Red River Gorge Panorama

December 6, 2016

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Back in October Betsy and I visited Kentucky’s Red River Gorge area with our friends Patti and Neal.  Because of the drought in our part of the country, the autumn colors weren’t as vibrant as we had hoped, but the scenery was still spectacular.  I used Photoshop to stitch together this panorama of the view at an overlook on the road to the Sky Bridge.  The morning light was delightful.

Looking Through the Dogwood Leaves

November 1, 2016

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I took this October photo looking up at the sky through the leaves of the dogwood tree in our front yard.  I then used Photoshop to make it look more like a painting.

Autumn on the Cumberland Plateau is beautiful no matter what your point of view!

The Great Wall of China

October 4, 2016

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When I first saw the Great Wall of China back in 1987 I was almost mesmerized by the way it snaked over the mountains north of Beijing.  The intervening 30 years have not been kind to the slides I took back then, but I’ve been trying to save what I can.  I used software to turn the slide which was the basis for this image into a “photo painting”.  If you look closely you can see the wall snaking along the ridge tops.

Autumn Color in Harpers Ferry

September 6, 2016

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Betsy and I visited Harpers Ferry in September, 2013.  In addition to visiting the historical sites in the town, we were also able to enjoy some beautiful autumn color.  I created this ‘painting’ in Photoshop using a photo taken that day.

 

 

A Rose from Our Yard

August 16, 2016

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A favorite rose in our yard is this beautiful bicolor, Ronald Reagan.  It’s appropriate that a rose bears his name since President Reagan signed the legislation that made the rose our official flower.

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.