Friday, July 20, 2012

Accidentally Cool (or Cold)

This is the time of year I dread.  It's mid-summer with August bearing down fast.  That means one thing, scorching heat!  July in Texas is normally one of the driest and hottest months of the year.  However, this year it's been the wettest and unusually cool, well below average cool anyway.  When the average temp of July is normally somewhere around 97 degrees, "unusually cool" doesn't really mean all that much.  It's still hot!  And August is the worst!  Now is when I start having visions of colder weather.  That made me think of the picture below.

I had taken this during our ski trip to Whistler, British Columbia a couple of years ago.  I was up on the mountain taking some shots that required my remote trigger cord and as I was walking around setting up for various shots (that you can see here if you wish), I accidentally fired off a few with the camera hanging around my neck.  This is one of the accidents.  I thought it turned out pretty nice!  I did a little tweaking on the colors and saturation as well as cropped it a little.

I also thought of this shot because we are planning a ski trip for this winter to Jackson Hole, WY!  So, my juices are flowing and I'm getting revved up about hitting the slopes!  And also of getting some new shots in the Grand Tetons mountain range!  It's gonna be great!

So if you are dreading the upcoming month of August much like I am, try to think cool and it might get over with quickly!  At least that's what I'm hoping for!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Boat on the Beach

The US is currently experiencing a heat wave like we haven't seen in a long, long time.  More than 3/4 of the country has had near 100 degree temperatures.  It's unbelievable!  But, that's summertime!  We here in Texas are used to that however.  We can't go through a summer without hitting 100 for weeks on end.  It's just the way it is.  This year, though, hasn't been as bad a last.  I think we got nearly 100 days of 100 degree temps in 2011.  I don't think that will happen this year.

All of this heat reminded me of a picture I took last year when Eileen and I went to Cape Cod, MA.  In Provincetown, I saw these boats sitting on the beach and it made me wonder how they got there..  Did they have a hurricane which washed them up there?  Did the owners put them there for some reason?  Or, like here in Texas, did the water dry up and land-lock them?  I doubt the answers to any of these questions are, "Yes", but it would be interesting to find out why there are there.  Anyway, it's something to ponder.

As far as processing goes, I used Nik's HDR Efex 2 with the defaults and then I did a little manipulation with Nik's Color Efex... I used a little bit of the pro contrast filter, the darken/lighten center filter, the graduated neutral density filter and little white neutralizer filter on the boat on the right.  I also used Nik's Viveza.  I used a control point on the clouds in the horizon to add a little structure and make them pop out a little more. Gotta love the U-point technology!

Let me know what you think and thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July, 2012!

As usual, I''m a little late to the party.  I was looking over my archive trying to find something worthy to post for today and what better photo to post than the inside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA, right?  This is where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were adopted.  That should work for a good shot!  I took this on our trip to Philly last year.  Most everything in this shot is a replica of what was in the room back in those days, but the chair in the center of the shot, known as the "Rising Sun Chair" is the original.

Here is some more info about the Hall from the Independence Hall website:

Constructed between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania, it is considered a fine example of Georgian architecture. From 1775 to 1783 (except for the winter of 1777 - 1778 when Philadelphia was occupied by the British Army) this was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. It was in the Assembly Room of this building that George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In the same room the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the U. S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. The building, inside and out, has been restored whenever possible to its original late-18th century appearance. Most of the furnishing are period pieces. The "rising sun" chair used by George Washington as he presided over the Constitutional Convention is original.

I don't have much more to say other than have a great 4th of July holiday, enjoy the fireworks, don't eat too much bbq and take care!  Thanks for dropping by!


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