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seeing red 72

I shot this image on 6/24/22 at the weekly car show in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living). It was a perfect evening for most folks that like these shows. The temperature was around 80° F and the sun shined bright. But the bright sun and the shiny cars are a bad combination for photos. There are a lot of cars at the show so they tend to park very close to each other. Getting a full profile of a car is practically impossible. The owner of this car asked me what I was shooting. I said “details”. I think he was amused by that answer but it does sum up what most of these photos are.


With these limitations in mind, I take one camera (Olympus) and one lens with me and leave the camera bag and tripod in the car. I have the camera set to f5.6 or f8 and shoot 3 (bracketed) frames of each shot. I prefer to shoot if the subject is in the shadows rather than in direct sunlight but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. All the files are shot in the RAW format and converted to dng on import into Lightroom. This is what the shot looks like before processing:

I have a standard editing routine and use the same routine on almost all the photos. I have presets for sharpening and noise reduction and apply that as a first step, Second step is what I call spotting or the removal of bugs, dirt, small scratches, and specular highlights. This is done at 100% magnification with the spot removal tool.

The new masking tools in LR have made the rest of the editing procedure much easier. Just about every photo has several masks which are unique to each photo.

The last editing step is usually cropping the image, but I seldom use it. I almost never bring a (car) photo into PS for more editing.

tee shirt chronicles – parts 1 & 2


It’s no secret but a lot of folks don’t know that my favorite article of clothing is a tee shirt.  I have lots of tee shirts.  When I buy tee shirts, I usually get a solid color with no design but with a pocket.  A pocket is perfect for a lens cap or a pack of Marlboros, should I decide to start smoking.   But I have a lot of other shirts with words and pictures that have been given to me on one occasion or another. 


Some folks would think that they can tell a lot about me by looking at these shirts, but they’d be wrong (mostly).  For instance:

. I never attended the Eastman School of Music (even though I have 4 shirts)

. I’ve never been to Chapel Hill, NC,

. I’ve never been to Guatemala.

. I never attended the University of Maryland

. I’ve never worked for NASA

. I’ve never been to La Jolla

. I have lived in Minnesota (Yah, you betcha)

. I have been to Arizona

. I never played for the NY Yankees

. I don’t eat SPAM


If I was forced to pick a favorite, it definitely would be the NASA shirt.  No question. 

I’d like to also point out that I have 14 other tee shirts in various colors without and words or pictures.  Some even have pockets.  They’re kind of boring to look at so I did not include them in this photo essay. 

click any photo below to enter the gallery: 

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Everything put together 

Sooner or later falls apart   …Paul Simon

Paul was referring to my computer in that song.  Also my water heater.  Both died within minuets of each other. That was Friday, 9/11/15.  The good news is that the water heater was replaced the following Monday.  Bad news is it’s going to be a while before a new computer arrives and even longer to set up.  Weeks!  But I’m determined to keep my usual twice weekly posts here and our sister blog using whatever means possible.  This week there are shots made with the Samsung 7 inch tablet and posted on an Acer Chromebook for your amusement.  I hope you like photos of cats.

cosmic computer problems (and a question for readers)



Well, the photo is more of a cosmic oil spill than computer problem but my problem now is with my computer.  After 7 years and a few upgrades, it is now on it’s last legs, requiring at least a new power supply, which I have to tap with a rubber mallet repeatedly to keep the noise down.  The PC is an HP Pavilion with 6G of DRAM.  I’ve replaced the original hard drive with a 120G SSD (for the operating system (Win 7) and programs) and two internal drives for photos and data.  It has a quad core processor and the entire system is adequate for photo processing but it is slow in performance.  The files from the D600 have taxed it considerably.

I have two choices in replacing the HP.  The first involves starting over from the ground up, building a new PC from scratch and keep using the  hard drives, monitor and keyboard I have.  I would keep my OS as is since I’m happy with Win 7, I know everything I have works with it,  and I’m not eager to use Win 8.  Second choice is to buy a computer with a faster processor and at least twice the DRAM off the shelf and customize it with my old hard drives and OS.  Either way the system would have to process the large files I’m dealing with now.  I’m also thinking of an enclosure for 4 hard drives which can be swapped at any time and just have the SSD in the computer case.  I would use this with either of my options.  Since I have my investment in Windows hardware and  software, I’m not considering any Apple products, though this is not to say I don’t think they make a fine product.

My questions for you, loyal readers, is what are you using for a computer, are you happy with it and what are your suggestions for a replacement for my aging HP.  Keep in mind I would like to keep the budget in the realm of a realistic possibility.  I would appreciate any advice you can give me and as a reward I will continue to provide you with more photos here and here.  Thanks for your input.