Really. I need this thing that doesn't exist!
A smoke alarm that can distinguish between my house burning down and my toast being dark enough. That's all. Nothing more. And I need it badly.
Guardians of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle has a long and interesting history. It has been the location of many Royal weddings as well as even more Royal burials. Among those buried there are included Kings George III, IV, V and VI, as well as another King George V of Hannover. Recent interments in the chapel have included the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, and her mother, Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Historical figures buried there include Henry VIII and one of his wives, Jane Seymour. See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_George's_Chapel,_Windsor_Castle#Royal_Vault
This photo is actually only a quarter or so of the original JPEG frame- just another example of finding the photo I should have taken after it was too late.
I have no idea what filters or other applications were used on this besides Lightroom and Photoshop. It's been quite a while since my original processing, and I added a little more tweaking in the current version of Lightroom for this export.
Xian, China – April 2009
The day we visited the #GiantGoosePagoda in #Xian , the skies were a uniform grey. Most everything was dulled in the shadowless light. I had an idea that I would take a series of hand-held shots to make into a vertorama later, but . . . well, I missed a bit here and there and it didn't work out the way I envisioned. Here, then, is the "central" photo of the series.
The Summer Palace, Beijing – April 2009
On our first day in Beijing we were taken by bus to the Imperial Summer Palace. This is a large complex, bigger- I think- than the Forbidden City. It is situated beside a lake, and the surroundings are quite beautiful.
One interesting thing about this place: the lake is man-made- and the mountain upon which the castle sits was created from the soil and rocks that were dug out of the ground to create the lake. Now that's a landscape project!
There's another version of this photo in the China album, but I decided to take another run at it, since both Photoshop(CC) and its plugins are much improved in helpful technology since I did the previous one.
There were problems with the original raw file stemming primarily from the tiny sensor in the camera. That, and my marginal skills. D'Oh! Good thing I know a bit about #PhotoshopCC !