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Chalktober Fest

The weather has sucked lately and I have not been able to get out with the camera and have been working entirely too much.  The sun came out today and needing a break, we headed over to the Marietta Square for Chalktober Fest.

The talent these people have is just beyond belief.  My favorites are the one that are drawn in a perspective 3D and you will see a few in the gallery.  Below are 2 pictures of the same drawing from two angles.

Chalktober Fest, Marietta, Georgia (October 2015)
Chalktober Fest, Marietta, Georgia (October 2015)
Chalktober Fest, Marietta, Georgia (October 2015)
Chalktober Fest, Marietta, Georgia (October 2015)

Click on the gallery below to see the rest of the pictures.  This was absolutely incredible.

Images of Memorial Day 2015

Marietta National Cemetery is a peaceful and beautiful place located just off the square in Marietta, Georgia.  Each Memorial day over 18,000 flags are placed on the graves.  Spending an hour there by myself taking these photos was inspiring and found my self reflecting on what these men did for us…..

Sope Creek – The Magic of PaintShop

I have upgraded to a Canon EOS 70D DSLR and I am also recovering from surgery.  I really wanted to get out and take some photos and the only time I could get a ride was on a dreary rainy day.

The first picture pretty much sums up the look of the day.

I had read about shooting RAW images and started doing so with this camera.  I have also been reading up on HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.  In HDR photography you generally take 3 photos, one properly exposed and then one under exposed and one over exposed.  Using PaintShop or Photshop, the images are combined into one, bringing out many details that are lost in a single picture.  Playing in PaintShop, I discovered it can take a RAW file and process the 3 different images needed to create a HDR photo.

The bottom photo was created using that process.  I also increased the vibrancy and added some local tone mapping.  I was impressed with the result.

Sope Creek as it looked on  dreary, drizzly day.
Sope Creek as it looked on dreary, drizzly day.
After playing with PaintShop Pro.
After playing with PaintShop Pro.

Marietta Square in Black and White

I am still playing with the Canon Rebel 35mm and the difference in black and white photos between a “shopped” digital photo and Kodak TMax 35mm is quite amazing.  Spent a quiet afternoon with my daughter on the square in Marietta, Georgia.  I need to go back and add to this collection…..

Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins

Old Paper Mill Rd Bridge at Sope Creek
Old Paper Mill Rd Bridge at Sope Creek

Sope or Soap Creek was an industrious little area in the middle 1800’s.  Near intersection of Paper Mill Road and Sope Creek are several old industrial ruins. These ruins used to be the center of an industrial center based on the waterpower that the creek produced. During the period from 1850 to 1940, a paper mill, twine plant, flour mill and hydroelectric power plant occupied an area about one mile long.  At one time a wooden covered bridge spanned the creek here, but was lost on March 29, 1964 when it burned to the ground leaving behind only the steel shanks and masonry.

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