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Not everything is Epic, and that's okay. Are we in such a rush to produce The Next Great Image that we forget that conditions aren't always astounding? Lackluster sky? No problem, we say, I'll just add a heaping helping of contrast in photoshop. Now it's Epic! Forest colors aren't quite as rich as we hoped? No worries, I'll just bump the saturation slider. Now it's Epic!


I have no problem in creating beauty, or in processing a good photo to make it great. But when everything is always forced to be Epic it desensitizes us to the moments that actually are. Think back to 2011. How many other photographers' photos instantly spring to mind? How many images actually made such an impact on you that can picture them as vividly and clearly as the day you first saw them? Forget photography for a second. What about sunsets, how many from the past year left such an indelible impression on you that when you think "sunset" that's what you think of. For me, it's maybe two or three in the past 18 months.


So be ok with sunsets, sunrises, conditions, and photos being Not Epic. In the end you'll have a greater appreciation for the few singular moments when things truly are.


Hope this doesn't sound pretentious or ranty, as that's not my intention. I was just noticing that I hadn't posted anything in awhile because I haven't had great conditions lately. I thought about trying to spit-shine one of my recent lackluster shots into something better and it got me thinking about this topic.




This photo is one from one of those special moments for me. When I think "sunset" I think of this night, the insane light show, the great wave action, and the good company (Jave and David. This is another take on one of my most popular images: Arch Angel. This shot was taken a little later than that first shot when the sunset colors got a bit pinker and slightly less glowy.


Tech notes on this photo


Nikon D300s

Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm


f/8 - Sharpest spot on my lens, still adequate for full DOF with my crop sensor

1/1.6 sec.

Cloudy white balance

Lee soft 3-stop GND filter




In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)

- Processed single raw file once

- Global curves adjustment to add contrast and pop

- Local contrast adjustments to enhance shine and streaks in the foreground


In Photoshop:

- Noise reduction via Neat Image plug-in

- Selective sharpening of the arch

- Soft light burn / dodge layer, dodged sky in upper left, used luminosity mask to dodge water streaks, and dodged arch. Burned reflections slightly

- Levels adjustment layer to improve contrast on arch


Until next time



We just returned home from a wondrous trip to the Canadian Rockies and more specifically, Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks. The beauty of each of these incredible parks is wish for each of you is to experience these places firsthand....the experience will leave you breathless and all the better for having witnessed the awesome grandeur of our incredible planet!

Bloedell Conservatory birds and plants. Hand held shooting the always moving. The bright green background comes from the sun shining on some tropical trees behind the bird.

One of the many astounding weather moments we cherished while driving around Iceland.


Happy Monochrome Monday!


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"Con cuanta frescura, hermosura y majestuosidad comienza cada día. Como diciendo: ¡Mira, tienes otra oportunidad, aprovéchala!"


"With what freshness, beauty and majesty begins each day. As saying: hey look, you have another chance, take advantage!"


It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a landscape becomes individual and infinitely splashed with every sharp shade that nature can bestow -- flaming scarlet, lustrous gold, throbbing vermilion, fiery orange.


-- Bill Bryson

Tales of Urbanization of China tells a story about the changing landscapes of contemporary China. In four chapters, virtual installation sheds light upon real-life incidents and predicaments involving the cultural and environmental degradation.

“Over the past few decades, China has been undergoing urbanization at an astounding pace. In 2013, the newly inaugurated national leadership raised the process to a new gear when it unveiled its plan of converting 70 percent of the population to a city-oriented lifestyle by 2025,” the Artists note in their introduction to the work.

Another Awesome image of this wonderful Black Chinned Hummingbird that came to visit our garden on this day, hovering from one Aloe Vera Blossom to another to drink the sweet nectar.


Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend.


Thanks for all your wonderful support on my work in Photography,

Gaston (aka Gasssman).


Captured at Tilgate park on 1st June 2017. Canon 1100D with a Sigma 10mm-20mm lens set at 10mm. Exposure was 60 seconds at ISO1600. Mounted on a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer.


Light pollution on the horizon come from the distant villages of Cuckfield, Balcombe and Pease Pottage.


Humidity was very high and within 20 minutes the equipment was literally dripping. :(


Process was mostly done in Lightroom 6 and certain functions in Pixinsight.

60 second exposure ISO1600 f4.

Canon 1100D with Sigma lens set at 10mm

Processed in Lightroom and Pixinsight.

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. ~Ansel Adams


P.S. Taken with a hand-held black card to control the exposure. Non-HDR.

Stacked star trails from around 100 shots taken at the Lake Tekapo Dark Sky reserve. the amount of stars you can see is astounding

Astounding moment in 2013. Uncropped.

Astound your friends. Recall any date in the years 2016-19 in under 30 seconds.

Explore Nov 7, 2009 # 219


I did not alter the color in this pic at all! Just amazing! Took it this morning. I was shaking when I saw it.


Trying to save the life of a hurt Hummingbird my daughter brought to me. She found it on the sidewalk, Desperate, I put it in with my Society Finches and they are lovingly keeping it warm in their nesting box which it flew into on its own. Its wing is broken, piece is hanging off, so I was shocked it could get up into the nest but it did. I'm working on the nectar formula now.


The name Jatropha is derived from the Greek words for doctor (jatros) and food (trophe).


Jatropha multifida

Common Names: Coral Plant, Physic Nut, Guatemala Rhubarb

Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Biscayne Park FL

Eelco and I were astounded at the beauty of the Slot Canyon near Page, Arizona. Our guide, Rob, attempted to provide us the best photographic opportunities in the narrow, dark canyon. Eelco and I were kind of doubtful any of our photos would come out because it was so cloudy that day. Additionally we had some techinical difficulties with tripods and determining the proper ISO for such a place. Nevertheless, we managed to get a few good snaps.

WOW! I'm astounded!!! I didn't even know that Sparrow Blue knew how to throw leaves up into the air. But, here is the proof! My girl is so talented!!!

The upper clouds are tinted by the setting sun, while darkness creeps all over the areas below.

This magical sight only lasted a few minutes!


.......a bouquet dedicated to all my flickr friends around the world......

surfing in newquay, cornwall

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