Sky's the Limit … Unless One is Adept at Pushing the Limits ~ Creative Arts Three Day Weekend
Both of the photographs below were good compositionally - but were underexposed and both had featureless, flat, uninteresting skies making them more or less unpublishable for most print and visual media. So, because I keep a database of sky images and have the ability to make skies interchangeable in many image instances, if he viewer looks carefully, he or she will see that the SKY IS THE SAME IN BOTH IMAGES, BUT FLIPPED IN ONE OF THEM. It does not matter in the end, which image has the sky as originally photographed - what matters is that both images are significantly stronger with their new skies.
Restorations & Edits © A. Mac/A.G.
Arvo Mac... great photos.. love train trips...my favourite form of transport.
Love the train photos.
We can't have trains and tracks without John Henry's Hammer.
Those are great ! It's amazing to me how you can manipulate the skies/clouds in your pics.
Thanks, and love those two photos.
Drop bears are Australia wide..😁😁
The drop bear (sometimes dropbear) is a hoax in contemporary Australian folklore featuring a predatory, carnivorous version of the koala. This imaginary animal is commonly spoken about in tall tales designed to scare tourists.
And we do it so well..🐨
Yep, I'd prefer the fuzzies to the sharks any day. I've not wandered into the oven deeper than my thighs ever since I saw the movie "Jaws", and more recently "The Shallows".
An everyday view where I live - one of Chongqing's nicknames is "The Misty City".
Sunday is Lantern Festival here, marking the end of the Spring Festival and New Year's celebrations, so here are some photos about Lantern Festival that I've posted before, but I have nothing new about it.
1. It is still cool in February, but by lighting a candle inside the paper lantern it heats the air and sends the lantern soaring into the sky. This photo and the next one were taken in Chongqing many years ago. Since that time candles may have been outlawed due to lanterns lighting fires on landing.
2. And up one goes into the sky.
3. This is a photo from the internet to show how the lanterns can fill the sky. A.Mac filled the sky with pink clouds, so I'm filling the sky with lanterns.
4. This is one of my favourite photos that you've seen more than once before. It was taken around the time that I first met my wife in Chongqing.
5. Lanterns are hung like this along the walkways in a park in Chongqing.
6. Lanterns and other New Year's decorations for sale in a store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
7. At the entrance to our neighbouring Sichuan Fine Arts Institute campus.
8. Hanging from the trees.
Love the lanterns.
I added 2 black angelfish to the 75g this week. They look stunning! I had just finished a water change and the hose I use to refill the tank creates those microbubbles in the water.
Sunset in the fishroom. Here are 3 of the 5 working aquariums down in my basement. The 75 is flanked by the two 40s.
I found an unused 47gallon rimless on a local FB group and will be picking that up this evening after work. I think I'll swap the forest tank on the left with the rimless.
Beautiful, love the Angelfish.
The Angel fish can get big I read. I have never had those. I am only small. Haha
My Father use to have an Oscar when I was young. Jumped out of the tank a few times.
Angels are up to 3" in body length, but with fins can seem larger. These are the first 2 I've ever had and I asked a lot of questions online before I decided I'd put them in the tank.
Although I've posted this before, not sure if it was here, but I once had a small aquarium that housed 4 goldfish - one gold, one mottled gold and white, one white and one black (named Blackie). A few days went by and there were only 3 in the bowl - and Blackie seemed a little fatter. Another few days and there were just 2 left and Blackie was bigger. A few more days and only a big fat Blackie remained. That was my one and only experience in keeping fish in an aquarium, so my advice to you is - keep a constant eye on your black angelfish.
Actually, maybe Blackie was a piranha in disguise.
Anything that fits into a fishs' mouth will get eaten including other fish. I do a lot of research and even then there are no guarantees.
Why "THE (metaphorical) SKY" - in the AGE of DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY -
is NO LONGER "THE LIMIT"
I will not be upset nor offended if any/all GROUP members choose not to read the item below in its entirety, nor, even tif they pass it by altogether. It's just something I wanted to explain.
I do several things with PHOTOGRAPHY …
• Take Photographs
• Restore photographs that have been damaged or diminished in quality by various effects of time and age
• Edit photographs, the photographers of which are deceased and whose works has typically ended up in estate sales, etc., in some cases, sadly destined for eternal obscurity, or worse, landfill components. When I acquire these, the following parameters MUST be met:
1) The "seller" must show proof of acquisition and current ownership of the photographs
2) The "seller" must stipulate IN WRITING that the photos are NOT COPYRIGHTS PROTECTED, THAT THEY HAVE NEVER (knowingly to the seller) BEEN PUBLISHED, and, that upon purchasing the photographs (almost always KODACHROME TRANSPARENCIES), that I am also PURCHASING THE COPYRIGHTS.
Of the three such acquisitions I have made, no photograph among them has been less than 25 years old, some, being more than 100 years old; this is likely a manifestation of these having been property from liquidated estates due to the passing of their owners.
All of the above so noted, any of these images subsequently published in any format, if attributed to the copyrights holder, will, if the attribution appears overprinted on the published image itself, will NOT BE CREDITED TO MY NAME, rather to a nom-de-plume I use to associate with my having restored, edited, etc. or literally having saved from its original iteration and all derivatives, its ceasing in any and all forms to continue to exist.
An example; a 35mm Kodachrome slide that • needs to be CROPPED to create a stronger COMPOSITION, • is POORLY EXPOSED but otherwise potentially publishable, • has a VIABLE SUBJECT in the FOREGROUND but a featureless, colorless or distracting background, • has ONE OR MORE DISTRACTING ELEMENTS THROUGHOUT which MUST BE ERASED and REPLACED SO AS TO MATCH ITS SURROUNDINGS (yes, I can do that).
Photo editing and processing (post-processing) used to be done in darkrooms, the best known of its practitioners likely being Ansel Adams. In the digital age, what editing may have been tedious, if not virtually impossible before digital editing , is likely doable to one degree or another today.
And then, there's this …
© A. Mac A.G.
Forgot to say that I thought the image was fantastic.
Do you have a particular app or program you use to be able to interchange the sky images so perfectly?
Depending on the nature of any given image's "need", i use a number of Luminar applications. Sky orientation is important in terms of horizontal and vertical orientation as is color and light intensity matching or, at least coordination. Not every sky looks like it belongs to every foreground. Replacing a sky is a first step, balancing exposure, color saturation and alignment are where the challenges exist.
San Juan Peaks, Colorado Rockies, 1999
Cropped for Composition, Replaced Featureless, Uninteresting Sky, Corrected Original Color and Slight Underexposure
It's pretty clear that my photo postings and compliments for yours are intentionally blowing in the wind. I'll keep that in mind from now on.
One of the least visited National Parks is Lassen Volcanic National Park in NE California. I've been a number of times and it is the rival of any of our National Parks including Yellowstone without the massive number of tourists.
The Native American name for what we now know as Mount Lassen was Kohm Yah-mah-nee , meaning “Snowy Mountain” in Mountain Maidu.
These are photos of it taken from the Internet.
Please click on the link for some of the most spectacular photos that you'll ever see of one of our national treasures.
Wow. On my list.
Sunset Volcano, Flagstaff, Arizona in Winter
thanks for providing this oasis of sanity every week, amac!
I appreciate that greatly, devangelical; I was thinking of posting something about fractals but, since fractals grew out of a study entitled “The Mathematics of Chaos,” doing so might compromise my sanity rating. Still, many thanks.
If I mention to my wife that someone connected me to “sanity” if necessary, will you confirm it?
uh, sure... as long as she doesn't question the source...
Especially appreciated given you are one of the few NewsTalkers I have met in person & sadly, the others are no longer with us. I greatly value our friendship and the days we got to spend together.
Thanks to all; see you Thursday night.
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