Lined up in neat rows

Lined up in neat rows

As we walked through rows of markers, I was amazed at how straight they were… Perfectly straight from all angles and in all directions, as far as the eye could see.

This image was taken at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery located in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It’s a digital image taken with my Olympus EP-2 with an Olympus 17/f2.8 lens and then converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Storm Clouds on Sand Lake – Redux in B&W

Storm Clouds on Sand Lake - Redux in B&W

This is a repost (re-blog ???) of an image I originally posted on August 22nd; however, this one I have converted to B&W using the demo/trial version of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I almost think I like the B&W version better. I remember my B&W film days shooting bulk loaded Tri-X with my Nikon F equipment, developing the negatives and the long nights in the darkroom getting those images onto paper. Technology has come a long way, and while I do have some fond memories of my experiences with analog B&W photography, I don’t think I could go back now. I can see myself shooting and developing some more film before I pass on, but I would scan the negatives finish produce the prints in the digital realm. Lots more control, and yes, it’s easier to process those digital images sitting with a laptop in front of the TV than going through the “muss and fuss” of producing a wet print.

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Everyone’s a photographer…

Everyone's a photographer...

This is a shot from a pro bono job I worked on recently. Even though I was a volunteer and working for free, there is still some pressure to bring back better images than the “amateurs”. For this shot, the first instinct might be to move in close, but I think the real picture is the crowd’s reaction to drop of the banner from the top of the building.

Just this evening I download the trial version of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and am putting it through its paces. I have only tried it out on a few images, but so far I am impressed even though I did not want to be given the almost $200 price tag.

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Tourist photographing tourists photographing the Statue of Liberty

Tourist photographing tourists photographing the Statue of Liberty

Dipped back into the archives and pulled this image from a visit to New York City in October of 2008. My wife and I were on the ferry heading to Liberty Island and all of a sudden every person up on the top deck pulled out a point ‘n shoot digital camera and started firing away as we neared the Statue of Liberty. This has to be one of my favorite travel pictures and another perfect illustration of “everyday surrealism”. And for the record I myself was using a point ‘n shoot instead of a megabuck pro camera.

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