Posts Tagged ‘Sky’

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.

What a Way to Start the Day

January 20, 2016

 

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It’s not always easy to get up on a winter morning before dawn in order to walk the golf course, but sometimes the sky is so glorious that it makes the whole effort worthwhile.

 

 

A Beach Sunrise

March 19, 2015

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When Betsy and I were at Ocean Isle Beach in January, we saw many beautiful sunrises.  I played around with one of my photos trying to emphasize the colors while minimizing the details.  I rather like the result of my experimenting and am sharing that with you today.

Smoky Mountain Sunbeams

March 2, 2015

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I got the photo on which this image is based when Betsy and I visited the Smokies just before Valentine’s Day.  Our first stop was along the Foothills Parkway outside of Townsend, Tennessee.  It was a cold, overcast day, but we could see sunbeams breaking through the clouds when we looked toward Mount LeConte.  I ‘tweaked’ the photo to bring out the sunbeams, and this is the result.  I rather like it.

A Wintry Sky in the Glade

January 8, 2015

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I often think that cloudy winter skies are boring, but often that is not the case at all.  This painting is based on a photo I took a couple of years ago while looking east as the sun set on a cloudy Winter’s day.  The color of the sky was gorgeous.

After the Storm

September 29, 2014

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This image was scanned from a slide I took in June, 1987, on the island of Bali in Indonesia.  I was one of a group of college professors who were going to China to teach for the summer.  We spent a few days in Bali before continuing our journey to China.

One afternoon a storm came up from the Pacific while I was along the beach.  The storm was quickly over, and I snapped this picture as the sun started breaking through the clouds again.