Friday, January 30, 2009

Blue evening sky

This image is part of my reference photo collection. The colours were cloned in painter and a palette was created with Palette Generator on the site Then I added the ASE file in Photoshop Element. If you never visited Big Huge Labs before you're missing out.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gleaming Mahogany


As posted before seeds are available from the Mr Fothergill's site. This tropaeolum majus has rich mahogany semi-double blooms on a semi-trailing plant. It bloomed very well for me in pots. I collected seeds last fall and hope to grow these for many seasons to come.

Tip Apricot Nasturtium

tip top apricot /

This is one of the first photos I've posted on this blog. I just recently bought a Nasturtium collection seed packet from McKenzie Seeds that includes Alaska, Tip Top Lemon and Cherry Rose. They are so easy to grow. Just sow directly outdoors and they bloom for a long period.

Garden Images

Pasque Flowers seed heads

pulstila vulgaris

Pulsatilla Vulgaris are perfect for rock gardens. I bought this one as a plant 2 seasons ago. This year I will be starting Red Cloak from seed's I purchased from Thompson & Morgan's website.
I will include this photo and another with the plant in flower in the Photo index.

The Thompson and Morgan site includes sowing and growing instructions.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pelargonium download


I prepared this image for a download over a week ago and didn't realize until today that it wasn't working. Now it is, you can see for yourself by clicking Payloadz

The download doesn't have a watermark and is large enough to be used as a desktop wallpaper or any other personal project.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Imagekind gallery

Have you visited my new album on Imagekind or the site itself? You can search by genre, color, subject or by classical artist. A link to has been added in the Photo index I'll be adding more photos to this gallery in the next few days.

Also in the works is a new reference album. You'll be able to right click or use the free download option to save for your files. It will include the details of each flower. I have a very large collection. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Open Cherry Rose Sunflower

Cherry rose sunflower

In a previous post, I showed you a semi open Cherry Rose. In this one, the flower is fully open. With help of Adobe Photoshop Element, I was able to give it a more painterly look.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 - Upgrade

Friday, January 16, 2009

Lychnis Coronaria update

lychnis Coronaria

I found a perfect way to offer this image. On the cover of a Keepsake Box. It can be a gift itself or contain a smaller one.

You can view a larger version of this image in the Photo index

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

McFingon Photo Album

Today while editing the album I accidently erased a component and now it doesn't work right. So I'm rebuilding the album from scratch. The new album is now McFingon Photo Index

This means I will have to change the link from the damaged album to the new one. Lots of work.

You may have noticed the new ad, Payloadz. With their help, I will be able to offer downloads. I did some research first. Didn't find anything negative. What sold me is their association with Paypal. I've used Paypal for years on Yahoo auctions.

I'll keep you posted on the album. The link to the album from will have to be changed also. That is a bit more complicated so it may take a day or so. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cloud Reflexion

Shot from a beach on Lake Bataille, Quebec, this is the first digital download I have on the Payloadz store website. More will be offered soon.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Preview Album

Changes have been made to the appearance of the preview album. My web designer buddy (my son) told me it was ugly.

I might also add Paypal for those who prefer high resolution digital copies. I'll keep you posted.

Comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wild Turkey

I consider myself very lucky to live in the country. Where else can you spot a large turkey settling in for the night high up in a tree. A large flock visit my feeders that I fill every day. I also add popcorn and bread on the ground for them.

A larger version can be viewed in the photo index

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cafe Press

I am slowly moving my work to Cafe Press. There you can see the images on products and are priced in CAD.

I will not be renewing my album with photostockplus, they have a great service but for a different type of clientele. So the links to the McFingon Gallery on Photostockplus will be changed to a store on Cafe Press.

They have a community and blogs to help get things right and a variety of templates that makes things more interesting. For now I have only one product and another in progress. The logo is up and the description is almost ready. Hope you will visit and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Inspirational quotes

We all have quotes that we like, I have a folder in my computer full of them and with this photo I share one of my favourites.

You can find more details in the photo index.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Aquilegia Vulgaris

long spur giant columbine

Aquilegia is an ideal perennial to sow directly outdoors. I sprinkled the seeds at the foot of a Syringa x hyacinthiflora about the same time they go to seed when established. The plants are now 3 years old and they share the bed with two other varieties.

As posted before these are a long spurred variety from McKenzie Seeds

Friday, January 2, 2009

Vistek is Canada's Camera Store

If you're looking for good quality printing paper, try Vistek, they have a wide selection. I use satin paper myself.

The logo gives you an idea how the photos can be used.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Double Zonal Pelargonium close-up

A different angle of same pelargonium. This one gives you a close-up view of the petals. It looks great in a digital frame. You can download a larger version for your own personal project from the Photo index

Now if you are curious about the origin of double zonal pelargoniums, I recommend a visit to Google Book Search. Type in double zonal or  The Garden by William Robinson as keywords. You can read the pages directly on the site or download as a pdf file.  Most pelargoniums have interesting histories.

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