“Pike’s Peak After Spring Snow Redux” taken 4/21/2018 Changed crop & processing a little of this old photo from a couple of springs ago. I really need to go back and do it from scratch as it is a little TOO over-processed now (lots of added noise). But I like this crop better.
Tried processing this several ways and while I’m not super happy with the end result I think its not too bad. Initially I really wanted to see the misty foggy look of the far side of the lake, but all my attempts did not come out well. In future I guess I’ll have to try using a tripod and try to shield the lens from falling snow better as the speckling caused by the falling snow and melting snow on the lens really played havoc with this digitally stitched panorama. Ended up going the other way; with this high contrast, dark, sharp & desaturated version which I think came out pretty cool and managed to capture the downright chilly landscape.
“I’d rather be beside you in a storm, then safe and warm by myself.” – I’d Rather by Luthor Vandross
Saw this sad pair of pigeons huddled under the eaves for shelter on my way home from work. Not really my style of music, but the Vandross quote was just too appropriate to pass up.
Yesterday in Denver, CO it was in the 60’s and I actually wore shorts for a while. Today, 4-5 inches of snow. Tomorrow they are saying the high temperature will only be 19 degrees with a low of -1 degree. BRRRRRR!
Footprints at the Park: Goose, Squirrel, Dog, Human
Took these while taking a walk in the park this morning with the thought that I might use one of them as my 365 pic of the day. Wasn’t sure I’d use any and I changed what little idea I had on their use after taking them. As such I wish I had composed a couple of these differently. Specifically I wish I had shot the geese prints differently. And I didn’t initially notice the dog prints next to the humans, so I would have better centered the side by side prints.
Finally, got to be a better way to compose a triptych in Elements than the manual method I used. I always seem to spend WAY more time messing with the digital images than I ever get to do using the camera.
Stone House at Bear Creek Green Belt park during a brief winter storm at the end of New Years’ day. Kind of looks like the tree is growing out of the top of the house. The ultimate medusa-like “bad hair day”.
Went looking for some photos during a snow storm at then end of New Year’s Day today. Discovered a few lonely ornaments left hanging in a pine tree at a local park. They seemed abandoned. Even the geese seem uninterested.
Waiting for Summer’s Return
This park bench seemed abandoned and forlorn during a sunset snow storm on New Years’ Day. Not sure how an inanimate object can appear lonely, but it seemed almost desperate to have someone sit in it and warm it up a little.
Road to Winter
Took this on a quick end of New Year’s Day photo jaunt to the local park during a snow storm. Had almost entirely lost the light (and the feeling in my fingers,) when I took this last photo. Then ran to the car to warm up.
Had taken my camera out for a bit of quick exploring. Stopped at a store for a quick errand and as soon as I was ready to head out to take some pictures than a flash snow storm blew in, dampening my car and my spirits. Sitting in my car, the snow flakes melting on my windshield caught my eye. While trying to lean in and capture them I accidentally triggered my windshield wipers and had to wait for them to accumulate again.
I played around with this a lot in Elements trying to get the lighting I liked and decided to add a vignette to give it that tunnel vision effect which I think makes it seem like you are looking up through ice. The dark angular shapes near the bottom are actually distant pine trees, but it kind of looks like ice melting.
As the most “out of the box” photo I managed to take today, I think I have to nominate this as my 365 Days Project ‘photo of the day’.