A “Hairy” Orchid at The Phipps

Since moving back to Pittsburgh we tend to visit the Phipps Conservatory regularly. In the winter they have the Orchid Show and each year I have taken photos of this spectacular orchid but the light has never been right to capture one of the visual details.

The orchid has tendrils that look like fine hairs. This year the light was perfect and I am finally able to say that this orchid needs a shave! These are the jokes folks.

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Hairy Orchid

How Do You Celebrate Martin Luther King Day?

Today is a different sort of holiday. It is of course a celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr but it is hard to celebrate his life without feeling sorrow for the way his life ended. Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum this year was eye opening for me. Even though I have been alive for a lot of the civil rights movement it was an emotional visit.

So if you can’t get there in person, you can spend a few minutes of their web site learning something new and maybe planning for a future visit. Enjoy your day off but spend a moment or two acknowledging the life of a great American.

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Mexican Dancer Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools.This group of performers were outside the archaeological ruins in Tulum Mexico. They were trying to solicit people to have their picture taken with a huge snake. I found them to be colorful performers.

The problem with the original image is that it was taken quickly and the focus seemed soft. To correct this I edited it with the edge tool and HDR tool form NIK. The result is an acceptable candid image although not worthy of my commercial site.

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Mexican Dancer Revisitedy

The Old Oyster House Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools. This is one of the first images I ever took with a cell phone. When I returned to Pittsburgh five years ago one of the first places I visited was Market Square which had changed dramatically in my 35 year absence. One thing that seemed unchanged was The Original Oyster House.

I took this image while sitting at the bar. It was in color but thought it should really be a monochrome image so I edited it with the NIK Silver Imaging tool.

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The Old Oyster House

Another Florida Brown Pelican Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools.We had spent the morning at John’s Pass Village near Madeira Beach Florida shooting Pelicans. It was a beautiful day but we were not there at the optimal time and the colors were washed out from the late morning sun. Hence I never edited or published any of the images.

Earlier this week I edited another image taken on this day and converted the image to monochrome creating a pelican portrait. I thought I might be able to save this washed out image by converting it to HDR. HDR brought out the whitecap reflections and made the image interesting and worth sharing.

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Another Brown Pelican

Mystery Bird at John’s Pass Village

In the cold winter months I spend a lot of time reviewing and editing images. It’s warmer inside. I never shared this image before because I really don’t know what kind of bird it is. Maybe it i some sort of Ibis?

The image was taken at John’s Pass Village in Maderia Beach Florida. There are a lot of fishing boats there and hundreds of pelicans so I am assuming this little guy is also a fisher.

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Mystery Bird

Brown Pelican Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools.We had spent the morning at John’s Pass Village near Madeira Beach Florida shooting Pelican’s. It was a beautiful day but we were not there at the optimal time and the colors were washed out from the late morning sun. Hence I never edited or published any of the images.

In revisiting the images I wondered what if they were black and white and I just let the sky go white. It would almost be like having a flying pelican in the studio. I used the NIK Silver tool to recreate the image and I like the new version. This is why I believe that no matter how much shooting I do it pays to revisit old images.

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Brown Pelican in Flight