Thursday, March 26, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Canberra, Australia

Canberra, Australia, January, 1999.

I've been scanning negatives from my 3-month long Australia trip back in 1999 with Hiram College.

Here's a shot of sulphur crested cockatoos, which were as common as crows in some areas of Australia. The sky was a bit grainy, so I blurred it and used a layer mask to exclude to the blur from the birds themselves.

Shot on Fuji 200, using my first real camera, a Samsung Maxima Zoom.

I thought this would be nice another mid-day addition to Misty-Dawn's camera critters meme.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Restoring Old Family Prints- George Washington Thomas

My great grandmother Ida Thomas probably took this image, sometime, I'm guessing, before 1930, and possibly, much earlier than that. This is my grandfather's father. To put things into perspective, my grandfather is 89 years old. I believe that George Washington Thomas was born on September 9th, 1881 and died in March 1968. I found this photo as I was going through and organizing my "man cave" area/photo studio, and thought that I might be able to use my new found photoshop CS4 skills to restore this photo. What do you think?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sky Watch Friday- Bur Oak and Film Toy Camera

Take a good look at this one. I captured this image using an Eddie Bauer branded four lens toy camera that I found at Megan's parents home in Maine. Each lens has a fixed aperature, and a little disc rotates around each aperature when you press the shutter, resulting in four views recorded on a single frame of 35 mm film.

I left the artifacts, I'm not exactly sure what they are, but I think they give some character and "old-timey" feel to the image.

What do you think?

I had the film processed at CVS and scanned, I adjusted levels and removed a bit of the grain.

Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa, Worthington, Ohio

For more Sky Watch images, and to participate, go here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Today's Flowers- Tulip

A tulip on our table, April, 2008.

When Tom first introduced his readers to the today's flowers meme, I had always wanted to show this image to you. I was amazed how graceful the tulip had become in death, even though the petals were crisp and nearly ready to drop.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Baby Weston

Megan and I welcome our new son to the world yesterday morning. More pics at my Nature Blog.