Harpers Ferry

Here are a few shots from the World Wide Photo Walk in Harpers Ferry, WV. The weather was great and the folks were nice.  Enjoy the photos.

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Rehoboth Beach Pano

Rehoboth panorama

   A few days after Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast I headed up to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for a few days with my wife and the kids.  This is a panorama I shot from our hotel room balcony.  Fortunately Rehoboth didn’t get hit too hard so our hotel was still open.  This was late in the afternoon which is one of my favorite times of day at the beach.  It was really chilly since it was November but it was nice.

   I know I haven’t posted anything in a long time but I haven’t really been shooting much.  I’ll try to post more often in the future.  Meanwhile enjoy this shot!


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Image Back Up…

Hello again. 

     Here’s another no image post, but a post about thousands of images.  And here is a question for you all.  How do you back up your images?  Well I  have a very reliable if a little difficult way that I back up all my photographic images.  I don’t worry about my documents or programs because I just don’t have that many to worry about.

     There are many ways that you can back up.  Burn images to a cd, dvd or blu-ray disc.  Have an external hard drive that carries a copy of everything on your internal hard drive. Or you can upload everything to The Cloud.  Which frankly scares me a lot.  What happens if it’s a clear sunny day and you want to retrieve some of your images.  Where are they?  Seriously, where do they go?  I have no idea how any of that works. The one thing I do know is that is your Cloud Company goes belly up, you may have a hard time getting your picture back.

     Well here is my totally convoluted yet completely secure system, and I will share all my secrets with you.   First I drag images off my camera’s card to an external hard drive. My file system is very simple.  A folder with the year 2012,  and four sub-folders with the quarters such as January to March. I’m pretty good at remembering when something took place but if you need help then a program like Adobe Lightroom is very helpful if you take the time to do your keywording properly (I am not!).  After I have dragged every file to it’s proper folder on the hard drive I do it again to an identical hard drive. I  have two in case one fails. Seems like a good and simple plan Mike.  That’s just the beginning.

     Next I burn a disc like a DVD or now a Blu-Ray disc of all the images.  I used to be able to get a whole year on a DVD and now I need a Blu-Ray disc per quarter.  I do throw out a lot of images and I’m not a rapid fire crazy sports shooter.  After I have the one disc completed I burn another identical disc.

   So now I have my images in four places.  Two hard drives and two discs.  Well that’s just great Mike but what’s so secret or spectacular about that?  Well even though I have four copies of my images I really only have them in TWO DIFFERENT PLACES!!! Two hard drives and one disc are in my house.  The fourth copy is at my office building.  You can back up till your blue in the face like I do, but what if your house catches fire and burns to the ground. That’s why my one copy is at work.  I figure that the odds of both buildings catching fire and destroying everything is about 80 Bazillion to one. And if the whole world is on fire, well then we have bigger things to worry about. 

   The cost of my back up is really small.  The hard drives were $100 a piece and the Blu-Ray discs are about $1.00 a piece.  I figure that’s a lot cheaper that an online service.  So there you go, there’s my secret back up plan.  Hope this is helpful to you and keep on shooting… pictures that is.

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Slacker !!!

WOW!!! Could I be any more of a slacker?  I haven’t posted any pics in a very long time.  Well the truth of the matter is that I was abducted by aliens and have been flying around the galaxy.  I’m home safe and sound now.  But I miss outer space.  It’s so much cooler out there.  Yes it is dark and lonely but 0% humidity and less than 100 degrees is just awesome.  Well it’s kinda cold when it’s less than 100 degrees BELOW zero celsius.  Actually I haven’t really taken any pictures since the aircraft carrier and I’ve been too lazy to look for ones I haven’t posted.  Did I mention I was a slacker?

I have been checking out all the new DSLRs that have come out over the last few months.  I am really torn between the 5D Mark3, D800E, 1Dx and the D4.  All awesome cameras and a wide range of cash required for each.  I have a Canon Rebel T2i and a couple lenses but I have shot with a lot of Nikon gear and enjoy Nikons too. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.  Maybe Santa will leave one for me in my stocking 🙂

Take care all, and please check out all my pretty pictures and leave me comments. I promise to respond.  I am NOT a responder slacker.


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Air Craft Carrier Air Craft



A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time on the Aircraft Carrier USS Bush. I went down to Norfolk with our Boy Scout troop and toured a few ships, saw a few of the aircraft and got to eat and spend the night on the carrier.  We had a retired 2 star admiral in our group that set the whole thing up for us but I believe the Navy will make special accomodations for any Boy Scout troop. I took a few close up shots of some of the aircraft that are stationed with the carrier.  Here are a few of the shots.



I thought the propellers on this plane were very unusual but looked really cool under the big disc that is used for communications.


This is a F-18. It was also very cool and the best part was that you could walk right up to it and touch it. Now imagine being seated in this bad boy going Mach 2. Now that would be a dream of mine.



Here’s the F-18 again with the sun right behind it.  That how youo lose the enemy, youu fly right into the sun.

And here’s the best part of all these photos.  They were edited with the New Photoshop CS6 Beta.  Starting in camera raw and finishing in Photoshop.

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Steamy Tree

Here’s an oldy but a goody.  I shot this image a few years ago from my kitchen window.  Yup! An another exotic location shot for me.  It was early in the morning and I  was getting some coffee. I looked out the window and saw the most bizarre thing.  My tree looked like it was on fire, like there was smoke coming off it.  I thought to myself what the heck?  I didn’t really care what the specifics were I just thought it was really cool looking.  So I grabbed my camera and took a few shots.

So the way the steam was coming off the tree was this.  It had rained a lot the day before and the tree was thoroughly soaked. Over night it went down below freezing and everything was nice and frosty.  When the sun rose up and finally hit this tree it was warm and started to quickly melt the frost and thus the steam began to rise.

Now I have looked at this image many times over the years but have never liked the results that I got using Photoshop. That is until recently.  I used Camera Raw to try and tweak the image to the way I remember it.  This time I was able to bring down the highlights of the steam and still keep the detail in the bark while enhancing the back ground.  I shot this image in the early days of digital with a Nikon D1x. The Camera Raw controls are so much better now.  I guess my point to all this is go back and take a look at some old images and try processing them with today’s technology.  I think you will pleasantly surprised.

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Tangled Mess


This is one Tangled Mess.  But very beautiful. A simple shot from my driveway into my backyard.  I came home one day and the sun was glistening on the wet trees. At first I thought that it was ice that had formed on the trees. And that’s what made me stop and look.  It wasn’t cold enough for ice to be on the trees.  Had it snowed at home while I was at work? Possible since I work about 30 miles south from home.  But not likely.  So I quickly ran inside and grabbed my camera to run back out.  I hadn’t really even looked at the picture until today.  The other part that I really love about this shot is the way the branches on the trees on the left side are so curly.  I hadn’t noticed that before but I really like it.  I hope you enjoy it too !

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