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More from Carcassone Castle

As promised, here are the pictures from my Nikon D7200.  Again, I played with all of them in photoshop a bit, just to sharpen things up or make colors pop.  Nothing major.  Some of these didn’t turn out half bad.  The first one is of Dame Carcas.  She greets you at the front gate.

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Carcassone Castle

Here are a few more pictures of Carcassone Castle.  First, I’ll do the iPhone shots.  Tomorrow, I’ll do the the Nikon shots.   I played with all of em in Photoshop.  Hope you like it. If you are in a rush, they are all in the Flickr page.  This first one is taken from the castle walls, pointing at the cathedral.

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Toulouse, France in iPhone

I took a lot of pictures using my iPhone while I was in Toulouse, France.  I wish I could go back and retake all of these pictures with my Nikon, but this is what I’m stuck with.  Still, some of them ain’t half bad.


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Nina in France, part 2

Here are some more attempts at portraits of Nina from our trip to France.  This time, just for fun, I tossed in some pictures I took with my iPhone. In fact, the first three are iPhone pictures. The first one is from our banquet in Toulouse.  She looked gorgeous in her purple dress, but something about this shot screamed silhouette.

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Nina in France

I was in France at the beginning of June for a conference and decided to take a bit of a vacation while I was out there.  We drove through the country, hitting several cities and towns, starting in Toulouse before heading toward Torreilles, up to Marseille, on through Provence, and back to Arles, before finishing in Montpelier.  I was lucky enough to be traveling with Nina, a exceptionally brilliant and stunningly beautiful friend of mine.  Out of the goodness of her heart, knowing that I’m trying to learn how to take portraits, she allowed me to take a few pictures of her.  Here are some of the results.  Clearly, I have a LOT to learn.  Both with my camera and with Photoshop.  Trust me when I say, they don’t even come close to doing Nina’s smile justice.  But I’m learning.  There are 10 pictures total on the Flickr page if you want to see the rest of them.

Toi et Moi Red and Black Shirt Sittin.jpg


Hostel Fish Bar with Lens Correction

I fiddled with the picture a bit more and corrected for the lens (after Sam showed me how to do it). Unfortunately, when doing the lens correction, it looks like i lost some of the light at the top of the picture.  I kinda liked that. I couldn’t get the exact same setting as last time, but it’s close.  Maybe a little dark. Oh, well.  Anyway, here you go.  Just the one picture this time.


Hostel Fish Straightened.jpg


Hostel Fish from Doors Open Denver

This is one of the shots of the Hostel Fish Bar from Doors Open Denver. I’m not thrilled with the shot at all. Nothing lines up even after trying to rotate things. But I jacked around with it in photoshop anyway.

Hostel Fish Dark.jpg


Yucaipa Hills, Darker Days

Some more pictures with the new camera. This time from a hike in the Yucaipa Hills. None of these felt particularly bright, so they have a bit of a dark tinge to them. That first picture, of the tarantula, could have been much better. But I had the wrong lens on the camera and Hina (my dog) was becoming interested, so I had to hurry. Oh, well. Next time…




Flowers in front of Yucaipa City Hall

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  I got a new Nikon D7200 a few weeks back and I’m trying to figure out how to use it.  Here are a few pictures from yesterday.  I missed a lot of the blooms in the small park in front of City Hall, but there are still a few that are hanging on.  These are all taken with a 55-300mm 4.5-5.6G kit lens.

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Back from vacation in Colorado.  Didn’t have the opportunity to take many pictures there.  Between the wind, snow, and cold, I just didn’t do much other than snowboard.  :)  Here are some more Ireland pictures.

Charles Fort ruins outside of Summer Cove, Kinsale Harbor, County Cork


Windows 2010

Here’s another set from my Ireland trip.  Just windows.  The first two are from the Charles Fort ruins outside of Summer Cove, Kinsale Harbor, County Cork.  Same as one of the doors from last time.

Recursive windows.



I haven’t been posting much around here lately.  In fact, it’s been a year since I last posted anything and that was a picture I took while visiting Sam in Denver. There really isn’t much around where I live that I’m excited about shooting. However, I DO have quite a few pictures from previous trips. Most recently, I’ve been looking through my pictures of Ireland and I’ve noticed a few themes. Some of these shots COULD have been spectacular if I knew what the hell I was doing. If I had Sam with his tripod with me, these would be a lot more interesting than they are.  However, I still find them fun to look at and hopefully some of you will, too.

This first set is just doors.

St Ann’s Church in downtown Dublin at 5am.


Denver Photo Challenge: Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Fire

Version 1

Unfortunately, most of my shots of the Denver Performing Arts Center didn’t come out.  Even my shot of Sam turned out blurry.  Which sucks because it’s a shot of him laying on the ground just after taking the picture he posted earlier.  Of all the shots I took, this is the only one that had some nice geometry.  Sam agreed to play with it a bit since I couldn’t photoshop myself out of a paper bag.  This is my favorite version of what he tried.


Some Ferns

I often ask myself why I ever left home…



A Captive Audience

Looking Through Monet’s Window

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Monet’s house outside of Paris.  Although the gardens were beautiful, most of the pictures I took there were not.  However, I did take one picture that I liked very much.  It’s a shot looking through a window of his house out onto the pond at the center of his enormous garden.  No doubt, he sat at this very window painting many of his Water Lilies paintings.  You can just see them in the background, floating on the water.   I never really knew what to do with it because it really doesn’t scream out “MONET!”


Heeeeeeeere, leeezard, leeezard, leeezard….

Just got back from a conference in Porto Rico.  Say hello to my little friend… (more…)

Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission

I spent a large part of my childhood in a small pineapple town called Wahiawa.  On the main road up to where I lived, there’s a Buddhist Mission.  I’ve passed this mission countless times and one day I just decided to go take some pictures.  Here are a few shots of what’s outside.  It was closed when I was there, so I couldn’t go inside…and I’m not sure I could have brought myself to do it anyway.

The first one is a bonsho (bell) and shoro (tower),  donated to the shrine in 1990 by Mr. and Mrs. Tasuke Terao.  I washed out most of the color, but not all of it.  I don’t get too fancy with Photoshop because I really don’t know what I’m doing.  A pure black and white picture seemed a bit TOO grey.


For the Birds


Monkeys & Lemurs

These fun little guys hang out with the turtles I posted last week.  Same exhibit in the Honolulu Zoo across the street from Waikiki.


More Leaves

Since people liked one of the trees/light picture I posted the other day, here are some more.  I’m not very good at picking the “best” when I get lucky a series like this.  I just don’t know enough about composition, I guess.  I just shoot and pray.  Anyway, all of these are of the same patch of light in the same trees.  The first one is the “big picture” shot.  The rest are close ups.  They’re all individual shots and nothing’s been cropped or photoshopped.  I think this first one one is actually my favorite of the four, but I wasn’t sure if the blue in the upper right took away from the drama in the scene…if that makes any sense at all.



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