Autumn Leaves (Or: How I did that)

Floating on the creek. (f 5.0, 1/125s, ISO: 64) In this one, the creek is shallow so you can see the shadow on the bottom of the creek. It’s dark in the woods, but a little sunlight came along to help me out. The creek was running fast after the rain so I had to be quick to capture this one. Used an Orton Effect to smooth out the noise and water.

Chloe recently asked about how I get my leaf on water images to come out as they do.  (She was more succinct, asking “How did you do that?”)  I’m including the EXIF data with the photos in hopes that will help explain things.

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Thursday Travels: Playing at Laverty Falls

Back at the top of Laverty Falls. Fundy National Park. New Brunswick, Canada.

Last week, I left off at the top of Laverty Falls after a lovely hike through the woods.

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In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.

~ Carl Rogers

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Distorted.  The photo above was taken on our way to Reeds Gap State Park.  I used Photoshop to add some distortion.

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Moon of Ice

thin wall —
with the moonlight comes
the cold

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Friday reflections

Morning view of the pond. Processed in Photoshop and Picnik.

I was listening to the news while cooking dinner last night and one of the local weather oracles predicted that we would not see real winter temperatures for the rest of winter.  Welcome to seasonal purgatory.  I think Karma summed it up well in this post when she mentioned that it feels like November with no turkey dinner to look forward to.  In case you didn’t follow the link, it will also lead you to Karma’s February Photo Hunt.  Now you’ve had two chances to click.  What are you waiting for?  The more who participate, the merrier.  I’ve been lax of late in participating in some of the photo challenges.  I promise to do better this time around.  It looks like a fun list.

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Wishing you a day filled with love, gratitude, and happiness.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Abstractions and contemplations

In the cave of fire

While getting caught up with my fellow bloggers, I came across Belen’s post, Abstract twirls.  It was timely in that I’ve been playing with fire lately, and turning it into abstract photos.  (If you didn’t click on that link and go see Belen’s abstract twirls, go do so now.  They’re beautiful.  We’ll wait for you.  I promise.) Read the rest of this entry »