Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a
safe and happy holiday season this year from Pixel Manifest.
Get in the spirit with one of these beautiful
Christmas wallpapers adorning your computer screen. You may also
save a copy to your computer for the purpose of sending to family and friends
as a Christmas e-card or print and mail it as a postcard.
This spectacular orange sunset was captured
at Montezuma Slough on the
Grizzly Island Wildlife Preserve in
Suisun CA. It was near the end of another ordinary day until the
sun dropped behind the clouds then the sky just seemed to
light-up on fire. Along with activities like fishing, hunting,
hiking, bird watching, nature viewing, and boating this preserve
provides plenty of photo opportunities for the aspiring
This historic old wagon
wheel serves as a reminder to the arduous days of the past.
Although no longer in use, this wheel without doubt, has provided
numerous decades of service. It is on an old piece of farm
equipment which now rests at Peña Adobe, just south of Vacaville
off I80. The lighting shortly before dusk was perfect for
revealing the rusting metal, peeling paint, and dry and cracking
wood, complete with fungus.
I'd like to start this new year off
with a special wallpaper for me. This photograph of my daughter with me
was all her idea, I'm just glad I had my tripod. We happened upon these
props from the movie "Forrest Gump" on Pier 39 in San Francisco.
She wanted to re-enact a scene from the movie where She (playing
Forrest) shares her life story with whoever sits on the bench next to
her, in this case me. What a great idea, I will remember your story
forever my Princess, Thank You. Hope you like the wallpaper?
The different textures and
contradicting lines drew my attention to this roof top in Vacaville.
Shot in the early morning the lighting reveals the peeling paint on the
wood and stucco and the weathered surfaces of the shingles and brick. I
did punch up the color of the sky a little with software to achieve the
end result seen here.
............ comments welcome
This is a slightly altered
rendition of the full color version of
Seagull In Flight, found in the gallery. Originally shot on
Kodachrome film with my old FTB, I scanned the slide at 800dpi and
resized the resulting digital image to 1024x768. Using Photoshop I added
a Channel Mixer Layer with a check placed in the Monochrome box and then
blocked the effect on the seagull by painting over it on the active
layer mask. Result: A black and white bird, the seagull which is in
color, set against a grayscale background. I like it!
I stumbled on this shot while turning the
sprinkler system on in my front yard yesterday morning. This
beautiful Cana flower had just opened over night and was begging
to have a picture taken. I obliged and took several shots, this
one is my favorite. I intentionally stopped the aperture
down to F/11 to keep the water droplets on the petals and the
leaves in focus. Kind of a busy background but will render well
as a computer wallpaper.
.... April Showers bring May Flowers, or
something like that ? It was a warm day, the wind was
relatively calm. I had not used the macro mode of my camera for a
while so what the heck. This photograph was taken from
approximately 3 to 4 inches from the flower, then edited
on the computer to achieve this effect. I blurred the background
and then applied a filter to give the appearance of a hand
It's early Saturday morning on the Ohio River. Two friends are
preparing to embark on their weekly fishing trip. You can barely
see the outline of trees through the fog on the other side of the
river. With a bit of luck there will be fish for dinner
I took this picture while visiting my grandfather in Manchester, OH.
One of the boating clubs there adopted the name '
The River Rats' hence the picture's title.
After raining non-stop seemingly for days on end I couldn't resist an
opportunity to get out of the house during a break in the storm. I took
my camera and walked two blocks to Alamo Creek thinking I was
going to get a picture of the swollen stream. Upon arrival I was
greeted by this small opossum that had found refuge from the
quickly rising water in this sapling.
Okay, so it's not the usual scenic or nature wallpaper your
accustomed to seeing here at
Pixel Manifest. Thought I would upload something a
little different today.
This picture was taken at a recent air show at Travis AFB, the engine is
on a C-5A Galaxy I believe. The circular shapes and the
contradicting pattern of the fan blades caught my eye. This
could make an interesting picture I thought? Let me know what you think?
Have posted some new backgrounds from a
recent trip to Lassen National Forest and the surrounding area,
including Redding, Burney Falls, Old Station, and Shingletown.
This one is called KINGS CREEK and was taken in Lassen National
A sincere Thank You to Randy & Diane for so
graciously sharing your mountain home with us. It's truly
beautiful. THANKS !
Some of the best photo opportunities
can arise on days you would least expect. With nothing else to do,
my daughter and I decided to go for a drive one foggy day (sounds
like a Christmas story don't it ?) looking for picture's, a
sort of photo expedition you might say. We followed Mix Canyon Rd
to the top of the Vacaville Hills, where once above the fog we were both
awestruck by the view . The soft blankets of fog accompanied
by the subtle colors of the hills and sky, a picture to remember. We are
both very happy to be able to share some of that beauty with you. The
photo on the left is called
and to the right is
Blue Ridge both named
after the two roads we used to get to the top.
Finally something to see here, other than the coming
soon page. (It was getting old) Though the site is still a work in
progress I have chosen to upload it to the server and work on it here.
PIXEL MANIFEST is the name I have chosen for this site that basically
will showcase some of my photography. Each photo has been resized so to
fit as a background or wallpaper for the most common screen resolutions.
Feel free to use any image in the Gallery as your background. What's new
? Right now it's all new, PIXEL MANIFEST officially launched in July
2005 amidst great fanfare, parades and celebration. Yeah Really ! THANKS
to family and friends who have helped, encouraged and badgered me. I
will be continually updating and adding content here so check back
periodically. Enjoy your visit and be sure to check out the galleries
for a background you might like ?
This shot is currently one of my favorites and routinely makes the
rounds as a background on my computer. Taken from a small foot bridge
over a slow moving stream at sunset in South Lake Tahoe, it's called
TROUT CREEK. I really like the colors in this photograph and the way the
sky is reflected in the water.
Desktop icons show up really well on this background.