E pluribus unum

# 0053

# 0053

E pluribus unum (Out of many, one) is a phrase on the Seal of the United States and its meaning has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, religions and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation.  It also suggests my daily photographic track record; I shoot a lot of photos but usually I only end up with one (possibly 2 or 3) that I really like.  That’s fine with me since I’m delighted to see a good file on my screen and the bad ones still didn’t cost me anything and I had fun shooting them.  I shot a lot of photos of this duck but this is the only one that I like.

# 7242

# 7242

The macro shot of the dollar bill was shot with an Exacta camera (early or mid ’50s model) with bellows and 35mm lens.  It’s my first ever macro photo and was converted from a 35mm B&W neg using the Wolverine digital converter.

sidenote:  In an earlier post I mentioned that Adobe PS Elements was a nice, cost effective alternative to Photoshop,  One reason I mentioned this is that it may have been too expensive for folks to use the Creative Cloud service from Adobe, presently the only way to use the newest version of PS.  Adobe made this announcement today (9/4/13) that may be of interest to some folks.

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10 thoughts on “E pluribus unum

  1. John

    Very nice shot, Ken!
    I’m looking at alternatives to PS myself – but not Elements due to the 8 bit processing limitations. So far though, I’m not finding anything that is that enticing to me. I’ll continue using PS 6 until, well, until I can’t. Between that and Lightroom 4 (though I plan to get 5), I okay for a while.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, John. We are using PS 4 without Lightroom at the Museum and it is an excellent program for our editing needs. I don’t see them outgrowing it for quite a while.

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  2. John Linn

    $10 a month is much better but after thinking a bit, it is still not a good deal. I will continue with my copy of PS4 and upgrade LR as new versions become available. I don’t need online storage or Behance, whatever that is.

    Like the duck.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      The $10/month is enticing but I’m not sure if I’m ready to bite the bullet. What if you buy into the CC with the newer version of PS, edit photos for the length of the subscription and decide to drop out. Those edits (on RAW files) might not work with the older versions of PS that we own so they might not be able to be reedited the same.

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  3. ehpem

    Very nice to see more from your archive Ken. And the duck shot is great too. I think I would like that picture even without the duck, there is a gem-like quality to the water.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, ehpem. I went to this location to shoot the reflections in the first place but there were some folks feeding the ducks and I didn’t want to disturb them.

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