April 2013 Archives

Pictures of the Day

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Overheads (3)

Students studying (and resting) in Nils Hasselmo Hall. Click photos to enlarge them.


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Pictures of the Day

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In front of Coffman Union. Click photos to enlarge them.

Palmetto Filtered

I decided to try some Photoshop Elements filters on a photo of a rust-afflicted palmetto frond. Whether that turns rough nature into art - or at least greater visual interest - will be in the eye of the beholder. But I enjoyed the experimentation and some of the outcomes.

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Original


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Glowing Edges


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Mosaic


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Mosaic + Posterize

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Death Valley in Color and Black & White (2)

In this pairing I think the black and white version is a bit better than the color. The monochrome emphasizes the fantastic topography of Zabriskie Point, while the splashes of early morning color - though pretty - don't jibe with the ups and downs of the terrain. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Death Valley in Color and Black & White

A couple of years ago I took a workshop with Stephen Johnson in Death Valley. My photos then were in color, but I've recently been exploring black and white, so I decided to see how they would look when transformed. Here's one example from Zabriskie Point, where I think color works better because of the warm morning light. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Pictures of the Day

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Filtering Florida

Experiments with Photoshop Elements filters applied to a photo from Brevard County's Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Click photos to enlarge them.

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The original photo.


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Apply Invert + default Gradient filters.

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Warm Reflections

Sunlight reflected from the undulating skin of Frank Gehry's Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Light and Shadow

The last (for now) of my photos in the Science Teaching and Student Services Building at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Reflections and LEDs (3)

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Reflections and LEDs (2)

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Reflections and LEDs

Abstract images of the sculpture in the atrium of the Science Teaching and Student Services building at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Overheads (2)

Nils Hasselmo Hall at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Spring in Minnesota

Photos taken about 1/2 hour ago, on April 19. Yikes!

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Respite from Minnesota's Unrelenting Winter

More prehistoric palms and palmettos in the Brevard County Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Abstractions from Public Art

Abstract details and patterns from the sculpture in the STSS. When there are so many mirrored surfaces, just a slight change of position can produce quite different pictures. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Public Art

This sculpture, extending up and down for several stories of the Science Teaching and Student Services Building at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, is one of the most spectacular examples of public art that I've ever seen. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Stages of Life

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Brevard County, Florida. Click photos to enlarge them.

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As Spring Should Be

It's mid-April in Minnesota, and we're still slogging through snows and cold rains. A photo from Florida in February reminds us why snowbirds fly south in the winter. Of course, the tables are turned in summer and fall hurricane season.

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Death and Regeneration

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Winter Luxuriance

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(click to enlarge) To contrast with yesterday's spring in Minnesota, here's winter in Florida.

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At the University of Minnesota about half an hour ago. (click to enlarge)

Overlook

A break from the Florida photos: Some views from the 5th floor of Nils Hasselmo Hall at the University of Minnesota, looking down on students studying below. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Birth and Death

In Brevard County, Florida, Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Palmetto Trunks

These jagged trunks seem somehow primitive, as if they evolved to discourage grazing by dinosaurs. Click photos to enlarge them.

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The Forest Primeval

The Brevard County Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, that is. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Monochrome Variations

The other software toy I got recently is Perfect Photo Suite 7. Its Black & White module has a bunch of interesting effects. Here are some that I applied to the photo I posted yesterday. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Variations

I got Photoshop Elements 11, the most recent version, and played around with some filters while working on a photo from the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.

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The gestures of the branches and the hanging Spanish moss give this picture some drama, but it's belied by the pastel blue sky.


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Conversion to black and white, with a darkened sky, makes a more dramatic scene.


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Use of the Graphic Pen filter in Photoshop Elements gives a different kind of starkness.


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And the Pop Art filter takes things in an entirely different direction.

Mid-day Light

It's often said that the best light for landscape photography is early morning or late afternoon, and that one can't take good photos in the middle of the day because the light is too harsh, shadows are too deep, and contrast is too high. This photo was taken sometime between 10 and 2 in Brevard County's Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in east-central Florida. I think the light, shadows, and contrast are just fine!

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Intensity

It's interesting to look at photos some time after you've taken them. When I was photographing in Brevard County's Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, I was looking for patterns and colors in the vegetation. Now my first reaction is about how intense and complex these images are. I formed my aesthetic taste on abstract expressionism, and it shows in photos like these.

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Chaos in Nature

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(click to enlarge) Another Eliot Porter concept that I like is "Nature's Chaos", the title of a beautiful book with photos by Porter and text by James Gleick. Somehow, the imperatives and contingencies of natural growth lead to scenes that are a mix of order and disorder - and are beautiful for perhaps just that reason.

Clarity - More or Less

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When I take and process landscape photos, I generally aim for optimal clarity: local contrast and sharpness that best presents the details of a scene. Such as this one from the Brevard County Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Florida, which I like a lot.


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However, when playing around with some settings, I tried reducing the Clarity setting in Lightroom to -100, and got this image - which I also like a lot. Getting out of one's normal routine can be an interesting thing.

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