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Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill is the most photographed location along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gee, I wonder why. It can be found in Virginia near milepost 176. If you ever get a chance, it is definitely worth a visit. I knocked another site off of my bucket list.

Disclaimer: This photograph was post process with Flood by Flaming Pear in order to get the impressive reflection in the water. The day that I was there, it was a bit breezy and the pond was too rough for the photograph that I wanted. So, I made my own!

Member of +BestTopPhotographer +Rinus Bakker

+BTP Landscape Pro curated by +Nancy Dempsey
#BTPLandscapePro

#photomaniausa  

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography

+HQSP Landscape (by  +Terrie Gray +Johnny Minor  +Nicolai Neijhoft +Lani Banadera)
#hqsplandscape 
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Severance Hall

The home of the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio. I made this shot while on a photowalk with the Cleveland Photographic Society last month. It took me a while to process it the way I wanted. Due to the incandescent lights, the scene was too orange. I really wanted to tone down the colors to bring out the aluminum colors in the beautiful ceiling.

Member of +BestTopPhotographer +Rinus Bakker

#photomaniausa   #cleveland   #ohio    #architecture  
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Glow by +Topaz Labs is pretty cool. It lets you bring out your creative side. This is Bella, our Italian Greyhound. She looks so sweet and innocent, but don't you believe it. She's a wild thing, in a good way.

Member of +BestTopPhotographer.com +Rinus Bakker
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Hector Falls as Van Gogh might have done it

I recently bought Topaz Impression, by +Topaz Labs. Very cool software for making artistic versions of photographs. I used one of the Van Gogh presets and added my own modifications to it. With very little work, it really brought out the colors in the original shot.

The original version of this photograph can be seen here: https://plus.google.com/107966882909890746557/posts/dueABdxFxtT

What do you think? Is this a keeper?

#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

+HQSP Landscape (by  +Terrie Gray +Johnny Minor  +Nicolai Neijhoft +Lani Banadera)
#hqsplandscape 

+BTP Landscape Pro curated by +Nancy Dempsey
#BTPLandscapePro

Member of www.besttopphotographer.com +Rinus Bakker

#newyork   #waterfall   #topazlabs  
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Ithaca Falls

A long exposure close-up shot of Ithaca Falls, in Ithaca, New York. I like focusing on the details and all of the tiny flows of water. 

I'll be curious to see how many plusses this post gets. When I posted it on the 500px website, it did quite well. It got badly beat up when I posted it on the Pixoto website.

#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

+HQSP Landscape (by  +Terrie Gray +Johnny Minor  +Nicolai Neijhoft +Lani Banadera   +Aamir Shahzad )
#hqsplandscape 

+BTP Landscape Pro curated by +Nancy Dempsey
#BTPLandscapePro

+Monochrome Monday curated by +Charles Lupica, +HBE, +Jerry Johnson, +Manuel Votta and +Steve Barge
#MonochromeMonday

Member of www.besttopphotographer.com +Rinus Bakker
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Green

An experiment in macro and shallow depth of field. I think that I still need to get closer. What do you think?



+Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins, +Carra Riley, +paul t beard, +David Heath Williams, +Bill Wood, and +Jim Warthman 
#landscapephotography 

Member of www.besttopphotographer.com +Rinus Bakker
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Lines & Color

This is a view down the circular stairs into the area where President Garfield and his wife were lain to rest. This is the Garfield Monument in Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Member of www.besttopphotographer.com +Rinus Bakker

+Photo Mania USA (curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin) 
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Added photos to LPC People's Choice Contest # 6: Sky.

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Barn #51 for my 2013 Barns & Farms photo project

Are you interested in improving your photographic skills in general and your monochrome skills in particular? If so, I highly recommend that you investigate and join the upcoming 52 Shades of Gray photography online workshop. It is FREE. Have a look at this page for more information and how to sign up for it. 

http://plus.google.com/100915972745852925771/posts/iMnsfiTo2PK

The photograph below (best viewed LARGE) is my final project for this mentorship.

This has been an incredible year that has gone by just entirely too fast. Even though the weeks seemed to fly by and I was always wrestling to get the assignments done, there is no way that I would not want to repeat this year again and again. I worked hard, yet learned so much under the expert tutelage and constructive guidance of +Charles Lupica  and his outstanding team of moderators; +Nancy Attwater , +Andy Burke , +Brian Cox , +Brian Dukes , +Ludwig Keck , +Jean Michel Missri , +Travis Rhoads , +Scott Thomas , and the incredible +Joel Tjintjelaar. If you are not following this amazing group of photographers, you are definitely missing out on some high quality art. I also appreciate every one of my fellow classmates who participated on this journey this year. Every single +1 and comment really helped me grow.

The photograph that I am submitting as my final project is one that I posted last week as a part of my Series assignment. However, I did some extra post processing to hopefully make it even more interesting. Throughout this entire year, I have worked on a personal project to capture barns. Too many barns are old, decaying and will not be around for too many more years. Two barns in particular were torn down this past year, that I always said "I'll bring my camera next time." There is no next time now, as they are gone. So, I wanted to document and record as many as I could this year. In many cases, a lot of barns are not painted or the paint has worn off. To me, this is a perfect fit for monochrome photography. Not only do you get a image that doesn't have or need color, but you get a building that nicely fits in with that old antique feeling of "old" photography. One of the things that I like about this photograph is how the trees on the right somewhat balance the barn.

There is so much that I learned about monochrome photography this year. I cannot wait to start in on the next phase called Monochrome Master Class.

Thank you everyone who participated in this learning journey this past year. I look forward to seeing your work in the future. May everyone enjoy happy holidays and have a safe, healthy and happy new year.

Post Processing

Basic adjustments in Lightroom
PhotoShop
   much spot healing of extraneous junk, spots, modern devices
Exported to SEP2
   Applied the Antique Plate II preset, then reduced the vignette amount to 55%.

Search Google and came up with this link for an explanation of various film types:
   http://www.guidetofilmphotography.com/black-and-white-film.html

   Set the film type to Ilford XP2 Super 400 to add some grain to the image.
   Save the changes to a new Preset called "Old Buildings." I never created my own preset before. That is a first!!

After the previous week's post processing, I wanted to add a texture layer and a border layer to make the photo look even older

Imported into Perfect Suite 8
    -Border layer - is the Russell preset, then adjusted by setting the Opacity to 70%, changing the Mode to Darken and setting the Thickness to 9 (closer to the edge). My purpose in adding the border was to make the photo look like it was in a photo album and that the picture had been stained and faded due to age.
    -Texture layer - is the Yellowed Paper Dark preset, then adjusted by setting the Opacity to 69 and Saturation to -23.
    - Antique layer - Autochrome Warm preset, then adjusted by setting Opacity to 58%. This isn't a sepia color. It is a bit more yellow-greenish which I think gives it a slightly more faded look.

Lightroom - Used the Brush tool to darken a few spots in the grass to imply some leading lines.

+Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard +Steven Kennard 
#ohio   #barnsaway  
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