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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I was down on the National Mall yesterday, attempting a few photos of the Cherry Blossoms.  The Jefferson Memorial is my favorite of all the memorials.  The inscriptions inside are timeless, and we should all read them from time to time, particularly our elected leaders.  Panel four speaks specifically to “change”.

PANEL FOUR

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”  Image


No Mail On Saturdays……

If you’ve been following the story, the US Postal Service is about to reduce it’s mail delivery on Saturdays in an attempt to save money.  I remember they previously eliminated a lot of Post Offices in small rural towns attempting to do the same thing.  Somehow this one in Calverton, Virginia, survived that round of closures.  You have to admit this one is pretty cool.Image


Great Falls Park – HDR

It was a beautiful day in northern Virginia, albeit a bit cold.  There’s just something about winter and leafless trees that I do not find appealing.  I grew up in northeast Alabama, and while the trees lost their leaves in winter, the woods were filled with varying types of evergreens.  The pine and cedar trees at least kept a little green sprinkled throughout the landscape.  I’m certainly ready for spring.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with little time to get out with my camera.  Here’s my latest effort in learning to use Nik Software’s HDR Pro 2.

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And one that isn’t HDR.

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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?

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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.

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