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IceExploring El Dorado Lake January 22, 2011
RootsExploring El Dorado Lake January 22, 2011
Frozen LakeExploring El Dorado Lake January 22, 2011
Second "Winter Flyover" imageHere's the second image of the series, which captures the framing I wanted with the sun and geese, but cuts off too much from the bottom of the tree. The composite image combines this "top" (by cloning one frame on top of another in Photoshop) with the "bottom" from the other frame. (And I used a color control point in Nikon Capture NX 2 to shift the gray clouds to a warm red.)
First "winter flyover" imageSince I've revealed my secret (that my Winter Flyover image was a composite), I wanted to show the two images that made up the composite. Here is the first image, which frames the tree the way I wanted it, but cuts off the top of the sun (and the geese are out of position).
The Forest"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
At Lake's EdgeThis one was converted to black and white, then given a bit of split toning. [ Added a curve layer, selected the red channel, then gave it kind of a reverse s-curve which turns highlights toward cyan and shadow toward reds ]. Photographed at El Dorado State Park, Barton County, Kansas
OM....I've been cooped up inside with a rotten cold so this is my attempt at reaching inner peace -- and maybe an out of body experience.
Whitetails in the MorningI wasn't watching my histogram while editing the previous version of this picture. I noticed after I uploaded it, it didn't look anything like it had before. I just changed exposure comp -2/3 for this one. My laptop screen and my second screen are SOOOO far off from each other. I't hard telling what they look like on anyone elses screen. I edited the first one on my big monitor and it looked great but once I uploaded it and viewed it in the web browser on the laptop screen it was way off. Gotta fix that!
".....where there is nothing""We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the wheel depends. We turn clay to make a vessel; But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends. We pierce doors and windows to make a house; And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the house depends. Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not." - Lao Zi
"....what's in a name?""The way that can be told of is not an unvarying way. The names that can be named are not unvarying names. It was from the nameless that heaven and earth sprang. The named is but the mother that rears the ten thousand creatures, each after its kind" - Lao Zi
Beautiful Table * I did not have to cook meal * Life is very good
Leaf - Frozen LakeEl Dorado Lake, Barton County, Kansas
Cautiously moving - inching ever further out - ice moans a warningDave Leiker (Prairiedust) on the groaning, crackling ice. Dave was definitely braver? than I was.
Winter Flyover I have to admit that the skies were a dull gray when I took this picture, but I felt the composition cried out for the warm colors of a sunset.
Simply Tree
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