Tag Archives: Orton effect

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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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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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…

Moonrise..

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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Becoming… 101/365

Becoming... 101-365

A hole opened up in the overcast off to the west revealing the building clouds as a storm built itself to the west…

This is a little different of an HDR than I usually do in that I have pulled the color from it rather than saturate it…the image was almost black and white anyway so it was easy to push it a little farther and…

Becoming... 101.5-365

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Cosmos… 99/365

Cosmos... 99/365

I had a tie for tonight’s image…both  are of the back of a cosmos flower which I thought was just as interesting as the front view…

Cosmos... 99.5/365

While I am not terribly fond of orange (sorry Dana) unless it is the fruit or a soda, I did find its tone in this flower quite appealing…reminds me of a sunrise somewhat…

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Overnight in the Racine Zoo…

 Sunrise on Lake Michigan 

…See the whole set of images from the visit here…

Black and White Colobus Monkey… 97/365

Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza)... 97/365

(Or Skunk Monkey s the scouts and their siblings liked to call them…A little bit about them here…)

That’s right, we spent the weekend on a camp out in the Racine Zoo with the rest of the scout pack.  After setting up camp, we went on a scavenger hunt through the Zoo looking for the answers to a list of questions handed to us by volunteers at the zoo and visiting the animals…after the scavenger hunt, we broke into groups and headed off to visit the zoo behind the scenes which included a visit to the lower level of the main building and also an opportunity to feed the Black Rhinoceros…after the after hours fun, we headed back to camp to make “enrichment” for the animals in the form of paper-mache balloons and painted cereal boxes and cardboard tubes (the enrichment comes from the fact that they will contain food for the animals as well as provide some fun after the food is gone)…  after the creative session, we created smores and drank hot chocolate and then tried to get the sugar rush to subside enough to maybe catch a couple of winks…all in all it was quite an experience and one worth looking into if you have a group that is looking for something to do one weekend…

Julie… 98/365

Julie... 98/365

On our first outing into the zoo (the scavenger hunt) we learned all about this little creature…Julie here is the oldest Patas Monkey in captivity in North America at 28 years old.  Her kind also claims fame for being the fastest monkey in the world with a run of about 34 MPH.  Unless told wither of these facts, one would never know it.  Of course it is hard to build up speed in a closed space, but she certainly did not act her natural age, running right up to the side of the exhibit as we approached to check us out…

Be sure to check out all of the images I uploaded from the trip…I will also be uploading them to my Smugmug account for the parents of the scouts and the scouts themselves to download from…just email me at jonosay@gmail.comand I will send you the link (in your email to me, make the subject line the name three of the women there shared (and one of the three it was her birthday as well) to verify that you were there)…for everyone else, just click on the link at the beginning of the post to go to my Flickr site and enjoy…

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Painting With Clouds… 92/365

Painting with Clouds...

I decided that one was not good enough for tonight…so I have four to offer…I decided to make the following three a “… of three” title with the top one as the main one, again chosen by the wife on her way up to bed.  These are all of the same confused and cluttered sky right before the storms arrived this evening…

One of Three…

Painting with Clouds... 1 of 3

Two of Three…

Painting with Clouds... 2 of 3

Three of Three…

Painting with Clouds... 3 of 3

 I like how the Orton effect sort of thing makes the clouds look like paintings…hence the name…and I tried a little different of a procedure than I usually follow tonight.  I like the results so far and just need to remember to write the steps down someday to replicate and maybe even share…maybe…until that time…

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On a Sunday Afternoon Walk… 91/365

On a Sunday Afternoon Walk...

Of all the images I captured today, this one was the winner overall in the voting…OK so my wife was the only one voting but who am I to argue?

The image was pretty much good to go from the camera raw file, but I decided to add my special sauce to it as I normally do including a Lab color treatment to really pull the green out of the image. The Lab color process I used is outlined on the Flickr page and the Orton Effect technique I use will be outlined in a later post…just as soon as I figure it all out for myself…

On a Sunday Afternoon Walk...

 

On a Sunday Afternoon Walk...

These are  actually images of three different frogs in the same green water, just sitting there watching me and my daughter stand in the mud off the trail…

Limenitis Arthemis Arthemis

Earlier this morning, I went on a mini hike through the back yard and caught a decent one of a Limenitis Arthemis Astyanax…say that five times fast…the name of which I only know through exhaustive on-line research (OK so I spent about two minutes)…I am still looking for a more pronunciation friendly name for this one.  “Red Spotted Purple” is what I think it is, but even that feels a bit strange on the tongue.

And of course here are the gratuitous flower shots of the day…

Cone Flowers

Field of Black-Eyed Susans

All in all, this was a perfect weekend, the weather was great and I got to do a lot of playing…let’s hope that this is a great sign for the work week to come…

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Severe Clear… 90/365

Severe Clear... 90/365

OK so maybe not entirely severe with the whispy clouds up there, but darn close. When I saw that the weather was going to be perfect, I rented the plane for the day and headed out to Platteville Municipal to have the $100 hamburger with my sister who lives close to there…dragged both the kids with me too…

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The flight out was smooth as glass…the flight back…not so much, and I had a couple of green passengers as we plowed through some mild turbulence. Good news is, I still have all three of my air sickness bags so I chalk that one up as a successful flight too…

Death of a Salesman

On the drive home, I could not help but notice the irony in this image as the quintessential car lot salesman lay dead on the roof overlooking his inventory and seeming to reach out to the “Bank Asset Sale” sign…or maybe it’s just funny because it is…in any sense…

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The Thin Clear Line… 86/365

The Thin Clear Line...86/365

A super close, super thin depth of field image of some bricks drawn by my daughter. Whether right or wrong artistically, I like a thin depth of field sometimes…physically it creates the appearance that the bricks are twisting and that the clear area is a sort of depression between crests when actually the paper is pretty flat…philosophically, it speaks to how little can be clear…how one may be able to see the whole image but can only truly discern one thin clear line…

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Another Damselfly… 85/365

Another Damselfly... 85/365

Yep, it’s another Damselfly, but given the abundance of them in my yard and the fact that they make for great macro practice, I have a feeling this will not be my last…so there.

Meanwhile in another part of the blog…I want to take a moment and thank everyone who makes a regular visit to my blog and for all of the great comments I have received as well. You all have brought a lot of excitement to this project for me and have also introduced me to your exceptional talents as well.  For most if not all, I have added your site or blog to my blog-roll, and I highly recommend everyone get a peek at some of the other great artists I have met and commented back and forth to over the last few months.  Again thank you all for your comments and support and as always…

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