Saturday, May 26, 2007

Followed by...A Rose by Any Other Name

Must be sweeter than those toes...

Fun with Fungi

Somehow I should be able to come up with a good caption for this photo. It seems Maya has a bit of a foot fetish....I'm open to ideas, so send me a comment :)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Blagaj - Source of the Buna River

With the Dervish House peeking out on the left.

This is another one that I'm not sure where to go with. I took HDR sets in landscape and portrait orientation as well as different framing options. I generally like all of them. This particular iteration is a fairly complicated (for me) combination of two different HDR merge techniques (to keep the water from "blowing out" to pure white while keeping details in the cliffs) combined using an opaque layer mask (first time I've ever done the opacity thing on an entire layer). Topped off with a saturation layer and a curves layer adjustment (to get the colors "right", whatever that means to you:). This is one that definitely looks better viewed large.

Devish House at the Source of the Buna River - Blagaj, Herzegovina


Ćevapi

I saw this sign and framed it with the flowers at the cafe where we stopped for a drink in the new old town section of Mostar. One of many shots I was pleased with yesterday.

Ćevapi


Monday, May 21, 2007

Light at the End of the "Tunel"

Elesa's parents are visiting and we've gone out and about a bit. One stop was the "Tunel" Museum where they got to see the remnants of the tunnel built by the Bosniaks under the UN occupied airport. The tunnel was used to get supplies into the besieged city of Sarajevo (and people out), past the Serbian snipers and the "neutral" UN forces. At the museum you get to watch a video which is pretty much wordless. The pictures and the TV footage of the war say plenty all by themselves.

I've taken lots of photos recently. I photographed the tunnel from a couple different angles and in HDR sets. Not really sure where I want to go with it, do I want to use HDR to emphasize the wood and grain? or go with the dark tunnel accented with highlights from the bare bulb? This particular photo is pretty much straight out of the camera leaning towards the latter.

Tunel Museum - Sarajevo


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Theme for the Day - Graffiti

Please click on photo for a bigger and better "experience!"

Two Windows





Electric Acid Kool-Aid Test


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Crossroads


An HDR merge from the other day in Veliki Park next door. I don't know if it was the wind or very slight camera movement that sort of gives it a subtle dreamy texture, but I like it. This is just a minute or two in photoshop (after the merging part), someday I'll have to find the time and do it right....I think I've said or thought that before :)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Dog Show

There was a dog show in town, a big one with international competition. Elesa and I got to discussing how all the various extra-curricular things/hobbies people get involved in (usually with their children) have their own culture. It is especially noticeable with those that have competitions and big events. Judo, ice skating, Little League Baseball, dog shows, gymnastics etc. To an outsider, much of the proceedings make no sense, outsiders don't see the differences so "obvious" to those in the know. By the time I got to the show and joined up with Elesa and Shelby, it was to the part where they are judging between bests of breeds to determine the best of the groups and eventually best of show. All the %&(^ had gone home as one lady put it. Since I know nothing about dog shows, instead of photographing the competition parts, I took photos of the dogs "hanging out" and waiting their turn. So I guess this was like trying to take photos of ugly competitors at a beauty pageant...

This is a GOOD Hair Day



A Little Bit of Tongue!



I'm So Pretty



Things are Looking Up!



Best of Show - Shelby and Maya



Maya managed to draw a fair amount of attention even here among the "big dogs". She also certainly accounted for almost all of the cultural diversity among the doggies, singlehandedly representing more bloodlines than the other 100+ dogs combined!