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Day 35 – Grist Mill

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014


Yesterday I was busy preparing a show for my virtual gallery and didn’t get out to shoot anything new.  The show is called “New Mexico Swan Song” and is a collection of images shot at El Rancho de las Golondorinos, a living history museum near Santa Fe.  Honestly, I processed so many images yesterday I don’t remember exactly what I did.  I now there was some cropping.  Looks there there should have been some straightening.  I also ran it through CEP but I think it was mainly detail extraction.  You can see the show at

Day 29 – Rogue River Bridge

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


One of the unsung wonders of the Oregon Coast is the beautiful bridges that were built in the 1930s to connect the coastal towns and complete Highway 101.  This one graces the Rogue River in Gold Beach.  I loved the idea of this image when I took it but the result was kind of ho hum.  It finally occurred to me to try it in Black and White and that did the trick.  I first cropped it a little and added a smart sharpen filter in Photoshop.  Then I took it into Topaz Black and White Effects and used a preset from the brown collection.  Then I added a vignette and a border.  Can’t wait to complete the collection with more pictures of the iconic bridges.

Day 12 – Flowers at the Farmer’s Market

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


I got a little sidetracked yesterday but I still have plenty of material from the Farmer’s Market to process so look for a few more before I’m done.  Just love the colors in this floral display.  I did a basic post processing in color efex pro…. Detail extractor, brilliance warmth, darken/lighten center.

Day 6 – Blueberry Pie

Friday, July 4th, 2014


Blueberry Pie for 4th of July. Even at 81 years of age my Mom can’t stop baking.  And the blueberries came from her garden.  I just thought it made a great subject.  I processed it in Nik Color Efex Pro.  Added a detail filter, a brilliance warmth emphasizing cool colors, and a slight touch of darken/lighten center.

In case you haven’t noticed I am shooting one day and posting the next so the real 4th of July picture won’t be until tomorrow.

The Moving Blues

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Sorry to say there will be no image of the week this week.  I am up to my eyeballs in moving and have no time for fun things like photography.  But come back next Sunday, June 29 because on that day I will be starting a new 100 days project to celebrate my return to beautiful Oregon.  That means an image a day for 100 days.  It should be great!


Saturday, May 10th, 2014


It was another windy week in Santa Fe and though I tried to photograph some flowers in my yard I didn’t start early enough so had only moderate success in avoiding movement.  In anticipation of a trip to Northern Arizona next week I started reviewing some pictures from a previous trip.  I had also just purchased some grunge textures from French Kiss Textures.  So when I saw this image of a grungy neon sign in Williams, AZ I thought why not try a little grunge on grunge.  First I applied a preset in Topaz detail to sharpen it up, then I added the Grit filter from the Glorious Grunge Collection.  Using a vivid light blending mode really made the colors pop…and maybe even brought in some new ones.  I’m hoping the sign is still there this time as I would like to reshoot it giving myself a little more space to add a nice grungy border!

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Sunday, January 26th, 2014


This week I was busy processing the rest of my images from San Diego.  It was hard to choose one for image of the week because there were many good ones and also because I am planning to post a show next week in my virtual gallery so I was a little hesitant to steal my own thunder by posting the best of the best. I ended up choosing this one for being a somewhat off kilter image of an iconic location.

As I am trying to expand my niche as a travel photographer I have been thinking about how to address the iconic locations.  When I have seen the same view of the same location over and over I find it a little off putting to stand in the well worn footprints of the thousands of photographers who have come before me.  On the other hand I don’t think you can call yourself a travel photographer if you don’t have some shots of the iconic locations in your portfolio.

Since the campanile at the San Diego Mission is usually shot from the front where there is little vegetation nearby I chose to shoot it from the back garden and at an angle to offer something that might not have been seen before.  I also liked the way the bouganvillia and the trees helped to frame the subject though it might be argued that the flowers in the upper left are somewhat distracting.


Saturday, September 21st, 2013


It has been another week of culling the files and looking for keepers that I could apply new post processing skills to. I came across this handsome fellow at Arches National Park a few years back and was taken by the morning light shining through his ears.  The raw image was pretty bland and didn’t really capture my vision.  So it lay dormant for a few years until I finally went to work in the digital darkroom.  First I cropped the image to zoom in on the rabbit.  Then I brightened it some using a levels adjustment layer in Photoshop.  I added a layer and changed it to soft light mode then painted with white at 13% to brighten his eye even more.  Then I had to do some edge patrol to get rid of distracting small branches using content-aware fill.  Next I took the image into Nik Color Efex Pro where I added a detail extractor level 1 and a Brilliance/Warmth filter with the saturation and warmth backed off from the default.  Then I added a darken/lighten center filter with the center on Jack.  I was still bothered by distracting highlights especially in the lower left corner so I added a dark vignette and again shifted the center to focus attention on the rabbit. Now I am much happier with the image and it comes close to my memory of that day and has a rightful place in the keeper files.

Fruit Box Label

Saturday, July 27th, 2013


Well, I dropped the ball last week partly because I couldn’t choose among four images.  This week has been busy and not too successful.  I spent a little time at the Railroad Museum in Sacramento but I didn’t have enough quarters to feed the parking meter so time was limited.  Iike the way this photo of a fruit box label turned out but I am unhappy about the glare from the on camera flash.  It was dark in the museum and I had left my tripod at home, shame on me.  Long story short, this is the best I could do this weed but there is a sunflower in my Dad’s garden that is calling to me so maybe next week will be better.