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Ten… 116/365

Ten... 116-365

One of my favorite cooking tools, cleaned, oiled and ready to go to work…another minimalistic shot to go against he complexity of my day…trying to add some zen or something like that to balance everything out…

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Conducted By… 115/365

Conducted By... 115/365

Maybe it was because I was listening to classical music on the way home tonight…and my mind was already n that frame…but as I pulled into the driveway, I was met by clouds that look like the hands of a conductor…I tried layering on a row of piano keys, but the image looked too corny to me and the natural image says more in the end without saying too much…

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Searching… 113/365

Searching... 113/365

…because that is what they look like they are doing…like eyes wide open searching through the grey…

Face First...

…yep…another bee face first in the pollen of a Cosmos flower…this time I think I did a better job of getting some depth of field, making more of the bee sharper and in focus…

Moonrise… 114/365

Moonrise... 114-365

Simplicity…about as complex as I want it at 5:30am…an image I am thinking of entering in “Competitions on the 24/7” group in RedBubble with the theme “Morning Madness” but I am not sure yet…might have to stretch it a bit to fit it into the madness part…

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The Elements… 111/365

Elements... 111/365

I don’t do too many things like this…collage I think it is called…but after I was finished processing the images from Saturday, I noticed a bit of a pattern…other than they were all water drops on a leaf…they sort of represented all the elements…well the ones of old that is…

It had rained Friday night…a storm that was pretty close as I tied down the airplane and hurried to pack the bags into the car…and the next morning the yard was littered with leaves full of water droplets…

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This is a macro of some floor cover slash mossy plant hat is rampant in the yard…it is very soft despite its spiky appearance…I liked how upon closer inspection, the tips of the leaves are red…

Oshkosh At 3500 Feet… 112/365

Oshkosh At 3500 Feet... 112-365

The flight home, other than being a blast, was uneventful…we made our way south with the wind yet again at out tail, listening to the other aircraft around us…at various stages of landing patterns, approaches and departures…we even caught a “jumpers away” over East Troy airfield and could see over our right wing, the silhouette of the diver and parachute as they drifted to the earth again…sorry, no image that time, I did have to fly the thing on occasion…

Wind Farms.. 

South of Oshkosh is a huge expanse of wind generators…not that they generate wind, but rather electricity from the wind…somewhat creepy to me in their gargantuan size with impossibly huge blades slowly rotating…the chart showed nine…I think they ran out of ink…

In the interest of not getting too lengthy in post, I will leave it here tonight and post today’s image with tomorrows and then I am back on track gain…until tomorrow…

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Marginal VFR… 110/365

Marginal VFR... 110/365

This was the view from the side of the windscreen on out flight up to Eagle River this Friday…the scene is a rather deceptive one in that the clouds, while dark, were rather benign, there was no turbulence, in fact it was rather smooth, and although it was hazy and the light was falling, the visibility was still over 10 nautical miles…

I have Saturday’s and today’s images all set to go, but I am tired from the weekend and the flight home and will post a triple play including tomorrow night’s image.  I wanted to give all of you that visited while I was “on vacation” something for today, and rather than just slapping on the last three day’s work, I want to spend some time putting it all together nicely…

Marginal VFR... 110.5-365

Both of these images are straight from the camera with no processing…something I rarely do, but I thought it worked well with these..OK actually when I tried to process them, they started to look like crap, so in their own way they were telling me to lay off…so I did…

(By the way…the instrument panel only looks like it was a bouncy ride…the exposure was too long and I moved…a shot that I would normally throw away, but in this case there was something about it I liked…)

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Balanced Universe… 109/365

Balanced Universe... 109-365

This is kind of going along with my unplanned theme of dark background/light flower that seems to have appeared this week…the title comes from the translation of the name of the flower…Cosmos…this one just beginning to blossom…

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…this one at the end…

I am going to be away from the Internetfor the weekend and will not be able to upload anything until Sunday night unless by some miracle I can get the image, process it and upload it before we head out…going to be in Eagle River bad weather or no bad weather…so until then…

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They Came in a Wildflower Pack… 108/365

They Came in a Wildflower Pack... 108/365

That is what my wife said when I asked her what hey were called, so I guess that is their name…seems a bit long winded to me, but I’m not a botanist…

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Untitled… 107/365

Untitled... 107-365

I have been watching the forecast for Friday…it went from 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning to 30% chance for both here and Eagle River…they cannot possibly be right this early…can they?

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Digging In… 106/365

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If the light looks a little strange on this one, it is because it was flipped upside down…It gives one less of a headache this way I think and my daughter insisted it looked better…so there…I liked this one for the way the legs seem to blend in with the stamen of the flower…as though he was really digging into it…

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These macros were not as easy to capture as some out there make it look…these little guys move…a lot…more than I thought they would…but then I guess “busy as a bee” was not coined by accident…These were the sharpest of the lot, but I am sure if I worked longer at it and shot more megabytes of images I would have captured an even better one…or maybe I am my worst critic…maybe…

Gratuitous Flower Shots:

(because you all asked for it….or maybe because I happened to take these as well today…anyway…)

 
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Yep, more of the Mexican Sunflower shots, except this time from the back of the flower rather than the front… I am finding out (by accident on the first one “Cosmos”) that a lot of flowers are just as interesting from the back of the flower as they are from the front.  More subtle, but I like the organic symmetry.  

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I also took this opportunity to play around with Lightroom 2’s new graduated filter feature…the above desaturation was created using it…a nice little feature added from the beta version I was crashing…I mean using…

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Cruise… 104/365

Cruise... 104/365

Last night was our company outing and this year we took a cruise on “The Sophisticated Lady,” a charter boat out of Burnham Harbor. We cruised up and down the lake shore watching the sun set and the moon rise while the crew spoiled us with appetizers and drinks…

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I would highly recommend this for anyone thinking of doing an outing or their company or the like. You can check out their website HERE

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From the Center… 103/365

From the Center... 103/365

Reminds me of rays of light from the darkness…the end of a long two weeks of staff shortage at the shop…perhaps I will be wordier tomorrow but for tonight…

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Coleus… 100/365

 Coleus... 100-365

That’s right, 100 images into the 365 project and still going strong…I think…It has not always been as easy as it looks…ask anyone working on their own 365 project and I think you’ll hear the same…the desire and time is not always as strong some days as others…but I have found that even on those days, creativity can still be tapped and in some cases end up even stronger when under the gun…at least it seems that way for me sometimes…

In other news…a big Thank You to the Racine Post for linking to my post on the overnight camp-out at the Racine Zoo…I am not sure how you found me exactly, but I appreciate the compliment and I welcome all visitors from that site as well and hope you will decide to stay for a while…

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Journey from the Bottle into the Darkness… 96/365

Journey from the Bottle to the Darkness... 96/365

Take the longest title I have ever assigned an image as a literal translation of what the image is or as a metaphorical statement on what the last year has felt like to me at times and you caught my meaning perfectly either way. Photo-technically (if it is not a word, it is now, so there), I was trying to match some of the light and color saturation and contrast one of my favorite photographers on Flickr has mastered. Please be sure to check his stuff out here

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sil·hou·ette… 94/365

sil·hou·ette... 94/365

This one almost looks like an HDR image after all was said and done, but in fact it was just a single image initially processed in Lightroom to get the temperature, tint, tone, clarity, vibrance and sharpness set, then moved over to Photoshop and put it through my usual paces: Curves for more contrast, Lab color technique and the Orton type effect, then back to Lightroom to finish off and export to JPEG…a peek into my process a bit…more on that to come…

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This one was processed similarly, but is an HDR image that was generated in Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapped in Photomatix then brought back into Lightroom to begin the above mentioned processing until…here it is! I have found that I prefer generating HDR images through Lightroom/Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapping them in Photomatix rather than generating them in Photomatix. The images are much sharper and cleaner done this way, and since the tone-mapping feature of Photomatix is all I use the program for at this point, the Photoshop plug in version of it would have done me just fine at a lower price tag.  I am sure the other features like the batch processing and such are useful, I just have not had the time to invest in learning it right now.  Maybe someday…until then… 

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