|Drum and fife corp from Fort McHenry|
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Monday, February 10, 2014
Saturday I led a group of photographers at the Howard Rawlings Conservatory, in Baltimore, on a photo workshop sponsored by Capital Photography Center. I was helping participants make compositions, use their cameras and understand more about photography. Afterward I made a few images in the Palm Room. The textures of the trunks and the fans on the palms were wonderful and the light was soft so I had to take the opportunity to at least go home with a few shots. While processing I decided to use a square format and convert the images to monochrome. I applied a border which emulates emulsion from the Perfect Photo Suite by On One. (RE: The border, I think iPhone photography is influencing my Big Camera Vision)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sunday I spent the day with a fellow photographer and friend Annette Conniff, rambling through Maryland shooting ice, snow and winter scenes. We planned to end the day on Kent Island hoping for a beautiful sunset on the icy Chesapeake Bay. As we stood out in the 15 degree afternoon watching the sky, we had hopes of the sunset we envisioned, as a bank of clouds moved in, but they moved in too fast and too heavy for the kind of sunset we had envisioned. As the sun was just about to set, it broke through on the horizon. So I made a traditional sunset shot, shooting at f-22 to catch a star burst. Then I went into swipe mode....and had some real fun creating the following abstract images moving the camera from left to right across the horizon as the exposure was in progress.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Polar Vortex created a few photo ops in our area with ice. The freeze only lasted a couple days, but long enough to freeze over a few local ponds. Snow the week before filled the shallow swale, then we had an overnight rain, and then the deep freeze. Normally the waters are clear when the freeze occurs, but the snow on the bottom of the shallow pond, created a whiter background, than normal. Usually lots of leaves are floating frozen but I think the snow also covered them. The few leaves that were frozen near the surface probably blew into the swale as the freeze was occurring. I used a 200 mm macro pointed straight down at the ice on my tripod and set the shooting menu to multiple exposure,varying the number of shots and camera position on each image. I enjoyed a few of the results and converted them to monochrome in Nik SIlver Efex Pro2.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
|Nikon D4 70-200 lens ISO 100 f22 Processed in Adobe CC with Snapart4 filter applied|
The snow all but obscured the high tension power wires that run along the ridge, and I was able to clone out the real distracting ones. Then I applied a little Snap Art 4 filter to achieve the painterly effect. The three tall trees added a point of interest and the fence line just draws you into the scene. The sky was beginning to clear and drifting clouds added a little interest in the white sky.
The image below is the barn on this property and I chose a stronger filter in Snap Art 4, as well as a filter called, Black Gold, in Color Efex Pro to adjust tones.
I would have made a little wider crop of this scene but the plow had been through and left a mess in the little roadway just in front of the barn. Looks like we might miss the snow that was predicted for today.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|Processed in Adobe CC with Nik Analog and Color Efex Pro using one of the new Flypaper presets engineered for Nik Color Efex Pro. I enjoyed the lens flare in the top of this image, it just makes it feel more summer-like to me so I left it there.|
So....today I did some baking and decorating in the house as well as continuing along with my photography file management project all the while enjoying the sounds of Christmas music, that always gets me in the spirit!
As I was sorting image files I stopped and had to process a few I never worked on from my day trip to Cape May in the early fall. I wanted to run a few through the new Nik Analog software and try some new Flypaper designed presets in Color Efex Pro.
The October day in Cape May was very unique, hot and summer like, residents filled the beach. I enjoy capturing back lit subjects and this geographic location made it perfect for shooting back lit subjects in the late afternoon.
|Processed in Adobe CC with Nik plugin, Analog, and Color Efex Pro Flypaper preset.|
|Cape May Ferry processed in Adobe CC with Nik Analog.|
So there you have it, summer is gone, the beach house is closed...time to get shopping, decorating and card writing! Only 23 days til' Christmas!
Oh and my first Christmas Card arrived in the mailbox on Friday!