Tag Archives: water

A moment of zen… Early Morning Bay Bridge

Calm water, fog… ahhh. I had dreamed, planned to go to the Ferry Building in San Francisco months before I arrived. For sunrise. I wasn’t sure how in the hell I was going to wake up that early on a vacation, with no car, and get down there (taxi worked well, btw), but I was going to do it. And I actually followed through. I think that I am more apt to do hard work for art that I love, than for myself. Just an observation- maybe my own moment of zen.

Often my photos end up on my website- http://www.kelleybard.com. I also have flickr, facebook and google+ accts where I post photos. Flickr and Facebook are under “Kelley Bard Photography”, google+ is under Kelley Bard. Look me up in those places if you wish, oftentimes there is overlap, but sometimes I post a photo just to one area, or observations/thoughts/fun stuff.


1 Nature Shot, 2 REALLY Cute Kids

Sweet photos from a recent photo shoot and a not-so-recent-but-recently-finished waterfall image. Sorry about no posts the past 2 days… I’ve been wiped. It’s nice being busy with photography, really! I know I’m lucky to get to do something I love. but when I get a bunch of jobs and some are rush jobs, I’m a bit overwhelmed. I think I will learn better post-processing as I go, I’m already tons faster and better than when I started.

Mysterious Caves

Wow, that’s an interestingly HUGE image, huh? Different crops do different things in wordpress. I picked this one today because the water looks SO INVITING. But not the best image I’ve ever done. Although I like the color of the water. Lake Mead, on the Arizona side of the Hoover Dam.

See more (and hopefully better) at www.kelleybard.com.

THANK YOU all for the attention since I recommitted myself to this blog, not that i”m getting hundreds of hits a day but it’s nice to get the “like” stars and the comments. Love to build more connections here, so please, keep coming back and stay in contact!


Thinking of Japan and Hawaii- 2 Plumeria Images. Purchase Photos on Website and $ Goes to Japan

Plumeria Dream Textured

Dark Plumeria Textured

I was very worried for family and friends in Hawaii and Japan last night after I heard the news of the terrible earthquake. With nothing to do but fret, I opened up these old images from Hawaii and finished them. I’m sorry to say they are a bit dark and moody… I used dark textures liberally on both. The top one is an HDR from 3 exposures, and used OnOne PhotoTools to get the dreamy look (along with many textures). The bottom one used a lot of filters and textures to achieve it’s look.

Just what I could do while I worried about the effects of this disaster on innocent people.

I think that I will send 50% of any profits from these (sold on my website www.kelleybard.com/donation) to a Japanese earthquake organization, probably the Red Cross. Any suggestions on that would be welcome!

(Update: I looked at who was actively helping in Japan and decided to work with GlobalGiving.org, which seems to be a very smart, active organization dedicated to helping various causes. So any proceeds from these sales will be going directly to them, to be put towards their work in Japan. Currently, I believe, (3/16) their goal is $2 million U.S.).

Seen on flickr, facebook and http://www.kelleybard.com. Links to the right.

Cat Print in Snow, and Check This Out (new category, pointing you towards other great artists, like Tom Wade)

A main reason for my post today is that we have had warm, happily Spring-like weather here for the past few days and I’m excited that this may be a thing of the past soon! (I’m sure, though, that we will get another snow day or two before Spring really hits… it is Colorado, after all). Anyways, I wanted to post this before it’s passe 😉

Simple, black and white conversion of an HDR image of a print my cat left after a light snowfall last month. Just something to enjoy- especially if you like those felines, like I do!

If you have ever been to my facebook page (personal), you have probably seen a link to Kelley Bard Photography’s page there (it’s the same link as on the side of this page). You may have also seen other images from other photographers. One nice thing about the photography community is how everyone shares their work for comments, thoughts, criticisms… this year I’m committed (or should be, dammit) to posting a photo a day in all of my webby places. I was convinced to do this by my friend Tom Wade, who is also a photographer. He is doing similar with my facebook page, and you can see his work there, or here, on his own blogspot photo page. His work is often more abstract than mine, and he doesn’t share the same obsession with HDR as I do (although he directed me to it originally!) But he has glorious work and you should look at it. And, on facebook, our art often works well together. For example, today his photo was of his dog’s “snack”… while mine is a cat print. Spooky, eh? 🙂

Also seen on facebook, flickr, and my website, www.kelleybard.com.

*The Durango International Film Festival is going on now and there is a gallery walk accompanying it today, the 3rd. While my gallery space isn’t officially part of it, I spruced it up a bit for the increased traffic tonight, and will have it completely “Spring Ready” by Wednesday… come on down and check out my newer work in print! I’m playing with formats and styles lately, too… in the 3 spots I have work up in Durango, CO,  I’ll have framed prints, CD’s of work, standouts, matted prints, posters, mount board images and canvas wraps up soon! The closest (and most spruciest) spot is Antiques and Art on Main, which is at the corner of 8th and main I believe. Also I have art work up at The Red Tent Healing Womens Center and Pediatric Partners of the Southwest.


White Flower Water Drops

I am really happy with this image. Flower pics are a losing proposition in my mind, as a photographer… everyone has good ones it seems, so how or why would anyone pick mine? But I still like taking them. This one was an experiment with lighting… and a happy accident with some spilled water on the petals.

Check http://www.kelleybard.com or my flickr or facebook pages to see more of my images!


Sound, Grass and Dock

I really like texturing images, but tend to keep them really light, almost undistinguishable (is that really a word? Really?) from the original image except for a tinge of texture, detail or color. I guess in most photography that is my aim, to make small changes that add up to much better images in the long run.

This image certainly doesn’t have the amt of texture that I’ve seen on some, but it’s heavier than most of my images. I keep the texture away from the grasses- and didn’t the HDR make that grass come out AMAZING??- and concentrated on the sky and water. I also used a texture I don’t usually use, one of the Stuck In Customs 25 texture pack… this one created the “scratchy” look on this print. Let me clarify, though… when I use textures, I almost always use some of the Stuck In Customs textures. They are great. But I often use the more mellow ones, the wall texture types. Not ones that are radically detailed and different… but it worked here, so I’m not complaining!

This was a shot that I took and wanted to finish months ago. I am glad that I finally got an HDR version that I liked (redid it several times with different settings) and textures and a look that I love.

Enjoy this and all my work at http://www.kelleybard.com, or on my flickr or facebook pages.