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An orchid to begin my day.  Stay tuned there are a few more orchids coming your way in the next few days!



Edited in SnapSeed

Edited in Snap Seed

Edited in Snapseed the converted to Black and White

Edited in Snap Seed then converted to Black and White

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Connect & Tags

Photo 101 assignment #6: Connect & Tags

The first image is one that I posted before but I did a little more editing to it as I thought that it was too dark.  Let me know if you think this is better than the original.



The original image was a in-camera conversion.  I am learning that I prefer to do the conversion myself as I have more control.

My second image for “connect” I used an escalator.  It is not a literal connection but it is a way to connect to our destination.  In my case to a train then home.

Connection 2

Connection 2


Original – no edits


The second part of the assignment is “tags”.  I already tag and most times I am sure I over tag so for this post I have used less and will try to heed the warning about using too many tags.

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Our Blizzard

For the past couple of days the news stations predicted that we would get 6-12 inches of snow.  Well needless to say they were incorrect.

Here is a picture from balcony showing the snow drift.

No Edits

Original – No Edits (1)

SnapSeed Edits with about 60% HDR effects

SnapSeed Edits with about 60% HDR effects (2)

SnapSeed edits with about 60% HDR effects converted to back & white

SnapSeed edits with about 60% HDR effects converted to back & white (3)

Which do you prefer?


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The Paintworks – Gibbsboro NJ

On a minor detour for my Side Street Sunday post I went to the former location of Lucas Paints affectionately called “The Paintworks” of Gibbsboro New Jersey.  Looking up some of the history shows that the Lucas’ searched most rivers east of the Mississippi to find a lake that had the least amount of minerals in it and found that Silver Lake was perfect for his paint making needs.

Although they did not know it at the time the making of lead based paint contaminated the lake.  Over the years the lake was cleaned and turned into a beautiful park with a walking/running trail.


In camera black & White with edits in SnapSeed.

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Side Street Sunday (6) – Part 1 – Black & White

Today’s Side Street Sunday post was not taken on a new road but on a road that I frequently travel.

I like to take this road because of the railroad tracks.  I like to imagine the different place that the conductor has steered his train.

Have you every imagined (only the good stuff) being a Hobo back in the day?  Stealing a ride on board one of the freight cars?  Where would you go?  Would you always live your life as a Hobo forever travelling and seeing the country or would you just like to get to a new place to start ?

The pictures were all done black and white in camera (rich tone Mono) no edits.


There was this machine on the tracks that I have seen before bu can only assume that it helps keep the tracks straight and remove the debris.


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I made it in the local paper-2

One of my pictures made it to the SHOW US  Your South Jersey section of the

Courier Post newspaper today.

 I feel like a kid in the candy store with a pocket full of change to buy what ever I want.

I was selected for a picture that I posted here on WP on 6/27/14 “Reflections of me“.








Unfortunately I also got credited for another picture (trees framed by the brick wall) that is not mine.

 I hope the paper will make a correction.




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