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At the Cherry Creek Art Festival, reflections in a shop window.  Best viewed in the largest sizes.  I liked the vivid colors and shadows in this shot, as well as the comp and reflections.  Hope you like it, too.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the injured deer.  I saw a large bear in my flower bed tonight just before dark, so it is possible that the bear, rather than a mountain lion, injured the deer.
04APR2012  Weathering the Storm.....  Another shot of the storm that rumbled into the barnyard, have a great day......don't get caught in one of these.
Old Town Albuquerque - so picturesque!  Thank you for all your comments on my Hot Air Balloon Photo - who would guess!
13FEB2013  One Million Plus  Awarded Second Place in the "Nature Category" n4c.us in March 2013, submitted through the Omaha Camera Club.  Went down to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge yesterday......lots to see!  These are Canadian Geese, there were  over six hundred trumpeter swans too....  Just before the mass lift-off there seems to be a lot of discussion in the pond about just that......then from almost total silence they start and it sounds like a freight train coming toward you, the sky goes dim and all you hear is the birds wings flapping, totally astonishing.  Its forty degrees out and the wind is out of the south at ten to twenty MPH.  So we got two goose bombs to the windshield that was the extent of the crap.......literally, i too though it would be everywhere. Also there were no impact deaths from inflight collisions...on our part of the lake, the carnage is laying all over the place though, some caused impact craters two feet in diameter, surely would have killed a human on impact.....in all my years flying thats the scariest thing to go through, a bird strike.  Have a great day!
4.1.10 - Glory Days!  This image is a labour of love, and it has been over 20 years in the making. It is a 3-shot photomerge panorama from some old transparencies taken on my first trip to the Nepal Himalaya back in 1988! The centre and right hand photos have appeared in a pano on the Dailies before, but until this evening I've not been able to join up the left hand shot of the mighty Ama Dablam.   The problem was that the tones were slightly different, and I just could not get them to match up. So I decided to try a B&W conversion and a sepia filter over the top of the image, with a fair bit of cloning to match up the sky. It seemed to work, and a white vignette completed another Ansel Adams homage. I've added the mountain names for anyone who knows the area, so they can work out roughly where Taweche Towers is. I've said before that it is the single most beautiful and spectacular place I've ever been to, 18,500' up above the blazed trail from Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp, and rarely visited.
04-01-2011 "Abandoned Farm House"  I saw this old farm house and just had to take some photos.  I have been watching tutorials and tried some of the things I learned.  I liked the way this one turned out.  I added a border but it's not really showing up.  Guess I need more work on that.  Okay....I didn't see the white gown but now I do.  I guess someone was watching me!  Glad I wasn't alone.  It's not April Fool's!  Only concerts left in the conference tomorrow.  It's been long hours the last 2 days.  Hopefully I will get caught up looking at all your photos.  Thanks for commenting on the ones I've posted when I couldn't comment on yours. Hope no one pulled an April's Fool joke on you today. Donna
Chicago River View, Chicago IL    Nini and I are in Chicago for our annual conference.  We drove in the rain all day yesterday and then were very busy meeting our colleagues once we arrived.  I noticed the sky changing on our walk home from dinner, called the valet to bring my tripod from the car, and rushed out to see if I could make a photo.  I only had time to take two shots!  Seriously, I released the shutter only two times and was off.  I used spot metering and the zone system to get the exposure close on the first shot, reviewed and adjusted my composition, made a minor (2/3d stop) exposure adjustment, and took this second shot.  I hope to find a better composition tomorrow if we have time.  As most of you know I'm a bit a perfectionist so it was really hard to just take two shots and run.  But that is why I practice so much at home, so I can get the shot when it counts.    Daily photo: April 14, 2012, taken April 13, 2012
07FEB2013  Colorful Smile  Looking into the balloon canopy during deployment.  I think it was so cold a bic lighter could have got this into the air!  Smile.....leave me a happy comment!
Pronghorn Antelope - I spotted a small group (about ten) pronghorn antelope grazing near the road not far from my home today and rolled down the window and shot a number of pictures.  From experience, I've found these animals to be very skittish, so I did not want to get out of the car and frighten them.  This buck seemed to be the leader of a harem and he kept a close watch on the others in his group.  For the first time, I've actually posted two pictures today.  I hope you'll look at the other, because it shows some of the members of his harem.  Thanks for all the nice comments on my shot of glassware in the window of an antiques shop.  Hope everyone has a great day!
Egg Yolk - Feb 20 2010  Guess I love to play with food nowadays... Separated this egg yolk from the white and slipped it on a white dish. Up till now all my food shots were done with natural light, coming through a big window. But for this I wasn't to pleased so I took everything outside. Got a nice reflection as a bonus.
Silhouette - Dec 28 2009  Just before dusk the sun came through the clouds and in that light I was shooting shadows on the wall... of a dog, me... and than a rose. Was pretty pleased with the result but when I wanted to put the rose back in the vase I saw this... maybe I had been looking in the wrong way :-) Managed to get a few shots before the sun was gone. Quite like this one...
Friend & colleague Ulyana Goncharova, Rusiya Al-Yaum. (5.11.2011)  Sorry for the sporadic posting & commenting, but it's been a rough few weeks. Hope to be back in the swing of things soon. Regards to all.
Portrait of an Artist - best viewed in the largest sizes;  this gentleman was in the waiting room at the hand doctor's office.  I asked if I could take his photo and he agreed, although he would not look at the camera.  He was there about his hand which is badly affected with arthritis.  He is a painter and needs to be able to use his hand.  I played with this image and created a bunch of different versions, which are here:http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Other/Odds-and-Ends/7032233_dn3zKD#!i=1819712090&k=MSVnt9x  Thanks for your warm response to my shot of the cat in the bowl.  Some of you asked if the cat would be traveling with us in the RV.  No, this is one of my daughter's cats.  I'm really enjoying them, though.  Hope you have a great day!
Torchiere  Don't you just love the color combination Mother Nature chose for the blooms of this cactus with that electric green 'lightbulb'?  For the naturally curious, each bloom is dainty, just a couple of inches, top to bottom.    DP169-2013  Posted June 18; processed ditto    Winteroceus aureispina cactus blossom  Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, Michigan  June 13, 2013
At the Cherry Creek Art Festival, reflections in a shop window. Best viewed in the largest sizes. I liked the vivid colors and shadows in this shot, as well as the comp and reflections. Hope you like it, too.

Thanks for your comments on my shot of the injured deer. I saw a large bear in my flower bed tonight just before dark, so it is possible that the bear, rather than a mountain lion, injured the deer.

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At the Cherry Creek Art Festival, reflections in a shop window.  Best viewed in the largest sizes.  I liked the vivid colors and shadows in this shot, as well as the comp and reflections.  Hope you like it, too.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the injured deer.  I saw a large bear in my flower bed tonight just before dark, so it is possible that the bear, rather than a mountain lion, injured the deer.
At the Cherry Creek Art Festival, reflections in a shop window. Best viewed in the largest sizes. I liked the vivid colors and shadows in this shot, as well as the comp and reflections. Hope you like it, too.

Thanks for your comments on my shot of the injured deer. I saw a large bear in my flower bed tonight just before dark, so it is possible that the bear, rather than a mountain lion, injured the deer.

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