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Frozen Tobolsk Kremlin. (1.2.2012)  Off to Rome tomorrow afternoon so may be MIA the rest of the week. Hope everyone's enjoyed their holidays & renewed for a fresh start to 2012.
Sunday, December 30, 2012  "LIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS"  "How much you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain. And so it is with life, which, for many of us becomes one big gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. In the end, it all comes down to one word.....grace. It's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck, the darkness and the light." ~ Philosophy  SOOC, other than the frames, which were created with Picnik.......unfortunately, the picnik is over. As announced earlier, Picnik closed on April 19, 2012.   The "Christmas in Arizona" 2011 entire gallery is here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/19881997_k7vHJ6#!i=1595885649&k=SVSM4TJ  Two days until New Year's Day (2013)......  Scottsdale Quarter Scottsdale, AZ  ***#1 photo of the day***  (photo taken 12/30/2011)
January 24, 2010 - "Sunday Morning Fog"  Last Sunday morning I looked outside and there was heavy fog.  So I quickly dressed and drove a couple miles to a barn that I have been wanting to shoot in heavy fog.  The barn sits on a hill and there was not enough fog to even get out of the car and try a shot.  So, on the way home I stopped by some horse property on the low land around Bear Creek.  None of the horses were out but I did get this photo.  April 25, 2010 - This photo was the second place winner in the Scenics category of the juried 2010 Bob Jones Nature Center Photography Contest in Southlake, Texas.  There were six categories and the photos had to be shot in our local area Ecosystem
I was on the mainland two weeks ago and visited an old town and found a street with these  houses from the 17th century
B&W photo of the Stone House
05.02.10 - Eclipse  We had a big orange hazy sunset this evening. I was trying to avoid my usual big sky type of sunset photo, so I put the long lens on and had a play around with silhouettes. This one took my fancy :)  There is a slightly different version here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Photography/INSPIRATION/10329875_Lpojy#781730475_NvGeX
August 28, 2010 update - "Clouds Over Grapevine"  An 8x10 version of this photo won Best Of Show and 1st Place in the City Views category for the annual "What's Great In Grapevine" photo contest.  There were 106 amateur entries in the juried contest.  January 31, 2010 - "Last Train To Ft. Worth"  This was shot last Sunday at the historic Grapevine, Texas railroad station.  I was checking out a Lake Grapevine marina for photo ops but did not see anything I liked.  On the way home I noticed there were not many cars parked at the railroad station, so took the opportunity to shoot.That makes two Sundays in a row that my alternate venue has worked out :)  Tourist trains run from Grapvine to the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards.  footnote to Ed's comment - was shot HDR
Atlantic way -    The bridge on the atlantic ocean  in Norway.
I took this picture at an exhibition of Eduard Munch's drawings. Was awarded gold medal from our national Photographic Society
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs has fantastic views, throw in a thunder storm and things get real interesting. Sharp eyed viewers will spot a climber on one of the formations.
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
February 1, 2009 - From the Dallas Zoo.    Following the leader, the leader, the leader  We're following the leader wherever he may go  We won't be home till morning, till morning  We won't be home till morning  Because he told us so.
2-02: This is another from Saturday's sunset. Several people have asked if the colors are real (natural) in yesterday's. It was taken as three bracketed exposures but only at -1, 0 and 1. Then combined in Photomatix. Then final processing in Capture NX2 (mostly brightness and focus adjustments) I didn't change any colors. I did actually have to desaturate a little because the orange and reds tend to be over saturated sometimes. I used the same processing on today's post. This one was actually taken a few minutes before the one I posted yesterday, so the clouds are more orange than red or pink
Des-0253    My energetic niece, taunting me this afternoon at her brother's birthday party.  Normally one to ham it up for the camera, she was being a bit mischievous today and tried to hide behind the door before I could get a shot off.  She almost succeeded but ultimately ended up giving me what easily turned out to be my favorite shot of the day.    Thanks for all the comments on the baseball shot I posted a couple days ago.  I haven't had time to follow up/comment much yet, but I've certainly enjoyed easing back in and seeing/hearing from a lot of familiar folks.
2-1: Saturday evening we had quite a nice sunset, so I took a walk along the Poudre trail near Prospect street hoping to find some good views. I found this waterfall like thing.
Frozen Tobolsk Kremlin. (1.2.2012)

Off to Rome tomorrow afternoon so may be MIA the rest of the week. Hope everyone's enjoyed their holidays & renewed for a fresh start to 2012.

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Frozen Tobolsk Kremlin. (1.2.2012)  Off to Rome tomorrow afternoon so may be MIA the rest of the week. Hope everyone's enjoyed their holidays & renewed for a fresh start to 2012.
Frozen Tobolsk Kremlin. (1.2.2012)

Off to Rome tomorrow afternoon so may be MIA the rest of the week. Hope everyone's enjoyed their holidays & renewed for a fresh start to 2012.

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