From the monthly archives: "December 2011"

Image Stabilization

I shoot almost all my photos in bracketing mode.  Not always with the intention of making and HDR photo, but just because it is easier than changing settings between each photo.  This comes with the side effect that, I can make and HDR out of something I did not intend in the first place.  A good amount of my shots are taken “off hand”, so I use the Image Stabilization.  I use Photomatix during my HDR workflow and use the align images feature since I shoot off hand.  When I shot using a tripod, I would turn off the align images, but the images would still be blurry as if they were not aligned.  I began investigating and noticed that the first shot in my bracket was off just a little compared to the other two.  I turned off IS and this seems to fix the problem and increase the clarity and sharpness of the photos.

The Plane and Rocket

Today’s Photo:  The Plane and Rocket

Exploring the U.S. Space and Rocket Center was lots of fun.  I enjoyed seeing the progression of the space and rocketry program.  It is amazing to see how something conceived as a dream made it into …Continue Reading Here…

Name that Lily

Today’s Photo:  Name that Lily

I have had this photo for quite a while now.  Where I live now, the previous owner had a flower garden.  I am not good with flower names, so I asked my wife what this was.  She immediately identified it as a lily, more …Continue Reading Here…

The SR-71 Blackbird

Today’s Photo:  The SR-71 Blackbird

I had a little fun reprocessing some old images. I took this one of the SR-71 “Blackbird” at the Udvar-Hazy center of the Air and Space Museum. I published the first edition in May… The Blackbird. Pretty cool how a few months can change …Continue Reading Here…

Swamp Gun (Nineteenth Battery)
Today (Tuesday) was lots of fun.  A dramatic trip to Chickamauga National Battlefield Park (a continuation of the “Silent Guns of the South” series) and the Tennessee Aquarium.  I did the unthinkable at the aquarium though…I left the camera in the car.

Today’s Photo:  Swamp Gun (Nineteenth Battery)

I was driving down the road which passes through the center of Chickamauga National Battlefield when I saw this line of cannons at the edge of a field.  The cannon were not pointed into the field like …Continue Reading Here…

Christmas Reflection

Today’s Photo:  Christmas Reflection

Okay, I could not resist posting another shot of Christmas lights.  I was out most of the day on Christmas day.  On our way home, we passed through downtown Cartersville after dark and I saw this tree in the middle of town.  Having been …Continue Reading Here…

The Christmas Tree

Today’s Photo:  The Christmas Tree

Wow, what a busy day.  I can’t think of many more days which have been as nonstop as today has been.  A few minutes after getting everything finalized last night, I was able to get this shot of the Christmas tree.  I was pleasantly surprised at the colors and intensity of the lights.

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Today’s Photo:  I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

So, it is Christmas Eve as I sit here writing this and I am dreaming of a white Christmas.  I know that it will not happen.  We are not luck enough to have much snow in the south let alone on Christmas day.  Knowing that the …Continue Reading Here…

Hunter Museum of American Art

Today’s Photo:  Hunter Museum of American Art

Sitting atop the bluff’s overlooking the Tennessee River and the heart of Chattanooga sits the Hunter Museum of American Art.  I ran across this during the Worldwide Photo Walk in October …Continue Reading Here…

Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Castle
One of the things I have found over the last few years traveling is the value of doing research on the area where you are going to go.  Not just a little bit of research, but in depth research.  I have been working on perfecting this.  Once I know where I will be, I begin to decide what time I will have to devote to taking photos.  This leads to where I want to take photos and then finally I go as far as planning the times and researching lighting angles.  I know this sounds like a lot, but in the end, I think it is well worth it.

Today’s Photo:  Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Castle

So, after all that, I had it easy in the District.  Instead of doing all the research, I had a guide.  I told them that I just wanted to drift around some of the museum buildings and take a few photos.  Well, okay, several hundred.  One of their most recommended places was the flower gardens behind The Castle. …Continue Reading Here…

Lonely Tree
I was taking photos this past weekend and noticed something with my image stabilized lens.  I hope to do a little testing this weekend and see if what I discovered is a repeating problem or if it was just this weekend.

Today’s Photo:  Lonely Tree

This is not the first time this tree has caught my attention.  Once before, I was able to make it by here just at sunset and get a good shot Into the Sunset.  I find it hard to …Continue Reading Here…

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