Friday, August 31, 2012

Assateague Lighthouse, Virginia

Assateague LIghthouse on Assateague Island, at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Did a minor HDR adjustment on this one. Just enough to brighten up the foreground.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Smoke on the Water

I'm working on some new photos to add soon, but for the time being, here are some favorites from the past.  There will be more new stuff coming soon, I promise!

Smoke on the Water. A Fire in the Sky. OK, so I’m channeling a bit of Deep Purple this morning.

And half my audience exclaims “Deep what”? Well, Deep Purple is a 1970′s rock band, best known for it’s song “Smoke on the Water”.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chincoteague Sunrise

Seen at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Area, just south of the Maryland border in Virginia.

This photo goes back to my pre-digital era. I scanned this about two years ago, but I didn't particularly like how parts of it turned out once digitized. But having now worked on it a bit, I'm happier with the outcome now.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Starry Starry Night

I'm working on some new photos to add soon, but for the time being, here are some favorites from the past.  There will be more new stuff coming soon, I promise!

In this case, this photo isn't really what it seems. Click on the following link and read the first comment in the "Comments and faves" section!

Starry Starry Night on Flickr


Friday, August 17, 2012

Mediterranean Sunrise (Painted)

I'm working on some new photos to add soon, but for the time being, here are some favorites from the past.  There will be more new stuff coming soon, I promise!

In a painted style!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

St. Andrew's and Andrew's Descent

I'm working on some new photos to add soon, but for the time being, here are some favorites from the past.  There will be more new stuff coming soon, I promise!

The quest for this "difficult" photo.

I thought I have seen St. Andrews from all possible angles, especially those involved with standing on the ground.  Yet, one day I saw a photo with many similarities to this one, and thus began my quest.  There did not seem to be any building or balcony, even if it was open to the public, that would give this view.  And I was very sure it was not taken from an aircraft of any sort too.  In addition, buildings look very different at ground level than they do from on high, so I was having trouble just identifying other buildings.

Later I saw a similar photo with a second building I could identify.  Locally it's known as the Castle of Richard the Lion-hearted.  (It's not shown in this photo).  Now I could identify the general direction that someone had pointed their camera.  Next time here, I found a set of steps going up a hill, an old set of wooden steps with about 5% of them broken in half and another 20% soon to break through.  But no luck.  The photo was not taken from here.  I did see another set of steps on the other side of the street, but for some reason I did not believe these would lead anywhere useful.  And it didn't seem nearly high enough to get a similar photo.

But back to Google Earth, and lining up the two buildings I decided that those second set of steps just might lead me to my quest.  I went back a week later and climbed those steps and got this view, and a few more equally as awesome.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Autumn in Uman

I'm working on some new photos to add soon, but for the time being, here are some favorites from the past.  There will be more new stuff coming soon, I promise!

From a autumn trip to Uman, Ukraine, a few years back.


Friday, August 10, 2012

The Castle at Kalecoy

I'm working on some new photos to add soon, but for the time being, here are some favorites from the past.  There will be more new stuff coming soon, I promise!

Kalecoy, Turkey


Thursday, August 9, 2012

All Clouds Lead to Mt. Tahtali

A reprocess of a post from two years ago.  This was a technically challenging photo to create.  This was taken from a kayak off the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and consists of 8 photos stitched together to create the final photo.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Old Church, Uhzgorod

This is a reprocess of an older photo from a few years ago.  Some photographers don't like to go back and revisit their older work.  But when I see an older photo that I just know I can do a better job of processing now, I'll go back and redo it and give it the look and treatment that I like and that it deserves.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cooling Towers, Chernobyl

C H E R N O B Y L - 2 0 1 2

These were to be the cooling towers for Chernobyl reactors #5 and #6. Construction on the #5 and #6 reactors continued after the Chernobyl disaster, but construction was finally abandoned in 1989, three years after the accident.

These were also the first cooling towers constructed for any of the Chernobyl reactors. Reactors #1-4 did not have them.