Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge Week #35

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Which Way In the sky over Lake Las Vegas NV

Which Way
In the sky over
Lake Las Vegas NV

Shot with a 23 mm lens. I suppose I could have gotten a bit tighter if I was any taller.

The plane was flying due East. Unless I was actually facing South, in which case it was flying due West.

Maybe I was facing West?

I’m so confused.

Please go visit Cee’s Which Way Challenge which is this way.

I think.

MM 2-26 Monochrome Madness

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from the deck of the Queen Mary Long Beach CA

from the deck of the Queen Mary
Long Beach CA

I’ve got to get out more often. Leanne has been a presence on wordpress since before I can remember, has over 37,500 followers (today it is over 38,000), and this is only- maybe- my second time joining in on Monochrome Madness.

I blame it on other commitments.

Please go visit Leanne’s Monochrome Madness to view all the other submissions on the topic Urban!

The Wild Horses of Cold Creek

Wild Horses of Cold Creek NV

Wild Horses of
Cold Creek NV

Cold Creek is one of my wife’s favorite places, all because of the wild horses that frequent the area. It has become one of mine, too, because of the great photo opportunities it affords (see herehere, and here). Or see below:

But over the weekend we happened upon this online article. We had heard reports of previous roundups by the local BLM (Bureau of Land Management, who has been selling off desert land to new home developers with no regard to the existing drought) in the past but this is even more criminal- if there can be degrees of criminality, which I believe there is!

Someone should be held accountable!

Everywhere I Go

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Sam’s Mercantile, part of Mystic Falls Atrium, inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas NV

Yes, I take my camera everywhere I go. That’s partially because it is so small lately, the Fuji X-T1. But it is a habit I started when I had my Canon T 2i. (And can someone tell me what the T stands for in these two cameras?) Anyway, we had just seen a matinee showing of the latest Mad Max film with my brother-in-law. We had no desire to see it but it was his birthday and he chose the film. The theater was inside Sam’s Town, which is a neighborhood casino as far from the strip as you can go and still be in Las Vegas. As we were leaving the casino, we entered the 25,000 square foot Mystic Falls Park Indoor Atrium. The above image was taken there. One of the first shots with my new Fuji.


Back To School

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Fujifilm X-T1 1.420 sec at f/8, ISO 100, 23 mm

Fujifilm X-T1 1.420 sec at f/8, ISO 100, 23 mm

Yermo CA is a small town off Interstate 15, 150 miles SW of Las Vegas NV. A perfect place to live off the grid. Del Taco was founded here in 1962. Yermo hosts the 1,859-acre (7.5 km2) storage and industrial annex of the Marine Corps Logistics Base. It is part of the Silver Valley Unified School District, which also serves Daggett, Ludlow, Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin areas and is ranked in the Top 20 school districts in California!That being said, this was the most exciting find of the day!

Now, one thing bothers me about schools being back in session and that is that the speed limit drops down to as low as 15 mph when kids are present, which usually means in the mornings when I am going to work, and in the afternoons whenever I am trying to leave work early. Come on, get serious. Even the youngest kids can run out of the way of a car going only 15 miles and hour. Why not raise it to 25 or even 35? Probably because then, drivers would push it to 35 or 45. And have you ever been in a school area and realized who are the worst offenders? Usually mom’s who are racing to get there in time to pick up their kids or, once their kids are in the car, make illegal u-turns and floor it to get back home.

It’s a zoo out there, people. Please be careful.

For a black and white version, please visit Monochromia.

ABFriday Week 56

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Every week, since it’s inception, Stacy Fischer has hosted the After Before Friday challenge, where we all take one of our own photos and show the transformation from Straight Out Of Camera to our finished post processed image. Well, not this week. It seem’s Stacy’s daughter was more important than us, and she- Stacy- has turned up AWOL. Which is to say she has not turned up at all. I don’t know, but if my 19 year old daughter was moving from New York to California, well, let’s just say she’d be moving over my dead body. No daughter of mine will ever live in California, nor will she ever marry. She’ll be content to live with dear old dad and take care of him in his waning years. Yes, I know that with any luck Lynn will out live me and will be able to take care of me as I slow down, become less vigorous, more cross, irritable, contrary. And I promise, I will need a lot of care. But my wife can hardly care for me by herself now. So, what hope is there for the future?

Anyway, the original image we are dealing with today was taken during our 3 year wedding anniversary spent on the Queen Mary, which has been moored in Long Beach Harbor (California) since 1967.

The After:Queen Mary--2

Let me explain one important aspect that should be taken into account when booking a room on the Queen Mary. An aspect we were unaware of when I booked our anniversary stay! The white noise of the running engines was a constant when the ship was actually sea worthy from the 30’s through the early 60’s. No longer. So the walls between rooms were never adequately sound-proofed. Our first night, around ten o’clock when we retired for the evening, we heard a baby next door. After a few moments, we realized it was no baby. Just some babe canoodling with her boyfriend. (I had to look that word up; canoodling!) Maybe it was her husband. The point is, we were so inhibited from someone possibly eavesdropping on us celebrating our anniversary that we did not celebrate. We simply shared a chaste kiss good night and slept- or tried to sleep. The next morning they departed and that night we were serenaded by two heavily accented men watching tv, then snoring through the night! Still, I loved the experience and would go back. The art deco is just amazing and beautiful. I think I was born a step out of time.

Anyway, the Before:

Canon T2I F/3.5 at 1/1000 sec ISO 100 18mm

Canon T2I
F/3.5 at 1/1000 sec ISO 100 18mm

This was a pretty straightforward edit. I adjusted the white balance, then cropped and went through my regular workflow in Lightroom. I exported into Perfect Effects and added sharpness. Back in Lightroom I adjusted for noise and added a slight vignette.

Et voila:

Queen Mary--2

Now, I have to thank Lore Dombaj for taking the reins from Stacy this week. Please go visit her at Snows Fissures and Fractures for more after/before submissions.

Stacy’s Visual Venturing is always worth visiting, too.

Snow Jalopy

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Snow Jalopy Image By Robyn G. Post processing by Emilio P.

Snow Jalopy
Image By Robyn G.
Post processing by Emilio P.

So Robyn G. of Captivate Me suggested we  share an image of hers to post process. Actually, maybe I was the one to suggest it. Either way, we agreed. I have to give a special thank you to Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing for running a challenge like this every first Friday of each month. Any way, I have no idea what Robyn did with her image, nor does she have any idea what I did. I do know that she did not use any Photoshop, only Lightroom, as did I. This was not agreed to before hand, it just happened that way. The only things I can tell you about what I did, short of my usual work flow, was to play with every individual hue, saturation, and luminance slider in HSL. Then I laid in about 20 or 25 highlights throughout with the radial filter. Hope you like it. Now, if you haven’t already, go see what Robyn did here. And thanks, Robyn, for a fun time. Next image is on me!

Oh, Robyn’s original photo?

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