Wednesday’s Choice

As I was editing some of the substantial backlog of my images (don’t ask how many), an idea came to mind. Often, during these editing sessions, I like to experiment with alternate looks to create for my images. It’s a way to check what mood comes through with a particular look.

So I thought it might be interesting to ask for feedback from all of you to find out how these alternatives resonate (or don’t) with your sensibilities. Here’s the first one in this series.

This images was taken a bit later in the morning of the A Very Early Sunrise in Maine post, as I had found a different location with a view of some of the Porcupine islands lined up and a sky that was rather pleasing.

Cadillac Mountain Sunrise #1

The first treatment is the more sedate of the 2, as I made use of Aurora HDR’s ‘Rocks Sunset’ preset that is part of their Natural collection of presets. As I looked at this result, I felt that it didn’t really do the overall scene justice, as even a bit of brightening of the foreground didn’t produce a good sense of the beauty of the landscape on the mountain.

Cadillac Mountain Sunrise #2

The second treatment is definitely more aggressive; it uses Aurora HDR’s ‘EggHDRugs on Brain’ preset that is part of their Trey Ratcliff Looks collection. It pops the foreground quite a bit and with a bit of darkening, the sky look came in as pretty dramatic.

Hope you enjoy these comparisons and I’m looking forward to hear from you about your preferences.

A very early sunrise in Maine

During the photography trip to Acadia National park in Maine, there were several key photo opportunities that were not to be missed; one of these is to photograph the very early sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain in the park.

During a large part of the year, Cadillac Mountain allows one to see the earliest sunrise in the United States, a fact that attracts a significant number of photographers to this location, despite the incredibly early hour. The following is one of the images that I captured during this morning session…

Cadillac Sunrise

This was captured at 4:45 a.m. on June 8, 2021, as the Sun is just beginning to show a sliver of its orb above the horizon. The weather really cooperated on this day, as the clouds made for a great canvas for the Sun’s early rays to paint the rose-fingered dawn, as Homer might say.

This image was shot with a Canon EOS R5 using a Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens; aperture was at f/9 with an exposure of 1/250s at 800 ISO. Post processing was done using Luminar 4 by Skylum.

Finding Balance

With some initial, cautious steps it is time to regain a sense of balance in life. It has not been easy to find creative energy outside the structure provided by a rather busy work schedule, as much of my energy is derived from direct, human interaction.

This year will be the year of our grand re-opening, as we’ve learned to deal with one challenge after another (and still more right now), and I have to say that I am looking forward to getting some real travel back into my schedule. Plans and reservations have been made for both a photography journey to Iceland in August and a Rhine river cruise in September. Exciting prospects!

Flotsam and Jetsam

One of my welcome outings of last year, was a trip to visit a great friend of mine and our going out to explore some areas with photo opportunities. This particular spot was the beach at Harkness State Park in Connecticut, where these pieces of driftwood caught my attention on a rather cold December day. The line they presented was just very inviting!

This image was captured with an iPhone 12 Pro Max and processed using Luminar AI; this software is produced by Skylum, headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard

A wonderful day in the country

Welcome to week 201 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you for a great set of responses to last week’s theme of Numbers! It was great to read all of your creative posts. For this week, I thought I’d keep along the lines of measurements and take on the theme of Yard for this week. Of course, this gives you plenty of opportunity to take this into many directions, as it can be a length, the yard, in which children play, or the train yard… and many more meanings! Let your minds take it into the direction that you want and share your ideas.

Have a lot of fun with this and I can’t wait to see what you create!

Here’s a yard, that I visited this weekend…

Barn in the Yard

In New Salem, Massachusetts, stands this great barn in a snowy yard; we were there, as my wife was getting a barn hunt lesson with our 6-year old Cardigan, Bean. Bean had a lot of fun! With the sun coming across the remainder of the snow, I had to capture this view!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Go out into the yard, whichever kind it may be, and share what you find!

Khürt’s New Challenge Series

A lovely way to start the day!

One of the frequent contributors to my weekly Tuesday Photo Challenge is Khürt Williams. Khürt’s photography and writing is always amazing, and a lot of fun too! He also writes about beer, which might interest many… You should definitely check out his blog at Island in the Net.

This week, Khürt has started a new challenge series, the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge, which is described in the link. The concept is fairly straightforward and inspired by the great quality cameras that are in smartphones these days: shoot something that goes with the them and pingback/tag it to have it show up under the challenge.

This week’s theme is ‘Self-Portrait’: “Take a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.”

Snow has become part of me…

Here’s my contribution to the first week, which tells you that snow has really become part of my very being… In New England, we get an adequate supply, and I’m one of those weird people that actually likes the white stuff, as it makes the entire world look gorgeous (for a while).

This shot is from this morning, after we got another dusting (1-2 inches); as it was on the warm side, the snow was heavy, but gorgeous! I took this shot with my iPhone 11Pro Max using the NeuralCam app. This app has become one of my favorite photography tools!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #024

It’s a long way down!!

Here comes the twenty-fourth mystery location post of this year….

As it’s been a couple of weeks, since the last post in this series. As I am in the mode of doing a bit of experimentation with Aurora and Luminar 4, I thought it might be interesting to share this image. I expect that the location might be figured out pretty quickly….

The views here are simply stunning!

Amazing views!

The only gotcha is that you don’t want to step too far forward…

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #023

Tossed about in the landscape…

Here comes the twenty-third mystery location post of this year….

Last week may have been a little too easy…the Tate at the Albert Docks in Liverpool is a popular location and very recognizable! For this week’s offering, I’, going to something a bit more obscure…

Under gorgeous weather conditions, something odd appeared in my path…

What happened here?

Of course, the dogs have their own opinion of the art work 🙂

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Coast

Along a coast filled with moments…

Welcome to week 184 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! For those looking for last weeks’ round up, I have started working on it, but, as I’m traveling, will be a day late getting all your great posts rounded up.

After a week of magnificent sunsets, I thought that I’d continue with a theme that was allied to last week’s theme in terms of location. When I looked for possible themes, I was surprised that it was available… So this week, your challenge is to find a Coast and share your impressions of it, or simply Coast along in your automobile and enjoy the countryside floating by.

Yes, Coast is one of those words that can be taken into several directions, so feel free to follow any of these directions and let your creative thoughts explore what lies ahead! More than anything, have some fun with the theme! Can’t wait to see your ideas!

Here’s a coastal evening…

Nubble Light at Cape Neddick

This came from a nighttime excursion to Cape Neddick, Maine, where the lighthouse is decorated for the holiday season every year. Using a long exposure, we get a sense of peace across the scene, as the water calms down…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

So, coast along and find your coast moment!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 182

Storm clouds gather

Welcome to the 182nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The content of your back catalog of images and memories is truly stunning! It was an absolute pleasure to read all of your posts and I very much appreciate the effort that you put into them. I hope that the memories were a fun experience for you as well!

Here is another one from my back catalog…

Storm clouds gather over Ball Hill.
Storm clouds over Ball Hill

This is a photo from one of my early posts in this blog (back in 2011); Ball Hill used to be part of my daily commute and produced a great number of amazing views over the years (including the Yoga Tree). On this day the clouds were rolling in and looked to be carrying the threat of more snow…

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Nicole takes us deep in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, both in going back to a trip to Romania and the events at that location…
  2. Shelley takes us into a magical fantasy in Quaint Revival, as we go skydiving… on dandelion fluff!
  3. Kammie’s post in her blog, Nut House Central, shares some gorgeous photos; I really love that flower!
  4. Diane shares an amazing collection of flowers in her post in pensivity101: spectacular roses!
  5. In a lovely post in For the Love of…, Anita shares a story of Nature’s impact and asks us why things are left the way they are…
  6. It clearly is good to go back into our catalogs, as the photo in Land of Images is absolutely fantastic!
  7. Another fine example of our photographic skills improving with age is demonstrated in the theOnlyD800intheHameau; great new treatment of this photo!
  8. In a great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see a beautiful panorama of Shanghai; that rain at home has its benefits!
  9. Irene takes us into the Dunes in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the snow makes for a wonderful landscape!
  10. I’m definitely partial to the mode of transportation that we get to see in Jaspa’s Journeys; it looks like a lot of fun to fly into that cloud…
  11. Na’ama’s posts often have great depth to them, as we can see in her contribution to the theme in Na’ama Yehuda; it is crucial to remember what has happened in the past, so as not to repeat those events…
  12. Viveka goes into her back catalog in myguiltypleasures, and takes us to Biarritz, which is simply stunning! The beach and lighthouse are amazing!
  13. Jackie’s tour from Sydney into the Blue Mountains may have been disappointing, but, as we can see in her post in Junk Boat Travels, there was a redeeming quality!
  14. Maria provides us with a glimpse into what got her started in macro photography in her stunning post in Kamerapromenader; such an exquisite close-up!
  15. Tatiana shares an absolutely gorgeous shot of Mount Rainier in her blog Travelways; it’s being an active volcano is important to remember…
  16. A rather cool approach to the theme is demonstrated in Stine Writing, as the back catalog comes into view!
  17. Jase keeps us on track with a great post in Proscenium, as we’re waiting for that slow train to arrive…
  18. Xenia takes us back to a sunny morning in June in her wonderful post in whippetwisdom; looks like Eivor and Pearl enjoyed it! In a second post in Tranature, we get some gorgeous photos that you need to see!
  19. David brings us a gorgeous bird, the Common Kingfisher, to the spotlight in hist post in David M’s Photoblog; the photo is simply stunning!
  20. Susan takes us back to a memorable event in her post in Musin’ with Susan: a stunning photo of the recent solar eclipse! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; the photos are fantastic!
  21. Eric shares that it takes climbing 533 steps to get to the view in his post in Up North; I have to say that the view from the top of the Dom in Cologne is worth it!
  22. Jez shows us that it can be very worthwhile to get up early, even on holiday, as the sunrise in Arbroath is stunning in Jez Braithwaite!
  23. Nandini takes us back to the beginning of last year in her post in queennandini, where she was controlling the crowds!
  24. Woolly takes the opportunity to share some of his photo processing technique in a great post in Woolly Muses; I am very impressed by the removal of ‘modern’ elements!!
  25. Amy shares a great deal about the process she used to turn a good shot of Mount Snowdon into an even better image in her post in Photography Journal Blog; check out her post!
  26. Deb shares that she always liked the photo she features in this week’s entry in Twenty-Four; I would agree, as that endless jetty is stunning!
  27. Maria is a newcomer to our challenge and starts off with a great photo in her blog Sagittarius Viking; that is a fantastic shot!
  28. Ken features some unusual (for me, at least) viking grave markers in a magnificent post in Pictures without Film; I would love to see that site!
  29. We get to do a bit of trainspotting in a wonderful post in A Day in the Life; fabulous photos!
  30. I truly enjoyed the images in another great post in My TravelCSP! The train crossing the bridge might be my favorite among them.
  31. Ann-Christine brings us a gorgeous scene of apples in the snow in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; beautiful images!
  32. Robert shares a couple of magnificent photos in Photo Roberts Blog, as we explore Nature in Hamburg!
  33. Elizabatz puts together a wonderful post in Elizabatz Gallery that highlights a number of photo apps and how they look on great locations in Ireland.
  34. You’ll want to check out the fantastic shot of the first snowflake in a post in F2.8_iso100!
  35. It’s really interesting to go back through the years, and follow that one forsythia in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0! A great way to see changes over time!
  36. This week’s post in sgeoil gives us multiple views of a road much travelled; love the way the curvature works in these images!
  37. TiongHan gives us a phenomenal view in his post in TiongHan’s Blog; go check this blog out!
  38. Khürt must have a truly amazing set of images in his catalog, and the ones that he shares in his post in Island in the Net clearly demonstrate that!
  39. In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery we get views of the same location 11 years apart; interesting to see how some places can change very little!
  40. Brian went to a classic back catalog in his post in bushboys world; great approach, as that album looks amazing!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sunset

As one day ends…

Welcome to week 183 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Last week’s round up will arrive tomorrow, as I’ve been focused on family over the weekend due to my father-in-law, Bob, passing away on Friday night.

In memory of Bob, I’ve selected the theme of Sunset for this week. As we celebrate a life filled with service to family, country and community, there’s also the beauty that surrounds us. Bob enjoyed the beach and ocean, so this is one image that made me think of him right away.

For this challenge, please share your favorite sunset moments, whether they are at the beach, at the city or over the mountains. I’m very much looking forward to seeing your images here.

Here’s a sunset at the beach…

Sunset at the Beach

This shot was at the end of a day of photography on a cold January day, where we got a great selection of shots at various beaches, some covered with snow and some pristine like this one…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Enjoy your sunsets and live each day to its fullest!

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