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1-03: Thursday I let my daughter drive up to Horsetooth and on some of the roads up there (she's just started learning to drive). It just so happened that the sky was pretty awesome looking so I had her stop and I took some pictures. As you can see our snow is almost completely gone now :(
I got a new camera! I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.  Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie. Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd... I became inspired....and this was my result...  ****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********
Picture #191      -Painted Sunrise  Just a photo I revisited after hearing the seminar and trying a few things...  I never take what others say even if it is at a seminar as gospel...  It may be something that worked for them but I still use my own head and try different things.    clarity- adds shadow to dark areas, vibrance-  is far better than using saturation because it makes all the colors brighter and he stated rarely do you need all of them brighter.   Vibrance adds a color punch to in areas where there is less saturation.  1) It makes any color that is dull more bright, 2) it does very little to the colors that are already bright, 3) it does it's best to avoid skin tones altogether... so is much more controllable than saturation is....  well, that's what the speaker said but each to their own I say you know best what works for you..  this is an old photo from 9/09 that I had never processed because of the difficult lighting but was much easier trying some of the new techs..  have a great day.. I get to babysit Chloe again Mon...  :-)  connie
22.3.08 - Happy Easter! We actually had some snow showers today, but none of it settled so no snowy DP today. I had to go into town, and on the way back decided to dodge a particularly nasty snow shower by going into the cathedral. I timed it just right for a guided roof tour, and ended up staying for nearly two hours. This isn't my most innovative or quirky shot of the cathedral, but it does show its gothic majesty off best. I can never get my head round the fact that this was all built by hand; no scaffolding, no cranes, no laser range finders, just blood and sweat. I took over 80 photos today(!), so some of them will make it to other galleries when I get chance. I'll probably start a separate gallery for Cathedral interiors, and there were some stunning views from the roof! Happy Easter..........    I've put one of today's efforts here  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4518270_XDZuH#268878026    New Cathedral Gallery now here  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4562724_EH5v6/1/268904689_tgGam#268904689
"A Healing Sunset"  It was a long day today with some bad headache by evening. Instead of adding some caffeine to the evening I added a sunset to feel better. Definitely worked :-)     “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore ~
S for silhuette  Sandwich, Front layer is a small bridge, and the background is a rusty ship
03/14/11 - Toco Toucon or is it Mr. Fruit Loop?    The kids and I traveled back to Scotland Neck yesterday to go to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park.  We really enjoy our visits there seeing all the birds and walking the easy trail.  There's a beaver blind and a treehouse as well as a playground area with fossil dirt brought in from Aurora for the kids to look for fossil teeth.    The Toco Toucon obviously stands out for his color and personality, and this is Johnny's favorite bird at the park.  Easy for me as the photographer to fall in love with that beautiful blue eye.  This was our 3rd visit to the park, and each time we've spent a good bit of time visiting with this bird.    This guy is a native to parts of Africa.  Not on any endanged lists thank goodness.  Males and femlaes look the same only males are larger.  They live in more open areas than forest areas.  They like fruits like figs but also eat reptiles and insects and even sometimes small birds.      Link to Joey's POTD:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#1215884498_UAtxo    Thanks for your comments on the St. Patrick's Day Parade collage.      Best bird collage from yesterday:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215665275_g82PM  Putting all the ones I like side by side like that helps me pick sometimes.    Best kid collage:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215667474_aRfn2    The unique crop is because he's in a cage.  Although the eye detail is not so nice if you line things up to get his whole beak in beause it's so long.  Here's a shot from our last visit that shows his full beak (and a sweet gum ball he's playing with):    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/SylvanHeightsWaterfowlParkScot/Sylvan-Heights-022011/15917697_ZVfEA#1193792092_7ZqtL    I spent some time trying out a polarizing filter yesterday.  I wan't impressed.  I may try again.    HAGD,  Maryann
June 30, 2011    Here's another one of the 'reflection' photos that I enjoy seeing and snapping shots of.  The red 1950 Ford pickup is reflected in the hub cap of a 1940 Chevrolet.  I thought it was pretty cool because the red accents in the wheel really set the red of the reflected pickup off nicely.  And don't you love those big white wall tires?    If you check this out in X2 or X3, you'll be able to see lots of neat details and reflections.    Both vehicles are owned by our friend Gary, and were at the recent car show.  To see a larger photo of the Chevrolet car, click here:    http://lgood.smugmug.com/Cars/Classic-Cars/12442807_L6QVo/#1355627499_DRdWCbv    We are enjoying our vacation.  Sorry for the very little commenting I've been able to do, but I'll catch up as soon as I can.  You guys are posting some awesome shots this week!!    Best regards,  Linda
Springtime has finally come to our part of the world
A view of my yard after a winter snowstorm - this is one of a small file of photos that I discovered this week on one of my external drives that had never been processed.  I processed them and added them to my "Snowy Days" gallery this week.  We actually have not had this much snow at one time this year.  THIS SHOT REALLY NEEDS TO BE VIEWED IN THE LARGEST SIZES.  Thanks to those of you who commented on my shot of the froggie in the window. And another weekend is here and I hope you are able to enjoy yours.  Cheers!
Update: This image won me a first place in the Ellison Center for the Arts (Duxbury Art Association) Annual Winter Juried Show. The opening was February 6th and it was a blast to attend as a winning photographer. After almost a week of no sun, lots of rain and not feeling well, I finally felt a little inspired to get out there and shoot. It felt good. There's still plenty of color out there.  You just have to look a little harder and think more on the macro level. I've actually been in a funk with fall being over. It is by far my most favorite season, especially for photography. I'm sad that it's over. I'll keep trying to squeeze color out of my world. Because of bad eyesight, shapes and color are mostly what I see. Anyway...the sun is returning today! Have a great day.
Saturday, June 6th.
1-11: Saturday morning we drove up Highways 7 and did some hiking in Wild Basin. This is "Chapel on the Rock" built in 1935, part of Saint Malo Catholic Retreat off of Highway 7. I think it's a neat looking old chapel and it resides in a very beautiful setting. Behind is Mt. Meeker. As you can see, it was another very windy morning up in the mountains. A lot of snow was blowing off the mountain peaks.
Lake Isabelle, Indian Peaks National Wilderness, CO    A new version of a photo from our trip to Colorado in July 2010.  I want to get a large print of this so I had to re-crop it for 8x10 aspect ratio and I touched up the processing.  It seems like every time I revisit old photos I find new ways to process them.  And I don't even do much stuff, just little tweaks make a big difference.    I think this was the first photo I took with a DSLR that I really liked a lot, so it is one of my personal favorites.    I hope everyone has a fun weekend!  I know I'll be watching some good football games.    Daily photo: January 15, 2011, reprocessed January 15, 2011, taken July 30, 2010
FEB.9,2012   The Shadow challenge for Paula!    It's an early post due to my work schedule. I've been working on these captures all week and I love some of neighborhood homes with tree shadows on them , but my "red" always wins out for me.
1-03: Thursday I let my daughter drive up to Horsetooth and on some of the roads up there (she's just started learning to drive). It just so happened that the sky was pretty awesome looking so I had her stop and I took some pictures. As you can see our snow is almost completely gone now :(

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1-03: Thursday I let my daughter drive up to Horsetooth and on some of the roads up there (she's just started learning to drive). It just so happened that the sky was pretty awesome looking so I had her stop and I took some pictures. As you can see our snow is almost completely gone now :(
1-03: Thursday I let my daughter drive up to Horsetooth and on some of the roads up there (she's just started learning to drive). It just so happened that the sky was pretty awesome looking so I had her stop and I took some pictures. As you can see our snow is almost completely gone now :(

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