Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Vatican

This week is Easter for many. It makes me think of the Vatican, and the flurry of activities which must be going on there.

Climbing up an endless stairway in the Vatican's dome I shot this image from one of the several terraces along the way. I've seen similar images in postcards, so it's not very original, but I have tried to give it a personal twist during processing. I increased the contrast, brought the saturation down, and dodged/burned some areas to maintain details.

The view from the top is simply amazing. The climb can be a bit of a challenge, especially for those who are claustrophobic, but it is worth it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fields of Gold

As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, this has been a good year for wildflowers in Texas. Not the best I've seen, but certainly more plentiful and colorful than the last three years or so.

Near Chappell Hill there was a field full of yellow flowers. It was also full of children, parents with cameras, and even a bride with a professional photography crew. Everyone captivated by the scenery. A little distance from there was this private field, just as full with flowers, but with much less people.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scaling Back

I have been doing an experiment lately, editing and publishing an image every day. This is a great way to push myself to not only take more photos, but to edit and work them until I get a result I like. I've been experimenting with HDR (High Dynamic Range), filters, and different effects in order to get a "look". Not all the images turn out nice, or the way I expect them, but they all help me grow and move forward.

I've been also sharing them here for others to enjoy, and to see whether I would get some time of feedback or reaction. So far I have not received a single comment, which either means that nobody is looking (in which case this entry will go unnoticed as well), or that there is nothing to say. In either case, I've decided to scale back a bit.

I will continue shooting and editing my photos as frequently as I can manage, but I am only going to share an image per week (give or take). That will give me more time to concentrate on the image production itself, and will also allow me to provide more commentary in each entry.

Tomorrow will be my last daily entry.

Rusting Away

Sometimes it's all in the texture. The peeling paint, rust patches and faded letters and numbers all combine to produce a slightly abstract but almost recognizable image.

In case you're wondering, this is part of a railroad cart, slowly rusting away. It was captured at the Galveston railroad museum, where you can find an interesting collection of locomotives, carts, and other items from the golden days when trains roamed the countryside.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marbled Godwit

I was walking along the beach in Newport Beach, California when I ran into this little guy. He was busy going from one clump of seaweed to the next searching for his car keys (or more probably, food). As far as I can tell this is a Marbled Godwit, a member of the Sandpiper family.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texas Wildflowers

It is wildflowers season in Texas, and this has been one of the best years in a while. Good rains and fair weather have played their part in lining the roads and highways with rainbows of color.

Together with the classic Bluebonnet you can find Phlox, Indian Blankets, Showy Primroses, and Dandelions. Dotting the fields like rivers of color, they brighten up the scenery for a while.

This was captured at the Oak Creek Cemetery in New Berlin, Texas.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lobster boats in Mackerel Cove

During the day the fishing boats are all out in the sea, searching for their daily catch. When the night falls they return back home to get some rest and prepare for the next day. All the hubris of the day dies down, and the quiet night settles in.

These are mainly lobster boats in Harpswell, Maine.