Welcome to My Blogs. I will be posting blogs as often as I have something to share. My blogs are not necessarily about photography and contain some personal events we have done. We hope that you find the information presented here useful and enjoyable.
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Bill & Duanne Wiley
It's been a while since my last post due a sale of our last house and purchase (build) of our new home. We moved from Mesa Az to the west side of Phoenix in the city of Buckeye Az. It is in an active adult community with a clubhouse for work outs and entertainment. It also features an 18 golf course with a 19th hole restaurant. It is much better than where we were at in Mesa. Well on to my spiel,
I have working on a photography course on Photographic Art. It's quite interesting and have learned a lot about Photoshop and Lightroom. I you visit the Creative art photo category you will what is new an if you have never been here, you will galleries of images I have taken. The Creative Art category is the host for all of my art work. I am still working on the course as I took some time off for the move.
Any of the images you will find on my site are for sale printed in photographic lab and mounted if desired. The come in a variety of sizes so you can select how large or small you would like. They can be mounted on various materials such as, foam core, metal and canvass just to name a few. you can also select to have them framed and matted.
Thank you in advance for visiting my web site. Have a fun, safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Good morning, I have been working on some grunge and fine art photography. I am recovering from some surgery recently, so I am a little slow at getting in the mood to work on them. However, I have completed some new images for you, they are located in the My Photos tab and then the Creative Artistry icon.
I still to learn more about photoshop using the class by Sebastian Michaels. He has different by similar classes. First is the Fine Art/Grunge course, then the Creative Black and White and most recently, a course titled "Awake". This course goes deeper into using Photoshop and creating some very interesting art. He stresses using images that you want to throw away and make them appealing to the general public. Here is a link to the Creative Photographic Artistry, click here. p174170249. Once in the site, feel free to explore the many other photos I have posted.
I found out that it takes time to learn all of it, however, it is fun and exciting to see the compositions take shape. It gives a sense of learning to be creative, which in the past, I never thought of self in that respect. I have the support from my wife in this endeavor and I greatly appreciate all of her critiques and recommendations. She has been a big influence on my little known creative side.
I hope to here any comments regarding the images that I have posted, and be on the lookout for more in the future.
I am taking a course in Fine Art & Grunge photography. It is a little intensive, so I need to take my time and learn it bit by bit. I have mastered the first part and now to move on to more. it requires the use of photoshop and lightroom together and I was not overly familiar with photoshop to any great extent. The class is a super learning tool and I have learned a lot about how to use layers and blending, things I would not do in the past, as I felt intimidated by them. Now I just need to learn more about using the Hue Saturation and curves adjustments a little more.
If any of you are interested in this class, here is a link to the website. He randomly gives a 50% discount on the class and all the material is free to students, with lifetime access to his bonus goodies.
Sebastian Michaels supplies you with textures, brushes and other items to help you get started. He also gives you directions on where to find other items for yu compositions. I find this course to be meaningful and fun. I highly recommend checking it out if you want to make a boring image interesting and captivating. I have many compliments on my new images from people on Facebook and other photographers that do this type of work.
Website makeover is now here.
I have recently completed a makeover on my site. Not only has the look changed, but the site does not require a login to enter. Click this link for a look at the new fresh and clean appearance http://www.billwileyphotography.com. The Welcome page, with one click, lets you view all the images in the gallery. Just click on the cover photo and you're there.
You will also find a PHOTOS LINK on the menu bar to other photography sites for additional information on education, tips/tricks and images.
I've added some new photos in a few of the galleries, so take a look and see what's new there as well. I hope you will have an enjoyable tour of my website and photos.
If would, please provide any feedback you may have regarding the looks, typos or errors of any kind. Just use the contact form to send me your comments, good or bad. Here's a look at part of the Welcome page.
There stands the "5 & Diner", a Ye Olde Fashion Diner is here in Mesa, one of a few that are still open. Many of them closed during the economic stress of 2008. it's really sad that these things like this have to happen. They diner serves some rather large servings of food and the best part, they make real Milk Shakes with real ice cream. When they bring you the shake, half is in the glass with whipped cream and a cherry, the other half is still in the metal blending container. I had a James Dean shake, it's a Chocolate Amaretto. Yummy. The bacon cheeseburger I had, was so large I had to squeeze it to flatten out enough to sink my teeth into it. Can't beat it.
These diners are replicas of the diners of the '50s with the red and white vinyl seats and the table top juke boxes. A floor model juke box sits near the entry door. The songs of the '50s and '60 being played over the speakers, brings back some very awesome memories. Along the walls are old movie posters, like, "Casa Blanca" with Bogie, James Deans classic "A Rebel Without A Cause" and others. I can remember sitting in the living room watching some of these movies with my mom and dad.
Thinking back on the old days of high school, I can recall the 45 and 33 RPM vinyl records. We all had our turntables, speakers and amplifiers to listen with. Sitting in your room with buddies or girl friends listening the top of the chart songs. Today these chart grabbers are called "Oldies but Goodies". If you saved up some money, you could go to Tower Records, a store consisting of all the best records and vinyl albums. In fact you could into Tower Records and go into sound booth and listen to some music with the intent to buy.
Ah the good old days, where we spent our out of school time playing at the park or school yard. Those were the days that drinking water from a garden hose was a norm and mom had to call you for dinner, not with a cell phone however. Going to "Savon Drugs" was a walk, we didn't have cars and a bicycle was hard to ride with a double scoop of ice cream for $.10/scoop in your hand.
Well enough of reminiscing about an era gone by. Here are a few images of the records and record players of the days. Well I hope this wets your appetite for something good to eat and some oldies music to stir up the blood flow and get you all excited. Enjoy the weekend.
I have been working on learning to shoot portraits for the past 3 weeks. I belong to a new Meetup group that brings in models for shooting headshot and full body portraits. This is a free group and cost nothing to shoot the models. These men and women are striving to break into the modeling industry and therefore, all they ask, is to receive photos for their portfolio.
I'm still shooting landscapes and travel photos, and just using this to expand my photo skills. It seems to be working out well. I still need to learn more about lighting, both studio and natural light with flash. I have books to read and I'm also taking some Craftsy courses to see on video have it all works together. It will just take some time, as the old cliche says, Rome Was Not Built In A Day. I will continue to work on this and possibly do this for some side work.
Below are some recently taken photos during the weekly meetings each Saturday night.
Our grandson Michael and Paige had their wedding at the San Clemente Beach Park in May. It was a beautiful ceremony with lots of people in attendance, including us. Wouldn't have missed it for anything. The reception was also held at the beach park with good food, drink and wine. As the afternoon made it's way into evening, the DJ played a variety of music for those who liked to dance, and the party extended into the night.
I think the hotel they were spending their first night at was rather confidential. We had no idea where they were heading to. When they departed for the night, they were chauffeured in a 1936 Rolls Royce. Exquisite choice of vehicle for a special occasion.
We gave them use of time share exchange on the island of Maui for a week as a honeymoon gift. The two love birds flew into Kahului on May 30th. They just posted one of their photos of the two of them atop the Haleakala Volcano over looking the city with cloud formations, the two of them looked extremely happy, as well they should. They also have a wedding gift waiting for them when they arrive back home, I believe this little gift will be loved and treasured.
Duanne and I look forward to seeing them have a lifetime together and share each others dreams and desires. Congratulations Michael and Paige for entering a new life of happiness and togetherness with each other.
We love you both.
On May 3rd, our Grandson Michael and his bride to be, Paige, were married before many family and friends on that beautiful sunny afternoon. The wedding was held at the San Clemente State Beach Park in California. We are very proud of them both and sincerely wish them, "Happy Trails To You" as the white hat wearing cowboy, Roy Rogers would say . As they embark on their soulmate journey of marriage, we have offered them the use of our timeshare anywhere they would like to go for their honeymoon. As yet they have not made a decision. Michael and Paige have stated that a trip to some tropical island would be to their liking, Caribbean or Pacific.
Michael is currently an Army Reservist and has returned from active duty in Afghanistan early in December. His role in the reserves is not so much as a combatant, but a combat medic. Unlike previous rules of engagement, combat medics now are carrying the latest in warfare arms.
My wife, Duanne and I wish Michael and Paige many years of love and a blessed farewell as a successful marriage can be a rough road to travel.
I was made aware of a get together for the class of '65 from West High School in Torrance Ca will be having a get together on August 15, 2015. I am looking forward to attending, as we will be with great friends that did not make it to our multi year reunion in Laughlin Nv in Oct 2011.
This event will take place in Fallbrook Ca at a classmates house. We will be BBQ'ing and playing some "oldies but goodies" while mingling and having a cocktail. It seems that Angie Ford-Green decided this would be the thing to do for our 50 years of working hard and not seeing much of each other. There have bee other reunions in the past, but alas, some of us could not make them for one reason or another.
Here is an excerpt from Angies FB announcement:
A group of Class of '65 (and our '66 buddies) are making plans to get together to celebrate 50 years since we graduated! This should be a very special "Friends Weekend" and we need a tentative headcount for making plans. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to encourage anyone who reads this and knows some classmates that may not aware of our upcoming shindig, to extend the invitation to them. You can to go Facebook and click on events to respond, call her at 562-305-0017, or contact Angie directly at email@example.com. It should be a real "blast from the past". See you there
Have a great week.
Happy New Year and welcome to my blog.
Well after my extensive hip surgery, I am finally seeing some real improvement. I'm still learning how to walk again, not really learning, just getting rid of my limp and unstableness. I have published new and some replacement photos on the website.
Permanent retirement is nearing, just a little over a month. I am looking forward to not have think or go to work anymore. This merger with American Airlines is a real mess and I'm glad to be getting away from it. I have been teaching commercial pilot training since the mid '70s and I think it's time to leave.
My wife, Duanne and I will be doing some traveling soon. First we're going to Sante Fe New Mexico in late April or early May. Then my old squadron in Hawai'i is having it's bi-annual reunion in September in New Orleans. I went to the last in 2013 in Seattle and had a great time. Got to see some old friends and comrades. Dianne did not know anyone there, but she enjoyed the trip. We took the ferry to Victoria Island in B.C. for a day did a lot of shooting (photography type) at the Borchart Gardens and downtown Victoria. Drove to the Space Needle and toured the Chihuly exhibit, some very interesting glass pieces on display.
Visit my website at www.billwileyphotography.com and take a look at images. Most images are for sale and will be printed and shipped at MPIX labs. Also, any comments or questions you may have, I would appreciate seeing them and will respond promptly.
Thank you all, and have a great year.
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