Tag: pictures

This Resplendent Fall

 

After a summer of smoke from wildfires, we get this. My daughter and I hiked a scenic trail when I was visiting her last week.

This gorgeous fall has been a kind of convalescence from the cloying haze and heat of the smoky summer. I’ve been outside on walks as frequently as possible.

Oh, Yeah! Cuba. (Again)

 

The photographic tour of Cuba continues, heading south, to Playa Girón. To Americans, this is the infamous site where hundreds of Cubans were slaughtered after Castro’s forces met a weak militia that anticipated American support. I can’t say what the average Cuban thinks about the failed invasion, but their fates were sealed — Cuba was Castro’s.

Tales from My Camera Roll

 

In June, we had a string of storms. When it rained, it poured—and it rained often. There were high winds, and at least once, it hailed. There’s my faithful little red Subaru just waiting it out.

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“O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging;” I got to looking at our Christmas tree the other day, an artificial Target-brand something or another fir, that we’ve had for about six years. This particular tree came with pre-lit incandescent white bulbs, to which I typically add about 200-250 additional lights to […]

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If I Published My Own Post Cards

 

I’ve been taking photos for years, starting in middle school and continuing to today. I spent years working on black-and-white photos in the darkroom and really loved the control one has over your photos’ look. The birth of digital photography has brought that joy back. With great tools like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, I can crop, adjust contrast, and tweak however I’d like. I can even “cheat” by removing unwanted items from a photo (although I do that sparingly: One must protect the integrity of the image unless one just calls it “art”).

At this point, I have about 9,500 pictures in my Lightroom catalog, going back about three years. I find there are some I really like. So I thought, which one of these would I want to publish as postcards or in a calendar? That is the subject of this post: To share some of my photographs that I particularly like. Selecting the photos was difficult. Even with excluding people pictures (mostly family and friends, so not internet-eligible), my original culling left me with over 30 photos. The standard I learned in the 1980s was that a National Geographic photographer would take 20,000 photos to print 15, so quantity enables quality. So, I had to get below 30.

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It’s pretty subtle, but I’ve noticed an air of negativity around these parts recently. Even non-political posts are somewhat dour. So, time to change that. Post the funniest images you have. No politics though (unless it’s really funny). (A hint: if you have a large picture, you should also host it on some other image […]

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Sadly, we can’t all be EJ Hill (not all at once, anyway). So it helps to have a handful of versatile stock pictures around to keep readers attentive between your post’s title and their chance to respond to it. Here are a few images which address common Ricochet needs. Feel free to add your own. […]

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