Xmachine300.com is uniquely creative products designed for league, sport and recreational bowlers. The designs are created by bowler and photographer Kelley King. Working in association with Zazzle.com, the high quality products can be customized and personalized. The products are many and the choices are endless.
See the creative bowling products here.
The last cactus photo was a very young Teddy Bear Cholla and here is one less than 2 feet tall with many branches. This is not full grown, although the ground perspective gives it an illusion of a larger size. The soft focus, yet somewhat eerie looking background complements and contrasts the cactus. And with those spines will be well protected in this environment.
As you can see there are a couple of branches that have fallen from the trunk and not laying on the ground. Possibly the branches have become attached to a passerby and transported elsewhere, to grow a new specimen.
Fine Art Cactus Prints
I found this cactus while hiking around looking for saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix. It is a young Teddy Bear Cholla cactus growing among the rocks. It is about 6 inches tall and with the low point of view, looks much larger. The camera is on the ground, looking up slightly. The green plant behind the Cholla is an ocotillo. This is one of my favorites, because of the look of this young plant growing from the rocks and the unusual point of view.
The official name is Cylindropuntia bigelovii. It is native to California, Nevada, Arizona & Northwestern Mexico. They grow up to five feet in height with many branches covered in spines. From a distant the Cholla looks to be fuzzy, therefore the name Teddy Bear Cholla. Like its cousin Jumping Cholla, the branches fall off easy and attach to clothing or animal fur and easily starts new plants elsewhere. So over time small “forests” of Chollas will fill the desert floor.
This and many more cactus art photos can be purchased here.
The Golden Barrel Cacti is one of the most recognized cactus. In the wild it is rare and endangered, but is one of the most cultivated cacti by plant nurseries for consumers. These are highly desirable for planting in containers and garden landscapes. Their life can be as long as 30 years and when mature they grow clustering barrels like above. The official name for this cactus is Echinocactus Grusonii.
This was photographed in the desert garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Mature plants will have small yellow flowers around the crown. This is a flower on my Golden Barrel of about 8 yrs old. The size of the barrel is about 24 inches in diameter.
Bodie Ghost Town is now a National Historic Park in the mountains of central California. On the eastern side of the state near Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake was a small town of miners looking for gold. It became a boomtown in the late 1800’s with over 10,000 residents. After the turn of the century, mining was still in operation but the profits were dwindling. In 1932 there was a devastating fire that destroyed much of the town. For the last 50 years it has been a deserted ghost town.
Bodie is a popular subject for photography. You are allowed to walk around at your leisure with the exception of some areas deemed unsafe. I have been there before, so this time I decided to really focus in on the textures, colors and lines to emphasize the rustic beauty.
Follow this link, If you would like to see more rustic beauty of Bodie Ghost Town.
These images and many more can be purchased on my Bodie Ghost Town Calendar for 2014.
Before the digital photography age, film was king. Of course that is obvious, but now that digital cameras have been around for many years, some people have never exposed film. Before digital became useful and prevalent professional photographers used film. Color negative and transparency (also known as slides in 35mm format) and of course black and white. Today I’m going to leave out black and white and talk about color film cross processing.
In this photo of the glass bottles you can see that the highlights on the clear glass bottles have a cyan or blue green coloring. The coloring on the background and foreground reflections have a magenta and lavender coloring. The color on the background was actually red and the bottles were colorless. The developing of the film for the cross process effect changes actual into something different and really unpredictable.
Essentially cross processing is the act of taking one type of film, such as negative film and developing it in chemicals for developing transparencies or vice versa. Negative film has specific chemicals (C41 process) to process the negative correctly. The same holds true for transparencies or slides (E6 process). When taking one film and processing in the chemicals of another, the results can be very interesting. The results are often outstanding and sometimes not so desirable.
So what you say, nobody uses film any more. Cross effects can be achieved with digital images also.
Here is a nice photo of a daisy straight from the digital camera with a vignette around the edges. The vignette is the darkening around the edges for framing the subject and draw the viewer’s eye to the subject and away from the background.
And here is a cross processed effect using software to give the look of cross processing from the old days of film. You can see the cyan or blue green coloring in the petals of the daisy and the obvious coloring shift of the green to a reddish orange. When using software for the effect, you can see the effects live, so the mystery or surprise results are gone. But now you can create and alter the effects to your liking.
Other characteristics of cross processing can be increase or decrease of contrast, increase in grain, and color shifts. When using film, the different manufacturers had different chemical make up of their films, so each manufacturers film (i.e. Kodak, Fuji, Agfa) had different results when comparing side by side tests.
Bottlebrushes are members of the genus Callistemon and belong to the family Myrtaceae. It grows as a shrub or tree and is native to Australia. There are about 40 different species called Callistemon at this time. These are commonly grown in Southern California as decorative plants or trees. The flowers can be spectacular and are popular with nectar feeding birds and insects. Shrubs are commonly called “Little John”.
My fine art collection of Kauai, Hawaii is now available on this 2014 calendar. These photos are all from the Island of Kauai. They include the Poipu Beach area, Waimea Canyon, Maha’ulepu Beach, Polihale Beach, The Swinging Bridge and the Kilauea Lighthouse. The scenic island is a tropical paradise complete with protected wild chickens.
On the southern side of the island of Kauai is the very small town of Poipu.
Located not far from Poipu is this isolated but not unaccessible beach named Maha’ulepu Beach.
This one is a bit of a drive. Located on the far west side of the island is Polihale Beach.
Photographers tend to like rustic subjects. Old and ugly can be interesting subjects. There is an old dam near the San Gabriel Mountains and on the San Gabriel River, that I came across one day. If you are unfamiliar with the LA area, there really aren’t natural rivers in the basin area. We mostly have man made concrete rivers constructed for water runoff to the ocean. This is at the base of the mountains and is dry most of the year. This particular dam was built by the US Army of Engineers and was completed in 1949. It is one of a series of dams along the river and basically it is for flood control.
I photographed this angle because of the interesting structure of the dam. The shape of the concrete along with the metal make an interesting composition. This is straight from the raw file created by the camera. This is a good exposure for the walls of the concrete, but the sky and ground highlights are over exposed. Being a raw file, the processing could improve the highlights, but I chose to make this an HDR photo instead.
HDR photography (high dynamic range) is a process of combining multiple exposures of the same photo to combine the details of highlights together with the details of shadows. Digital cameras are not able to capture this in one exposure, when you have bright highlights and dark shadows together in one photo. Therefore you end up with the first photo above. Not necessarily bad, but in this case I wanted to bring more detail to the overall photo. This HDR was created in Photoshop CS5 using 5 exposures. Many times photographers go crazy with tone mapping and take HDR photos to the extreme. In this case, I wanted this to look realistic. Much like I saw it when I was there.
Now that doesn’t mean I only make realistic photos. Here I wanted to accentuate the details and bring out the grunge. This was built over 60 years ago. So, I wanted to bring out the cracks, graffiti and textures all around. I took the HDR Photo into a filter software called Topaz Adjust. In this software you can add some pop, bring out details or completely change the look of an image. Now it looks old and from the 40’s.
This and many more rustic fine art images are available to purchase.
A unique mailbox presentation for the league bowler. But wait, is it real?
I am a league bowler and have been for many years. My mother was a league bowler when I was a kid and I joined my first league somewhere around nine years old. Many years later I planned on making a “bowlers mailbox”. Mailboxes have been customized for ever but I haven’t heard of, or seen anything like this. It is quite simple, yet distinctive. I worked this photo to great detail to make it as realistic as possible. The actual, real photo is below.
I photographed bowling balls separately in various positions and assembled them in photoshop.
In addition to stacking them, I added ball shadows and reflections to add realism.
I then photographed some nice Marathon grass from a neighbor’s yard and added the grass and more plants to the background.
Throw in a shadow from the mailbox onto the grass and it’s looking pretty good.
The final touches are the graphics added to the mailbox. I created this with the intention of creating this mailbox for our yard, minus the address. I had a pro shop guy working on drilling the bowling balls with a hole straight through the ball so I could stack them on a pipe, but he had problems with drilling a continuous hole through the whole ball without breaking out the hole. So that put the project on hold. I have since inquired with another pro shop guy, and he says he can do it, but I haven’t continued with the project, as of now.
Unique gifts for the league bowler.
Reward perfect 300 games or other honor scores with these unique gift ideas.