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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.

sun, rain, snow

We were greeted by sun at 9000 feet and enjoyed a full day of it.

The next night a scary storm made us feel that trees were coming down around us! The next morning it started to snow.

Today we went to Abiquiu and toured Georgia O’Keefe’s home. We’re now parked 15 miles from there at Ghost Ranch and the sun is trying to come out. Next stop is Bandelier Nat’l Monument. No internet for the next three days.