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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Year 2013 in Visual Review







Sarah says,

"Happy New Year!!!"

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Commute

Here I like the composition but not the blue tone. 
Removing all saturation and then adding back a little warm temperature gave me a more pleasing effect.

Somehow, though, the electric line bothered me even more
in the doctored image. 
That's where the spot healing brush tool came to the rescue.

This is the Indian Mission Church on M-22 between Leland and Northport.

12/27 - Coming back with one more image, just for Karen Casebeer. Here is the scene without the curve sign, Karen:

Doesn't it look as if something's missing? (It is.) Doesn't it make you, the driver, a little nervous as you approach the curve? Or does it just look more peaceful and less cluttered?

For the record, taking the sign out was a bit more complicated than removing the overhead wire with the spot healing tool. To remove the sign, I had to use (1) the eraser tool, then (2) the eyedropper to change the (3) foreground color, and finally (4) the paint bucket to spill the color of the surrounding snow into the blank space where the sign had been. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Snow Dog

Who's the cutest girl in the winter world?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Weather Report: Windy and Cold

See the grasses bent by the wind? None of yesterday morning's strange, warm wind from the east -- today's blustery gales came from the west, from over Lake Michigan, relentlessly winter-cold.

No one on foot was loitering today. Pedestrians hurried about their business and back into their warm cars.

Even protected Grand Traverse Bay was filled with whitecaps.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Flock of Cedar Waxwings

The flock high in the tree could be brought closer with a long lens, but cropping from the zoomed shot, while adequate for viewing on camera or on screen, would not give good resolution in prints.