Three Bare Roses

Three Bare Roses

This is my final shot of these roses (perhaps). I hope I have encouraged you to look at flowers differently … and not just give up on them when they are “past prime display”.

On a technical note: I struggled with the printing of this image. The background was tinted a light magenta that wasn’t what I wanted at all. The reason was that after a recent operating system update on my Mac, my system preferences for printing had been modified and re-set to “Apple Air Print”. This option works well enough for printing documents, but not for photographic prints where you are concerned with precise replication of colors. The result was that I had to delete the printer and reinstall the Epson driver. I was aware of this issue from past experiences, but it had slipped my mind after this update. If you have a Macintosh and struggle with getting colors, make sure you check to make sure the print driver is the latest from the printer manufacturer and not the generic Apple Air Print default.

Rose Bouquet

Rose Bouquet

I’m continuing to work with these dried roses. I liked the variation in this bouquet. This one really looks better if it’s bigger … you can see a larger image on screen by clicking on the image, but it really looks great printed at 17×22.

Dock, Ferry, Sailboat, Kingfisher and Mt Rainier

Dock, Ferry, Sailboat, Kingfisher and Mt Rainier

This is downtown Port Townsend and the old ferry dock. In the background is the ferry heading over to the ‘new’ terminal about 1/4 mile … at the other end of downtown PT. I noticed the kingfisher sitting on the cables running between the pilings, and wished I had my telephoto lens (too heavy to carry around just in case). And Mt Rainier behind the mast of the sailboat is also a minor picture element. I like the combination of these … but it really breaks one of the rules of photography: the subject should be easy to recognize. Here, there are too many separate picture elements. But, I like it anyway.

Upper Dungeness Trail

Upper Dungeness Trail (1)

The Upper Dungeness Trail runs from Olympic National Forest lands into the Buckhorn Wilderness area. I backpacked in recently to enjoy the solitude and quiet … (which would have been easier if there weren’t so many other folks wanting the same thing). But it’s a wonderful trail without much elevation gain … at least in the section I was hiking. The area has never been logged, but I suspect there was a fire at some point, since it really doesn’t have the feel of an old growth forest.

Upper Dungeness Trail (2)

Seagull in Sunburst

Seagull in Sunburst

I was still trying out the Nikon F6 (with Portra 400 film) … when I buy a used film camera, I try to get a roll or two of images shot fairly quickly, so I can determine if the camera is working well. This image shows the high contrast that results in the shadow areas going completely black. Digital images give you a lot more ability to recover some of the details in those areas …

What I like about this image is there was a seagull flying over that got ‘caught’ in the sunburst caused by the lens diaphragm. I didn’t even notice the gull at the time.

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