Archive for the ‘Travels’ Category

Dublin Street in Black and White

April 16, 2019

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Back in 2002 (how time flies!) I spent a week in Dublin, Ireland, working on a software project. One evening an Irish colleague gave me a quick tour of downtown Dublin, which is where I took a photo of the street we were walking along.

Looking at the photo recently something about it — possibly the sky — made me think it would make a beautiful black and white photo. So I used Photoshop to convert the original into this image.

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The Mountains of China

January 15, 2019

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This image is based on a slide of a photo I took more than thirty years ago. When I took the photo I was on my way to visit the Great Wall for the first time, and I got this photo of my first glimpse of the wall — ruins on the first peak in the photo. Since the slide had badly deteriorated over time, I used Photoshop to clean the image and added a ‘dreamy’ look. This is the result.

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.

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.

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.

The Walled Garden at Biltmore

August 15, 2017

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Biltmore House and Gardens is one of the favorite places My Beautiful Bride and I visit several times a year. We rarely tour the house, but we almost always visit the Conservatory and the Walled Garden. Both are beautiful any time of the year, and we never tire of visiting there.

I created the image above by playing in Photoshop with a photo of the Walled Garden taken several years ago. I tried to create an image that looked similar to a charcoal sketch or some other type of drawing while being at least somewhat realistic.

Terraces in Bali

June 6, 2017

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I visited Bali almost thirty years ago and found the island to be both beautiful and idyllic.  One of the sights I really enjoyed was all the terraces we saw as we toured the back roads of the island.

At that time I was taking photographs with slide film, and although the slides have degraded over the years, they still bring back wonderful memories.  This image is made from a scanned slide that was ‘tweaked’ in Photoshop to hide some of the damage.

Caesar’s Head Panorama

April 11, 2017

The view from the overlook at Caesar's Head State Park, South Carolina.  March 22, 2017.

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A couple of weeks ago, Betsy and I stopped at Caesar’s Head State Park in South Carolina before hiking to nearby Raven Cliff Falls.  The views in the park were awesome.  I made this panorama from photos taken at the park overlook.  March 22, 2017.