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Charles Lupica
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Here's a begonia on-black for my #OnBlackCollection .  I took this yesterday morning on my porch.  

This was processed in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom +Adobe Photoshop and +Nik Collection by Google. The flower was well isolated from the surrounds in-camera.  In Photoshop I made a mask to completely mask the background.  In #SilverEffectsPro2   #SEP2  I used a "standard" Fine Art filter and a light selenium tone. I then added a vignette filter in #ColorEffectsPro4   #CEP4  and a Darken / Lighten filter. Back in Photoshop, I cleaned up a few spots and some edges I didn't like.  Back in LightRoom, I made a couple of final tweaks and exported the image. 
 
Well, for the time being I've given up looking for a used Canon 5D Mark II.  I had bough one but the base was warped from mistreatment. Luckily, I was able to return it to the store where I bought it.  Instead, I bought a new 7D Mark II for my wife and a new Canon EFS 10mm-18mm macro zoom to go with it.  I got her hand me down, a Canon 7D. It's not nearly as cool as the 7D Mark II and not as versatile as my, now officially dead, Canon 5D Mark II.  I thought about buying a Canon 5D Mark III but it's lack of GPS and wi-fi made it less than compelling.  I think I'll wait to see what the Canon 5D mark IV has to offer. [ Rumored to be in the works for 2016 ] 

With the new lens, I have a comparable field of view to my old 5D Mark II with the 16mm-35mm attached.

#cwlupicaphotography   #256ShadesOfGray   #onBlackCollection   #BlackAndWhiteFineArt   #FineArtPhotography   #OnBlack  

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#floralfriday +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner
#AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood

#artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala and +Krzysztof Felczak 
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#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Terrie Gray, +Robert Vierthaler, +Albert Vuvu Konde, and +Stefanie Schächtel
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While all the guitars gently weep... I weep too - seeing this, and knowing the EMP only from the outside ;) Wonderful perspective!
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Here's another image from my Olympic NP.

I was out on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington over the weekend doing some scouting for 2016 workshop locations. This panorama was taken with my little Fuji XP80 Point and Shoot camera. It was stitched in #AdobePhotoshopCC and processed in #AdobeLightroom and #NIKCollection #SEP2 #CEP4.

#cwlupicaphotography #256shadesofgray #RubyBeach #OlympicNationalPark #PacificNorthWest #Washington #USNationalPark

#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday (no curator currently)

#moodymondayphoto #moodymonday +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly
#sepiasaturday +Sepia Saturday curated by +Renee Stewart Jackson
#DesertSandDay +DesertSandDay curated by +Tuan Le
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#artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala and +Krzysztof Felczak
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#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography
curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner
#landscapephotos +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
#lowanglephotography +* curated by +Jeremy Lavender
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola
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I was out on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington over the weekend doing some scouting for 2016 workshop locations. This panorama was taken with my little Fuji XP80 Point and Shoot camera. It was stitched in #AdobePhotoshopCC and processed in #AdobeLightroom and #NIKCollection #SEP2 #CEP4.

#allthingsmonochrome #monochromemonday #cwlupicaphotography #256shadesofgray #RubyBeach #OlympicNationalPark #BestTopPhotographer #BTPLandscapePro #LandscapePhotography




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Hey, if you're like me, you're still struggling to really understand how and when to use collections, aargh. It's so confusing and so much trouble that you have to wonder who designed it - must have been an engineer because it couldn't possible have been a UI designer.

This weekend I went camping on the flanks of Mt Rainier. It was a cool place to go on the hottest weekend so far this year (dual meaning intended - lol).

This was taken around 9:00 am on the banks of Tipsoo Lake. I used a 10 stop Neutral Density filter with a very small aperture [ f/22 to get plenty of depth of filed and to reduce the light so that I could get a full 30 seconds of exposure ].  I was fairly low, about 1 meter high.  I wanted to be low enough to capture a complete reflection but still get the horizon close to lower "power line" of the "rule of thirds".  The sky was a rich blue; which really helps when you do the conversion to Black and White.  By adding a red filter in Silverver Effects Pro 2, the blue translates to a rich gray grading to black at the top. 

When I first processed this in Color Efex Pro 4 #CEP4 , I was sure I would need to share this in color. But when I converted it to B&W I knew this was meant to be shared as a Fine Art Monochrome.

The choice between color and B&W is always a difficult choice. I was pondering this I was swinging back and forth in a hammock looks up at the dappled sunlight in the pine boughs above me. I had an epiphany as I swayed gently under the trees. No matter how dedicated you are to doing Black and White Fine Art Photography you have to feel it.  A scene has to speak to you as an artist.  It has to say, this is it. My Intent from the start was to convert this to Black and White.  I knew the rich blue sky would translate to a rich gray grading to black. But until you do the conversion, you can't be sure the magic is there. 

#cwlupicaphotography #USNationalPark #MtRainier #Washignton #NationalPark #NikCollection #SEP2 #256SOG #256ShadesofGray
#Blackandwhitefineart

#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell
#AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica, +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood

#artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala and +Krzysztof Felczak
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy, +Luca Ferroglio, +Craig Loxley, +Dorothy Pugh, +Jesse Martineau, and +David D
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S., +Оксана Крысюкова, +Nader El Assy, and +Lammert Doddema
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography
curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner
#landscapephotos +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola
#PhotoManiaUSA +Photo Mania USA curated by +Jack Stepanyan
#BTPLandscapePro+BTP Landscape Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Nancy Dempsey
#BTPMonochromePro+BTP Monochrome Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jesse Martineau
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It seems that whenever I have something to say about Google Plus I end up losing a lot of followers. Invariably it seems that I get dropped from whatever G+ promotional list I was on. Since I already seem to be in the doghouse with Google Plus I might as well take a swipe at them anyway.

Once again, for no reason other than change, Google seems to have completely revamped how we upload and share photos. If I didn't have so much time and energy invested in Google Plus I think I'd just stop using G+. Churn, churn, churn.

I hate change. I wish it were all a bit more evolutionary and less radical change. I could deal a lot better with a slowly changing system but I hate these big changes in paradigm.

I guess I'm just an old curmudgeon but I don't need some universal platform to spam the world from. All I really want is a decent place to share my art and my technique. With this new photography features I now have to choose to share to G+, aargh. I no longer have folders. I now must put everything into a "collection". I have a few things I'd like the program managers at Google to collect.

I suppose this rant is only slightly colored by the fact that this image is the very last image my Canon 5D Mark II is likely to take, ever. The on / off switch broke and Canon won't fix it unless they fix everything imaginable at the same time. I'm told they won't do a "partial" repair. They'll only return it to factory specs. They want $1300 to do that. It looks like I'll have to see if one of the local, non Canon shops can fix it. If not, it might be time for some Camera DIY.

aargh.

Oh well, I'm glad that May is almost over. I hope June brings better skies.
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I was out in western Washington photographing the Palouse region.  The Palouse is known for its incredible rolling hills, usually in shades of green and brown. So the challenge, as is often the case for me, was to capture the Palouse and bring the richness of the landscape to a Black and White print. This image was taken from Steptoe Butte in the late afternoon. 
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I went to the Bellevue Washington botanical garden with my wife yesterday. The Iris are in full bloom.  
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+Jasna Dominić Thank you
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Ko-Kwal-Alwoot, Samish Indian statue of the Maiden of Deception Pass. Samish Indian mythology speaks of a maiden long ago who wed a sea spirit in order to save her people from starvation. It seems he rather liked her and threatened to take away the abundant sea life in the area if she refused to marry him. Legend says that you can still see her hair flowing through the waters of Deception Pass; where she lives eternally ensuring abundant food for her people.

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The other day I shared a monochrome image of Mt Rainier. Here's a blue hour image taken the night before.

This is a 3 minute and 30 second long exposure image of Mt Rainier, taken from the road above the lake. [ The other picture was taken at the lake side. ]


Since +Kari Johnson likes color, this is for you. :-)

#MtRainier #MtRainierNationalPark #USNationalPark #National Park #WashingtonState #cwlupicaphotography #BlueHourPhotography #Photography

#longexposurethursday +LongExposure Thursday curated by +Francesco Gola , +Luca Gerardi
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Here's a wonderful B&W image from +Tom Hierl 
 
Tree and Whale Bones, Point Lobos,State Preserve, Carmel, California

We spent an afternoon at Point Lobos during the workshop I took last week.At Whaler's Cove, they have an exhibit about whaling history. I liked the way the whale bones complimented the shape of the tree for this shot.

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Dorothy Pugh +Jesse Martineau +David D +Mike Hankey +Leo Schubert
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+ShowYourBestWork  curated by  +Britta Rogge #showyourbestwork
+Stunning Moment  curated by  +Alycia Tsai +Britta Rogge +Zvonimir Fras
+Natural World - (previously Landscape Photos)  curated by  +Robert SKREINER
+HQSP Promotion  curated by  +Anja Wessels #hqsppromotion
+Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  curated by  +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional
+BTP Landscape Pro  curated by  +Rinus Bakker +Nancy Dempsey #BTPLandscapePro
#nikon  #nikonusers
+Monochrome World  curated by  +andi rivarola #monochromeworld
+Monochrome Arty Club  curated by  +abhishek chamaria +JR Snyder Jr +June Penn +Seth Mayer +Steve Tang #monochromeartyclub
+All Things Monochrome  curated by  +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Bill Wood +Dorian Stretton #allThingsMonochrome
+Black and White Fine Art Photography Gallery  curated by  +Joel Tjintjelaar #BWFineArtLE
+Black and White Photos  curated by  +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron +Salvatore Ferrante +Andrea Erbifori #blackandwhitephotos
+BTP Monochrome Pro  curated by  +Rinus Bakker +Nancy Dempsey +Jesse Martineau #BTPMonochromePro
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+Charles Lupica Thank you so much for your kind words and share.
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  • University of Florida
    Geology, 1976 - 1981
  • University of Colorado at Denver
    Computer Science
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Photographer: One frame at a time, I discover my world™.
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Photography is the currency we use to connect™

About Me
Black and White photography evangelist at 256 Shades of Gray. International award winning photographer.  Photography Workshop, photowalk, and photography tour leader. 

International award winning photographer
International Photography Awards ( ipa ) Gold Medal winner for the commercially produced book, "Grand angle sur la Collégiale de Neuchâtel". IPA honorable mention 2014 for the series, L'Eglise Rouge'. 

"Beta member of G+"

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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A cool circle I was in
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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