Archive for the ‘Landscape’ Category

Fog on Mountains

Saturday, December 20th, 2014


It wasn’t much of a week for photography and I fear next week will be worse but I did get fascinated by the play of light and fog on the hills outside my window and ran outside with camera in hand for a few minutes. I did a little cropping and added some luminence and vibrance in lightroom.  Then I took it into Color Efex Pro and played around for awhile before deciding the Polaroid transfer filter gave me the look I wanted…complete with edgy border.

Mount McLoughlin

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014


One of the things I’ve missed most in being away from Oregon is the beauty of the snow capped Cascade volcanoes. Southern Oregon’s own Mount McLoughlin has been looking pretty sad and bare all summer but now the snow has returned to the higher elevations and the Mountain is looking quite glorious on this rare sunny November day north of Medford. I did basic post processing in Color Efex Pro and that’s it.

Day 87 – Tuscan Hills

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


No, this is not in Tuscany. It is in Southern Oregon.  However there is a sign at the bottom of the road in the background that says “Tuscan Hills”.  I am assuming it is meant to become a high end housing development. I do see a hint of Tuscany in my home country, but just a hint.  I think it is its own special place. I processed this one in the new Topaz Impressions software which gives a whole new range of possibilities for painterly treatment of my photographs.  It may be a match made in heaven.

Day 80 – Rogue River Bridge with Pilings

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014


I’m back to combing through the archives.  This one is from my trip to the coast back in July. I think it is about time to go again. I did the usual post processing.

Day 69 – Rogue River

Friday, September 5th, 2014


On my way to Crater Lake yesterday I stopped at the Natural Bridge recreation area where I shot this picture of the Rogue River.  This one was a challenge in post processing due to the differential lighting.  I started by adjusting the blue luminence in Lightroom which I have learned can sometimes save a blown out sky.  It worked well in this case. Then I added a layer in photoshop and dodged in the shadow areas to open up the bottom part of the river and its banks. I then took it into Nik CEP where the detail extractor helped to further open up the water and lower river banks.  I added a brilliance warmth filter but toned it down a bit.  Finally a darken/lighten center filter to further open up the river below the small falls.  I tried it with a border but decided against it.  I think this would make a nice gallery wrap.

Day 38 – Oregon Coast

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014


It must be time for another outing.  I just started going back through the files until I found one I liked that was different from what I had posted before.  The Oregon Coast always makes for a good picture.  I love what the detail extractor in Nik Color Efex Pro does with clouds.  and the Darken lighten center filter is great for adding depth in a landscape.

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 31 – Mt McLoughlin

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014


One of the things I have missed most about Oregon is the Volcanic peaks.  Mt McLoughlin is southern Oregon’s own private “snowcap”. Of course it looks better with snow.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back. Post processing was the standard treatment in Color Efex Pro; moderate detail, brilliance warmth and a lightened center.

Day 26 – Cape Blanco Light

Friday, July 25th, 2014


I finally made it to the coast! Though I have been trying to kick the vertical trend I’ve been on lately, it is hard to avoid when shooting lighthouses.  I just love the simple elegant lines of the Cape Blanco Light.  It sits on the westernmost point in Oregon and is one of the harder lighthouses to get to as it is a few miles off the main highway and I have learned the hard way that the gates are not open early in the morning, limiting access at the best time of day to shoot this landmark.  However, even at mid afternoon it looks pretty good.  I did process for detail and brightened center.  I had it more saturated but decided I preferred a more subtle look.

Day 23 – Lithia Park

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Lithia Park in my hometown of Ashland, Oregon was recently voted among the top 25 city parks in the country.  I don’t know who gets to decide these things but it is a nice park. I hesitated to post this image because it is somewhat cliche where Ashland is concerned.  Stand on one of the bridges in Lithia Park and shoot Ahland Creek.  But then it occured to me that not everyone gets to see this kind of beauty every day.  I know, I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for eight years, where water and green vegetation are both hard to come by.  I’m not sure if that line of rocks is natural, I’m guessing not but it still does a good job of leading the eye into the picture.