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.

Bali Sunset

October 13, 2015

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Way back in 1987 I had the joy of spending a few days on the island of Bali.  This was about as close to a tropical paradise as I am ever likely to see.  This photo of a Bali sunset was taken at our hotel at Kuta Beach.  Way back then I was shooting Kodak slide film, and this image was scanned from a slide taken at that time.

The Tetons

September 17, 2015

The mountains of Grand Teton National Park. August 20, 2015.

Betsy and I visited Grand Teton National Park in late August.  We had been there back in 2012, but at that time the smoke from wildfires obscured the mountains, so we felt we needed to go back.  We found a smoky haze on our first day there, but we were still able to enjoy those magnificent mountains, as the picture above shows.

Dierks Lake, Arkansas

April 9, 2015

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Most of you know that Betsy and I go to Mt. Nebo in Arkansas each Spring.  We try to visit a new place each time we go, and a couple of years ago we stopped by Dierks Lake, a lake formed on the Saline River in Arkansas.  I got a picture of this old tree trunk along the shore, and I thought it would make a great painting.


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