April 2014 Archives
The Tilsner Building in Lowertown Saint Paul is an old Victorian warehouse converted to studios and living spaces for artists. Some of the old brick and beams remain. Click photos to enlarge them.
Yesterday afternoon we walked to downtown Saint Paul. I've been looking at black and white photos recently, and saw some scenes that I thought would do well in B&W. Lots of structure, strong luminance contrast, no important colors These are of the Central Energy facility (co-generation, etc.). Click photos to enlarge them.
Waiting while my wife tried on jeans. I'm not sure the department store approves of people taking pictures inside, but they set up lots of nice visuals. Click photos to enlarge them.
This isn't a construction site, but rather a divider between two sections of the women's petite clothing section. Who knew?
This morning I posted a couple of pictures of Japanese maples, the first with a very different color - much more magenta - than the second, and different also from others I have yet to post. It finally occurred to me that these were not different species, but rather that the magenta color came from inaccurate white balance due to a shadowed environment and a cloudy sky. When I warmed up the image, I got the result shown here, which is roughly what I should have gotten with a custom white balance of the scene. (click to enlarge)
Sometimes it's fun to take an ordinary photograph and manipulate it with one of the many special effects available in programs such as Photoshop Elements filters or onOne's Perfect Effects 8. Here are a couple of examples. The options are essentially infinite.
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Apples at Whole Foods
Dirt texture filter in Perfect Effects 8
A picture posted a few days ago: Ornamental cherry blossoms in Portland
Radial blur filter in Perfect Effects 8