Category Archives: Photoshop

A Jumble of Colors from a Six Dollar Rock

These are extremely small vanadinite crystals, barely forming a red haze in a seemingly featureless six dollar rock from Arizona. Under the microscope, they present a wealth of red, with a few showing vanadinite’s true hexagonal crystals. Click on the … Continue reading

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Close Up Photography

Close up or macro photography is expensive and challenging. Never-the-less, it can bring to life specimens you’ve self-collected or bought at rock shops or over the internet. This is a picture of native copper. I bought the material for a … Continue reading

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We The Few

“We the few, who have done so much with so little, now attempt the impossible with nothing.” My week long road trip has returned me to a seemingly impossible problem: producing professional looking closeup and macro photography. I have located … Continue reading

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In Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park

A hiker crests a hill on the way to the Fire Maze. His only companion, a trail marker at the top. Black and white and white leaves the lines of the earth bare. I think of Kate Bush: And if … Continue reading

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How To Make A Living As a Writer (Honestly)

How do you make a living as a writer? Get a full time job writing for a newspaper, magazine, or internet company. It’s impossible to make full time money stringing together part-time jobs. If you’re not regularly employed, view freelance … Continue reading

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1 or 2? Which Says The Southwest Better for You?

I’m getting lost in Photoshop, a sure time killer at any time. I’ve always been interested in duotones but I never know when to use them. They don’t work everywhere. I think this duotone makes a happy Southwest photo but … Continue reading

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