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Charles Lupica
Attended University of Florida
Lives in Redmond, WA
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Yellow tulip on black





Over the past few years, I have shared many of my "on black" images and some techniques for creating on black images while out shooting in nature.  Normally I do this by carrying a black satin cloth in my camera bag.  This time, however, I shot the tulip on a very gray sky.  The well defined edges of the tulip allowed me to select and remove the gray sky. 

For processing, I exported the image from Lightroom to +Adobe Photoshop In Photoshop CC, I created a new layer via Color Effects Pro 4, part of the #nikcollection  from +Nik Photography.  I then applied  a series of luminance masks, provided by +Marie Richardson. For the final processing, I  applied an "Orton Effect" action from Jimmie McIntyre to a flattened composite. I also stretched the stem to improve the balance of the composition and did some small tweaks in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 

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Simple y magnifica!.
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This peak is called Feejoch and the smaller peak to the right is the Matterhorn, or as the Swiss French call it, Le Cervin. The picture was taken on the terrace of a Tea Room in Riederalp; which is actually a long way from the Matterhorn.  It is however, situated right next to the Aletsch Glacier, the largest Glacier in Europe.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aletsch_Glacier

I can't remember the processing I did on this even though it was just last night.  I can say I used #silverefexpro2 +Nik Photography. I do remember adding a slight selenium tone to it.  I also added more sharpening than usual because there's a lot of distance between the camera and the mountains and that tends to soften the image. Adding more sharpening means adding more noise, in general.  Because of the extra noise I added some noise reduction to the sky using the brush in Lightroom.  I was cropped in lightroom. 

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I was out hiking with my dog this afternoon and I wanted to get a shot of this farm.  The farm is also a BnB and a client of mine.  I may give her a copy of this as it wasn't commissioned but I think she'll like it. 

BnB Les Gümmenen at Tete de Ran in the Swiss Jura.  I hope you'll find this to be a good example of leading lines and the rule of thirds.

Processed in NIK CEP4 - Tonal Contrast
Spot removal in PS CC
Cropped, adjusted, noise reduction and export via Lightroom CC. 



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+Elles Swarttouw This in the Swiss Jura and it is very pretty at just about any time of year. 
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I was going through some old photos (2010) and I came across this picture of a musician in a guggenmusic band.  I thought this would look great so I processed this in B&W trying to emulate the great work on my friend +Marie LAIGNEAU.  If you haven't seen her street photography, you're missing a real treat.  
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+Anna Rimovska Thank you.
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Thank You +Andreas Levi When I saw the fence, I just knew I needed to find the right angle to get it in the picture. 
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Some of you may recognize this iconic mountain as Mt. Rainer; which dominates the Seattle skyline on a clear day.  I took this picture close to 20 years ago on a business trip from Seattle to San Francisco. I flew this route many times but only saw "The Mountain" like this once.

I've been a bit scarce lately and may get even more scarce.  I'm neck deep, and I do mean neck deep in moving boxes, old furniture and stuff I've moved once too many times. 

Over the coming weeks, and possibly months ( aargh), I'll be packing, moving, cleaning, painting, and leaving Switzerland to make my way back to Seattle.  Leaving Switzerland is incredibly expensive and incredibly involved.  I can't move until I have an address and, even then, the movers won't come until the local authorities clear me for leaving.  

My wife is the vanguard and she arrived in Redmond, Wa last week. She found us an apartment, bought a car, got insurance and is trying to get re-acclimated to being in the Pacific Northwest. Being out of the country means we have a credit score of Zero.  That's better than a bad score but only by a little. While I'm here trying to finish up so my son and I can leave, she'll be wading through the bureaucracy to try to get the essentials we need, including an address for the movers. 

So, if I'm not here on G+ very much, you know I'm buried in a pile of stuff wondering how I got so much worthless junk and how to get rid of it, or perhaps Ill be on a plane somewhere. 

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Charles
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Photographer: One frame at a time, I discover my world™.
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About Me
Internationally published fine art, stock image, and independent photographer living in Neuchâtel Switzerland.  

International award winning photographer
1st place winner for my book, "Grand angle sur la Collégiale de Neuchâtel", in the 2013 International Photography Awards ( ipa )

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Founder and curator of many photography themes on G+.  I have curated 

  • Food Friday 
  • Monochrome Monday
  • Sacred Sunday (founder)
  • Wide Wednesday Panoramas (founder)
  • All Things Monochrome
  • Black and White landscape Wednesday ( closed)
  • European Photo 
Of these, I'm still associated with Sacred Sunday and All Things Monochrome.

I founded 3 photography communities on G+
  • 52 shades of gray - monochrome photography workshop ( by invite only)
  • Sacred Sunday 
  • Black and White Photography

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Email: clupica at lupicas dot com

(sorry about the breaks in the name but I'm trying to avoid spam)

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2012 Black and White Fine Art Photographers

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Author of the international award-winning book, "Grand angle sur la Collégiale de Neuchâtel" published by Alphil Editions, www.alphil.ch
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  • University of Florida
    Geology, 1976 - 1981
  • University of Colorado at Denver
    Computer Science
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