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.

 

 

 

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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.

Spring is Here

March 27, 2018

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We don’t have too many crocus bulbs left in our yard (the chipmunks find them to be very tasty), but the few blossoms we do get are a beautiful sign that Spring is nearly here. I used Photoshop to make a sketch from a picture I took of one of our crocus blossoms.

 

Icy Holly Bush

February 20, 2018

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I took a picture of an ice-coated holly bush a few years ago. I came across it recently and decided to play around in Photoshop to turn the photo into “modern art.” I rather like the way it tuned out.

Winter Morning Light

January 23, 2018

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I captured this photo on an early morning January walk on the golf course. Although the scenery wasn’t particularly attractive, I did like the light on the trees and the ground. I played around in Photoshop to turn the photo into a ‘painting’, and got this as a result.

 

Floating Restaurant in Hong Kong

December 12, 2017

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Back in the day I used to shoot with slide film, and I still have several trays of slides stashed away in my work area. I’m trying to get them scanned, but it is slow going.

Some of the slides are so old that they have deteriorated over the years, but I have found that if I play around with the scanned image in Photoshop I can sometimes get a usable image. The image above is from a slide taken in 1987 during my first visit to Hong Kong. We had been on a boat tour of the Aberdeen section of the city and we passed this ornate floating restaurant. Our guide said the food was very delicious, but I never had the opportunity to eat there. I do enjoy the photo, however.

October at Cumberland Mountain State Park

November 14, 2017

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I took this photo at Cumberland Mountain State Park near Crossville, Tennessee, several years ago. I played with the image in Photoshop, attempting to make the photo look more like a painting.