Category Archives: New Life

Categories related to after-career work, play & learning.

Sunrise over Moss Lake

Sunrise over Moss LakeI have finally started to use a drone for photography. It’s a DJI Phantom 3 Pro quadcopter, especially designed for photography and cinematography. It takes 3992×2992 RAW photos and and 4K video. This photo was taken from North Post Road in Shelby facing East toward to rising sun.

I used Photomatix Pro to post process three exposures of the image – HDR. The effect is a bit exaggerated, but I like the color.

A Cartoon Lily

IMG 8965It’s a yellow Lily. I do not recall when or where I took this photo. It is geotagged for Smith Hines Road, possibly in Charleston, South Carolina. The photo was probably HDR post processed, using Photomatix Pro. I also ran it through CameraToon, an app on my iPad and iPhone. It accentuated the lines and smoothed down the textures. It was a wonderful trip, looking for an apartment for my daughter.

Cormorants, Basking in the Sunset

We spent part of the afternoon walking around Copperhead Island at Lake Wylie.  The first cove we encountered held about a dozen resting cormorants and a whole hill of Coots (not shown here).

This photo was taken through the trees and there were a number of out-of-focus branches and twigs in the way.  I used the gradient tool in Adobe Lightroom to brighten up the right side of the photo, which erased the twits and branches.Cormorants in the Setting Sun

Caught!

Unwitting Squirrel Entering the Tube

Unwitting Squirrel Entering the Tube

The baffle is the stopper. If the squirrel enters the baffle, looking for food, it gets lost and finally comes out the bottom. There is part of me that is eager for this pest to experience the terror of the dark. But they’re still a cute creature.

This photo is a result of some HDR post processing for better color and texture. It’s rare to find wildlife so willing to stand still for it.

West Mountains

I took some video the end of March while driving in the pacific mountains north of Los Angeles. I composed this music, while on the trip, to accompany the video. Composed with sequencing software and my Oxygen 8 MIDI controller.

Photo taken near Banff, Alberta Canada in April 2010

Four Deer Running for It

Four Deer

Four Deer

These deer waited in some trees to the right until they apparent found the appropriate moment to dash across the street in front of us.

This photo took a great deal of post processing, including an initial HDR treatment with PhotoMatix Pro. Then I divided the photo into layers in Photoshop, masked out the animals, and then applied a motion blur on the background to convey more of a sense of motion and speed.