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50 Shades of Gray meets Blurred Lines

Gee, I hope with that title I don't get sued ... but then, if I do, I'll become famous!

Yes, actually I think this qualifies as a "Landscape" photo.  More on that at the end!

I decided to take a slightly different tact this week and concentrate on something that was a subset of a landscape.  I looked at this and looked at it, then decided it just wouldn't work in color.  I took it to BW, sharpened it in Photoshop, then applied a little help from Silver Efex 2.  And before anyone asks, NO, I didn't add any grain ... Didn't have to!

I don't know if this would stand as an "art" photo in and of itself.  Maybe, maybe not.  Depends on one's tastes.  What I suspect I'll use it for eventually is some sort of background for a photo collection or something.

In any case ... The landscape:  This is a detail shot of a wall in Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  Now you understand why I didn't ADD any grain ... Mother Nature provided enough of that in the sandstone!

If anyone out there thinks it works as a subject in its own right then maybe I'll print it up for a display.  Otherwise, I suspect I'll just keep it around to use as a background/texture layer for a composite.  In any case, I think I did something right since I had FUN doing it!

Have a great day!

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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Thanks to each of you for your comments.  Forgive me, but I've been busy with other (non-photography) projects for several weeks.  I'm back now and I'll try to catch up on my postings!
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Upper Antelope Canyon

When traveling to (or near) Page, AZ, every photographer really needs to add his or her own version a shaft of light from inside Antelope Canyon.  As this is all on Native Lands (Navajo, I believe) you must sign on to a tour group to gain access.  (Hey, no problems!)  If you want to get serious images (i.e., WITH a tripod) be sure to sign on to one of the "photographers" tours and not the "general" tour.  (The general tours are much more crowded and usually do not allow tripods.)

It's a wonderful exercise in light and composition - and likely HDR!  Not to mention, it's just plain fun!!!  Be SURE to take a squeeze bulb to keep your lens clean ~ It gets REALLY dusty in the canyons.  Also, try not to get TOO dizzy looking up!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Mike Carraher

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A City within a City

St Louis Cemetery Number One, along Basin Street, New Orleans, LA.  View of the wall from just inside the cemetery.

I'm told this technically lies just outside the boundaries of the French Quarter ... i.e., the French Quarter ends at Rampart and Basin is one block further from the river.  It seems that at the time of it's establishment the good folks of New Orleans wanted to have the cemetery outside the city for sanitary reasons.  Well, the city grew and today it is very much within city limits.

Some of the other details of how they manage to put so many bodies in each crypt over the years are interesting ... perhaps even a touch macabre!  But it seems to work.  If you ever get a chance to visit the city, be sure to take one of the guided tours through the cemetery to get all the (gory) details.  I simply cannot do it justice here!

It was a grey and gloomy day ... (No, really.  It was!)  I started to take this image all the way to B+W but just wasn't happy with the results.  I decided in the end there needed to be just a hint of color left, particularly in the red bricks.  Just a hint of life as the wall from this city of the dead leads one back into the skyline of modern downtown New Orleans.

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A City within a City

St Louis Cemetery Number One, along Basin Street, New Orleans, LA.  View of the wall from just inside the cemetery.

I'm told this technically lies just outside the boundaries of the French Quarter ... i.e., the French Quarter ends at Rampart and Basin is one block further from the river.  It seems that at the time of it's establishment the good folks of New Orleans wanted to have the cemetery outside the city for sanitary reasons.  Well, the city grew and today it is very much within city limits.

Some of the other details of how they manage to put so many bodies in each crypt over the years are interesting ... perhaps even a touch macabre!  But it seems to work.  If you ever get a chance to visit the city, be sure to take one of the guided tours through the cemetery to get all the (gory) details.  I simply cannot do it justice here!

It was a grey and gloomy day ... (No, really.  It was!)  I started to take this image all the way to B+W but just wasn't happy with the results.  I decided in the end there needed to be just a hint of color left, particularly in the red bricks.  Just a hint of life as the wall from this city of the dead leads one back into the skyline of modern downtown New Orleans.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow   
+Kevin O'Connell +Tom Lussier +David Liu +Arkadiusz Ziomek +Krzysztof Hanusiak
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50 Shades of Gray meets Blurred Lines

Gee, I hope with that title I don't get sued ... but then, if I do, I'll become famous!

Yes, actually I think this qualifies as a "Landscape" photo.  More on that at the end!

I decided to take a slightly different tact this week and concentrate on something that was a subset of a landscape.  I looked at this and looked at it, then decided it just wouldn't work in color.  I took it to BW, sharpened it in Photoshop, then applied a little help from Silver Efex 2.  And before anyone asks, NO, I didn't add any grain ... Didn't have to!

I don't know if this would stand as an "art" photo in and of itself.  Maybe, maybe not.  Depends on one's tastes.  What I suspect I'll use it for eventually is some sort of background for a photo collection or something.

In any case ... The landscape:  This is a detail shot of a wall in Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  Now you understand why I didn't ADD any grain ... Mother Nature provided enough of that in the sandstone!

If anyone out there thinks it works as a subject in its own right then maybe I'll print it up for a display.  Otherwise, I suspect I'll just keep it around to use as a background/texture layer for a composite.  In any case, I think I did something right since I had FUN doing it!

Have a great day!

#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 
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Very interesting and superb Mike.
Wonderful day for you also ☺️
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Mike Carraher

Natural Landscapes  - 
 
 
Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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 Thanks to each of you for your comments.  Forgive me, but I've been busy with other (non-photography) projects for several weeks.  I'm back now and I'll try to catch up on my postings!
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Upper Antelope Canyon

When traveling to (or near) Page, AZ, every photographer really needs to add his or her own version a shaft of light from inside Antelope Canyon.  As this is all on Native Lands (Navajo, I believe) you must sign on to a tour group to gain access.  (Hey, no problems!)  If you want to get serious images (i.e., WITH a tripod) be sure to sign on to one of the "photographers" tours and not the "general" tour.  (The general tours are much more crowded and usually do not allow tripods.)

It's a wonderful exercise in light and composition - and likely HDR!  Not to mention, it's just plain fun!!!  Be SURE to take a squeeze bulb to keep your lens clean ~ It gets REALLY dusty in the canyons.  Also, try not to get TOO dizzy looking up!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Upper Antelope Canyon

When traveling to (or near) Page, AZ, every photographer really needs to add his or her own version a shaft of light from inside Antelope Canyon.  As this is all on Native Lands (Navajo, I believe) you must sign on to a tour group to gain access.  (Hey, no problems!)  If you want to get serious images (i.e., WITH a tripod) be sure to sign on to one of the "photographers" tours and not the "general" tour.  (The general tours are much more crowded and usually do not allow tripods.)

It's a wonderful exercise in light and composition - and likely HDR!  Not to mention, it's just plain fun!!!  Be SURE to take a squeeze bulb to keep your lens clean ~ It gets REALLY dusty in the canyons.  Also, try not to get TOO dizzy looking up!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Most heli pilots like to fly with the doors off when given the chance. Probably would depend on the company's policy but I would be you could find someone out there that would be willing to do that for you. Nothing better than taking photos out of a helicopter! Good luck on your next trip up there!
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