The Persona Behind The Lens, With A Glimpse Into Our World.
Photographer: Anita Cross
Photographer Anita Cross & husband "Llama"
Amusing stories of travels throughout Oregon's beautiful–and sometimes not-so-accessible–scenic areas, from the perspective of a not-so-athletic photographer.
"Above all, it's hard learning to live with vivid mental images of scenes I cared for and failed to photograph. It is the edgy existence within me of these unmade images that is the only assurance that the best photographs are yet to be made"

~Robert Adams

Thursday, October 4, 2007

While getting familiar with my new Rebel XTi, at Crater Lake, I was reminded of my years shooting film by a casual remark made by another photographer.

Llama and I had pulled off at one of the many unnamed turnouts along the rim. It was late in the afternoon with lengthening shadows, and the lake was showing off with some incredible reflections of the crater wall. The photographer and his girlfriend arrived as I was busy shooting away.

After spending a few minutes admiring the view, the photographer started back to his car without taking any pictures. When his girlfriend questioned him, he said the pictures wouldn’t turn out because there was too much contrast.

I remember those days! High contrast didn’t stopped me from trying, but I didn’t experiment too much either. I might have tried 3-6 shots with film. In similar situations now, I will easily take 12 shots or more. I don’t worry about wasting a shot because there are no additional costs involved.

And high contrast or not, I think the photos I took of the lake and it’s reflections turned out pretty good…

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Cat Portrait, camera jpeg
Cat Portrait, camera raw

Well, I finally did it. I bought my first digital SLR camera. I couldn’t afford the camera I wanted, (Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark III,) so I bought the best I could afford: The Canon Rebel XTi. I like Canon cameras. I already own two Canon SLRs, the EOS IX Lite and the Elan IIe, so I won’t have to invest in any new lenses for a while.

It’s only been two weeks, so I’m not ready to do a full blown camera review. But I have to say I really like working with camera RAW images!

To show you what I mean, here’s a picture of my cat Munchkin, (one of five feisty felines “in charge” at our house–just ask them!) The top image is the jpeg created by the camera. The bottom image is what I ended up with after making only two adjustments to the RAW image: I lightened the image “one stop”, and selected a custom white balance.

Now Munchkin’s fur is the right color, and her face really stands out against the dark background.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Traffic is the life blood of every website, including blogs. With a gazillion blogs on the internet, it can be tough to get read, especially when you’re first starting out.

Enter BlogRush. The latest brain child of marketer John Reese, BlogRush is like MLM for web traffic, without the hard sell.

BlogRush Widget image

Put the BlogRush widget on your blog, (see the example to the right,) and BlogRush will display links to other blogs with relevant topics. A link to your latest blog will be displayed in widgets on other blogs within your selected topic. Called a “Syndication Credit”, your link is published one time for every widget impression from your blog.

But wait, there’s more!

At the bottom of the widget is an invitation to sign up for free. Every visitor to your blog has the opportunity to sign up, and when they do, you get credit for the referral. And for every widget impression your referrals generate, you get another Syndication Credit!

But it doesn’t stop there!

You can earn Syndication Credits from your “downline”. Although it isn’t one to one on every level, you earn credits for up to 10 levels, with no limit to the number of referrals on each level.

This is one of those things you need to take action on right away, though. The longer you wait, the more visitors you’ll get that have already signed up through someone else. That means you’ll have fewer opportunities for new referrals.

So don’t wait around. Watch the short BlogRush video that explains how the service works. Then sign up and give BlogRush a whirl. You have nothing to lose, and loads of traffic to gain.

One caveat. This service is still in beta, and has a few bugs to work out. Don’t let that discourage you from signing up. Just be patient during the transition. I believe you will be glad you signed up.

And yes, this is a shameless plug to get you to sign up through my referral link, because I want more traffic to my blog, too!