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The Masters in Black and White

April 14th, 2009 Posted in Places, Events | No Comments »

Thought I’d try something a little different. I took a few of the pictures from the 2009 Masters and converted them to B&W. With a golf course as colorful as Augusta not a lot of shots would work this way. I had to be a bit selective but I think these look interesting enough.

Scoreboard Pin in Shadow
Phil and the Gallery Silhouette Butler Cabin Tiger

The Masters 2009 pictures

April 9th, 2009 Posted in Places, Events | 3 Comments »

I had the rare opportunity to attend the (windy and cold) Tuesday practice round of The Masters. I took my recently purchased 18-200 VR with me because of it’s versatility. A gallery with a ton of pictures is available to view. Just give it a few minutes to upload. I hope it’s worth it for you.

I’ll post some thoughts on the 18-200 in a few days.

New MacBook Pro and Lightroom 2

March 30th, 2009 Posted in People, Workflow | 2 Comments »

Have my new Mac…finally. The two biggest surprises were 1) how fast this thing runs not only with respect to applications but also to start up and 2) how easy it was to get use to and be productive. There were a few things I had to get straight in preferences and settings. Once I had that, everything else was gravy.

Lightroom 2 is very, very nice. The adjustment brush tool is very slick, easy to use and well worth the upgrade. Below, I just made a few adjustments by adding some exposure to his eyes and also using the “Soften Skin” effect on his face. Within a couple minutes I was thrilled with how easy it was. I’m still considering CS4, but Lightroom 2 has me thinking I can wait a bit longer.

Kid in the swing

Interesting flower thanks to some hue

March 12th, 2009 Posted in Nature | 3 Comments »

I played around with the hue on this one and brought out the color around the edge. Not sure if I’ve overlooked this one from my trip to the UK back in the spring of ‘08 or not. Once I started giving it some extra in PP I think it made this shot even better. I dropped the green saturation as well to make the color pop even more.

UK Flower

Get your free Blackberry Wallpaper for the 8830 and Storm

March 12th, 2009 Posted in Equipment | 1 Comment »

Anyone wanting some free wallpaper sized for your Blackberry 8830 (or Curve) or your Storm, look no further. The horizontally cropped are for the 8830/Curve and the portrait are for the Storm - obviously. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Just navigate to this page on your Blackberry and you can dowload any pic and set it as your wallpaper. If you have any problems, please post a comment and I’ll be glad to help.

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Cruz Allen Malbec

March 8th, 2009 Posted in Things, strobist | 4 Comments »

What a very good bottle of wine. I got this as a gift for Valentine’s day after I raved about a glass of Malbec my wife and I had at Ombu restaurant in Winston-Salem. Never having heard of Malbec before, I took the waiter’s recommendation and loved every drop.

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Winter in North Carolina

March 7th, 2009 Posted in Nature | No Comments »

A week or so ago (it’s 75 now) we had a quick blast of snow. The most we’ve seen down here in years. A whopping six inches. For a Pennsylvania-born boy, it wasn’t much to me but it was fun to get out for a day. Here are a few shots from that day. Is it me, or is the sky just that much more blue on colder days? These shots were not heavily post processed.

Carolina Snow

Carolina Snow

Carolina Snow