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Kurt Laidlaw
Worked at Science Applications International Corporation
Attended California State University, Sacramento
Lives in University Place, Washington, USA
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I don't usually do composites, but I thought I would try one. The original photo was taken in the stumpery at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, WA

#fantasy #Washington #landscape #fairy #photography   #photomanipulation   #Topaz  
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Breaking out of its shell. 
#bonsai #tree #topazlabs  #topaz #on1
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Now blooming at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, Federal Way, WA
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Christine Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park in winter.
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This is a before/after comparison of a sunset on the Mediterranean using TopazLabs Impression and textures
#topaz #sunset 
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The biggest problem I see with this image is one caused by nature. There are no clouds to add visual interest to the photo. I could go back and add the clouds, but that would not be the scene I saw while eating dinner in southern France. 
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Foss River Trestle near Skykomish, WA. Modified using Topaz Impression plug-in
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Thanks to Brian Matiash for reminding me look at the details. This image wasn't there until I focused. 
#water #stream #washingtonstate  #
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Ludlow Falls, Port Ludlow, Washington

#waterfall #waterfallphotography #naturephotography   #Washingtonstate  
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Camellia 'scented sun'
#flowerphotography   #flowers   #flowerpower   #camellia   #naturephotography   #topaz  
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Thanks Gerald. One of the things I've done with luminosity masking.
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Agapetes blooms
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Tiger at the Portland, OR zoo. 
#tiger #cat #portlandoregon   #NIK  
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Education
  • California State University, Sacramento
    English, 1968 - 1969
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Russian Studies, 1969 - 1976
  • University of Washington
    East European Studies, 1976 - 1978
  • Marymount University
    Organizational Leadership for Innovation, 1998 - 2000
  • Lodi High School
    1963 - 1967
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Amateur photographer who just keeps trying to learn more
Introduction
What's to say, I was born in Lodi, CA (infamous because of a song by Creedence Clearwater), and moved away as soon as I graduated from high school and never looked back. I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War and guarded the back door against those nasty Soviets from the mountains of Bavaria as a Russian linguist. I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Russian studies and started a Master's degree at the University of Washington in East European Studies before returning to the Air Force as an Intelligence Officer. In 15 years in the Air Force I lived in Europe twice. After the Air Force I worked for the military as a civilian for a few years before getting a better paying job with a defense contractor. After 40 years working in the military-industrial complex I retired to follow pursuits that more fit my personality and moral code--volunteering in gardens, working on model trains, hiking in the great Pacific Northwest and photographing the world around me. 

My partner of 19+ years and I will marry in August 2013 now that the state of Washington has seen fit to deem us equal to other married couples. 

There are thousands of stories between the lines in the above. Most of them I can't tell because of my security clearance and some of them are probably not interesting to 99% of the people who read this far.
Bragging rights
Survived Minnesota Outward Bound School.
Work
Occupation
Retired defense contractor
Employment
  • Science Applications International Corporation
    Systems analyst, 1991 - 2011
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
    Intelligence analyst
  • Cruise Missile Support Activity, PACOM
    Mission Planner
  • Air Force Program Office, Boeing
    Logisitics Specialist
  • US Air Force
    Intelligence Officer
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Currently
University Place, Washington, USA
Previously
Alexandria, Virginia, USA - Huntingtown, Maryland, USA - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - Seattle, Washington, USA - Denver Colorado, USA - High Wycombe, England - Las Vegas, Nevada - Rimbach, Germany - Sacramento, California, USA - Lodi, California, USA
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