Delicate Arch Revisited

I recently came across this image and edited it NIK editing tools and Adobe Photoshop.

If you have never been to Arches National Park, you should think about making the trip. The spectacular views are primarily sandstone and eroding away. The Park Service thought about covering some of the formations with a clear polyethylene chemical but abandoned the idea as environmentally unsafe.

Although there are signs everywhere telling people to not climb on the rocks and stay on the paths, there are a lot of idiots that ignore this and are helping the natural process of erosion with the death of a million touches. Park Rangers fear that Delicate Arch may not last too much longer and although there are many other spectacular views in the park, the collapse of Delicate Arch will be a sad event so see it soon.

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Delicate Arch Revisited

Owen Reflected

When my future son in law first visited us in the Pocono Mountains he did not have his now world famous beard. His beard has absolutely nothing to do with this picture. We took him and my daughter to Grey Towers in Milford Pennsylvania. The famous house of Gifford Pinchot.

There had been heavy rain the night before and I took this picture of tree reflections in a small pond. I didn’t realize Owen was even in the picture. My recent image, Upside Down in Mexico has caused me to revisit old pictures of reflections. This one takes on a surrealistic feel when turned upside down and cropped.

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Owen Reflected

Before Photoshop #4—Peggy’s Cove NS 1980

One of the last composites I ever made in the darkroom. This is actually a triple burn. I used part of an image I took in Peggy’s Cove. There were so many birds around yet I didn’t capture any in the frames I shot. The sea gull was from an image captured in Lake worth Florida and the other birds were from a picture taken in the Bay of Fundy on Rugby Neck NS.

The image was created in my darkroom in State College PA.

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Peggy’s Cove NS

Before Photoshop #3—Made in Pittsburgh 1976

Before Photoshop not all the magic was created in the darkroom. This multiple exposure was done in the studio using a Nikon F3 camera. It took hours to get it right, not the minutes it would take today with Photoshop. The client was Corning Glass and it was created in my studio in Pittsburgh.

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Wine Glass

Before Photoshop #2—Made in Pittsburgh 1977

I had done a number of darkroom composite pieces in monochrome but this was the first one I did in color. Color photographic paper was expensive in the 1970’s but this was a fairly easy blend since the skies in both images were similar in tone. I was able to complete it with only wasting one piece of paper. The airplane was taken at the old Pittsburgh Airport, The buildings are on Worth Street In Palm Beach Florida.

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Worth Street–Palm Beach Florida

Before Photoshop #1—Made in Pittsburgh 1976

This image was created the old fashion way, in a darkroom. The pelican was photographed off Lake Worth Pier in Palm Beach County, Florida. The beach was photographed in Waves North Carolina along the Cape Haterras National Seashore
The image was created in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1976.

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Pelican Darkroom Blend

Ghosts of Köln

Years ago I learned the basics of blur motion photography. Placing the camera on a tripod and using a slow shutter speed allows you to create blurred motion on a still background. If you pan with the movement you will create another type of blur effect like this one entitled Running Deer. I have often thought of this process as creating ghosts.

While relaxing in Köln on the waterfront I decided to try to make some “ghosts” using a monopod. A lot of my attempts didn’t work. A monopod is not as good as a tripod but I still managed to capture a couple of ghosts.

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Ghosts of Köln

Ghosts of Köln

Ghosts of Köln