November 2012 Archives

Fall Colors in Portland

All the leaves may be off the trees in Saint Paul, but not so in Portland, Oregon (although they're falling). The colors were vivid on a visit last week.


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More Ducks

Mola details


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Details of a mola from Panama. (click to enlarge)



Variations 4

Two final (for now) explorations of Photoshop Elements filter effects

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Invert + Glowing Edges (click to enlarge)

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Palette Knife (click to enlarge)

Variations 3

Two more variations using the filters in Photoshop Elements


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Variations 2

Two more Photoshop Elements filters. See yesterday for the original.


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Variations 1

A few weeks ago I posted the original of this photo. I thought it would be a good image with which to explore some of the "filters" in Photoshop Elements. Over the next few days I'll post some of the results.

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Original (click to enlarge)

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Reflected Geometries

In San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens. (click to enlarge)

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Paris Parade

From the archives: Gay pride parade in Paris, 2005.


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Leading Lines

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(click to enlarge) In San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens


In San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens. (Click to enlarge)

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San Francisco Waterfront

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(click to enlarge) On the perimeter of AT&T Stadium, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. I think this statue pays homage to the San Francisco Seals, a former minor league team that was a farm club of the New York Yankees. I was a big Seals fan in high school, in the early 1950s.

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(click to enlarge) Workman building a platform, perhaps a viewing stand for the America's Cup races to be held in San Francisco Bay next year. Or perhaps just a place to tail-gate before the Giants games.

Try Again

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Another try at the salesman/panhandler/politician sculpture photo that I posted yesterday. Faced with the not totally satisfactory options of color or black & white, I did the following in Lightroom:
* Cropped the photo, to emphasize the "in-your-face" aspect of the sculpture
* Desaturated the green and aqua colors, to minimize the distracting background
* Slightly lightened the face and hands, to draw more attention to them
* Raised the luminance of the orange and yellow colors, to brighten the hands
* Put a vignette around the edges, to focus attention on the inner parts of the photo

I think the result is somewhat better than the previous versions, though it's still not totally satisfactory. Sometimes one just has to admit that a photo is never going to be as good as one's concept of it.

Conversion to Monochrome

A few days ago I posted a color photo of this statue. Here it is in B&W, with the color version for comparison. When color isn't a focus of an image, monochrome is often a better choice - in this case because the bright green background isn't distracting. Yet the color version directs attention to the real focus of the piece: the bright bronze hand(s). Hmmm...

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Perspectives in Black and White

A couple of photos from our San Francisco trip, converted to B&W.

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(click to enlarge) Water feature in Yerba Buena Gardens

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(click to enlarge) Parking ramp in SOMA

San Francisco Giants

AT&T Stadium, the home of the San Francisco Giants.

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Statue of Willie Mays, who started his career with the Minneapolis Millers. (click to enlarge)

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San Francisco Shop Windows

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Grand Style

Swimming pool at the Olympic Club, San Francisco.

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Panhandler, Salesman, or Politician?

Sculpture in Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

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San Francisco Fog

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Water Features

We're in San Francisco for a few days. Here are two pictures taken in Yerba Buena Gardens, a very attractive park near the Moscone Convention Center and SF MOMA. They do nice things with water here.

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Slow decay in the sun.

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Crab Apple Tangle

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The light, color, and perspective of these houses along Selby Avenue reminds me of some of the paintings of Edward Hopper.

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Autumn Light

Along Selby Avenue in Saint Paul

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A scene from the garden of one of the big houses along Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. To my eyes, the confusion between foreground and background verges on optical illusion.

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Informal Elegance

Along Summit Avenue in Saint Paul

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