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.

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Autumn Splendor

These were taken last Thursday at The Lexington Cemetery.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Orton Effect tutorial for Photoshop Elements

There are several actions available to create the Orton Effect on a photo, but most of them are for Photoshop. Here are some simple instructions for creating this look with Elements.

1. Open the image to be Ortonized.
2. Create 2 new, identical Layers of the image (right click and select duplicate layer).
3. On New Layer 1, set Blending to Screen, Opacity to 100%.
4. On New Layer 2, set Blending to Multiply, Opacity to 100%.
5. On New Layer 2, apply Gaussian Blur Filter, adjusting the opacity to taste.

You can also add an extra screen layer made from the background layer to brighten up the darker areas if needed.

Here is a shot taken out at Oxford Farm before applying this method:

Here is the same image with the Orton Effect applied giving it a more dream-like quality:

Friday, November 7, 2008

More Fall in Kentucky

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fall in Kentucky

Just a few from my drive through The Lexington Cemetery and my trip out to Windhaven Farm today. The leaves were late to change, but they are spectacular this year. I think the horses at this farm live better than I do. =)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My feature debut!!

How exciting! Lauren and the people approached me some time ago about featuring my digital collage work on their website. I kind of forgot all about it and checked in today to find they had posted it! A huge thank you to Lauren and everyone over at

You can find the feature here:
Fantasy Digital Collage

They also quoted me in a nice article on tips for photographing your baby.

I feel like a real photographer now. ;)

Here's the quote:
Be Prepared for Anything at Anytime
W.C. Fields once said 'never work with children or animals.' But a child's unexpected behavior often is what makes a shot special. "Children are so unpredictable," says photographer and mother of six, Regina Rickert. "Things aren't always going to go as planned or you might not get that shot you saw so clearly in your mind. You have to learn to expect the unexpected. Sometimes the unplanned shot is the one that takes your breath away."
You can find the complete article here:
Tips on Photographing Your Baby From the Pros

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Little Goblins

Our two older boys decided they were too cool to trick or treat with us this year so they went with friends. I don't have pictures of them yet, but here are the other four. Happy Halloween!!


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