Friday, September 4, 2009

This is an image that I took of the Mississippi River at Dusk from Davenport , IA. It's a mighty, yet peaceful river. Enjoy - Kristin

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bokeh in the Park


We really like flowers!  While walking in Lincoln Park with my husband a little over a week ago, I took lots of photos of the blooming trees.  I like the way this one turned out, with a very shallow depth of field, resulting in that "bokeh" look that is all the rage on sites like Flickr.  I have always liked images with sharp close-ups and blurred backgrounds - I just recently learned about the bokeh effect, however.

For a nice, readable explanation of bokeh, see Ken Rockwell's web site.  (Look at his gallery, too - he has some great photos!)

To purchase a print, please visit my Etsy shop. ~mlr

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Here are a couple of photographs of the flowers given to me by my husband. Yes, Mark actually bought me flowers! It's been at least 10 years since that has happened, but I don't care - I'm not complaining! Just thought I'd share.
Thanks, Kristin

Monday, April 6, 2009

Garfield Park Conservatory

Last week I visited the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.  The spring flowers presented a gorgeous, technicolor display.  But, of course, I have to be contrary and share with you a black and white, sepia-toned gardenia.  I wanted something old-fashioned looking, so I began by changing my photograph to black and white.  I brightened the flower, darkened the background, and cropped the photo to a square with slightly rounded corners.  Then, I blurred the edges of the flower, keeping the center sharp.  I believe I will turn this into a greeting card! ~mlr

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Winter Shoreline, Belmont Harbor

Hello, this is E.J. This is one of my favorite images. I made this photograph on a cold and snowy day in Chicago, back when I was living near Belmont and Clark in Lakeview.

This is actually a view of the lake, even though you can't see the water. The falling snow obscured the distinction between sky and water. The thin black line is a running path along the lake. I loved the look of the one tree set apart from the group on the left.

Monday, February 23, 2009

"Pitcher Window " by Kristin Pollock

This was taken in the Netherlands.

San Diego

This is a gray whale in migration off the coast of San Diego, CA.