Day 021 – 01212011

The sun has returned to our side of the world and the days are gorgeous and warm during the day. At night, well, let’s say winter is still here…

I took this photo during our hike into Annadel State Park near Santa Rosa, California. On our way to visit Lake Ilsanjo I spotted this view of a semi-dry creek beautifully reflecting the early morning sun. Some of the rocks in the creek look like they’re floating in space.

Corrections to the White Balance and Color Saturation were performed in Adobe Camera Raw. Detail Sharpening was done in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/4.0, exposure 1/80th sec, ISO 500.

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Day 012 – 01122011

I photographed this double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) at the shores of the Spring Lake in Santa Rosa, California.

The name double-crested is applied to it due to the large white feather tufts the males sport during mating season, which occurs in late spring and during the summer. It is my understanding that this bird is quite common along rivers and lakes and we’ve seen them quite often here, I just never had the chance to get this close to one to photograph well.

Sharpening and contrast were increased in Adobe Camera Raw, and I digitally cleaned out most of the do-do on the bird’s rock using the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/3.5, exposure 1/250th sec, ISO 100.

Day 008 – 01082011

It is still cold and foggy in Santa Rosa and we decided to drive up to view the sculpture exhibit at the Paradise Ridge Winery.

This particular piece is titled Today and it was created by Gale Wagner. It is made out of stainless steel, rusted steel, painted steel and copper leaf, and it sells for a cool $6K, in case you have a huge yard and money to burn…

Exposure adjustments, sharpening, and color saturation were performed in Adobe Camera Raw and further refined in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/4.0, exposure 1/60th sec, ISO 100.

Day 005 – 01052011

In this year 2011 I resolve to better plan for the future.

In view of this New Year’s resolution, today I got a complete physical exam from my doctor and he gave me the A-OK for just about everything. I also got a couple of shots, one of which has my arm throbbing, which prevented me from driving around, looking for something interesting to shoot.

I came up with this photo that I shot using a very simple set up on my drafting table, and the light of a flashlight.

The photo is actually a composite of 5 separate shots which I combined using the Merge to HDR feature in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data for all shots: aperture f/8.0, exposure was from 1 sec to 5 sec, ISO 100.