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Always Remember: Memorial Day 2014

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Memorial Day Tribute-2A tribute to all those that have committed to defending our great country.

Quite a long time ago my online photographer friend Julie reached out to me to offer a copy of the OnOne software suite, Perfect Photo Suite and believe it or not this is my first creation using the program. Yes it took me quite a long time to actually do some in depth processing with this magnificent set of programs.  This composite was made possible by OnOne’s simple and efficient program Perfect Mask 8. I couldn’t be more happy with the results and am looking forward to using this software in the future. Thanks Julie!

Just an FYI, I will eventually transfer this post to my new blog over on SmugMug, hope you stop by…..

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A Few Steps Away…

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Sandy Hook SunriseFrom the scene of my last post I found this tree and it just needed to be included in the shot. At Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook there is just so much to see and shoot you literally need a few days to see it all.

One of the unique aspects of this location is that you can get dramatic shots during sunrise, the New York harbor is to the east and then 12 hours or so later you can get great sunset shots to the west in Sandy Hook bay. Here is an example in a shot from a while back.Sandy Hook Bay

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Wow… It’s Been A While….

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Battery GunnisonMore than 40 days to be exact. Spring has always been an extremely busy time of year in our household. Both daughters play softball and on any given week there might be 7-8 games to be seen. Yes, I get to as many as I can because I really enjoy watching them excel at their perspective positions and grow into not only very good athletes but outstanding young ladies. (Did I just say that?) Yes, ladies.

My oldest is a senior in high school and after a rather long and contentious decision making process has chosen to attend The College of New Jersey. A small to medium sized state school with a strong reputation for academic excellence. All her hard work in high school paid big dividends to get accepted at TCNJ.

My younger daughter is in 8th grade and is on 2 softball teams this spring which, at times, means 2 games in a day. Bringing us home many times after 8 at night. Long days but love it anyway.

With all this action it’s left me with little time to contribute to this blog. I can be followed over on Facebook where I post quickies throughout the week. And then there’s Google+ where I post mostly through a group of photographers from here in New Jersey. That group can be found here. In fact, the picture above was a shot from yesterday while out shooting with a member of that group, Dave Gardiner. It was the first time I’ve been out to shoot in over a month, felt like forever. Well, I can’t promise an increase in posting for another few weeks but, as always, thanks for peeking in on my piece of the world and although I’ve not been commenting much on your blogs I am lurking and enjoying your spring photos.

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Very Welcoming…..

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_MG_0885_6_7_tonemapped2-2We made a conscious effort to visit a few of the beautiful, old churches in the historic section of Philadelphia during our “Sip and Click” photowalk last weekend. I was quite surprised at the welcomes we got at each church we stopped in. Taking pictures was encouraged at each place. During the latter part of our walk I spotted this church purely by chance as the entrance looked nothing like a traditional house of worship. I saw the sign (can’t remember the name) but I tried the door and low and behold it was open. We walked inside and find not a soul in sight. We quickly went into shooting mode. Setting up tripods, looking for distinct features and details, unique perspectives, etc. I had no tripod but decided to set my camera atop my backpack to get this shot. It was fairly dark inside and knew this was the only way to “get the shot”. The result is above, not perfect but acceptable for you the viewer to get a look.

Philadelphia is a fantastic place, old and full of history. The weather wasn’t great for those iconic shots but overall we had a great time. Stopping in a few of the finer “establishments” for some thirst quenching beverages including a Thomas Jefferson inspired (really) ale at the City Tavern that was very good. We hope to do another “Sip and Click” photowalk soon in the City of Brotherly Love.

On another note, I’m looking forward to judging photos over at Elements Village next week. If you’ve never stopped over there I highly recommend it if you want to learn more about Photoshop Elements; see fantastic images and meet nice people. Check them out here.