Posts Tagged ‘Sky’

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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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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

A Solar Eclipse Composite

September 26, 2017

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I’ve never thought of myself as being particularly creative, but I’ve seen some composite photos of the August eclipse, and thought it would be interesting to see if I could create a composite of some of the photos I took that day. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I rather like the results of my first attempt.

Blue Sky, Icy Branches

February 28, 2017

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Betsy often encourages me to take “creative” photos.  I’m not sure how well I do at that, but I do try, even though I’m no artist.  I do enjoy ‘experimenting’ in Photoshop in an effort to be “creative” with so-so photos.  This image started as a photo of icy tree branches taken in our yard in February, 2015.

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?

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.