Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hare in field

Hare in field card
Hare in field by Joanne
Many more cards available on zazzle

New wild life notecard. For personal and commercial downloads visit the Wild Life gallery

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Search Archive

A new search archive box has been added to the Photo Gallery section of the journal. One of the many features you get with Photoshelter

We can also add meta tags and Google analytic codes.

For now I'm using a ready made theme, but that may change. There is only 5 images for the moment. More will be uploaded daily. You can take a look at what I've done so far by visiting the Home page


Yesterday, I started a 14 days trial with Photoshelter and I already got 2 public views for just one image (They don't count mine when I'm signed in).

I found lots of features that I like, for example the Self Fulfillment option, which allows me to choose my own print lab, like PhotoPopArt They also include TinEye, a reverse image search engine, plus a lot more.

I will start with the basic, try out all of the features and compare with my other galleries. It's a lot more flexible than other services that I tried. Plus I can include a license. Something I couldn't do with any of the other galleries.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nik Software

I downloaded two of Nik software demos as possible additions to my toolbox. Color Efex Pro and Viveza 2. I tested on different types of photos and both have features that I find very useful. At this time, I can only pick one. Viveza is amazing. The UPOINT technology is easy to use and makes it flexible enough to meet the needs of hobbyist to pros.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dark Red Blizzard

Now on notecards. I am updating the Pelargonium Collection pages. The new index will have thumbnails like the Rose Collection

I repotted the fisblizdark yesterday and started new plants from cuttings. They will spend the summer outside in a hanging pot.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blue Blizzard on canvas

Blue Blizzard by Joanne McKinnon
Blue Blizzard by Joanne McKinnon

Fisrain, sold as Blue Blizzard, was introduced in 1988. It is now included in the Pelargonium Gallery

The Pelargonium Collection is being updated. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Curious Turkeys

These two bachelors visited every morning during the winter months.

Also on Postcard

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mme Hardy Print

Rose Prints
Mme Hardy is a beautiful white damask introduced in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris, by Alexander Hardy, in 1832.
This classic rose is a true work of art.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MacKenzie King Estate

MacKenzie King Estate, originally uploaded by McFingon.

I visited this garden in 2008. The flower beds in this section were nice, but not the kind of place I would go back to see the gardens. Though I wouldn't mind being the head gardener.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day in spring

DE-563177, originally uploaded by McFingon.

Received this lovely card from Cologne, Germany yesterday. According to the sender, this is a great place to visit. After reading about Cologne, in Wikipedia, I have to agree.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Magnolias in 2008

Magnolias, originally uploaded by McFingon.

In 2008 the Magnolias at the Ottawa Arboretum, next to the Experimental farm, bloomed in late April. You can find them near the side that borders Dow's lake.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wisteria arbour

Wisteria arbour, originally uploaded by McFingon.

Soon I will start visiting the Ottawa Experimental farm. I never had the pleasure of seeing this Wisteria in bloom.

Blue Lupine on canvas

Blue Lupine by Joanne McKinnon
Blue Lupine by Joanne McKinnon

Newly added canvas print. It is also the perfect size for a greeting card, which is available from the same link.
Lupine's are perfect to start directly in the garden.

Digital Painting in Photoshop

Postcard to Germany

Pine tree in shadow postcard

I posted one of own photos on a postcard to Germany yesterday. The Postcrossing member wanted something typical of my environment. This beautiful white pine grows behind my house. Soon I will have it on Canvas

National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rose index menu

With the help of Google Analytics, I knew that some of the changes made were not all working out. After making some changes in the menu of the Rose Collection's static pages, I could see an immediate increase in traffic. Google Adsense works well as a traffic meter.

Kenrokuen garden

Kenrokuen garden, originally uploaded by McFingon.

Received this lovely postcard from Evita in Japan. I grow lots of Iris' in my own garden, it would be a dream to visit this historical garden.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New video

A new page has been added in the Journal The new Video page will show short clips. The first is of the visiting turkeys.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Change in menu

The link to the Rose Collection now goes to the new pages. This is to test the new index page.

Does having a thumbnail view of the roses help? Does the custom search box help? Did you find what you were looking for?

Home in the top menu takes you back to the rose index. To return to the Joomla site select Garden Photo in the side menu.

Let me know what you think.