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1 scene 3 ideas

Ansel Adams said that the key to good photography is visualization. It really does make a difference
if you have a definite goal in mind for a photograph. At the Flagstaff Arboretum, there’s a bench tucked
in a little Aspen grove. It’s a scene I can’t resist. The last time I shot it, it was surrounded by Columbine.
This time, the light was a real challenge so I shot it with three ideas in mind.

The first is an HDR which means I took 3 shots to capture the best in the highlights and shadows.
I then used Topaz Simpify 2 to knock down the edges and add a little more color.


The second shot is in Infrared which always works well in bright light.


The third image is an abstract. It’s the result of intentional camera movement and my favorite way to shoot.


I plan to go back the last weekend in September when I hope to find the Aspen in full fall color.

patterns from nature

What do you get when you fool with Mother Nature? A pattern that would look great as a silk scarf!


I started with a shot of blooming Sage.


The sky was heavily overcast so of course I couldn’t resist swinging my camera around 🙂


I began rotating it in Photoshop to find the best view which gave me the idea of blending two versions.
So I created a copy layer; flipped it horizontally, lowered the opacity and used the blend mode “darken”.
As a last step, I tweaked color and contrast using Levels and Curves.


weather forecast

This is an image of a small thicket of trees that we’ve passed each afternoon while hiking to town. To me their color and bare limbs portray how cold it is here. I thought an abstract would translate that even more so I shook my camera as I pressed the shutter. Do you sense the cold? I suppose you might since I told you that’s what you were supposed to feel 🙂
Below is what the trees look like in reality.

(No wireless signal today so this is auto-scheduled post)