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, March 31, 2008

Back Yard Birds

It has been so dreary here, but I took a ride down to The Lexington Cemetery yesterday to check on the flowering trees. The cherry trees are starting to bloom! Maybe by next week I will have some beautiful images to share. It is one of my favorite places to shoot. The spring blossoms always inspire me to get out there and start shooting more.

Since I have to wait on the cherry trees, I'll share a few birds. We have been getting quite a variety this week. Some cardinals (they never leave), a couple of blue jays, a couple of woodpeckers, my mockingbird friend, some finches, juncos, lots of robins and sparrows and of course, starlings and grackles. Ugh!

This mourning dove that was a perfect subject since he posed for me and everything. =)

And a few of my favorite visitors-cardinals, woodpeckers and blue jays:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Splash of Color

My first daffodils of spring bloomed in the yard over the weekend. I can't wait to get more color back in the landscape. I miss shooting all of the beautiful summer flowers. I thought I would share some colorful florals from last spring and summer to brighten up your day.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Baseball word/photo collage template

Barb (bobbie01) over at 2Peas posted some great sports templates and I am finally getting around to trying one out. This one has the word baseball cut out of a black background. All you do is add your photos behind the "mat" and you have a unique sports collage.

Here is one I threw together using the baseball template:

Thanks Barb for sharing your work.

ETA: Here's the link to the template
http://Barb's sports templates

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mockingbird in the snow

I thought this image was too beautiful not to be shared. This guy visits my yard every day, even when a half of foot of snow falls on the ground. He is quite the character and really seems to enjoy apples!
He was actually on my suet feeder (which isn't very attractive) so I placed him in one of my winter pine tree images.

Another view from my hike along the creek:

I applied a little Orton technique to that one and used a "Glow" action from Vibe Resources.

Here is another
bewildered duck. It was in the 60's the day before this snow storm hit.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Photoshop plug-in for HDR-like images

This has got to be one of the coolest Photoshop plug-ins I have played with in quite some time. With a plug-in called ReDynaMix HDR from DCR-Tools, you can create an HDR (high dynamic range)-like effect from a single image. This is the easiest way I have seen to fake HDR images.

Below is a quick example using the program and the black and white-heavy sky preset.

Before & After:

This one I ran with just the color filter. The program also includes several great Orton settings. These are just running the plug-in with no changes to the settings. I am sure I will be experimenting with those more later. I think I am going to need the full version of this one!

Before & After:

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Stopping by woods on a snowy afternoon

We awoke this morning to about a half a foot of snow. The kids had a great time sledding. Only two of them ended up in the creek at the bottom of the hill. =)

While they were busy dragging their sleds up and down the hill with their dad, I sneaked off for a little nature walk through the woods along the creek. It was so untouched and peaceful and completely beautiful with the glistening of the snow.

Here are a few of the images from my hike. Enjoy.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Have you ever seen a white alligator?

King Louie is a six foot long white alligator. I took this photo of him at the Louisville Zoo this summer. He is an albino American alligator. According to the zoo's website, he doesn't move very often or very far. This proved to be true the day I visited him. He never moved once. =)

There are over 2 million alligators in the United States, but only about 40 of those are albino. It is a rare treat to see one up close.

You can see more of my animal images by checking out my Flickr photostream or by clicking on my Flickriver link:

6timemomma - View my 'zoo' photos on Flickriver

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring is in the air

Spring is almost here and I can't wait. We had a family of robins and a bluejay family make a home in our trees last year. We enjoyed watching the babies grow and leave the nest. The birds have been busy around here the past few days. I am hoping for some new nests. I love photographing the birds. Here are a few of my images of some of our backyard visitors from last Spring.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Creating a slide show

Yesterday I decided it might be fun to merge my eclipse photos into a slide show set to music. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? I selected the images, loaded them into Windows Movie Maker, found some great royalty free music for the background, added a title and credits and voila...a beautiful slide show.

Everything looked perfect. The eclipse almost happens before your eyes as the photos fade into one another. "That was easy," I thought.

That is until I went to save the file as a WMV file. After error message after error message, a little internet research (actually a lot of internet research), I finally decided it was hopeless and opened up Photoshop Elements 4. I had created a beautiful slide show set to music of my daughter's First Communion last spring in that program so I thought I would give it a try.

I selected the images, loaded them into PSE4, added the royalty free music for the background, added a title and credits and voila...another beautiful slide show.

There was hope after all until...

I tried saving it as a WMV file. Ugh! More error messages. I tried removing the music, I tried recreating, I tried everything I could think of.

I downloaded ProShow Gold. This is a great program for creating slide shows. So I selected the images, loaded them into PSG, added the royalty free music for the background, added a title and credits and voila...yet another beautiful slide show. Now I held my breath. Would it convert the file to WMV format? Finally after spending hours on this slide show...SUCCESS! It did indeed convert to WMV with one catch. A big bar across the bottom saying that it was created with a trial version of ProShow Gold. Double ugh!!

Back to the drawing board. I watched video tutorials on YouTube. If you haven't checked it out, YouTube has tons of great tutorials on a wide variety of subjects, even photography and wouldn't you know it, software problems.

I learned I could download Windows Service Pack 2, reinstall and apparently this fixes the Movie Maker problem. After waiting nearly an hour for it to download, I installed and guess what? Big red X and an error message. By this time it was getting close to 2am and my patience was long gone. My computer is one of my "babies", but at this point I was about to smash it.

After some rest and perspective, I have decided to let my baby live and share with you a slide show. So it is not a slide show of the eclipse, but a slide show of my daughter's First Communion featuring photographs I took of her preparing for the big day.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Lunar Eclipse-Timed Sequence Digital Collage

These lunar eclipse photos have been so popular that I thought I would create another collage to share. This one features the various stages of the eclipse, but I have added the times to the sequence. I hope you enjoy it.


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