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Archive for January, 2013

iPhone Friday: Hometown

I traveled to my Alabama hometown this week to visit my Mother, who is in the hospital. I haven’t had a lot of time to get out and use my camera, but I did capture a couple of landmarks with my iPhone.

The first image is of the Cherokee County Court House.


The second image is of the 1st United Methodist Church. It sits one block west of the courthouse and has been there for as far back as I can remember.


The final image is of the Weiss Lake Lodge. It hasn’t been there more than 4 or 5 years, but has certainly become a local landmark due to the large fish statues that decorate the lawn. Cherokee County is home to Weiss Lake, which is known to be the Crappie Capital of the World.



More HDR Experimentation

I downloaded a 15-day trial copy of Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2, and am experimenting to see if I want to buy.  I used it for the first time on yesterday’s Weekly Photo Challenge and was pleased with my beginner’s luck.  I ran out today and took two 7-image brackets of this church near my home.  While it’s not the best composition and certainly could use some photoshop clean up, I am pleased with the way it turned out.  What do you think?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

This is just my second posting to the Weekly Photo Challenge.  I’m not sure how most are approaching the challenge, but I want to take each week’s challenge as an assignment rather than to post past images.  It will give me an opportunity to make a new image.

I live in northern Virginia, and just outside the capitol beltway.  When I first saw the challenge, I immediately thought about going downtown and capturing an image of the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument and US Capitol in the background.  I might have simply taken that option, but while driving around Lake Anna State Park this afternoon I thought this might make a nice image and give me an opportunity to try out Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.  Everything is void of color this time of year, so I thought the software might pull out a little something and make a nice image.

You never know what lies beyond the next curve in the road.


iPhone Friday – Vices

I’m going to plagiarize the iPhone Friday idea others have adopted.  To improve your photography, you have to make photographs.  Here is my first iPhone posting.  Three of my ‘vices’.  They are processed using the Simply HDR app.

Happy Friday!




Winter Wonderland

I’m not a big fan of snow at all, but it is beautiful until the point where a snow shovel becomes necessary.  The DC area is forecasted to get snow beginning this afternoon, but nothing like this photo – thankfully.  This was from the big snow of 2010 and I always think of it when they forecast snow for our area.  Been there, done that, ready for Spring already.  🙂





While I absolutely love looking through a view-finder of a camera, my subjects have been primarily my family. Baseball, soccer, basketball, proms, homecoming dances, etc., have been primarily my focus. With my youngest, JP, at the halfway through his senior year I hope to explore other avenues with my camera.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

This is my first blog post and my first Weely Photo Challenge submission. I am very new at this, so bear with me as I figure out the whole blogging protocol.

I’ve been playing around with light painting Dave Black style. I have always admired his creative images and after watching his light painting classes at Kelby Training, I thought I would give it a try.

The image is shot with a 30 second exposure at F-14 using small LED flashlights to illuminate the image. The image contains my Dad’s old cameras and his photography handbook. I first learned 35mm photography using the Petri Racer pictured on the right. The Kodak Retina was his first camera, which quit working when I was a toddler. It’s COMPLETELY manual. No range finder or light meter. He always said he wasted more film than he got usable pictures from. He shot mostly slide film and I followed suit for many years.