Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
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Hand-held panoramic photo done on a visit to New York City, January 2nd, merged in Photoshop CS3.
You can click on the pano to enlarge it.
I wish I was a little more centered in the composition but this was the only place I could stand from across the way.
On our way home from the New Bern, North Carolina waterfront I spotted an abandoned house (that I saw on the way to our destination) that we just HAD to stop at!!
I ran around the house for 5 minutes getting the best angles and snapped a handful of shots and peeked in through the windows. You could still see furniture, the remains of wallpaper and decorations rotting away inside. It makes me wonder how a house could be left to fall apart like this when there are so many people out there that need a good home…
After I got my shots I made a mad dash back to the car before someone questioned why I was on private property that was clearly marked “no trespassing” — ummm..oopsy! I just couldn’t help myself!
If you know me…you know that I can’t pass up a GEM like this – especially with one of the most beautiful skies above!! I can’t get enough of places like this! There is something that just draws me right in.
Pssst! By the way…REDYNAMIX plug-in for Photoshop ROCKS my sox! I’m in LOVE.
Be sure to click on each photo below to view it larger…you need to get the full effect!
The above shot in B&W
My favorite shot of the day! SUN FLARE = LOVE!
I went to the rose garden on my day off Friday and got some wonderful abstract macros but I’m not ready to share them yet… hopefully tomorrow I can.
So, in the mean time I wanted to share this beautiful moment with you all that I edited today:
I don’t know if anything like this has every happened to any of you before but it’s happen to me many times in the past year.
I started working in a new office and someone gave me directions for a shortcut home that I decided to try…well I went the wrong way. I kept driving until I realized that I better turn around and decide where I went wrong.
As I made a u-turn on this twisty, turny, curvy toad with woods on both sides my eyes glanced to the left and fell up what I felt was a beautiful site. It was a huge tree in the middle of a field all by itself. It was massive in size but looked so alone in the middle of the field. I just saw it’s beauty for a fleeting moment as I quickly drove away because I was in the middle of the road. I knew immediately that I must get back to this tree in the daylight and photograph it. I imagined it in B&W.
All the way home I wished I had my camera but since I get out when it’s almost dark I don’t bother bringing it everday anymore.
I brought about photographing the tree alot the next day (Thursday) and since I brought the camera with me I thought I would stop to snap a photo on my way home….well I forgot which road I took on this new short cut that would take me past the tree and I missed my opportunity because I was too far away to turn around and go back to find it.
I figured I would try again today but woke up to rain but I brough the camera anyway. It poured all day but by some great luck when I drove home it wasn’t raining and I headed off to find that tree.
I got there and realize the muddy road right off the main road where I made the quick u-turn the other day said “private property” and I was instantly disappointed. I had no idea how I would get a good view of the tree without tunrning onto the dirt road. I was faced with the dilema of a road with no real shoulder or parking at the end of this mud filled road with a chain blocking the path. I decided what the heck…I’d only be a minute or two and I figured no one would bother me. In my nice work outfit and boots I carefully walked down the path of this muddy road and saw what I was hoping to see.
I find it really hard to explain how or why I felt this way in words about a tree…but ever since I really got back into photography I found myself more and more awestruck by nature sometimes. I will look at the sky and gasp, or a sunset, or even a simple tree. Even though it may seem simple and be ignored by others I could see a photograph opportunity even with a fleeting glance.
When I made it back today I had a minute or two to spare before the sun completely set. I snapped away as many as I could….for one I was standing in mud trying to hold my pants legs from touching the mud and trying not to let my boots sink to deep in the mud, I was also on private property, and my car was running at the end of the road about 50 feet away.
It turns out the rain and mud helped to make for a much more interesting photo. The reflections in the puddles added to the interest. I think it turned out just how I imagined the composition of the photo to be. The only issue is picking the best post processing for the picture to really show what I was imagining.
VERSION 1 with 2 post processing techniques:
I like the darkness for this photo so I went dark on the B&W with a hint of a brown tint to it. I also burned and dodged it a ton (click to view larger)
VERSION 2 with multiple post processing techniques
I cannot decide between them…I need time to think on it.
(click to view larger)
I like the comp of Version #1 much better but #2 afforded me with seeing various post processing techniques to decide from.
Don’t ask me why I was crazy about a tree…but I was. After 2 days I finally got to photograph it. If it snows I will be right back there again to get it in the snow…I think that would be even better than it was today!
Ok…now that you think I’m a complete nut it’s time for me to say goodnight!
Yes, I’m so backed up on editing photos from my Sunday excursions with my sister that I was editing shots from October. The funnier part is that I have shots from April – the present unedited!
Yesterday I decided I would work on some of the photos I took when we went to Assunpink (I wrote about it back around October 15th or so).
A few favorites that I put a soft filter on (click to enlarge):
I can’t decide between the B&W and Color on these shots..I’ll have to post them on the forum I’m a member of to see what everyone thinks…
I’m leading towards color…we’ll see what everyone thinks.
And here is the favorite of today. I titled it “The Long Road Home.” I converted it to B&W and then burn & dodged the sky to enhance the sky & clouds to their fullest potential.
I’ve been wanting the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G VR AF-S lens but before I say that I definitely want it for my Birthday/Christmas I wanted to read as many reviews as I could since it’s a VERY big purchase.
B&H Photo is offering the lens for $759.95.
What I don’t like is Ken Rockwell’s review written Febrary 2006. He didn’t recommend it at the time and he mentioned that he hoped the auto-focus feature would be improved.
PopPhoto.com gave a very good review of te lens.
The Nikonians give the lens a good review and showed a test photo as if was used a portrait lens.
DPReview site gives a full overview of the lens.
I was lucky to find a Nikon Micro 105mm VR Sample Gallery on Pbase.com and the images look really great. The details in this sample gallery is tremendous! I’m glad I stumbled upon it.
Buythom.com had a very thorough review of the lens that I found exremely helpful and helped me to really understand the use of the lens.
Still editing! Thought these few were so sweet!
A little selective coloring….
Tonight I also spent some time continuing the restoration of this photo of my grandparent’s wedding day. I spent a long time getting it to look this way…I’m sure it could be improved but this was the best I could do at this time: