Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Our little group spent a day wandering around this place. This shot has its flaws, most especially camera shake, but at this size it looks decent enough, I guess. I used the method #Topaz gave a bit of publicity last week, using a high pass filter and #TopazDenoise to sharpen a noisy photo, and it also helped to disguise some of the camera shake, if you don't look too closely.
I also clone-stamped a couple of people out of the scene, as their presence didn't advance the story in the photo. Also used were #Lightroom5 and Adobe Camera Raw as a filter in #PhotoshopCC . For all the improvements, I still had to do size reduction to hide the very apparent problems- even if you know about them now for having read this far!
#Travel #WashingtonDC #Smithsonian #SpaceShuttleDiscovery
Not sure to whom, though.
I've posted a version of this before. When on a tour bus, one does not always get the choice of angles and composition that might be preferred. This is one of those shots- somewhere between Xian, China, and the Terracotta Soldiers excavation site and museum the bus drove around this under-construction monument. Just before turning right and away, I managed to fire off one shot.
This particular version is a composite. The original sky was empty and sort of a blue-grey-brown. The previous upload of this (http://goo.gl/WDOaAs) used a texture to disguise the plainness of the sky, but this time I thought I'd give it something more interesting from my growing collection of sky shots.
Used in this production were #Lightroom5 , #PhotoshopCC2014 , #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail and #TopazRestyle .
#Travel #China #Xian #TerracottaWarriors
View from a tower.
This is from February 2008 on a brief three day visit to Prague. The view is from the tower at the east end of Charles Bridge.
I really can't describe my delight at having to climb more stone stairs after a day of walking and touring. No! Really! I can't! It was worth it, however, for the views you can't get at ground level.
Processed with #Lightroom5 #TopazAdjust and #PhotoshopCC2014
#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague
A Long Time In The Making
It was 1949 when construction began on this memorial to the Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. The work is financed entirely by private funds. No government funds will be accepted.
The work so far was begun by the late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski who was invited by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear and other Native American Elders to carve the mountain into the memorial. Ziolkowski's family has carried on the work since his death.
It appears that our visit missed a dynamite blast by just three days. That would have been something to see.
*The Memorial is owned and operated by a non-profit foundation with the goal of not only completing the sculpting of the mountain, but the establishment of a Native American education complex and medical training center for Native Americans. More information is available here: http://crazyhorsememorial.org/about-us/
Our visit seems to have missed a dynamite blast by just three days.
This iPhone photo is an example of why you don't want to leave your main camera with its 36-200 zoom lens sitting on a chair in your living room when rushing out the door for a, possibly, once-in-a-lifetime visit to an historical area. Oh well. next time. Minimal processing done in #Lightroom5
#Travel #CrazyHorse #SouthDakota #MountRushmore #RapidCity
Mount Rushmore From The Side
After leaving Mount Rushmore on our way to the Crazy Horse Memorial, there is a spot along the highway where you can pull over to view George Washington's head in profile. It's impressive enough that a stop really is warranted, but you're done in about 15 or 10 minutes.
iPhone 4 photo, adjustments in #Lightroom5 only.
#Travel #MountRushmore #RapidCity #SouthDakota
Not too early, mind you.
This is what you see when you step out of the walkway leading from the parking lot. There are many "unofficial" views of the Memorial visible from the highway and other roads winding through this area the Black Hills. As stunning as those views may be, with few exceptions, you really have to stroll up this walkway to the main viewing area where you can see- relatively speaking- up close.
This is an iPhone photo with minimal treatment in #Lightroom5.
#Travel #MountRushmore #SouthDakota #RapidCity
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
That title is not a typo. From the tour bus parking lot to the grand walkway to the main viewing area of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is this granite walkway that gently curves away as one enters. We were there in the morning, maybe 9:30 or so, and the sun was brightly illuminating everything facing east.
We beat the crowds by several months. "Who goes to South Dakota in December??" people said, when we announced plans a couple of weeks before. The temperature in Rapid City was about 8 degrees below zero (Farenheit) when our reservations were made. Two weeks later, it was actually quite pleasant- in the 40s and 50s in the daytime, even at higher altitudes.
This photo was processed thusly: Straightened and perspective corrected in #Lightroom5 then sent to #PhotoshopCC2014 where it was run through #NIKSharpener (output for display) and #NIKSilverEfexPro2 for the b/w treatment. Original was from my iPhone 4.
#Travel #MountRushmore #SouthDakota #RapidCity
HMS Belfast, that is.
On a warm, clear day in May 2004 we visited the permanently docked HMS Belfast in London. I've always liked this view.
Processed using only #Lightroom5 and exported directly as a JPEG.
#Travel #London #HMSBelfast
A good excuse for not washing the car!
My parking garage space is in the direct path of some air conditioner condensation drainpipes, so during warm weather when entering or leaving, My car gets spattered by my neighbors' drizzle. The other day, as I was coming out of a building, I looked down to my where my car was parked and was amused at what I saw.
As we've discovered from Google Earth photos from space, photos of Mars from space, and many other examples, the human brain tries to make sense of the random patterns observed by our eyes. Often, someone will see a face in the landscape, or some object will suddenly appear to have facial characteristics. It's kind of interesting when it happens unexpectedly.
Here, then, are some "faces" found in the dirt on my unwashed car. There was a bit of help from #Lightroom5 and #PhotoshopCC to enhance what was already there. Straight photos don't always show what the brain interprets in moment of first sight.
In Album Found Faces
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.
This photo was processed in #Lightroom5 and #Nik #SilverEfexPro