Rubic’s Cube

Ava. 2

Ava. 2

Just another bit of digital magic.

Thought for the Day:  Dig your well before you’re thirsty.     Hindu Proverb

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Lego Land

Lego Land

Lego Land

Is this Lego Land?

No, but it’s hard to imagine more Lego pieces in any one place.  Legos are an important part of this family’s play time, developing creative and problem solving skills, while improving fine-motor control.  Even the dog loves the time together.

A recent trip to Lego Land in Kansas City must have been like visiting a toy shrine or a sacred place … a pilgrimage.

Thought for the Day:  He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.   Cicero  (106 – 43 BC)

 

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City of Fountains

Crown Center - Kansas City

Crown Center – Kansas City

In the plaza outside Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City are dancing fountains, rising and falling at different times, sometimes set to music.

A little known fact, as Cliff Claven–postman on “Cheers”– would say, is that Kansas City is the “City of Fountains”. Rome is the only city in the world that has more fountains.

It was a warm spring-like day, still winter by the calendar, and the fountains were going full blast.  The rainbow was an added bonus to the shot.

Thought for the Day:  The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel.                                                                                                                                              Egyptian Proverb

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Baseball

Comin' Home

Comin’ Home

Baseball already?  Yup, high school baseball starts this week.

Just as the college basketball tournaments are ending and March Madness is starting to heat up, I went to a high school baseball game (inter-squad scrimmage) last weekend.  Hey, I’m not ready for baseball!  I want to enjoy college basketball; I don’t even have my brackets filled out for the NCAA basketball tournament yet!

Oh well, it was a beautiful day for baseball, seemed like May rather than March.  There might not be a nicer day this spring.  Who cares what month it is when you get to see your grandson making the first score for his team.

Thought for the Day:  90% of the game is half mental.    Yogi Berra

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Digital Magic

Sunset Hand Stand

Sunset Hand Stand

My ten year old granddaughter was practicing her gymnastics on the dock of our lake in Nebraska on the July 4th weekend.  That was three years ago.

The sunset is a scanned copy of a 1968 photo of a sunset on the Oahe Reservoir near Pierre, SD.  I made a composite of the two digital images to arrive at the image above.

This is modern day photography — digital photography.  Ansel Adams worked similar magic, albeit much more difficult in his day, with the developing process of his era.   Photoshopping is the generic term given for digital manipulation of images taken with a digital camera, and some people call it cheating, but none of Ansel Adam’s great works came directly out of his camera, they were all created in the dark room.

Thought for the Day:  You don’t take a photograph, you make it.    Ansel Adams

 

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Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde NP

Cliff Palace – Mesa Verde NP

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America.  The floor is 100′ below the cliff’s rim above.  The circular tower on the right is over four stories tall.  To get a better sense of the scale, there are two men standing on the rim on the far upper left, and there is a man in a white t-shirt  standing in the shadows at the upper left third point of the photo.

I took this shot about three years ago, but have learned a lot about post processing since the shot was taken.  I added some tonal contrast to the dwellings and lowered some highlights caused by the bright sun on the rock face.

This might be contest-worthy now.  Enjoy.

Thought for the Day:  Hide not your talents, they for use were made.  What’s a sun dial in the shade?    Benjamin Franklin

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Umbrellas

Umbrellas - Sanibel Island

Umbrellas – Sanibel Island

This is a pretty scene, but missing a few key ingredients needed to hang it on my wall. First of all, the sky is boring, pretty, but no interest, needs a few puffy clouds.  Secondly, there is no distinct horizon line, the sky and water are almost identical in color–once again, boring, no waves or ships to provide more depth to the image.

Additionally, there is no detail in the white umbrellas.  The umbrellas are far enough away to maybe let this point slide a bit, but they appear formless to me.  If not for the blue background, they would be almost invisible.  Finally, the umbrellas are not as sharp as I’d like them.

March has come in like a lion, so I continue to post images with warm ideas, albeit not flawless photography.

Thought for the Day:  Old age is coming at a really bad time.

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