Post Processing

I’m not a straight out of the camera (SOOC) kind of guy. I love post processing almost as much as shooting. While there are several definitions, I like photographer Jeff Harmon’s. Post processing is using a process to transform photos from what was captured in a camera either to be closer to what our eyes saw, or to alter the image artistically. Before the digital age it was darkroom magic. Now it’s done on a computer.

I’d like to take you through the post processing I used on a recent photo. Here’s the original shot “right out of the camera”.
Not much impact, but I knew I had something with the subject’s gesture mirroring the figure in the foreground of the mural. My next step was to apply tone-mapping to enhance the detail in the highlights and shadows. Which looked like this.
Now it was time to crop and straighten the image so the subject is more prominent.
Now we’re getting somewhere. Close . . . but still not what I’m seeing. That light stanchion obscures the figure in the foreground of the mural which is what really makes the photo work. It was a long tedious process to remove it and rebuild the mural behind it. I need a lot more practice with this kind of stuff, but this is what I ended up with.
I then added the Oscar Wilde quotation “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life” to tie it all together.

Spring Bulb Show

The first weekend in March brings the opening of the Spring Bulb Show at Smith College in Northampton,Massachusetts. Horticulture students pot the bulbs in October for placement in cold storage. Throughout the winter pots are brought into the warm greenhouses based on a schedule for each species. Using precise timing and temperature control all the bulbs are coaxed to flower simultaneously despite their different natural bloom times. The result is a gorgeous feast for the senses.


We finally got some snow in Western Massachusetts . . . no blockbuster storm, but three separate days of small accumulations. Not surprisingly, my camera and I headed to Northampton. From the beautiful campus of Smith College to the quaint but vibrant downtown it’s a photographer’s dream. It’s gorgeous any time of year, but especially so in the snow.

Let It Snow

The lack of snow so far this winter has taught me to look at the landscape a little differently. Naked trees and brown ground present a different kind of beauty. Here’s a gallery of my January shots so far. Some made the cut for my Facebook page, others did not. I’m still looking forward to some snowscapes before winter’s end.

12 Photographs

It was the great American landscape photographer Ansel Adams who said, “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” I selected one photo from each month of 2015. I’m not sure how significant they are, but, for me, it’s a pretty good crop.

My Hometown

Being a photographer, I have sometimes envied others who lived near the seashore or in the mountains. “How lucky are they?” I thought, “to be surrounded by such beauty every day.” Over the years I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to travel far and wide to find beauty. It’s right outside my door.
I grew up in Southwick. I played here. I went to school here. I worked here. I fell in love with and married a Southwick girl. Our wedding was in the white church in the center of town. We moved away. Then we came back to raise our kids in Southwick . . . our hometown. I wrote a blog piece about it a couple of years ago.
A lot has changed over the years, but there is much that has remained the same. I could probably move to the seashore or the mountains and be very happy . . . but I would dearly miss my hometown, Southwick, Massachusetts.

Old Sturbridge Village

Autumn always fills me with nostalgia. What better way to travel back in time than an October visit to Old Sturbridge Village? Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, which re-creates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s.The Village includes 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills, and a working farm

Cape Cod

One of the perks of retirement is vacationing after Labor Day. The last weekend of September Lynne and I head for the Cape. The weather has been beautiful the last couple of years.The crowds are gone, but everything is still open.
I tried to capture a bit of the feel with this gallery.

Downtown Springfield

I don’t often get into downtown Springfield. Last Friday I was dropping off some prints at the Valley Photo Center in Tower Square and took the opportunity for a stroll. The murals from last month’s Jazz & Roots Festival were still up giving the Court Square area a very “artsy” feel.