Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yeesh, I haven’t updated here in almost a month!  That’s bad.

I was recently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with a group of friends who wanted authentic Philly cheese steaks and to see historical stuff.  And that’s what we did.  I also happened to have my camera with me, too.  Here are a few of my shots.  And that’s a view of Independence Hall above there.

Decor in Philadelphia's Little Italy

Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Chandelier in Independence Hall

View of the Liberty Bell

To see more of my photos from that excursion, head on over to my Flickr album to check them out.

35mm Holga Image with Sprockets

35mm Holga Finds

I recently moved, and one good thing about unpacking boxes is that you find unexpected things.  In one box, I found an old portable flash drive that contains a lot of the first photos that I took as a budding photographer.  One thing that I LOVED to do, and still do love, is stuff a roll of 35mm film into my Holga CFN 120 and seeing what I get.  The above photo is just and example of some of the cool things that have come out of that camera.  I want to share my 35mm Holga finds with you, complete with film sprockets.

Funny, whenever I would get this film developed and explained how I wanted it developed, Dianne, the woman at the lab I would speak with, would give me a funny look.  I wanted the film laid flat and not cut up into individual images.  I also didn’t want prints for that reason, but rather get them on a CD.  Here’s a great explanation of the process here.

Enough of me blathering along. Let’s get to the photos!!

Cars 35mm Holga sprockets

These are just cars at a show that seemed like they’d make an interesting shot.

Gardens and Cala Lillies Holga 35mm Sprockets

Here’s a montage of floral photos on 35mm film put into a Holga.


This one is a great because it shows the double exposure capabilities you can use with a Holga, too.

Sign Monkey Flower Holga 35mm Sprockets

Ah!  Color!  I remember taking these at my old apartment.

There, I think you get the point on what you can get out of a Holga CFN 120 camera when you use it with 35mm film.  I remember where I put that Holga, too, when unpacking.  I might have to go get a roll of 35mm film for it today and start using it.


Daisies in the Wind

World Photography Day!

It’s World Photography Day, and I didn’t realize it, or knew about it, until I logged onto Facebook this morning.  Yay!  I’m glad to know that there’s a celebration out there for a great form of art.

If you pop on over to the World Photography Day website, you can learn more about this momentous occasion, and upload a photo from your corner of the world.  I uploaded the photo above from the Kissel Hill wildflower field.

Today, really is the 177th anniversary of the discovery of modern photography.  On August 19, 1839, the French government released the patent for Daguerreotype, where modern photography comes from.  Cool, huh?

Also, I can’t believe I haven’t done this before, but as a celebration and as a gift to those out there, here’s an e-book of some of my early photographs. I put it together a while ago, and had to update some info, but, it otherwise, chronicles my photographic journey as a child  and into early adulthood.

Early Works by Jenn Dixon

Please, enjoy and share it!  The Creative Commons license is listed in the book, which is in PDF format, so follow those guidelines, please.

Happy World Photography Day!


One of the roses on my rosebush!

My Own Roses!

Sunday was hot.  Super hot.  Still, I went outside in the morning when it wasn’t took terrible, heat-wise, outside, and took some photos of my own roses on my own rosebush at the house my husband and I just bought and moved into.  Now I have to learn to prune, but that’s ok!  I have a rosebush!

Here are some photos of said flowers on said rosebush.  I’m quite happy with them, and I even used split toning in Lightroom, which was the subject was on my last post, and I managed to use it with a light hand, as was the advice someone gave me who commented on the post.  They are correct.  A light hand with split toning yielded some beautiful results, such as with the photo above.

Here are a few more of the photo I took.  Please, enjoy them!  To see the rest, pop on over to my Flickr album of them.

Sunny rose

A tad blurry, but one of the roses on my rosebush.

The roses, the yard, and my house!

Spit Tone Test 1

Split Toning in Lightroom

I read an interesting article on dPS (Digital Photography School) today about using the split toning tool in Lightroom.  It caught my eye, because that’s one of the keys of Lightroom that I haven’t figured out yet.  DPS’s article cleared that up for me, especially after playing around with it on a few photos.

For the first test and above photo, I used both the shadow and highlight tool to create very blue cast to the photo, which was taken in Pennsylvania’s Bald Eagle State Park.  I wasn’t quite sold on split toning with this photo, but I kept playing around.  For reference, here’s the original below.

Lightroom Test 1 original

Next, I decided to use this photo and see what I could do with some minor adjustments and contrasting colors with split toning.

Split Toning Test 2

For reference, here are the settings I used in Lightroom in the screenshot below.

split tone screenshot 1

I rather like the results I got, but I read the dPS article further, which was written by Pete DeMarco, by the way, and had an a ha moment.  Before that, though, here’s the original for the tree and flowers photo.

Split Tone Test 2 Original

Now for that A HA! moment I promised.  I read DeMarco’s article further, and he usually uses either the highlight part OR the shadow part, but usually not both.  DUH!!! I was using both.  The results for me were gaudy, especially with the lake photo.

Ok, I can do this.  Here’s my photo using just the Highlights sliders.  It’s crane in a junkyard, and I’m using a magenta cast, which DeMarco uses a lot, so I wanted to see what the results were like for myself.

Use highlights if your photo is bright, such as the sun in the original below, according to DeMarco’s advice.

Split Tone Test 3 Original

If your photo is dark, he suggests using the Shhadows sliders if a photo is dark.  Here’s the original photo of a chicken I took at a local farm.  It’s darkish.

Split Tone Test 4 Original

Here’s what happened when I used the Shadows slider with a blue cast.

Split Tone Test 4 Shadows

Funky chicken!

This split toning thing for is going to take some practice, and that’s fine!  I like learning new post-processing tips and tricks.  I encourage you to read the entire article and learn more about split toning on dPS.  They have some stuff over there.



Himalayas in India. Photo by Susan Gottlieb

Susan Gottlieb: Pictures of India

My aunt, Susan Gottlieb, is currently traveling in India, through the Himalayan mountains, Buddhist monasteries, and winding valleys.  I am quite jealous!  I want to share some of her pictures here.

Aunt Suzy is an extremely accomplished artist, traveler, and family woman.  She has taught art in different places, spent time in Italy studying her craft, and has traveled all over the world, in addition to India, which is her second time in there.  Last time, she was in the southern portion.  Now, she is exploring the mountainous north.

I would like to share a few of her photos here, so all photos in the post were taken by her, obviously, as I am still here in Pennsylvania.  Please, enjoy them, and get a taste of a different part of the world.

Prayer flags in the Himalayas in India. Photo by Susan Gottlieb.

Green Valley at the foot of the Himalayas. Photo by Susan Gottlieb.Wrath!  Photo by Susan Gottlieb.

Peaks and Prayer Flags. Photo by Susan Gottlieb.

Butter Lamps. Photo by Susan Gottlieb.

I implore you to check out more of her photos and learn more about her journey on her Facebook page.  Also, a lot of her photos are featured on her Instagram account, too.


Allie Kay in the Kissel Hill wildflower field

Allie Kay Turns 3!

My niece Allie Kay turned 3 on Saturday, and a few days before her birthday, I met up her mother (my sister Emily) and her husband Ivan at the Kissel Hill wildflower field for a brief portrait session to commemorate this occasion.  Here are a few shots of the fun we had!

Allie looking up.

Mine, all mine!

Cutie in the flowers.

Now, on her birthday itself, I happened to have my camera with me, and got a few pictures of the festivities there, as well.

Omigosh, presents!

Allie's Paw Paw and Grandma got her this cool rain gear!

Slip'n'Slide fun!

As you can see, part of her present from her parents was this awesome Slip’N’Slide!  She loved it!

If you want to see her in action on said water toy, here’s a video I took on my GoPro camera.

Hope you had a great birthday, Allie!