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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.

Wood Duck

Saturday, December 13th, 2014


I have wanted to see and photograph these beautiful birds ever since I knew of their existence. So, when I read that wood ducks like to hang out in Lithia Park in the winter I could hardly believe it. But I packed up the new camera anyway and headed right down there. I got out of the car to do a scouting trip and almost immediately did a 180 back to the car to get the camera because they were there.  I shot a number of frames of ducks on shore before they got spooked and headed into the water. But that was OK because I really wanted a water shot. Well, easier said than done. The cloudy winter light was flat and in order to get a shutter speed fast enough to stop the motion of the swimming ducks (those puppies move fast!) I had to crank the ISO up to 1600. This one was a little noisy and dull out of the camera. So, I applied some noise reduction and clarity in Lightroom. Then took it into Nik CEP for detail and brightening.  It still seemed a little off and I almost rejected this one for an onshore shot as image of the week.  But then I decided to try one more thing and took it into Photoshop to add a little saturation and that did the trick.  I’m still thinking to go back with the long lens and “big girl” camera as soon as we get a break in the weather.

Summer Flowers

Saturday, November 29th, 2014


It’s that time of year when it is hard to find a good weather window to go out and shoot and the over 5000 images I have in my files from this year are nagging at me.  So, this week I started the process of sifting through and deleting those with no redeeming value and processing those with potential. This shot from North Mountain Park back in August benefited from a little cropping and an impressionist filter from Topaz Impression.

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.

Autumn Leaves

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


I had to take another trip to Lithia Park this week and it was still stunning though perhaps past peak. I wanted to share a macro image in contrast to last week’s landscape though I again had many beautiful images of both genres to choose from. Beautiful as these leaves were they were a little dirty and scuffed around the edges so it seemed appropriate to give them an impressionistic treatment. This served to soften many of the flaws. Before Topaz Impression I also put it into Nik Color Efex pro for detail and a center light.  I also did some work with the spot healing brush and content aware fill to eliminate some distractions.

Van Gough meets Lithia Park

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


I thought that being in the throes of moving I had completely missed fall color this year but a post from a fellow photographer alerted me to the fact that Lithia Park in Ashland was still putting on a pretty good show. It was hard to pick an image of the week there was so much color and inspiration just in the Japanese Garden.  But I liked this impressionistic treatment from Topaz Impression using a Van Gough look. My self criticism here is that I probably should have had the bench further to the left so it is not looking out of the image.  On the other had that may just give it a different dynamic.


Saturday, November 1st, 2014


I have been up to my ears in unpacking and feathering my new nest this week.  So, I came up empty on the image of the week front. So, this morning I decided to put everything else on hold and go for a camera walk. I had in mind an old barn I had seen not far from my house but it turned out to be too far from the path for a good shot. But not far away I spotted this beautiful old oak tree in the midst of changing for autumn and clinging to a few acorns. I slapped on my 500D closeup lens (thank you Charles Needle for that tip) and went to town. There were several good options but I thought this one did the best job of capturing the essence of fall acorn-ness. In post I cropped some to reduce bright sky on the edges, then took it in to NIK color efex pro for the usual treatments: detail, saturation, highlight on the acorn.  Back in Photoshop I cropped and darkened the corners just a bit more.


Saturday, October 11th, 2014


It wasn’t a big week for photography between resting on my laurels after completing the 100 days project and last minute issues with the completion of my new home. I did spot these natty awnings in downtown Medford where I was meeting a friend for dinner and the evening light couldn’t have been more perfect.  I’m seeing a lot of potential for architectural detail photos in old downtown Medford. In post I just added some detail in CEP and a mild painterly treatment in Topaz Impression.

Day 100 – Buncom

Monday, October 6th, 2014


And so it comes to a close.  I shot this image at a wide spot in the road called Buncom which really just consists of 3 abandoned buildings. It was kind of grungy because I had to shoot through a dirty window so I thought “Why not take it a little further?” So I added a texture from the French Kiss Glorious Grunge collection.  I think it works with or without.  Tomorrow I will post my favorite image from the project and so thoughts about how it went, lessons learned, etc.

Day 99 – Provolt Store

Sunday, October 5th, 2014


Here’s another one from the Applegate Valley.  I admit I hoped at the time that trip would give me enough images to finish out the project.  The processing challenge on this one was that I wanted to give it a painterly look but I still wanted to be able to read the 7up sign. After narrowing down the options and doing a little tweaking I am pretty happy with the result I got from Topaz Impression.