Learning Photoshop

I have been playing around with the online version of Photoshop CC 2015.

Here are a few of my attempts. I am an engineer, not an artist, so be kind.  :-)

I like black….haha

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Tracy Non-Profit Facebook Page


Scholarship Winners


David Goad trying to Trump Trump


Galen from Barnes & Noble


This pages banner…


Fill the Bag 2016


Scholarships Click to Donate Button


Classroom Supplies


4th of July



A friend is running for President:


Kelli Stanley is an author and friend, this is for her Facebook page (she actually used it!):


For my TechyMike Facebook page:


The insert for my TechyMike Facebook page:


I also did this floating head goofing around (Head Geek….get it?):


An ad for MileIQ helping ForCarol:


For my TracyReaderDad Book Reviews Facebook page:


The insert for that page:


Fill-the-Bag with Classroom Supplies for ForCarol:


The original Menchies FUNdraiser on July 18, 2015 for ForCarol for Instagram:


I added Blaze to it:


For a “Fill-the-Bag” sponsor’s Facebook page:


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I did these for ForCarol (I like black backgrounds….and floating heads, books, etc.).  :-)

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Costa Rica Photographs

Someday, we will visit Costa Rica. Until then, these pictures will have to do.

Visit this National Geographic page for more beautiful photographs of Costa Rica.


Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Suspension Bridge Savegre River

Suspension Bridge Savegre River

Pacific and Carribbean Oceans

Pacific and Caribbean Oceans

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano



Costa Rica.  Beautiful country.  :-)

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Top Ten Treks

baltoro glacier & k2 pakistan

I spotted this article while flipping thru Flipboard one evening.  I can honestly say that I have never set foot on one of these trails, but, I would love to put on my hiking boots and tackle at least one of these some day.

My brother and I planned on walking the Appalachian Trail together, but, unfortunately, we never did.

Here is the original article, please go there to read the words that go with the pictures I have posted here.


Scroll your mouse over the picture to see where it is….

everest base camp nepal

gr20 in france

inca trail peru

indian himalayas india

overland track australia

pays dogon mali

routeburn track new zealand

the haute route france switzerland

the narrows usa

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Low Flying Aircraft: Photos

Maho Beach on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean offers a very unique experience for beach goers.  Here are a few photographs I grabbed from this web site.  Go there to see more.  Enjoy.

maho beach 1

maho beach 4

maho beach map


Princess Juliana International Airport

maho beach 3

maho beach 2



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National Geographic Photographs: Hawaii


No more beautiful place on earth…Hawaii.  We went to Kauai twice as Kristen was growing up.  Heaven on earth….

Go to the Nat Geo web site to see all the pictures.

Here are a few…  :-)

Click to enlarge

kauai mountains(Kauai)



big island waterfall(The Big Island)

big island lava(The Big Island)



Coconut Grove(Coconut Grove, Kauai, right?)

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National Geographic’s Best Travel Locations February 2013

vatican city

I was flipping through Flipboard this weekend and saw these beautiful pictures from the National Geographic.  The pictures are from Japan to Australia to Chile and 7 other locations.

Visit this web page to see them all and read about these wonderful locations.


(Click the pic to enlarge)

australia russia rome, italy

bolivia japan spain

mt everest chile dead sea

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Beautiful National Geographic Bird Photographs

beautiful bird

Looking at Flipboard today, I saw these beautiful photographs of birds from National Geographic.  Go to Nat Geo to read all about them (I hope they don’t mind if I post some of the pictures here.)  Enjoy.

nat geo birds 1

nat geo birds 2

nat geo birds 3

nat geo birds 4

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Skirt Length Photograph

Skirt length

I saw this article on the Huffington Post.  Very interesting how a science class spawned a viral photograph by Rosea Lake.  (she is selling prints of the above picture, after she fixes the word prudish).

Here is a quick quote from the Huffington Post web site.  I hope they don’t mind.

“Lake, who studies graphic design and illustration at Capilano University in Vancouver, never thought she’d become an Internet sensation when she posted her “Judgments” photo project to her Tumblr on January 5th. But something about the picture struck a chord with those who saw it, and within 24 hours the image had been re-blogged 100,000 times.

The photo, which the student took as part of an AP high school art class last year, depicts the back of her friend Ali MacKenzie’s legs, Lake told The Huffington Post. Horizontal lines are drawn up her leg, reflecting various skirt lengths, and next to each line is a description. Lake labelled the longest skirt length “matronly” and the shortest “whore.”

Lake got the idea for the photo from looking at graduated cylinders in her science class, she told The Huffington Post. “[I wanted to] take the idea of impersonal, supposedly objective, measurement of things and put it on something that we do measure, but we don’t talk about,” she said. “We measure women the same way we measure water in cylinders, but no one says it because it’s mean…..for more please go here.  “”

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Carmel By The Sea, Carmel, CA

This past weekend we took a day trip to Carmel, CA.  One of our favorite places on earth, we decided to go with our 12 year old Lab, Sunny, hoping he would enjoy the day before getting too old!

We think he enjoyed it!  There were hundreds of dogs in Carmel that day, most of them poodles there for the annual “Poodle Day” festivities.

If you have never been to Carmel….add it to your bucket list.  It is wonderful.

Here are some pictures:

And finally…on the way home….full moon over Hollister, CA


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Cute Animal Pictures

Chau sent these (and a lot more..) to me via email last night….very cute animal pictures.


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Beautiful Photographs from Vietnam

Chau sent me these photographs from Vietnam a few days ago….enjoy!

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Beautiful Paths

Chau sent me an email a few days ago with most of these pictures of beautiful paths.  As luck may have it, Facebook friend, and Tracy Press Photographer, Glenn Moore posted the picture below of the path to the famous UFO landing site in Tracy, CA.  I asked if I could grab it, and he said sure (probably wondering why I would want it).  Heck….it is not the most beautiful path, but, it is OUR path!  :-)

Tracy, CA UFO Landing Site Road (taken by Glenn Moore, Tracy Press)

See Glenn’s Blog for the whole story on UFO’s in Tracy, CA.

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(We all know where this is!)

(We all know where this is too!)

(this looks like the roads in KS where I started running)

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Buddhist Temples in Vietnam

Chau has been sending me these Powerpoint slide show files.  Unfortunately, I have only Open Office and could not see them.  Arrrghh.

I finally downloaded Powerpoint viewer (free) from Microsoft and can now see them!  Sure glad I did…

These are beautiful, stunning, awe-inspiring.

The files are large, and they will be downloaded when you click the link.  BUT…they are worth the few minutes you will spend watching them  :-)



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Volcano in Chile: June 2011

Chau sent an email the other day with pictures of the volcano in June 2011 in Chile.


I did a Google search and found this web site at National Geographic.  I grabbed a few of the pictures using the wonderful Snipping tool, but for the rest…please go to Nat Geo.

Very powerful images showing the awesome power of mother nature…

UPDATE:  Here are more stunning pictures from the Boston Globe.

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Lytro Light Field Camera: A Photography Revolution

Figure 1: Close focus

I spotted this last week and thought it was simply AWESOME.

How many times have you fiddled with camera focus (or waited for the automatic focus to get it right) before taking a picture?

This new technology, from Lytro, promises to change the way we take photographs.  The person (Ren Ng) who invented this did so as their PhD Thesis at Stanford (PDF), and is just now developing a product. Sweet.

How Does it Work?  Very quickly (because the technology would take a long time to understand, and, yeah, I could understand it since I know a bit about Fourier Optics from my own Thesis, but, I digress):  The picture is taken. That picture has ALL the information needed to allow you to pick a focus point AFTER the picture has been taken. You simply click your mouse where you want the focus point to be, and the algorithm takes care of the rest. 

Figure 2: Mid Focus

To show you how this works, I have grabbed a few photos from the Lytro web site with different focus points.  Figure 1, above, shows the close focus.  I clicked my mouse on the girl (I am assuming they are young) on the right (her nose to be exact).  The picture automatically put her face in focus while the others behind her are more and more blurry the further they are from the focus point.

In Figure 2, I clicked my mouse on the second girls nose…you can see how girl #1 becomes less focused and girl #2 is now clear.

Figure 3: Far Focus



For the last picture, Figure 3,  I focused on the girl’s nose in the back and clicked my mouse.  See how the girls up front are now blurry while the girls in the back are in focus.

Remember:  I did all this with one photo, the Lytro algorithm (and the information gathered via the Lytro camera) did all the rest.  VERY AWESOME!  Go to the Lytro web site picture gallery and try a few pictures your self.

Thanks to Caitlin Dong for teaching me how to insert photos and stuff in a more interesting manner!

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Cat and Dolphin Friends

Carol’s mom sent me this via email last night.  This is cute, but,  I bet the cat is secretly trying to figure out how to eat the dolphin.  :-)

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