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Monday, January 24, 2011

Half Dome in B&W

Since we're in the dead of winter here in SoCal (high today was a frigid 72 degrees), it reminded me of my winter visit to Yosemite a couple of years ago.  We had clear skies then and relatively warm temps.  But as always Yosemite was gorgeous.  What was really nice was the lack of people.  Late Fall and Winter are great times to visit the park because hardly anybody else is there.  This was one of the many pictures I took of Yosemite's most famous monument.  I converted it to black and white using Nik's Silver Efex Pro.  Having white puffy clouds in the sky would have been nice, but they were no where to be found during my visit that time.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Old Red House

This is a photo that I shot in Maine.  It was located in one of the many little fishing harbors along the coast.  I loved the look of the flaking paint on the clapboards.  This one was processed using Topaz Adjust to help bring out the texture.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Disney Fireworks

Here's one of my photos of the fireworks show above Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.  I had to shoot this one at a high ISO speed in order to be able to use a fast enough shutter speed to hand hold the camera.  For the camera techies, this was taken at 1/15th sec @ f 4.5 at ISO 1600.  The only post processing that was done was noise removal using Lightroom.