July 2013 Archives

Picture of the Day

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Vertical tanning booth, Fields Neighborhood Park, Pearl District, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Variants

For yesterday's "Picture of the Day" I posted a photo of bright green dill at the Portland Farmers Market. Here are a couple of variations that tone down the brightness. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Portland Farmers Market. (click to enlarge)

Reds

Portland Farmers Market. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Heirloom tomatoes at the Portland Farmers Market. (click to enlarge)

Greens

Portland Farmers Market. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Maroon and gold in front of Coffman Union, University of Minnesota. (click to enlarge)

Mushrooms

Portland Farmers Market on the Portland State University campus. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Sidewalk sculpture in the Pearl District, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Black and White

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Black and white conversion


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Original. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Light rail tracks on Washington Avenue through the University of Minnesota. Major construction is done, but communications and testing will take months more.
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Crane Variations

Our University of Minnesota campus has a lot of construction going on this summer, and I've been exploring the look of cranes against the sky. Here are some variations made with presets in onOne Software's Perfect Effects 4 in the Perfect Photo Suite 7. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Geometries

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East River Road Parking Garage, University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Maroon and gold, in front of Coffman Union, University of Minnesota. (click to enlarge)

Overheads

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Convention Center carpet, Orlando. (click to enlarge)

Light and Shadow

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

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Student Union

Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Welcome mat, Hasselmo Hall. (click to enlarge)

Crane

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Working on the addition to the Chemical Engineering Building, University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Fountain, Coffman Union. (click to enlarge)

Focus

Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Student Union

In the basement of Coffman Union, University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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New window wall for Amundson Hall. (click to enlarge)

Portraits

From a mural in Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Nitrogen fixation? (click to enlarge)

Tree

Challenge: Make two completely different photos of the same scene.

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Moody: Gnarled roots and trunk in subdued black and white


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Abstract: Moss on the trunk in bright yellow-green

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Verdant Portland. (click to enlarge)

Victorian Lady

A formidable woman, sculpted from a dead tree trunk, on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. Two versions. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Saint Paul Flowers

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Sculpture on Grand Avenue, Saint Paul. The inscription reads

"William Francis Skally
1908-1989
St. Paul Police Officer 1941-1973"

"Officer Skally would often buy winter boots for children who did not have any.
A beat cop in the old Rondo neighborhood.
A true community police officer."


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Sketches

Why do I maintain this blog? Mostly it's to show photos that I think have some aesthetic and/or psychological interest from my travels or current location. But occasionally the blog serves as a sketchbook, to try out some ideas and alternative treatments that may or may not lead to anything of permanent worth. David duChemin had an interesting recent blog on the topic of sketching in photography.


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I recently posted this photo of an old street in Brasov, Romania.


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When I looked at it a couple of days ago, I thought that the street might imply an older, darker mood. So I processed the photo in that direction.


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Of course, black and white can be the best representation of "older and darker", hence this version.

Which of these is best? There's probably no sensible answer to that question, but it's interesting to explore alternatives in this online sketchbook. Click photos to enlarge them.


Picture of the Day (Two Variations)

Two versions of a view from the roof of the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp at the University of Minnesota, past ongoing construction, toward downtown Minneapolis. I like both of them, though they're very different. Click photos to enlarge them.

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The original color version, with slightly enhanced saturation.


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Black and white version.

Portland's Japanese Garden

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Rose Garden

Portland's International Rose Test Garden. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Portland Colors

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Portland (click to enlarge)

Sparks Lake Postcards

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Amundsen Hall, University of Minnesota. (click to enlarge)

Sparks Lake Details

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Japanese Garden, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake is located about 25 miles west of Bend, Oregon off the Cascades Lakes Highway. There are several lakes along this road, but Sparks is perhaps the best known and most beautiful. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Japanese Garden, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Cascades Scenes

A couple of views from Newberry National Volcanic Monument south of Bend, Oregon. Click photos to enlarge them.

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The Three Sisters in the distance


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Paulina Lake

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Big Obsidian Flow. This is a "detail", perhaps 5x5 ft, but it would probably look pretty similar if viewed from farther away or closer up. In other words, fractal. (click to enlarge)

Big Obsidian Flow

In Newberry National Volcanic Monument south of Bend, Oregon. Some chunks of shiny black obsidian are visible, but the greatest impression comes from the great height and volume of the volcanic flow, and its abrupt edges. Click photos to enlarge them.


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Ever optimistic, a tiny fir tree tries to establish itself in the rocks.

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Deschutes River in Bend. (click to enlarge)

Portland Colors

From a walk around our neighborhood a couple of days ago. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day (with Variations)

The color photo was taken in Bend, Oregon. The black and white variants were produced with three of the b&w presets in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Click photos to enlarge them.


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Scenes in Bend, Oregon

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Landmarks of the Old Mill District in Bend, formerly atop a lumber mill, now the REI Building.


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I asked him how long he had been working on his tattoos. He said, "I'm 31 now, and I started when I was 18, and I'm not done yet."


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Friendship, Bend style.

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Where's the Rocket?

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This gives a reasonably accurate impression of the vibe of Bend, Oregon - except that it seems like a very cheerful place. (click to enlarge)

Amateur Rocketry Gathering

In the high desert scrub near Brothers, about 40 miles east of Bend, Oregon. My primary impression was of the wide-openness of the place. Click photos to enlarge them.


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A scenic work environment


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Work stations and living places


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The necessities


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Sleeping quarters


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Sun screen


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PA system


Picture of the Day - Rocket Landing

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The Portland State rocket, supported by its main parachute, is about to come back to earth. The orange first parachute has become wrapped around the rocket, with its lines dangling below. This photo was taken at the launch site, a distance of probably 1-2 miles from the landing site, with a 300 mm-equivalent lens, and the original file was cropped roughly in half for better composition. Hence the poor resolution. But the line from where the photo was taken to the shoulder of the hill in the background helped to locate the rocket where it had fallen in the sagebrush.

PSU Rocket Launch Team

Some photos of the PSAS team members from Portland State University as they prepared for the launch of their rocket yesterday. Click photos to enlarge them.


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