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Week 18 #20 HDR

Several years ago during a photoshop class the instructor taught us how to process an HDR image.  The process seemed pretty simple and one I thought would come in handy. Well, 2 years later and this weeks photo is the first one I have processed since that class.  To achieve an HDR photo the following steps need to be taken.  The first photo shot is underexposed by 2 stops, the second is properly exposed and the third is overexposed by 2 stops.  Photoshop does a wonderful job of combining the three into this HDR image taken of the sunset and pier at Hart’s Landing in Sarasota.

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Week 16 #40 Shot w/Polarizer Filter

For the past two years my friend Roxana and I have been in charge of the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club Field Trips.  Once a month we have organized a trip for our members to numerous locations within a 2 hour drive from Lakewood Ranch.  On our first trip we gathered near UTC mall in Sarasota and photographed a variety of colorful displays of Christmas lights.  On our final trip a week ago took us to Hart’s Landing in downtown Sarasota.  Close to 30 of us spent an hour and a half photograhing one of the most amazing sunsets I have witnessed  so far this fall. The never ending display of colors did not disappoint.  I took this shot about half way through the evening with a newly purchased polarized filter.  I like the way it darkened the water and upper clouds, cut down on the brightness of the sun but still highlighted the colorful sky.

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Week 12 #15 f/4 or Lower

Last weeks post featured a photo and information about the 2017 World Rowing Championship held in Sarasota, FL.  Events like this also have numerous vendors set up to sell just about anything you can think of related to rowing.  I was particularly interested in the displays of boats.  Years ago the row boats were made from wood and often hand made.  Today they are manufactured from composite reinforced plastic.  The average weight of a 27 foot boat is only 30 pounds.  I captured this f/4 shot of the interior of a single boat complete with shoes!

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Week 11 #28 My First Visit To a Rowing Competition

In Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Parks, history began with the construction of Interstate 75 back in 1968-70.  Dirt removed to help build the Interstate left over a 400 acre lake.  Today the 600 acre park offers residents a 3 mile bike/walking trail around the lake, a playground, picnic area, fishing and a first class venue for Rowing Competitions.  In late September over 900 rowers from 69 countries arrived to participate in the 2017 World Rowing Championships.  I spent several hours with a friend one afternoon for “My First Visit To a Rowing Competition”.

I was impressed with this world class event and witnessed one race right after another. The award ceremonies were similar to the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals complete with the playing of the winning competitors national anthem.

The winner of this male single event blew away all of the competitors crossing the finish line with ease.

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Week 7 #Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather

Hurricane Irma hit Florida with a bang last weekend.  Lives were lost, many are still without power and sadly no house to go home to.  My heart is aching for my fellow Floridians for the loss and pain so many of them are going through.  I feel so fortunate that my home and neighbors only experienced minor tree damage.  The skies are crystal blue now with a scattering of clouds picture perfect, it’s so hard to believe only days ago we were all hunkered down while Irma unleashed her fury.

While driving in my development I found a very large oak tree blown over from the high winds.  Sadly a perfect photo op to fulfill the Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather theme.

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Week 6 #Documentary

As I write this, millions of  Floridians are preparing for Hurricane Irma to make up its mind what path of unprecedented destruction it will make.  I spent an hour at the grocery store stocking up with ice and other supplies yesterday and several hours today looking for batteries and drinking water.  This is my first hurricane experience and I find it difficult to know who to pray for!  I don’t want it to harm my community but I certainly don’t wish it to harm others.  I drove above Interstate 75 this afternoon, to fulfill the “documentary” theme, and witnessed the line of evacuees heading north.  It appeared they were averaging 30 to 40 miles an hour.  They are in for a long drive to safety.

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Week 47 #13 Infrared

Infrared photography has started to become very popular.  Trees and grass in color photos turn white almost resembling snow.  I have a friend who converted an older camera to Infrared and she has produced some really interesting photos.  Since I don’t have an Infrared camera, for this theme I found the how to steps online to achieve Infrared in Photoshop.  First of all, this is a HUGE step forward for me to follow directions of any kind about using Photoshop.  I have been to several workshops, had friends sit with me and show me different things,  I bought one of Scott Kelby’s Photoshop books after attending one of his workshops but, I have never left my comfort zone to try doing any type of processing besides the basic stuff.  So I am giving myself a big pat on the back for finally trying something new on my own!

Below, I have included the original photo taken in downtown Sarasota.  I really liked the vines on the building and they were just beginning to show some signs of green leaves.  Also, I left the few palm fronds on the top right side of the photo to help add a little interest when the photo was processed.  The second photo is the final product.  I preferred the image converted into B&W.

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