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Posts tagged “Monochrome





A foggy December morning along the river in downtown Wichita, Ks.  That’s the science center called Exploration Place in the background.

Windmills In The Mist





OK, actually it’s Windmill, singular, and fog…and the tree is more prominent than the windmill.   But Windmills In The Mist sounded better.

The Path

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Taken before all the leaves fell from the trees at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Ks.  I was shooting fall color but this has had an infrared style filter applied in post processing.  I think this was one of the filters built into Lightroom.  The color version is nice too, but the leaves here were still mostly green, so I got out of hand with the filter thing.

Urban Landscape-View from 21rst Street




This is a scene from one of the less attractive sides of Wichita.  Grain elevators are a common sight here, as they are all across the plains.   I also seem to be obsessed with old water towers that look like rockets on the launch pad.  This particular one has been bedeviling me for years, this is the first time I actually stopped to photograph it.  The clouds were interesting on this day, so I stopped for a grand total of about 90 seconds to grab a few frames.   (This involved parking at the side of a busy street in not the greatest area of town. )  It’s an HDR, monochrome conversion with a little extra post processing.

Supernatural Fog #6




Moonlight Fountain



This is the rather impressive and often photographed JC Nichols fountain in Kansas City, Mo.   This was one of my favorite images from a recent visit, although I fear this is one of those “it REALLY looks better when you see it large”  images.



Might as well finish out the week with another cool hood ornament.  This one is from a 1941 Pontiac, on display at the Black Top Nationals in Wichita.

The Unexpected



On Memorial Day my wife and I headed out to search the countryside for interesting barns or other scenes to photograph.   We stumbled across a beautiful Memorial Day display at the cemetery in Benton, Ks., which I posted an image of on Monday.  We did find a barn, but the sky was not particularly interesting.   We ended up eating a little picnic lunch at Lake Afton, which is a few miles from Wichita.   As I looked up at the underside of the wooden shelter we were under, I thought…wow that looks kind of interesting.  I took a bracketed set, put it through Photomatix, then back into Lightroom for level tweaks and a monochrome conversion.   A totally unexpected subject, and turned out to be one of my favorites of our little trip.

Monochrome Morning At Portland Head


Another day has begun as the sun rises above the Atlantic as viewed from near the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.  HDR strikes again!  I suspect trying to achieve this “old school” with neutral density grad filters or darkroom voodoo would have been quite a bit more difficult.   I am quite fond of this crop.   It occurs to me that if I were the devious sort and had a lot of time on my hands, this could become a nice moon over the water type shot.   Is replacing the sun with the moon against the photo rulebook?  Will the photo purists come visit in their black helicopters?  I’m probably already on their watch list.   I doubt I have the skills necessary to pull of a celestial object swap convincingly  anyhow.  Let’s just forget I mentioned it.

Wichita Skyline



Good old downtown Wichita, Kansas on the Arkansas River.   This is a three exposure HDR, processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.   I couldn’t get the color temperature to look right to me, but low and behold, I think it worked better as a black and white anyway.