Photos copyright 2013-2016 Regina Rickert. All rights reserved.

I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Welcome Baby G!

My new nephew is being welcomed into the world anytime now this morning. The kids are all excited and we can't wait to meet him. In honor of Baby G's birth, I thought I would get in the mood by posting some of my favorite baby images I have taken

Friday, December 26, 2008

4x6 Photo Calendar Gifts

These are collage examples of some of the pages from the 4x6 calendars I gave as gifts to family. I used a calendar template created by Shelley over at Lasting Impressions. I had the pages printed as 4x6's. I used l-shaped silver metal frames that you just slip a photo into the top, but you could also use magnetic photo sleeves. I was able to fit all 12 months in perfectly and they can easily slide in and out to change the months.

Thank you, Shelley for sharing your talents and template. =)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas tree lights with a twist

Ok-so I was bored and couldn't stay away. ;) I saw a thread on 2Peas about shooting your Christmas lights with a wide open aperture. I got out my 28mm, 2.8 and gave it a try. I used manual focus, no tripod and just played with it until I got the look I wanted.

This second shot was a "happy accident" when my tripod head slipped during a long exposure while trying to get a star effect to the lights. I like the trails of light and the little starbursts on the ends.

For the techies:
ISO 800, 1/4 sec. f/2.8, exp. comp. +.05
#2- ISO 200, f/13, 4 sec.

Merry Christmas!!

I'm taking a little break for a couple of days, but I wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas surrounded by friends and family.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Top 5 of 2008

Every year we do a top five thread over at 2Peas. They don't have to be the most technically correct, just the ones you like for whatever reasons. Here are my top five images of 2008:

I love this one. It was taken at the Lexington Cemetery in the beautiful tulip gardens. I spent hours down there this Spring and snapped this photo of my youngest daughter. I had it made into a 16x20" canvas. =)

I endured hours in the freezing cold and nearly froze my toes off to capture the eclipse in February. This is a collage of the images and a different collage was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper.

I took this image on a drive out a local scenic road-Old Frankfort Pike. I was looking for a nice tree-lined farm drive and found just what I was looking for.

We got lost trying to get out to Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and found these friendly guys on our little detour. This is such a typical Kentucky scene and definitely one of my favorites of the year.

This is one of my most unusual and comical shots of the year. Our cat Patches was chasing this mouse around the yard and they both ended up in the tree. I managed to grab my camera and got this picture of her licking her chops. No doubt what she had in mind for this little guy! This one was also published in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

This is probably one of those once in a lifetime images I will never have a second chance at again. =)

Thanks for looking. I have taken thousands of shots this year. It is always fun looking back and seeing the progress I've made. Odd not to have a butterfly, bird or macro making the list this year. ;) I went back and found my top five from last year. 2Peas top 5 of 2007 And even my Top 5 of 2006 Wow! No wonder my 2peas friends feel like family. I have been pea'ing for a long time now. ;)

Twilight marble magnet gift set

I thought I would try some Twilight marble magnets. I plan on making a set of these for my niece who is also a Twilight fan. I will make a Twilight movie poster with her in it to go on the inside cover of the lid.

Here is a template you can use for the Twilight images. These are for personal use only-not for items for resale please. Just click on it to increase the size, right click and save. I printed it as a 4x6.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our Marble Magnet Teacher Gifts

We finished several sets of these using the tutorial I posted previously. We used the
glass marbles/stones from a local dollar store that were marked jumbo. We used Elmer's rubber cement to attach the photos and it worked perfectly. We also printed our photo sheets at home using HP paper and did not have any trouble with the ink running. I decided to use prints from popular Michael Miller and Amy Butler fabrics, but you could use any images. My kids even made some from the Sunday newspaper with the leftover marbles/glass stones.

We found that six of these larger magnets fit perfectly in the metal gift card holders sold at stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's. The best part about using these is that the outside is already decorated and they have many designs to choose from. The magnets stick to the tin so they don't slide around. You could add a colorful piece of tissue paper to finish it off.
I plan on making a few more of these. I am going to do a set of Twilight magnets for my niece for her locker at school.

These are some of the images I used. Feel free to click on them and then you should be able to print onto photo paper for your own use. I scaled it to a 4x6 and then printed several on one sheet of photo paper. Just trim and attach.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside

I guess we might as well get snow if it is going to be this cold. Here are some images I pulled from last year's archives that remind me of the beauty of winter. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Glass Marble Magnet Photo Gifts

I found another photo-related craft that looks pretty simple to do-marble photo magnets.

You will need a few basic supplies:
Photos-have them printed or print at home
Flat glass marbles or stones (I used the ones marked Jumbo about 1" in diameter)
Strong magnets
Glue that dries clear (I use Elmer's non-wrinkling rubber cement)
Circle paper punch or a steady hand. =)

1. Print out photos - You can use a Kodak Picture Maker machine and select mini prints. You can fit 9 photos on a 4X6 inch sheet. These will be the perfect size for the marbles. You could also make your own 4x6 with the photos at home in Photoshop and then have it printed at a local lab. If you print at home, make sure the ink is smudge proof or it will smear when the glue is applied.

2. Punch out the pictures with the circle punch or trim to desired size if your stones are more of an oval shape like the ones I used.

3. Use the rubber cement brush to brush on a thin layer of glue on the back side of both the marble and the photo. Press together making sure to press out any air bubbles. Allow it to dry.

4. Add your magnet. I used the magnet strips that have adhesive on the back. You just cut to size, peel off the white paper and attach.

Six of these will fit in an Altoids tin that you can decorate for a unique, inexpensive, handmade gift for teachers, friends or family. I used metal gift card tins easily found at places like Hobby Lobby or Michael's. They are already decorated on the outside and there are many designs to choose from.

Here are some examples:
(ETA: I added an updated post with our finished examples. You can find it here.)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Arts D'Vine Show

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has teamed up with Talon Winery & Vineyards once again for the annual Arts D'Vine show December 6th and 7th from 12pm - 5pm. There will be showcased art, live music, and a silent auction.

Here are a few of the pieces I have in the exhibit this year:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Infrared Photography & the Pseudo IR plug-in

Let me begin by saying that I know absolutely nothing about infrared photography. I saw a series of infrared photos by Lexington Herald-Leader photographer David Stephenson recently. His series at Keeneland inspired me to try my hand at some infrared images. I found a Photoshop plug-in called Pseuodo IR and decided to give it a try. After a little trial and error, I looked around for more IR examples and found the amazing gallery of Jeffrey Klassen. I decided this was the style I would try to replicate. These are my first attempts using some recent Fall images I had on hand. I can't wait to dig into the vaults and find some more photos to play with this on. Thanks to David and Jeffrey for the beautiful inspiration!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fall Kaleidoscope Prints

I used a photoshop plug-in called Kaleidoscope 2.1 to create a few kaleidoscope prints from some of my fall images. I did this in the spring and hope to create a 4 seasons storyboard combining all of the seasons.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Unique Photo Gifts

I love creating personalized photo gifts for friends and family. I have seen urban and nature letter photo challenges in the past on flickr and other photography boards. Based on a name frame concept she had seen, another Pea decided to start a group to collect our own photo letters to spell out names and other words to create unique gifts. I thought I would share a few I have created so far.

The template I am using is for a completed 8"x20". I put two of them on a 16"x20" to be printed. You can then just cut them to separate them. Adorama Camera has a great deal right now on 16"x20" prints for just $4.95. You can even choose metallic paper for the same price! There is also a free shipping coupon code for orders over $10. The code is: LSFS0708

If you would like to try these but do not have photo letters of your own, many can be found under creative commons licensing on Flickr as well as on other photo boards that have had alphabet letter challenges.

If you are looking for other creative and unique photo gifts, I recommend you check out Alexis Miller's Phototips blog. She has 10 great photo gifts with detailed instructions for creating each one.


Copyright for these photos belongs solely to Regina Rickert. All rights reserved.