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Month: June 2015 (page 1 of 4)

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Sunset Crater National Monument

Marie took these photos at Sunset Crater National Monument.

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Marie took this photo of herself during our visit to Sunset Crater.


Kevin at Grand Viewpoint, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park

Marilyn took this photo of me:


Friday Fitness Hike


Linda, Bob, and I hiked an 8.4 mile loop on the Tortoise, Pemberton, Lariat, Granite, and Wagner trails.

This is sunrise from the Horse Staging Area.  (I got to the park early for this shot. The sun was well up when we started our hike from the Wagner Trailhead at 6:00am.)


We saw a horned toad on the Pemberton Trail. When looking at the camera’s viewscreen, it was very hard to see the lizard as it blends in very well with the dirt and gravel on the trail.


A view of Red Mountain from the Lariat Trail.


A saguaro just off the Lariat Trail. I used a single exposure for this shot.


Palo verde seed pods:


Lunch at Sol Azteca

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Around-the-house Photos

These photos were taken at my Mom and Dad’s house.

I think this is a good photo of Mom.



I didn’t quite nail the focus on this shot of Marilyn. But at this resolution, it’s not too bad.

I had to counter a severe yellow cast on this one. My assumption was that the refrigerator door is white, but after working on some other photos, I’m not sure that’s true. (I forgot to look when I was there.)


The camera used ISO 3200 for this one. It turned out surprisingly good for such a high ISO. I had a hard time color correcting the foliage visible through the windows.

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Mara with Teddy:


Marie, sketching:


Mara and Tom:


Katie and Pat cooking:


Anna helped out with the food preparation too.

I had to counter a green cast on Anna’s face and hair facing the window to the outside. There were other areas of green too. I made a mask based on a curved a channel (in Lab space) to get rid of the green in those areas. I probably should have left the celery in that mask because I think that a is too negative – the celery looks too green to me.20150621-_DSC8094-Edit-medium

I used my tripod to take this photo of myself. I prefocused on the post on which my right elbow is resting.


Pedal Cruiser Photos


Most of us rode the Pedal Cruiser on Sunday Afternoon. I found it to be a very good workout. The driver’s name is Bryce. He helped us out from time to time by activating the motor.



Bryce took this photo of us. The first one that he took was out of focus. I saw him pause before taking the second one, so evidently he figured out the focus point that I was using.


I took the background for the photo below during the pedal cruiser ride. The photo of Anna, however, was taken in Mom and Dad’s backyard.  In that picture, I really liked the way that Anna turned out in that photo, but the background was blown out. I used Topaz ReMask to extract Anna from that photo so that I could insert her into this one. I did some retouching of Anna’s face using frequency separation techniques. I couldn’t figure out what to do about the reflection in Anna’s glasses, so I left that part alone.

Hogback Mountain Hike

Karl, Ellie, Marilyn, Tracy, Greg, and I hiked Hogback Mountain on Friday.

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Family Reunion Photos


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