The Smokeys in Black and White

November 27, 2018

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Betsy and I stopped at an overlook on Newfound Gap Road in the Smokies on a cloudy, overcast day. We thought we could see some sunbeams breaking through the clouds, but they were very faint. I converted this picture to black and white to make the sunbeams stand out a little more.

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Chief Joseph Scenic Byway Panorama

October 30, 2018

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While on our western trip earlier this year (September), Betsy and I traveled from Red Lodge, Montana, to Yellowstone along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. The day was beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. This panorama shows part of the view from Dead Indian Pass on the byway.

 

Cox Bridge

October 9, 2018

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Several years ago, while driving through southern Ohio on our way home, Betsy and I happened across Cox Bridge, a restored covered bridge. The bridge was in use until 1992, and then restored in 2004.

I thought using Photoshop to make the image more like a painting was fitting for this subject.

As the Sun Sets in the Mountains

September 18, 2018

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We celebrated Betsy’s birthday at Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Our room had a beautiful view of the mountains, although we couldn’t see either the rising or the setting sun from our room. I took a picture from out balcony on the first evening we were there as the sun started to set. The beautiful sky and the patches of fog in the valley made me feel that the photo would make a pretty good painting. With the help of Photoshop, this is the result.

Something Special Rose

August 21, 2018

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As you know, My Beautiful Bride and I grow roses. We also take many photos of our roses since each blossom seems to be uniquely beautiful. Although I think some of my photos are very good, at times I like to experiment with a picture just to see what happens. I used Photoshop to transform a picture of our Something Special rose into a painting. I rather like the result, and I hope you do, too.

Moon Over the Glade

July 24, 2018

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I got this black-and-white photo of the July moon over our house by converting the original color photo to monochrome. As seems always to be the case when I try to get a picture of the moon, the evening was cloudy. (I guess I should be happy that it wasn’t raining!) A black-and-white picture just seemed to make the moon a little clearer through the high clouds.

 

 

 

Raindrops on a Rose

June 26, 2018

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Betsy and I think our roses are beautiful at any time, but I really like the way they look after a shower. I got this photo of our Ronald Reagan rose after a June shower a couple of years ago.

Hong Kong’s Repulse Bay

June 5, 2018

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Before I went there, I always visualized Hong Kong as a massive urban area teeming with people and buildings. So I was pleasantly surprised when I got there to tranquil scenes such as this.

This is Repulse Bay, reportedly named after the British warship HMS Repulse that anchored here in the 1840s. This image is scanned from a slide made over 30 years ago. Although the slide had deteriorated, after I used Photoshop to convert it into a ‘painting’ I thought the result looked pretty good and brought back some happy memories.

Double Delight Rose

May 15, 2018

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A long-time favorite rose of both Betsy and myself is Double Delight. We’ve had it in our garden for as long as we’ve had roses here in the Glade. The colors are gorgeous, and the fragrance is delightful. I took the photo of Double Delight several years ago, but then used Photoshop to turn the photo into a painting.

 

Orange Harvest Iris

April 24, 2018

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Once our iris start blooming we can be relatively certain that Spring has come to stay. This beauty is named Orange Harvest, but it is a welcome splash of April color. The picture upon which this ‘painting’ is based was taken several years ago, but Orange Harvest is still putting on a show in our yard.