Selective Color Project–The Perfect Beer

I took the color image in Paris after a long walk through the city. We stopped for lunch at a cafe and they had Leffe on tap. I had the beer a few times in Belgium from the bottle but the beer on tap was perfect for a hot summer day. The mussels were also very good! Also a good choice for my selective color project.

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The Perfect Beer

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

Remembering Live Music In Pittsburgh

In the summer of 2019 we saw a few concerts. The last one was Peter Frampton at The Benedum Center. We had a busy fall and winter traveling to Europe for a chunk of it and then we traveled to Palm Desert in the beginning of 2020. Never realizing we had seen our last live concert for a while. We already had tickets for 2020 for the symphony and Ringo StarBe which were refunded due to the pandemic. I can’t wait to feel safe enough to sit inside a venue and listen to live music. Until them memories and recorded music will have to do.

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Winter Joy at The Phipps Conservatory

I miss visiting the Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburghthis year especially in the dead of winter in the dead of winter. When your skin is dry and you are cold and chilly it is wonderful to spend an hour or two in warm humidity smelling the blooms of orchids and other fragrant flowers. It’s almost as good as a spa treatment. I have no idea what the actual name is of this orchid but it brought me joy in the cold of winter so to me it is Winter Joy.

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Winter Joy

Selective Color Project–Lunch in Karlsplatz Park Vienna

Another great candidate for my selective color project. A gray afternoon in Vienna made this young lady the only color in the Karlsplatz Park in Vienna.

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Selective Color Project Lunch in Vienna

East Jesus Quality Control

I have published a number of images from Easy Jesus California. Looking through old images I found this one. Like any Art Museum, this place needs to have quality control and this is their ride.

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East Jesus QC