Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Photo Theme - Powerline Friday

Such a strange theme. How can anyone consider a power line as a photographic subject? I did decide to give it a try.

Daily Photo Theme - Fern Friday

Whew, it is going to be hot today! One of Google+ Friday Daily Photo Themes is #FernFriday.

A few photos of local and west coast ferns:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I couldn't resist trying the latest toy from Google+, an optional feature that processes photos that have similar features and combines them into a composite shot.

I realize there are WAY too many animated GIFS posted. They are a bit jarring . I've created a few by hand but it required that I use Photoshop, a program that baffles me.

Since I did have some burst shots, I decided to see what Google+ does with them.

Here they are:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - CATURDAY!

What a novelty, cat photos on the internet, bet you can't find any.

Needless to say it is a popular daily theme and the G+ page link is CATURDAY!

I'm submitting one of Paris as she contemplates killing some bird.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Lighthouse Thursday

Seven years ago, we took a trip to the coast. I wanted to photograph the Cape Neddick Lighthouse.    How can anyone resist seeing a lighthouse? Think of all the postcards and images you've seen of the coast.

What I should have realized about Maine in July was the temperature differential between the hot and humid air and the cold Atlantic. There is a reason that the East Coast Lighthouses have fog horns. Undaunted I took this shot, but there was no swimming that day.

Visit the G+ page for other Lighthouse photos

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Window Wednesday

It's a wet and somewhat cool morning. I'm posting a photo taken aboard the Kingston Ferry in Kingston, WA for #WindowWednesday one of the daily photo themes.

Stay dry!

Monday, May 20, 2013

OMG Flickr has just raised the photo quota!


Remember Flickr? It was an image online website that has been around since 2004. It had some nice features, a RSS feed, storage  of full resolution photos, a huge user base and retention of metadata (unlike Facebook).

Over the years the interface has changed little and has grown rather dated. Google recently updated their Google+ photo presentation as part of Google I/O 2013 and it was beautiful.

I really saw no reason to bother with Flickr anymore for photos. But competition is a wonderful thing. Imagine my surprise to the see the new Flickr which allows a full TERABYTE of storage and a beautiful display of photos.

Click on the graveyard to see the original.

I'm very pleased.

Daily Photo Theme - Moody Monday

What constitutes a mood? Seems to always be a dark subject. G+ page link is Moody Monday.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Daily Photo Theme - Door Sunday

I've always considered doors and window as a good subject for photos. I think it is the idea of a transition from one world into another. Looking back in the archives I was amazed at how many door and window shots I have taken.

Here a scanned transparency taken decades ago. My pick for Door Sunday.

Daily Photo Theme - Sign Sunday

I'm always on the alert for ironic or interesting signs. I went into the archives for this one. The photo was taken in the early 1970s, and I suspect it was a trip to Las Vegas with my Navy Buddies.

My pick for Sign Sunday.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Memorial Day - It could be different

Our town will celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow. I will post photos on one of my "other blogs". However I saw a few things today that caused me to think about the human condition.

Just imagine if we didn't need to have a memorial day? No need to mourn our loved ones killed in wars. Imagine how that would be? I might have known my Uncle that I was named after. I'm not alone with these thoughts.

These are some of the things I saw today. The first entry was written on the garage of the Calnan Studio in Peterborough, NH and the second was taken at Grove Street at the Children's Art Festival.

Daily Photo Theme - Sunrise Saturday

Sunrise at Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod for Sunrise Saturday.

Daily Photo Theme - Bench Saturday

A bench by the Souhegan River in New Ipswich, NH for today's photo theme Bench Saturday.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Olympus Art Filters

My digital photography workflow usually follows this general path:

  1. Shoot in RAW (Olympus files have the file extension .ORF)
  2. Import photos into Lightroom and convert RAW .orf  files into Adobe DNG. I do this to convert the raw file and it's sidecar file into a single Adobe file which is not vendor proprietary. I saw no reason to keep the .orf file around.
  3. In the import procedure, rename the file, add some metadata such as name and copyright info, maybe a few tags.
  4. Process and eventually share via Google+.
However when I got my new Olympus E-PL5 I gave the in-camera Art Filters a try. By selecting art-filtering bracketing, it is possible to take a single photo and get a group of processed photos each with a different filter.

I thought this was a gimmick, but I like the look of some of the photos and even if they can be created in Photoshop, this is just so convenient. My philosophy is that the photo image matters, not the labor in processing it.

However it gets cumbersome to edit which filtered photo is worth keeping. I'm not a fan of in-camera processing. Olympus comes to the rescue with their FREE Olympus Viewer 3 which can do RAW processing. This is great because it allows one to try various filters on a photo and export the one as a TIFF file or JPEG.

I'll be modifying my work flow a bit, keeping those .ORF files around as long as possible. For me it is all about the photos.

  1. Here is an in-camera processed shot of Redbud blossoms (Key Line Filter, my favorite)
  2. A post-processed shot of a local church (Key Line Filter)
  3. Finally the Olympus Viewer Application with filter choices ("Pop" art selected)

Firework Friday - A daily photo theme

There will be no Festival of Fireworks this year. It was an annual event sponsored by Atlas PyroVision Productions in Jaffrey New Hampshire.

Last year threats of violence had caused the event to be cancelled after weeks of preparation. It's a sad commentary that an individual (or individuals) could ruin such a wonderful event.

Today's photo theme is Firework Friday (hashtag #FireworkFriday), but I'm not using a photo from previous  Atlas shows. I've picked one from a show that Mike Deblasio, a specialty masonry contractor hosts right in my hometown. This display was held at the ball field at New Ipswich Athletic Association in July of 2012.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday Photo Theme - Window Wednesday

I reached into the archives for the daily photo theme #WindowWednesday.

When I was stationed at Moffett Field Naval Air Station I was able to catch training flights. Our squadron maintained Lockheed P-3 Orions. These were turbo props filled with Anti-submarine detection equipment.

Travel aboard these was rather interesting. I tried to sleep during the 30 hour flight on the floor under the radar screens. Eventually we arrived in Rota Spain. This is photo I took through a window, probably in November of 1971. I wish I had taken notes.

An Update!

After posting my photo of the man with the broom, my cousin Lisa reminded me of one she took of her husband and son which fits into the window theme.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stone Arch Bridge for #BridgesOverTuesday

The Cheshire Railroad arched bridge in South Keene was completed in 1847. 50 feet high, spanning 90 feet, built under the supervision of engineers Lucian Tilton and W. S. Whitwell. The line it served was officially abandoned in 1972.
I drove by it today and stopped to take a few shots. This is another selection for the photo theme Bridges Over Tuesday on Google+.

Daily Photo Theme - Tree Tuesday

One of my favorite and most challenging photo themes is #TreeTuesday. In spite of living in one of the most heavily forested states in the US, I find it difficult to find a suitable subject.

Ideally it would be some lone windswept specimen on a mountain top. The problem is that I can't find that tree. It is surrounded with a forest. Complicating the matter is the fact that the ice storm of 2008 was absolutely devastating. Eight years later and will still have broken tree tops and and asymmetric specimens.

Saturday I stopped at a local orchard in Greenville, NH. The apple trees are in full bloom and I love the way the trees have been pruned. I chose this shot for the theme.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Leading Lines Monday

Follow the Google+ Page for Leading Lines Monday to see examples of photos based on the concept of leading lines.

I chose this photo because it was a bit more subtle than one might find in Architecture.

This photo was taken at  Washburn's Windy Hill Orchard in Greenville, NH. It's great to see that the apple season is off to a good start.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Photo Theme - Sculpture Sunday (also Zen Sunday)

Sunday is a rich day for G+ Photo themes. Some photos are appropriate for more than one theme.

For example this sculpture fits the theme for Sculpture Sunday and Zen Sunday.

Photo (Scanned Transparency) was shot in the 1970s while I was serving in the Navy.

Birds of Prey Sunday - Daily Photo Theme

Martin  Connolly is director of the New England School of Falconry and Raptor Rehabilitation Center located in Temple New Hampshire.

At the annual Temple Harvest Fair, it is possible to get a close up view of these beautiful birds.

This is a Red-Tailed hawk that I photographed in September 2012. Visit the Google+ page Birds of Prey Sunday to see more birds.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday Photo Theme #RuralSaturday

I don't think of this region as being rural, but I guess it is. I saw a herd of cattle grazing in Greenville, NH.

When I stood by the fence with my camera, it was interesting encounter. I spend most of my time trying to understand my cats. This was different to have this bovine guy (gal?) look back at me.

This photo seem to fit into the Google+ Photo Theme category for #RuralSaturday.


Saturday is CATURDAY! on Google+

Sam and Buster

Photo theme for Saturday - ShroomshotSaturday

My photos of Fungi, Mushrooms and Toadstools.

Check out the G+ page ShroomshotSaturday

Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Theme for Friday - Floral Friday

I can't resist photographing flowers especially spring flowers. After a generally colorless winter it is wonderful to have these appear in the yard.

These are the folks that curate this photo theme on Google+.

+FloralFriday  curated by  +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James+Kiki Nelson

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Photo Theme for Thursday

One of the photo themes for Thursdays are Lighthouses.

I can think of few other structures that are featured in so many photographs. Here are a few picks.

An unnamed lighthouse on Lake Champlain, the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine, Nauset and Highland light in Cape Cod.