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101509 39/365 Oct 15/09 Thanksgiving Flower    Still getting milage out of the Thanksgiving bouquet.
Cucumber beetle on a straw flower; best viewed in the largest size.  Thanks for the commentary on my shot of the liquor bottle on the grave.  It is nice to know so many of you felt as I did about the gesture.  Hope your week got off to a good start.  It is quite a bit colder here today but no snow so far.  Have a good day!
January 24, 2009Long in the ToothThis turned out to be another "safety shot".  We had our semi-annual 40-hour Disaster Recovery test kick off this morning, and by the time I got a chance to talk a photo it was cold, windy, and dark.  Fortunately, these icicles were hanging from my cable wire in my driveway, and I remembered a very nice composition EmilyD did with a similar subject.  I added a touch of a deep blue filter to enhance the lighting a bit, and shot at 1/250th to deepen the background.  The shot's quite simple, but an interesting subject.North Providence, Rhode Island
Lars Loves Lollipops.  Kresten Refslund
"The Road to Color"  10/16/08  While Driving today I got stuck behind a SLOW POKE on the only single lane road leading out of town and was getting frustrated so I jumped off onto this small fire road and was shocked by the colors in this tunnel like ride. it was raining pretty good all day today so there was no sun and nasty puddles everywhere but I was able to snap this by opening my sun roof and sticking the D300 out on constant focus and shot it while doing about 10 mph. I was amazed by the composition I was able to get since I was in the center of the road and being above the car it gave me some extra height then the usual eye view, I think it worked out pretty well LOL.    In post I did a minor contrast adjustment and small crop off the bottom, that's it! I'm enjoying the colors here now but I see them disappearing very rapidly so I'm going to try and get some shots everyday now until their gone. It's supposed to get very cold here starting tonight in the 50's as a high during the day and low 40's to high 30's at night Brrrrrrrrrr. I got some other shots from today to process yet but I will be putting them in my Fall Colors 2008 gallery when there finished.    Hope you all enjoy your day,  Bill Pador
February 4, 2009A Touch of MagentaThis is an interesting shot of Bullocks Cove in East Providence.  I opted to dramatically adjust the white balance and color temperature to deepen the sky and water colors.  A post-processing magenta photo filter completed the effect.  While it looks like an early morning shot, this was actually taken at noon with the sun directly in front of me.  (I shot it from inside the car to use my roof as a sun shade.)  Expect to see more shots as we get into the warm weather.  There is a beautiful mariner along the coast on the left that makes for spectacular silhouettes when the sailboats are taken out of dry dock.Bullocks CoveEast Providence, Rhode Island
Placid Paddle16 November 2014 -- 320/365Providence, Rhode IslandI was on my way to Sunday Brunch at a restaurant in Providence this morning when I spotted this trio paddling a gondola up the Seekonk River.  The water was so calm that they could get away with it with relative ease.  Normally, we see these gondolas on the Providence River, and not in the open water off India Point.  It was a cold day to be out on the water - about 30°F (-1°C) but as you can clearly see, there was no wind at all.  I'd love to know where they were heading, but brunch was calling!Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, boost white, and protect highlights.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
Looking Smug17 December 2014 -- 351/365Barrington, Rhode IslandI was at Haines Point for today's photo.  The park was relatively bare, and there was no activity to be seen.  This ring-billed gull kept a close eye on me the whole while.  No matter how close I got, though, he didn't budge from this perch.Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, and protect highlights.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
February 18, 2015  Young Bighorn Sheep  Jasper National Park, Alberta  * This image was taken in the beginning of July, when the sheep are still losing their winter coat.
February 26, 2015  Snap Pea
Male Widow Skimmer07 July 2014 -- 188/365Johnston, Rhode IslandI went to Johnston Memorial Park for today's photo, planning to get some people shots on the track by the pond.  There were squadrons of dragonflies zooming about the lake, though, and I've always been fascinated by them.  In fact, for a couple of years I used them for mosquito control back when I had a swimming pool in my backyard.  I ordered dragonfly eggs from Carolina Biological, hatched them in a tub in my yard, and lived mosquito free for two summers.  The neighbors, however, did not quite appreciate the number of dragonflies buzzing around.  (They didn't appreciate the bat boxes I put up for the same reason.  I guess they prefer bloodsucking mosquitoes!)  Anyway, I had the wrong lens with me for the dragonfly photos, so I had to crop the bejesus out of this photo, hence all the background noise.  Now that I know they're there, though, I'll return with a nice long lens to capture them.Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, and protect highlights.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
Wet Paws27 January 2014 -- 27/365East Providence, Rhode IslandThere was a light mist falling when I went out at lunch for today's photo.  Driving past the East Bay Bikepath, I noticed the small patches of slush and the growing puddles and thought it would make an interesting setting if anyone was out walking or biking.  It turns out I didn't have long to wait.  The pair in this photo were walking along the left side of the path, but they - or at least he - was eager to oblige when I motioned that they should cross in front of me.  My crouching low for the photo - it was too wet to kneel - was taken by the furry critter with four extremely wet paws as the inter-species signal that I wanted to play.  That's when I learned just how wet his four paws were.  Now that I think about it, his fur wasn't exactly dry either.Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, and boost white.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
Cell Phone Required06 March 2013 -- 65/365Providence, Rhode IslandThis morning, I returned to the same garish store front seen in yesterday's photo to take this image of the remains of a pay-phone still somewhat attached to the building.  There are numerous phone stands like this one, almost all of which are in various stages of decay.  I've only seen a few that still have a phone attached, and it's doubtful if any of them still function.  In the age of cell phones, outdoor pay phones now border on extinction.  Interestingly, these small phone enclosures were relatively new when the first mobile phones appeared as harbingers of their impending doom.  They replaced the larger phone booths we all remember from our youth, but with virtually everyone sporting cell phones, the need for these relics has all but disappeared.The sign in the window is as antiquated as the phone booth.  It's a campaign poster for John Lombardi who ran for Mayor of Providence in the 2010 Democratic Primary, losing to the eventual Mayor, Angel Taveras.  He earned only 29% of the vote to Taveras' 48%.  Lombardi does hold a spot in Rhode Island lore, however.  He was President of the Providence City Council in 2001 when Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci was convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy (running a corrupt criminal enterprise) and served as acting mayor for four months.  In 2012, Lombardi was elected to the Rhode Island State Legislature.Post processing was more challenging than expected.  While composing the shot, I planned to process this as a black and white, however I underestimated the muddy light grey tone the fluorescent yellow paint on the building would produce.  Much of the processing was spent darkening the yellow tone to produce a more pleasing shade of grey.  I started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX and then heavily adjusted the color sensitivity sliders.  I adjusted adaptive exposure and regions, almost to their maximum values.  Contrast, details, and protect highlights were also heavily adjusted.  A more gentle touch was applied to boost black and boost white.  A brightness, contrast, and levels adjustment was added in PSE followed by a sepia photo filter.
11.10.13   Textures Neskowin Beach, Oregon
Autumn - November 2, 2011     Thanks so much for all the very generous comments on "The Grid" photo yesterday. It was posted a couple of times before only to be ripped down by the "Snake" . Looks like it wouldn't die after all. It is one of my personal favorites as many things came together to get the shot. As it turned out I was trying to shoot blue jays on a fence when these black birds showed up everywhere. The background is a building with a corrugated siding which add the lines. The background colors near the bottom are from rust and mud. I added a graduated filter in processing to the top to give it some extra pop. Everything else was straight from the camera.      Thanks again so much from a great community of photographers.   Jeff Graham
101509 39/365 Oct 15/09 Thanksgiving Flower

Still getting milage out of the Thanksgiving bouquet.

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101509 39/365 Oct 15/09 Thanksgiving Flower    Still getting milage out of the Thanksgiving bouquet.
101509 39/365 Oct 15/09 Thanksgiving Flower

Still getting milage out of the Thanksgiving bouquet.

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