52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Week 47 #13 Infrared

Infrared photography has started to become very popular.  Trees and grass in color photos turn white almost resembling snow.  I have a friend who converted an older camera to Infrared and she has produced some really interesting photos.  Since I don’t have an Infrared camera, for this theme I found the how to steps online to achieve Infrared in Photoshop.  First of all, this is a HUGE step forward for me to follow directions of any kind about using Photoshop.  I have been to several workshops, had friends sit with me and show me different things,  I bought one of Scott Kelby’s Photoshop books after attending one of his workshops but, I have never left my comfort zone to try doing any type of processing besides the basic stuff.  So I am giving myself a big pat on the back for finally trying something new on my own!

Below, I have included the original photo taken in downtown Sarasota.  I really liked the vines on the building and they were just beginning to show some signs of green leaves.  Also, I left the few palm fronds on the top right side of the photo to help add a little interest when the photo was processed.  The second photo is the final product.  I preferred the image converted into B&W.





Week 35 #37 Stop Action

When I attended the Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions show which I wrote about in Week 31, the stallions put on quite a performance for us.   Several of the stallions were well trained in “Airs above the Ground”.  The capriole is a jump in place where the stallion leaps into the air, tucking his forelegs under himself and kicks out his hind legs at the top of the the jump.  This stallion did not disappoint the crowd and performed this amazing jump several times providing me a perfect photo for “stop action”.



Week 31 #12 Hair

A week ago my photography club took a field trip to visit Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions near Myakka City, FL.  Founded in the 16th century for exclusive use by the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzan’s are the most beautiful and rare breed of horse found today.  The horses were saved by General George Patton assisted by Colonel Herrmann and his father, Colonel Ottomar Herrmann from the Russian advance  during WW2.  The horses were smuggled out from behind enemy lines, riding and hiding by day.  If not for their heroic efforts most likely these amazing horses would not have survived.

Colonial Herrmann purchased and brought horses after the war, here to Florida, and began his own training and breeding program.  Today several generations of Herrmann’s lead by Gabriella, carry on the tradition of breeding, training, offer riding lessons, hold special events, clinics and travel during the summer months to perform.

We arrived early enough to see the stallions and mares in the stable, being groomed and prepared for the weekly public training session, held every Thursday during the winter months.

I captured this mare with her hair braided waiting to perform.  Just before the show it was unbraided to allow her beautiful hair to flow gracefully with the breeze as she rode around the arena.