putting on their own show. In the distance is Sea World. I was trying to capture some of their fireworks as well. I think those are just Sea World lights and not fireworks.

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This is my favorite as I captured a lot of motion. Fireworks exploding in the sky while others are heading on up.

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A great night for taking photos.

Photos!

Welcome! This is my photo blog – Mom Snaps. I enjoy taking photos – lots of photos. My favorite subject is nature. It’s fun to go for a walk with the camera and just snap some pictures. Here I plan to share some of my favorites.