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Valley of Fire State Park


Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada is a great place to visit. Around every corner and every bend the desert landscape has been shaped by wind water and time. Valley of Fire is 55 miles from Las Vegas and well worth a visit with or without a camera.

I became aware of this park after seeing images of the Fire Wave.  On my journey to the Fire Wave there were many other spectacular features to photograph. My best guess is the rock formation in this photo is a Igneous Intrusion similar to the Devils Tower in Wyoming.  I've done a bit of searching to see if I can find any information on this specific feature in the park with no luck. Let me know if you have any details.

Oxbow Bend in Black and White


Grand Tetons National Park is truly a spectacular place to visit. Oxbow bend is a classic photograph in the park and a great place to view wildlife. This shot with Mount Moran the prominent mountain in the shot was taken pre-dawn and converted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro and post processed in Photoshop. .  I really feel that this image was best in B&W and the dramatic contrast gives a great sense of what it was like to be there.

The Mobius Arch



The Mobius Arch is in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine California. The Alabama Hills area is home to hundreds of arches. The area was used Hollywood to shoot and number of westerns Including Rawhide and King of the Khyber Rifles. In fact the Mobius Arch is located off of Movie Drive. This is a two shot panorama and I took it with the expectation that it would be converted to B&W. I'm quite happy with the result. The sky was pretty crazy! The Sierra's are in the background and Lone Pine Peak is centered in the arch. The tallest peak in the lower 48, Mt. Whitney is blocked by the arch.

3 Doors 1 Drawer






"3 Doors 1 Drawer" is another from the portfolio  " Beautiful Decay". It's been processed as a color image and black and white. I can't say for sure which one I like best. Take a look, let me know what you think. I'd be grateful for anyone who would take a moment to register, sign in and make a comment.

Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures




"Ominous"  was taken in Wonderland, part of Acadia National Park, fall 2009. You may not be able to tell from this photo but I was there in search of fall colors. I was happy to have a bit of "bad" weather while there. Bad weather provides opportunities to make great pictures. As a photographer being prepared and willing to be out in all conditions allows you to be in that special place as the drama unfolds.

Like all my images in the last 3 years "Ominous" was taken as a color digital image. To be more specific it was a series of three bracketed exposures merged to create and HDR image. The color HDR image was converted to black and white  and "developed" in Photoshop. To "develop" the image Levels and Curves Adjustment Layers are used in Photoshop to locally adjust the brightness and contrast on areas of the image. The result is my artistic interpretation of the ominous and beautiful scene at Wonderland.  You may also be interested to see the color version of this image.

Adjustment Layers in Photoshop are "non-destructive" and essential to photographers who use this application. The Adobe website and many other web resources are available to teach the use of all the types of Adjustment Layers that are available. FYI, my goal is not to sell Photoshop, only to share with you a little bit of how I work.  


Silt Covered



Several weeks ago I went to Susquehanna St. Park in search of ice with Annette and Steve from the Baltimore Camera Club. As is often the case I didn't find quite what I hoping to when we got there. The large patch of ice that was there before had melted and left leaves with dried silt from the water. I really liked the monochrome look and took some shots. This photo is one result. Not sure if  I should crop off the top and focus only on the large leaf.