Month: December 2012

Our Lady

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Our Lady Of The Sea
Our Lady Star Of The Sea Statue

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Our Lady Star Of The Sea Church in Cape May, New Jersey.

Assateague Island Lighthouse

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Assateague Island Lighthouse of Chincoteauge Island Virginia
Assateague Island Lighthouse of Chincoteauge Island Virginia

Built in 1833 to a height of 45 feet, the original Assateague Island Lighthouse wasn’t quite high or bright enough to give vessels adequate warning of the shallow depths off the Virginia coast. Upgrades to the structure were completed in 1867. With a diameter of 27′ 7″, the Assateague Island Lighthouse now reaches 142 feet in height.

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R.I.P. 2012

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R.I.P. 2012

As the end of another year approaches, it’s time to say R.I.P. 2012. We all tend to look for times to bracket our lives and review what changes have occurred over time. The passage of one year to the next is an obvious opportunity to do just that, with reasonable clarity. If you’re like many, you begin a year with great hopes of improving those positive things in your life you think need improving, while mitigating those negative things you despise. As for me, I determined to become a better photographer and more skilled processor of raw data. Well, it seems the more I learn the more I expose new avenues of inquiry. A work in progress, if you please. Admittedly, I’m having a ball! How did things work out for you? Does it really matter? After all, there remains another shot at it right around the corner. You have still the coming year to make your life better. No pressure. Just keep moving because it is in the moving that we realize what a pleasure it is to simply exist, pick up a camera and shoot. R.I.P. might as well be “Rest In Photography.” It’s just that much fun. So, we go at it again in a new year. Ever working. Ever revising. Ever hoping. Ever moving forward.

The image above, R.I.P. 2012, is an HDR photo created from seven exposures with a one exposure value spacing. The image sat on my hard drive for months (shot in 2011) because I thought the clipped highlights, an oversight not realized until later, made the image less than adequate( Note to self, there’s something to work on in 2013). However, as the end of 2012 approached, I figured it might make an interesting “end of the year” shot, notwithstanding the failed exposure. Giving the well worn tombstones the R.I.P 2012 seemed to give the shot new life.  In any event, the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the tools available to the photographer inside of Photoshop made the effort well worth the time. I did learn something in 2012.

R.I.P. 2012.

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Twig

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Twig

Stony Man overlooking the Shenandoah Valley.

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