Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Adirondack getaway

This year we were able to get away for a long weekend in the Adirondacks, staying at Blue Mountain Lake. I will have more to post this week.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stone schoolhouse

This old schoolhouse was built in the mid-1800's but today it has been restored and tastefully enlarged to serve as a neighborhood bank office. I like to see history preserved this way while retaining the value of a solidly built and historic structure.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Corn flower

Of course this is not really a cornflower... but it is a sunflower that has somehow invaded a corn field.

In fact last season this was a sunflower field, and apparently this one plant has self-seeded itself.

Who needs conformity?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The HDR question

There are people that love HDR, and there are people who hate HDR.

I guess I place myself somewhere in the middle but closer to the dislike camp. On first seeing HDR it can be quite seductive: bright colors, over-the-top detail, seeing into the shadows, no blown highlights... and an almost surreal vision. Of course, like many things, a little can go a long way but people into HDR tend to go a lot longer than needed. There are some famous photographers who have created a personal empire based on their talents with HDR.

Generally I stay away from multi-exposure HDR but Lightroom now has built-in capability so I though would give it a try. Certainly not a great example, but it is fun to try different approaches realizing it is only a diversion, not a direction.

Of course, strictly speaking, I actually use a bit of HDR in most of my images by manipulating highlight and shadows using controls and curves. But that can be done without the full HDR give-away look. It is also possible to use multi-exposures and masking to obtain HDR, and that can be done very successfully.

Monday, July 11, 2016

International spectacle

All my life I have lived within 65 miles or so of Niagara Fall and have visited there dozens of times since I was little. However, over the last 10 or 20 years... not so much. I had occasion to again visit over the weekend and was surprised how much things have changed. No, the falls still look about the same, but what was different was the crowd that was doing the looking... I heard almost no English and I think the majority of tourists were oriental. Even the rain did not dissuade them.

Which I guess explains why there were so many Indian and Pakistani restaurants within walking distance... of course in addition to the obligatory Hard Rock Cafe.

On the dusky scene below, feel free to click for a larger version.