Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Week #6

Horizontal lines and horizons with a dash of diagonal.

Getting horizontal lines isn’t always easy. The first photo contest I entered one of the panel told me to use a level to get the horizon straight, since then I developed an abhorrence for crooked horizons, unless it intentional. It’s a simple fix that will make your photos better.

I did learn to use the level on my tripod and if I’m “freestyling” it I am at least aware so I work to make the horizon straight. If it’s not possible I leave extra room for cropping which is what happens when you straighten. If I do need to do post editing I usually use the straighten tool in Picasa (a free edit program) or the rotate canvas tool in Photoshop. With rotate canvas you can get a more precise adjustment.

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cee's compose yourself

Cee’s Fun Foto: Sence of Sight

These are a few of my favorite things…to look at: Mountains, Sunsets & waterfalls.


 Cascade Falls, Minnesota’s Senic Rt 61


Grand Teton’s National Park, Wyoming






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Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

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Photography 101: The Natural World

Landscaped Layers

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Sunday Nature Quote: Orange Skies & Purple Clouds

“Thank God I have seen an orange sky with purple clouds. How easy it is to forget that we have the privilege of living in God’s art gallery.”

~ ~ Erica Goros


Sunday Nature Quotes: Best Medicine

“A mountain is the best medicine for a troubled mind. Seldom does man ponder his own insignificance. He thinks he is master of all things. He thinks the world is his without bonds. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Only when he tramps the mountains alone, communing with nature, observing other insignificant creatures about him, to come and go as he will, does he awaken to his own short-lived presence on earth.”

Finis Mitchell

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Sunday Nature Quote: Birds of the air

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

~ ~  Matthew 6:26  ~ ~


Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: Violet

“Violet sky’s”



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

There are many places I’ve been that I’d love to back to; the desert, the mountains and waterfalls; Yellowstone, Tetons and Glacier National Park. And then there are places I haven’t been that I would dearly like to see: Yosemite, Redwoods and Alaska……11072010-220

The Desert: Saguaro National Park, Arizona


The Mountains: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


Waterfalls: Moose Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black & White

You would think as a fan of Ansel Adams I would have started with black & white along time ago but it was only a few years back when I took my first black & white photo that I became an enthusiast of monochrome. My daughter and I were driving the back roads near my city and I saw this view and thought it looked sad, of a place long ago. I took this black & white shot through the front window of the car. It’s only a simple countryside but it showed me the beauty of black & white.

Lonely Countryside (Madison County, Indiana)


John Mouldton Farm (Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming)

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Monarch Monochrome (Falls of the Ohio State Park, Indiana)

monarch monochrome

Winter’s Bliss (Chain-O-Lakes State Park, Indiana)

winter's wonder


The eyes have it (Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming)

the eye of a birch

Lily (Center Lake Park, Indiana)


Misty Falls (Dunn’s Falls, Mississippi)

dunn's falls MS

Mother & Child

mother & son