Posts by Caryn Caldwell

Aspen and Mountains

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Landscapes, Mountains, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 20 comments

"Aspen and Mountains" by Caryn Caldwell

Aspen trees glowing in the setting sun, with cloud-shrouded mountains behind them. Processed with a toned-down version of Pioneer Woman’s Old West action for a little different effect.

Also, sorry for being non-responsive on comments! I LOVE comments, but with this new system all messages went to moderation and I didn’t receive any notifications. Hoping the glitch is fixed now!


And Now for Some Color

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 14 comments

"Colorful Apricot Stamen" by Caryn Caldwell

With all these autumn colors, I’ve been missing spring a bit so I thought I’d plow through my archives and find a flower photo. These are apricot flowers from our tree. I took the picture this spring, but didn’t post it because I’d already put several others up. Now it’s time.

By the way, I’m testing a new comments system, so if you have any problems with it please contact me!


You Ever Have a Day Like This?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Desert, Photography, Portraits | 10 comments

"Sand Hugger" by Caryn Caldwell

I couldn’t resist taking this shot of our friend’s daughter a few weeks ago. Despite looking bereft, she and Sunshine were actually having a terrific time playing in this soft, sandy spot out in the desert.


Jumbled Groundcover

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 11 comments

"Jumbled Groundcover" by Caryn Caldwell


Single Aspen

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Landscapes, Mountains, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 12 comments

"Single Aspen" by Caryn Caldwell

A single yellow aspen surrounded by pine trees, glowing in the light from the setting sun. Taken just down the road from my previous post.


Mountain Peak in Autumn

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Landscapes, Mountains, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 18 comments

"Mountain Peak in Autumn" by Caryn Caldwell

Happy autumn! This one seemed an appropriate one to post for the first day of October. (Speaking of the calendar, how is it already October?!?) I took this one up in the mountains a few days ago after my husband pointed out that the aspens were at their peak yellowness. Thanks, hubby!


Fallen Leaf II

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 11 comments

"Fallen Leaf, Cross-Processed" by Caryn Caldwell

Same leaf, different angle, this time cross-processed with a hint of pink toning.  (Thanks to Coffee Shop Blog.) The grass was just a little wet, hence the round bokeh in the background.


Sliced Pear

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 27 comments

"Sliced Pear" by Caryn Caldwell

Actions: Colorplay by Florabella Collection Perfect Color (toned down) + Wildheart + Summer Peach + Dramarama (toned down)

I am in love! These actions just came out, and I convinced hubby to get them for me for our anniversary. Okay, I strong-armed him into okaying the purchase under the guise of our anniversary. Two minutes later I had paid for them, begun the download, and opened the photos I wanted to play with (including this one from an April session. Note: See the others in this series here and here.)

(Another note: Happy anniversary, honey!)

I was afraid these would be redundant with my other actions, but they are not. The Perfect Color action really is what it claims. For a good, basic, beautiful, and easy processing job, one go of this action makes a wonderful photo. Nothing else necessary. (Though the individual layers sometimes need adjustment, of course, depending on the photo. In the above case, I toned the whole set down because I knew I’d be doing other things with it.)

The best part, though? Colorplay comes with many different actions  – and the ability to run them all at once, with all the layers turned off. Just go into your pallet, turning the various actions on and off, mixing and matching and playing. I can spend forever doing this. The results are different with every photo, making for endless experimentation.

I highly recommend it!


Flower Looking Up

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 30 comments

"Flower Looking Up" by Caryn Caldwell

Taken in the mountains between Durango and Colorado. One of my favorite late summer flowers, this time with the sun and a developing thunderstorm behind/above.



Fallen Leaf

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 24 comments

"Fallen Leaf" by Caryn Caldwell

Autumn is coming.


Lily Seed Pod

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 10 comments

"Lily Seed Pod" by Caryn Caldwell

Our day lilies have gone to seed, their pods opening gracefully to reveal what could become next year’s blooms.


Pinecone in Sepia

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Macro, Monochrome, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 8 comments

"Pinecone in Sepia" by Caryn Caldwell

Sunshine adores pinecones. She hunts them when we go to the park, and she asks for them whenever we take her stroller near a pine tree. As a result, we have a little pile of pinecones in the planter near our front door. This is one of them.


Thistles from Below

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 11 comments

"Thistles from Below" by Caryn Caldwell

Taken in a field near Mancos, Colorado.



Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Macro, Wildlife | 10 comments

"Peek!" by Caryn Caldwell

A praying mantis on our day lilies.


Field of Flowers

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Mountains, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 14 comments

"Field of Flowers" by Caryn Caldwell

Taken near the road between Silverton and Durango, Colorado.




Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Cat Obsession, Photography | 8 comments

"Rosie" by Caryn Caldwell

Our kitty Rosie, sitting in one of her favorite spots – the windowsill in our family room.

By the way, I finally posted on my regular blog. I’d love it if you checked it out!


Day Lily in Black & White

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Macro, Monochrome, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 14 comments

"Day Lily in Black and White" by Caryn Caldwell


Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Desert, Landscapes, Photography | 20 comments


Sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, UtahSunset at Dead Horse Point, near Moab.


Cross-Processed Daisies

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 19 comments

"Cross-Processed Daisies" by Caryn Caldwell

And, while I’m posting photos I took in a flower-filled wetlands with only my zoom lens, I thought I’d add this one. I’ve never used cross-processing before, but have been dying to try it ever since it came back on my radar a few weeks ago. This was done with Coffee Shop Blog’s cross-processing action, plus a few tweaks of my own. I also took this silhouette shot of a bee inside a flower and this shot of purple daisies while sitting in roughly the same spot – along  a roadside, chatting with my sister-in-law, looking (in vain) for bears.


Morning Light on Purple Daisies

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Experimental, Macro, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 16 comments

"Morning Light on Purple Daisies" by Caryn Caldwell

I’m sure it will come as no shock that I have fun playing with light. For this one, I was sitting in the same spot as the bee silhouette shot from Thursday – along a roadside in a wetlands outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. I was facing the morning sun, and I didn’t have my macro lens. In fact, I didn’t have any lens but my zoom. Which turned out to be fun to experiment with, as I was able to shoot these flowers through a field, giving the photo itself some fun texture that I never would have gotten had I been a foot away from these flowers. I’ve rarely played with my zoom, since I’m a macro kind of gal, but it was fun, even if I never did see a bear, which was my prime reason for the zoom in the first place.