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African Crowned Cranes

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San Diego, California 2017 I desaturated this photo of African Crowned Cranes because I shot it in harsh noon sun. The good thing about noon sun is it intensifies color but the contrast is so great that it negates the … Continue reading

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Fiesta

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U.S.A.California 2017 We’ve planted succulents in our backyard. They grow easily and they are drought tolerant. And from a photographer’s point of view, they have interesting shapes. I’ve photographed our succulents several times but this is the first photo I’ve … Continue reading

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Eliminating Backgrounds

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San Diego Wild Animal Park 2017 First you need to have a sharp shot and it isn’t that easy. Right after the bird takes flight is your best chance and here the crane’s foot is just barely touching the ground. … Continue reading

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Imitation is the Greatest Form of Flattery

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Rome, Italy 2015 My husband and I are watching “The Sopranos” for the third time. It is natural to think of things Italian. I have a book of Italian travel posters and I glanced through it before falling asleep the … Continue reading

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Yellow House with Umbrella Pines

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Rome, Italy 2015 I still love the vintage poster look. It makes me happy. I used Topaz Simplify to get this look after I had adjusted the colors and changed the gray sky to blue.  

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Koi

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U.S.A  San Diego, CA 2017 I spent nearly a half hour shooting the koi as they swam about their pool at the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park. Their colors and the way their shimmering bodies formed different designs made it … Continue reading

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Zoo Adventure

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San Diego, CA 2017 I took a few minutes in the aviary to practice with my new tele-extenders. Don’t know the name of these birds but I love their pose. The angle of their body corresponds with the tree trunk in … Continue reading

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Emulating Bobbie Goodrich

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Gujarat, India 2009 I watched a Topaz Labs tutorial by Bobbie Goodrich in 2011.  I was so impressed that I looked for a photo to practice on and this was it. You can still find that Topaz Tutorial on YouTube if … Continue reading

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Fairytale Flamingo

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U.S.A. 2017 I love the woodcut look or cutout as it is called in Photoshop. I aimed for an Arthur Rackham look. I remember his beautiful and haunting images from the fairytale books I read as a child. These don’t … Continue reading

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Kasbah in the Desert

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Merzouga Morocco 2009 Another photograph that fell victim to my plug-in software. I used Topaz Simplify to soften the outline of the kasbah plus a gradient in Photoshop for the sky.  

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