Remembering Becky

Being an instructor allows you to get to know a lot of people for a brief period of time. Becky was one of my photography students at The Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh back in the 1970’s. She was a beautiful soul, almost painfully shy with a dry sense of humor. I have always liked this picture I took of her. Her smile is Mona Lisa like. I reconnected with her briefly a number of years ago on Facebook. Unfortunately she was close to death battling cancer. She died way too young

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Lunch in Porto Azzurro

In 2019 we took a cruise from Barcelona to Rome. One of the biggest surprises of the cruise was the wonderful island of Elba. One of the biggest surprises of Elba was the little village of Porto Azzurro. Every place we had been to had been fairly crowded. Even the port town in Elba of Portoferrio was jumping. However the little village of Porto Azzurro was very relaxed. A lovely place for lunch and a leisurely stroll.

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Selective Color Project–Pari-Roller

Every Friday night in Paris thousands of skaters assemble at 9 p.m. and skate through the city streets into he wee hours of morning. The event is Pari-Roller and is the largest public skating event in the world.Using selective color seems to give almost a 3-D feel to action images of people.

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Pari-Roller

Selective Color Project–Milano Man

As I continue with this project I am searching for images that can be improved with selective color. This one also looks good in full color but by using the selective approach there is no chance of your looking beyond the subject. The contrast makes him almost three dimensional.

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Milano Man

The Missing Peel

It was like a clue from an Agatha Christie novel. I wondered about how it got there and why. Did the one guy steal it from the other’s lunch and hide the evidence? Did a person throw it there? Did a bird drop it from the sky? Was there a monkey in the area? I’ll never know.

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The Missing Peel

American Legion Quemahoning Township

When we stopped to photograph The Trostletown Bridge last week it was hard not to notice the adjacent American Legion Post. All I could think of is how small these war machines were and how cramped the crew space was.

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Flight 93 Memorial Shanksville PA

It was a beautiful day yesterday with a crystal clear blue sky just like on 9/11/2001. It was perfect day to visit the national memorial at Shanksville PA. I learned a lot from the visit. For example, I did not know all the terrorists had first class seats. The exhibit details the events and the 40 brave heroes who saved the US Capitol from destruction. It is sobering to realize how close we were to losing our elected government that day. Congress was in session as the terrorists seized control of the plane and turned it back towards Washington DC. We owe gratitude to the quick action and sacrifice of those who thwarted the attempt.

The tower is 93 feet tall and has forty wind powered bells for each passenger that sacrificed their lives that day. It is a humbling and enjoyable visit and a beautiful monument.

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Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial

Looking Forward to The National Aviary

Now that I am fully vaccinated I am looking forward to visiting my favorite places. Near the top of that list is The National Aviary. We are very fortunate in Pittsburgh to house the largest Aviary in The United States. We are members and usually visit 4 to 5 times a year. We have not been there in over a year due to COVID19

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An Aviary Moment

Feathered Friends

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Improving an Image With Selective Color

I have mostly been using selective color to add emphasis or control eye flow with images that actually stand on their own in full color. Improving a good image.An example would be Girl In The Blue Dress. However it is possible to use the technique to save an image which is not usable in its original form.

I took this picture in Gardin des Tuelleries in Paris France. I love the subject. The guy has been captured in a perfect runner’s motion and is quite interesting and distinctive looking. It is a good moment. However as you can see in the original the surroundings are completely distracting rendering the image not worth of publication even on this blog. I tired just cropping but it still was too “busy” to be considered acceptable. However cropping it to a square and using selective color techniques improved and saved the image creating a successful decisive moment which is always the goal of my photography.

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Forever Young

This was taken at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City in June of 2013. I can see these two like myself riding the Wild Mouse when we were young. Now just glad to be out in the sun, walking and remembering what Atlantic City once was. I worked one summer during the 60’s in Atlantic City driving a Blue Chair on the Boardwalk.The city is constantly reinventing itself, I hope it survives. It has a great beach and boardwalk .

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Forever Young