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No Need to Compare

Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2

Cropped and edited in Silver Efex Pro 2

All of us at times go back and work on images with the intent of improving or learning something new. A couple days ago I converted an image to black and white because of an article I’d read. This is a second image I worked on. It is an HDR image. I’ve cropped the rocks out and run it through Silver Efex Pro 2. When finished I asked a couple of friends which one they liked.  One immediately jumped all over the color version while the second one took time to study them,  choosing the black and white version. It was at that moment I realized it was unnecessary to compare.  Each version would stand on its own. Each will be liked or dislike for a thousand reasons.  There was no need to compare.  Continue reading »

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A Good Week

Sunrise at Arapahoe Bend

Sunrise at Arapahoe Bend

Well, it’s a new week. Seems like each week flies by faster. A friend gave me a copy of Outdoor magazine which was directed towards black and white landscapes. While reading one article I remembered a series of images I made of sunrises at Arapahoe Bend and Prospect Ponds nature areas. I was stirred to see what they looked like in black and white. After about an hour this is one of the images. Hope everyone has A Good Week.

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Change

Pre-dawn Light

Pre-dawn Light

I have several images of this tree taken during all four seasons and at different times of the day. This tree lies along a three-quarter mile stretch of dirt road leading to the Arapahoe Bend Nature Area. I’ve been going out there for the past 10 years for quiet time and photography. I’ve seen many a hawk perched on one it’s branches and even an eagle. I like this old tree and what it stands for. Over that ten years I’ve had the chance watch this area change.

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Sunrise and the Fence Post

HDR Preset at Dawn

HDR Preset at Dawn

This image is post processed using an extreme HDR Pro 2 preset. I like it. There is no sign of the city. No sounds of the city. Just the wind blowing in the grass. It’s an image that reminds me why I get up early, make my latte, and drive east to watch the sun come up.

But, there is another reason I get up early. The birds! As took the above image a couple meadowlarks were singing in the back ground. Ever notice how birds are up early? And, they’re singing. And, they’re happy. Ever wonder why? Well, maybe it’s because, as William Camden says, “The early bird catches the worm.” Or, in this case it’s probably going to be flying insects, but still. Begs the question why the insects are out so early. Why don’t they just sleep in late and not get caught? One of those nature things. But without all that circle of life stuff, I wouldn’t get to enjoy hearing them sing in the morning when I get up early.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

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Heading North

Cholla and Starburst

Cholla and Starburst

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” – Thomas Merton

I’m heading north for Colorado and home. Will drive through Arches National Park on the way and scout things out. Maybe we can have a meet-up there.

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I’m Still Here

Sunrise on Peralta Trail

Sunrise on Peralta Trail

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

I decided to stay one more day and head back tomorrow. So this morning I headed out to meet the rising sun and was greeted by a choir of birds and one lone howling coyote.

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Good Morning

This Mornings Sunrise Outside My Condo

This Mornings Sunrise Outside My Condo

If this is an indication of the way this day is going then I’m all for it. Have a super Saturday!

And a thought for the day. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

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