Articles by Linda Armstrong

Outdoor Show

Yesterday, my husband and I attended Canyon Colors, an outdoor art show at Gateway Canyons Resort in Unaweep Canyon, about an hour's drive from our home.Most of the fall color has faded from the high country, but autumn is moving down into the canyons. Cottonwoods, willows, and other riparian trees are turning gold. The oak brush, or scrub oak, locally known as "magic carpet" is blanketing slopes with rich tones of rust, orange, maroon, and even purple. The drive from our home to the resort was... continue reading

Abstracts

Yesterday, I participated in a studio tour in our town, not as a photographer, but as a painter. Though my work has passed through many phases, I now find the most creative satisfaction through a very personal brand of expressionist abstraction. Because my father was also a painter, heavily influenced by Cezanne, my best photography is also abstract. It is hard to get abstract photographs approved for stock, which is a shame, but I do have a few here, as do others.Abstract photographs are great... continue reading

Documenting a Season

Both my husband and I were raised in Southern California. Until we moved to western Colorado, we had never experienced four seasons.September and October are now our favorite times. We explore the beautiful mountains above Paonia, including Kebler PassAutumn's pleasures here include fresh apples, orange pumpkins in the field, corn mazes, golden aspens, racing streams, and cottonwoods reflected in quiet lakes.I am grateful to Dreamstime for enabling me to share my favorite time of the year and... continue reading

My Favorite Model

My favorite model is always handy. He is a good sport. He has a wonderful face and a fantastic sense of humor. Unlike friends and neighbors, he does not balk when he reads model releases.He looks like a professor, which isn't surprising, because he was a teacher for 25 years. He also looks like a scientist or veteran nauralist, which is good because we like to hike together.If a major company wants to use his image in a campaign, his agent will never try to sue me. (winks)He doesn't mind... continue reading

Camera Raw: Why?

Note: I currently use a Nikon D80 with Photoshop CS3 and selective noise reduction with Neat Image.When I first started shooting digital, I had a point and shoot that produced great jpegs, but I had to accept what the camera gave me.Most of the time, that was fine, but some shots needed help. I used Photoshop 6 to adjust them, but that created artifacts and other problems.Graduating to a digital SLR helped in many ways, but the default jpegs still did not offer me sufficient creative control.... continue reading

Dealing with Rejection

I hate being rejected. Do you remember the last kid chosen for teams in elementary school? That was always me. Not only was I rejected, but it was in such a public way. So, what did I do? In adulthood, I selected several creative, highly competitive fields of endeavor. What can I say, I'm kind of nuts.In writing ,painting, and now photography, I deal with rejection every day. It hurts my feelings, and after the hurt comes a flash of anger, but after the fury comes a rush of determination--not... continue reading

Writer's Break

A freelance writer, I spend most of the week in my office in front of a computer monitor. I enjoy my work, but I do need to get away from it, sometimes. Fresh air and sunshine are the best medicine for the overworked.My escape of choice is landscape photography. Following my father's shutterclicks, I started shooting pictures of scenery when I was ten years old. In those days, ISO was 15 and even the brightest sunlight required a steady hand,Later, my husband and I shot pictures together in... continue reading

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