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Space Shuttle Discovery

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Chantilly, Virginia

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
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Monument

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

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Late Afternoon In Prague

I'd love to visit again.

Another shot from a short visit in February 2008. There seems to be nowhere in the city that a photographer can't frame some kind of shot. The bigger problem is choosing from so many great compositions.

Processing included #TopazDenoise #TopazDetail #TopazRemask , and #TopazAdjust in #PhotoshopCC2014

#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague
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Morning Sunlight In Prague

It was very cold that morning!

It was cold. The February 2008 early morning tour bus raced us past several sites as our guide pointed them out, but without stopping. It was just as well, since we were still half asleep and no one had much desire get out and play slip-and-slide on the frosty pavement visible through the windows.

Our ultimate goal was the castle and cathedral complex that overlooks the city. Once out of the bus, we could see frost still putting up a brave fight in the shadows, but there were places where the morning sun seemed to be winning. This was one of the first buildings I remember seeing as we walked from the main street toward St. Vitus cathedral. Doubtless it is some kind of government offices or official residence, but the cold temperature kept much information from sticking to my brain. Nice place, though!

Used to process this photo were #PhotoshopCC2014 #TopazDenoise and #TopazAdjust

#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague

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Send In The Marines!

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Another handheld panorama from my visit to Washington, D.C. back in October. Raw files were sent from #Lightroom to #PhotoshopCC2014 to create the panorama, then a couple of heavily masked levels layers to bring the plane out from its surroundings and even out the lighting a bit. A photo filter layer adjusted the color to match the lighting of the scene, and a bunch O' noise reduction with #TopazDenoise finished off the production.

Not too bad for a tiny sensor and shaky hands.

#Travel #WashingtonDC #Smithsonian

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Hand-holding At

The Smithsonian
Air and Space Museum,
Washington Dulles International Airport

I visited Washington, D.C. with some friends back in October. It was a pretty full five days or so, with private guided tours to some locations and other tours booked at the White House and the Capitol.

If you've read many of my posts in the past, it may be understood that my camera is now nearly 10 year old technology. It wouldn't be that big a deal if it was a DSLR, but I'm not into changing lenses, so it isn't.

At the time it was released, the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30 was about as good as it got for a "bridge camera" – a DSLR-like body, great lens . . . and a tiny point-and-shoot sensor that pretty much maxes out ISO 200 – and that is pretty noisy. But that's the camera I have, until I win the lotto.

One of our stops was the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport. It's a big place that takes all day to tour, and there are still things you might miss out on. Fortunately, there's a McDonalds inside.

This panorama was created from three handheld shots that have proved the value of #Topaz plugins for #Photoshop . I began with some Adobe Camera Raw adjustments to even out the lighting on the plane. Also used were #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail , and some other adjustment layers, including a copy of the smooth de-noised version that was further given about a 30 px. gaussian blur, then set to hard light blend mode. To top it all off was a levels adjustment layer masked to darken the foreground and background and make the plane stand out.

So, here it is with a lot to nitpick, maybe, but between the camera and my shaky hands, this is all you get! Enjoy!

#Travel #WashingtonDC #Smithsonian

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Orford Ness Lighthouse

Orford, Suffolk, UK

I took, shall we say, a troubled photo. Underexposed, grainy, full of chroma noise. Yet I kind of liked it and always wished I had done a better job of it.

In the intervening years since the original JPEG capture (D'Oh!) #Photoshop , #Lightroom and various plugins have added marvelous capacity for rescuing what would otherwise be binned photos. I don't know about you, but I depend on that added capacity quite a bit.

This picture was run through Lightroom 5, then passed over to Photoshop CC as a smart object before applying #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail5 and #TopazSimplify , in that order.

#Travel #England #Orford #OrfordNess #Lighthouse

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