July 2013 Archives
Sculpture on Grand Avenue, Saint Paul. The inscription reads
"William Francis Skally
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."
(click to enlarge)
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.
I recently posted this photo of an old street in Brasov, Romania.
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.
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.
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.
The original color version, with slightly enhanced saturation.
Black and white version.
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.
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.
Ever optimistic, a tiny fir tree tries to establish itself in the rocks.
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.