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USCGC Eagle

Happy Columbus Day! Here in the US, this day is to commemorate the first journey to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The actual date was October 12 but the Federal Government has move many "holidays" to Mondays, and this one falls on the 2nd Monday of October each year.

Since I have no photos (nor anyone else) of the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria, I decided to at least post a tall ship image for today.

USCGC Eagle
USCGC Eagle

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This 295 foot vessel was launched in 1936 by Germany and transferred to the United States after World War II in 1946. The Eagle is used for training purposes and can often be found along the US east coast, although there was a year-long trip to Australia in 1987.

If you live in the Boston or New York areas, you may have likely seen this historic vessel in and around the harbors during tall ship gathering events.

Processing

Punch Settings - USCGC Eagle
Punch Settings - USCGC Eagle

What began as a 3-shot bracket run through HDR Efex Pro 2, ended up with me selecting the "0" exposure and processing it in Lightroom 4.

By the way, Lightroom 4.2 is now available (Update).

Once in LR , I applied the "Punch" preset that comes with the package and is located under the "Lightroom General Presets" dropdown.

Presets, as many of you know, make great starting points and after a few slider adjustments can dramatically change an image.

The settings shown here worked well for the image above, but every image is different and experimenting is always the best practice for the best results.

Thanks for visiting!

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After Hours

Happy Friday! With the July 4th Holiday in the middle of the week, it made for a really fast sprint to this weekend. Every week should be like this. ;-)

What? You are still working?

When you leave work, look over your shoulder and see an image similar to the one below, you most likely worked after hours. I guess most have been there at some point along the way. It depends on your station in life and what you want to accomplish.

After Hours
After Hours

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This could be an office building in most any major city but in fact, it's the beloved New York.

This is a 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2) processed with HDR Efex Pro. The image was then pulled into Photo FX Lab where I applied the "Portrait Drama" filter and a few slight global adjustments.

By the way, Topaz Labs is running a great introductory sale on Photo FX Lab until July 31st. Save $50 on this product by entering the discount code "FXlab" and get it for just $29.00. You can also try before you buy with Topaz's 30-day free trial.

Wishing each of you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for visiting!

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A walk in the Park

Ahhh, there is nothing like a walk in the park. Practically any park will do. There is just something about being out among nature that is relaxing and therapeutic to us. It's the reason you find so many people in these environments, especially when the weather is great. When I was in New York recently I took a walk in Central Park, which opened in 1857 on nearly 850 acres of city land.  It was a chilly Fall day with a crispness in the air and clearing skies after an evening of rain.  Below I'll share just a few of the many photos captured that morning.

We begin with the first pond that I came across. I recall being a little surprised that there were still some remnants of Fall color remaining, but was certainly happy to see this. :-)

Pond in the Park
Pond in the Park

After walking a short distance I stopped to grab the shot below.

Across the Pond
Across the Pond

I always find it enjoyable and interesting to see what others are doing to pass the time and enjoy the great outdoors. I came upon a gentleman who was busy creating a painting of the beautiful scene that was before him. He seemed to really be enjoying his outing and you could tell that this was by no means his first painting. I wanted to have a peek at his work, but didn't want to disturb his groove. I envisioned a sign that said "Artist at Work!" :-)

Painting in the Park
Painting in the Park

Knowing that I would post this candid shot at some point, I wondered if he would ever see it. Probably not but in case he ever did...

The Artist
The Artist

there would be no doubt that it was he.

He could show the Grand-kids. ;-)

Lots of goodies in this historic park, including the rocky outcrop below. Curious me wanted to have the rocks carbon dated to see just how old they are. Just kidding!

Rocky Outcrop
Rocky Outcrop

That's going to do it for today, hope you enjoyed the walk.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy your day.

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Looking Up, Looking Down

In today's quick post we have an image looking up (similar to this skyscraping one), and an image looking down over a section of the city. I have always been drawn to tall buildings and architecture in general. There is simply something magical about these objects. The looking up image.

Skyscraping 2
Skyscraping 2

Next we have the looking down shot.

86th Floor West
86th Floor West

The image above was taken from the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building, the shadow of which stretches out just off to the right of center. The Hudson River is in the distance.

Thanks for visiting!

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