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Old School Photo Hack & Storm Walker

We Can’t All Be Heroes

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Honor Flight Ground Crew at National Airport -- Arlington, Virginia (September 2014)Olympus XA + 35/2.8

Honor Flight Ground Crew at National Airport — Arlington, Virginia (September 2014)
Olympus XA + 35/2.8

We can’t all be heroes, some of us get to stand on the curb and clap as they go by — Will Rogers

Congratulations go to TillermanLekha Murali, and Kathy D on figuring out the correct answer to yesterday’s quiz — the Honor Flights arriving at National Airport!

I’ve had the privilege and honor of witnessing two of these flights now.  For those unfamiliar with what they are, honor flights are bringing World War II veterans to Washington, DC — at no cost to the veterans themselves — to visit the National World War II Memorial that was built in their honor.  You can read more about the honor flights here and here. Continue Reading →

What & Where?

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Something -- Someplace (Some date)Some camera

Something — Someplace (Some date)
Some camera

Okay… I don’t know how many people are sitting in front of their computers today, but my shoulder has healed enough to finally begin getting back into the rhythm of things, and I thought a quiz might be fun.  So without further ado, what and where?  Here are your clues:

  • This is a crop of about one-quarter of the image; if I showed you the entire photograph, it would cease to be a quiz.
  • I’ve blown out the highlights on purpose, for the same reason.
  • It’s not in a museum, in DC, or at Point Lookout.
  • It’s not in Idaho, Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming.
  • This scene looks fairly ordinary, but it’s not.

That’s it!  The rest of the clues will occur in the comment section below.  Have fun!

UPDATE:  It is one of the many Honor Flights that have been flying into National Airport for the past several years.  Details and a short video will post tomorrow morning.

Honor Flight band at National Airport -- Arlington, Virginia (September 2014)Olympus XA + 35/2.8

Honor Flight band at National Airport — Arlington, Virginia (September 2014)
Olympus XA + 35/2.8

Old & Busted

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Seneca Aqueduct -- Central Maryland (January 2015)Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Seneca Aqueduct — Central Maryland (January 2015)
Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Swing Buggy Tableau

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Visitors at the fair -- Central Maryland (August 2014)Leica M 240 + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH

Visitors at the fair — Central Maryland (August 2014)
Leica M 240 + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH

Unexpected Guest

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Tiny spider in the bloom of a Virginia bluebell -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Tiny spider in the bloom of a Virginia bluebell — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Stormy Colors

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The confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers -- Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (October 2013)Sony NEX-5R + 10-18mm

The confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers — Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (October 2013)
Sony NEX-5R + 10-18mm

Gauguin Greens

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Tropical leaves -- Lilypons, Maryland (August 2004)Canon 10D + 85/1.2L

Tropical leaves — Lilypons, Maryland (August 2004)
Canon 10D + 85/1.2L

Photo Tips: Post-Processing “The Storm Man Cometh”

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RAW image straight from the camera -- Southeast Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

RAW image straight from the camera — Southeast Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but people ask me questions about my post-processing techniques all the time — so here you go.

Above is the image I started out with for my recent post “The Storm Man Cometh“.  As you can see, in this state it’s nothing to write home about; the colors are muddy, the framing is humdrum, overall the image is too dark, there’s no shadow detail, everything is pretty much blah, etc…

Except for the layered lighting from the approaching storm.  And that’s what this image is all about.

Continue Reading →

Storm in the San Juans

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Molas Lake -- Southwestern Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Molas Lake — Southwestern Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Delicate Enveloping

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A prized apple tree -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

A prized apple tree — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Wall of Yellow

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Forsythia -- Central Maryland (April 2005)Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Forsythia — Central Maryland (April 2005)
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

The Storm Man Cometh

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Looking toward Lizard Head -- Southeast  Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Looking toward Lizard Head — Southeast Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Mountain Light

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San Juan Mountains -- Silverton, Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

San Juan Mountains — Silverton, Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Mr. Bad

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Black snake -- Central Maryland (June 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Black snake — Central Maryland (June 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Alas — that was where the Carolina wrens were raising chicks.  I arrived too late to save them.

Golden Ebb & Flow

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Sunset at the marina -- Ridge, Maryland (May 2012)Sony NEX-5N + 18-55mm

Sunset at the marina — Ridge, Maryland (May 2012)
Sony NEX-5N + 18-55mm

Rhododendron Magenta

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Rhododendrons from our front yard -- Central Maryland (May 2012)Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

Rhododendrons from our front yard — Central Maryland (May 2012)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

News Link: Twilight of One-Hour Photo, America’s Fastest-Fading Business

Baltimore SunShots “Spring” Honorable Mention

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Sunrise at the Tidal Basin -- Washington, DC (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Sunrise at the Tidal Basin — Washington, DC (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

You can find the Honorable Mention here.

Highkey Abandonment

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Abandoned outbuilding -- Central Maryland (March 2015)Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Abandoned outbuilding — Central Maryland (March 2015)
Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Redwood Stargate

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Uprooted redwood -- Avenue of the Giants, California (November 2012)Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Uprooted redwood — Avenue of the Giants, California (November 2012)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

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