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Tanker on Chedabucto Bay, Half Island Cove

One of the most difficult things I phaced, oops, faced last Saturday when I spent the afternoon out driving around was being content with where I was. The theory of being present and the practice of it can have some serious divergences.

Old House, Peas Brook

As you can see in most of the shots it was a cloudy day and what often happens on days like this in winter is the clouds eventually grow heavier and heavier until they blot the sky out completely. Early on in the afternoon I wasn’t especially pleased with the scenes I was finding. Internal pressure mounted quickly as the little voice in my head insistently criticized me. It reminded me over and over that the quality of the sky and light would soon disappear. Versions of the grass being greener (whiter) elsewhere played like a jukebox.

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Whitehead

Snow is falling as I write. An hour ago the flakes were tiny and hesitant, now they are big and coming sideways at the window. They hang for a few seconds then begin to melt. Some bits streak straight downward while other remnants cling or wriggle slowly. An hour from now this snow will give way to rain.

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Half Island Cove (very lightly applied bleach bypass)

So, yet again, I abandoned my database chores without getting far: I made it to October. I came across some shots from Half Island Cove as I finished September and thought I could play with them for a little while then get back to the drudgery of entering keywords. I picked a few. Some had noticeable glow from HDR processing, others seemed too saturated or too dark or too something. When attempting to improve shots I go right back to the originally captured images, run them through the HDR software to generate 32-bit files which then get tonemapped, re-imported, stitched then adjusted before finally being exported and uploaded here.  (more…)

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Shed, Charlos Cove

Hindsight is, of course, always 20/20 and in hindsight I really wish I had added keywords incrementally as I added new photos to the database. I am only good for short bursts when I attempt to do this work. I have progressed from April to being part way through the images taken in September. My worst problem is seeing photos I originally ignored but now seem worthy of attention. When I give in to the impulse to work on something the whole business of keywording once again gets pushed aside and left undone. Today I’m presenting one image with variations. Several of the variations derive from ‘recipes’ I’ve created using a combination of individual filters, while several are presets supplied with the software which I apply and then tweak. I feel it is almost always possible to interpret/present a photograph in more than one way.

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Footbridge, Boylston Provincial Park

Conversion

Carol didn’t need the car so I drove her to her office at 8:30 with the intention of returning home to complete a blog post then go skiing somewhere. Several factors kept me at the computer much too long. By the time I pulled out of the driveway I didn’t have adequate time to go skiing but I had the car and thought I should do something.

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Tanner's sailboat

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass

on a summer day listening to the murmur of water,

or watching the clouds float across the sky,

is hardly a waste of time.

John Lubbock

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Earlier in the week I hiked in the Port Bickerton area. One of the highlights here is the lighthouse (I’m going to use house instead of houses) which I photographed first from far away.

Photo 1 - Port Bickerton

I composed this image to place the lighthouse in the exact center. It’s the white dot 5-6 kilometers away. (more…)

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