Hong Kong Memories

July 19, 2016

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My first impression on my very first visit to Hong Kong was that of a very large, urban area teeming with people.  But it didn’t take me long to discover that there were several different aspects of Hong Kong, some of which were very surprising.

I did not expect to find the scene above — it almost appeared to be a view from some tropical island.  The photo was actually taken at Repulse Bay in Hong Kong.  This image is made from a slide taken in 1987; I used Photoshop to clean the image and remove some of the damage.

Roofs of the Palace Museum

June 30, 2016

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When I went to China for the first time in 1987 I was fascinated by the roof lines of the palaces in the Forbidden City (Palace Museum) in Beijing.  I must have taken hundreds of pictures (slides) on the day we were there.

I scanned the slides a couple of years ago, but some of them had deteriorated so badly that they didn’t result in a very good digital image.  I decided to play around in Photoshop to see what would happen if I tried to give a poor image a ‘vintage’ look.  This is the result, which I rather like.

Pine Tree in the Fog

June 4, 2016

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Betsy often encourages me to be ‘creative’ when taking photos.  I don’t think of myself as particularly creative, but I did get this foggy picture of the needles on a pine tree while we were at Mt. Nebo in Arkansas.

Experimenting at the Beach

May 25, 2016

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I’ve read quite a bit about HDR (high dynamic range) photography, but I had never actually tried to get an HDR image until our vacation at the beach last week.  Wednesday, May 18, was cloudy and overcast when we got up.  So I took three photos (one normal, one underexposed and one overexposed) of the scene from our balcony and combined them into a single HDR image.

I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt.  What do you think?

Pink Dogwood Blossoms

May 9, 2016

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We have a pink dogwood tree in our front yard, which we feel is pretty special because most of the dogwoods on our street are white.  There is something about the simplicity of the dogwood blossoms that I find to be very appealing.

Dawn’s Early Light

May 9, 2016

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In late April Betsy and I were still getting out on the golf course before the sun popped over the mountains to the east.  The morning of April 25 was overcast with heavy clouds, and I snapped this photo of the sky.

Although I thought the original picture was pretty good, I played around with the image in Photoshop and darkened the clouds and the foreground to  emphasize the color of the approaching dawn.

The original version of this photo is shown below.

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Spring on the Cumberland Plateau

April 4, 2016

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Spring on the Cumberland Plateau is beautiful, and one of the trees that help announce ‘Spring is here’ is the redbud tree.  The blossoms are gorgeous, especially against a blue sky.  This tree is in our front yard.

Icy Trees and Blue Skies

February 9, 2016

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Winter has a cold beauty that can make the frigid temperatures a little more bearable.  This photo, from my archives, was taken in our yard on a clear day following an ice storm here in the Glade.

What a Way to Start the Day

January 20, 2016

 

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It’s not always easy to get up on a winter morning before dawn in order to walk the golf course, but sometimes the sky is so glorious that it makes the whole effort worthwhile.

 

 

The View from a Bali Beach

December 21, 2015

Looking seaward from Kuta Beach

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Several days ago I was looking through some images I had scanned from 30-year-old slides and found an image taken on Bali looking out to sea from the beach.

Unfortunately the image showed the age of the slide more than I liked, so I played around in Photoshop adding a texture and using a soft light blending mode.  This is the result, and I must admit that I rather like it.

By the way, the white line along the center of the image is caused by waves crashing into the reef forming the lagoon.


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