Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday in the Park

I had a little extra time on my hands after a morning of work at church. I decided to take my camera to a near by park to see what I could get on a very glum day. The second day of spring was overcast with a high of 45 F. The body of water in the back ground is the Clinton River Canal that leads into Lake St Clair. The photo's were gray and lifeless so I warmed them a bit. Even though the day was cold and overcast, I had a great time Photographing some of the local scenery. I hope you enjoy the photographs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dolce Pics 37

Dolce Pic 37

I wasn’t sure what to do with this one so I started experimenting with some different tools. This is what I came up with. In GIMP 2.6 I used the Blend tool - Shape: Conical (sym); Offset: 20; Colors: Black and White; aligned to appear as though light is coming from the window. Readjusted Brightness and Contast. I was pleased with the results.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


How to do macro without a macro lens.

I've tried on several occasions to do macros using my standard lenses. The problem is getting close enough. Then I read about a technique where you take your lens and hold it on backwards. I tried this and with great success. Here is a picture of my winter cap real close up. The f stop is wide open being that it is not connected physically to the camera, the focus is adjusted by moving the camera in and out. I needed full sun light on the object to get enough light. This photo was Picture of the Day on Photovoice on Saturday March 14, 2009.

So How Macro Is This.

The pictures below can give you an idea of how close you can get. The first picture was taken with my ZD 14-45 lens set at 14mm. The lines are 0.05 inches apart. Size of the Object is 0.2 inches by 0.15 inches. The second picture was taken at 45mm make the size 0.7 inches by 0.5inches. As you can see, this method allows you to get in real close. Give it a try, this is lots of fun.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ready for Action

Detroit Fire Department at Work

Two of Detroit's finest working on there engine. Have you been wondering if anyone cares? Here they are. Working as a fireman in Detroit is dangerous work And while not a fireman myself, I see what they have to deal with as I travel around the city working for AT&T. The number of burned out houses speaks of the work that these guys have to do each day. So from one man, My thanks goes out to all the firefighters out there for keeping us safe and saving our lives.

Dolce Pics 36

WYP 36

Learned a new trick just by tinkering with GIMP 2.6. I adjusted the hue until I came up with a green leaf. You can see a little (very little) change in the surface below the leaf. The reason for so little change in the surface may be because it falls within the grays and there is little color to change. This was a simple process that took less than five minutes. If you are looking for inexpensive (free) image editing software, GIMP 2.6 just might work for you. To see the original picture go to Dolce Pics. You might even give it a go yourself.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Picasa: A Great Tool.


Post Process with Picasa

I use two primary tools for post processing of my photographs; Picasa and Gimp. Both programs are available for Windows and Linux operating systems. The above photos shows what can be accomplished with a RAW photograph and Picasa (you can work with jpg's also, but there is more wiggle room with RAW). If you've not tried Picasa it's worth the download.

The above photo was shot at 1/80s, f5.0, ISO 100, and 62mm on a rainy overcast day at about 2 in the afternoon. The original did not look like much, but after a little work with Picasa I was able to have a reasonable presentation for World in Pictures Day at

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Belle Isle Bridge

Belle Isle Bridge

Belle Isle is a favorite location for many Detroit residents. From the north side of the Isle you can see Detroit, and from the south side you can see Windsor, Canada. The easiest way to get to Belle Isle is to cross the bridge. Not only is the bridge functional, but the inherent beauty in the architecture is wonderful to see. If you're looking for a new adventure, Belle Isle is a wonderful place to visit.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Here's Lookin' at You Kid!

Here's Looking at You Kid!
The swans at Belle Isle are beautiful. They are also very friendly. I was able to get up close to several and if I were to bring food they would come closer.

Dolce Pics 35

Dolce Pics 35

Here's my play. I cleaned up the rust at the bottom of the lamp around the fastener, and underneath the finial. I also repaired the socket (I used to be an electrician.) Too top it all off, I wired the lamp so the light would shine. Such a simple object, so much work. (Go to to see the original picture)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ice Castle

Ice Castle

I found this "Ice Castle" on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. The castle is created with a mist of water spraying from the top through-out the whole winter. The formation was enhanced by placing objects (old pine trees, etc) within the structure as it grew. Caves, flowers, trees can be seen in this 30 foot high ice formations. The color is amazing, I could spend hours exploring this wonderful castle.

Sun Rise


This is of one of several small ponds at a beautiful park in Clinton Township Michigan. This park gives the illusion of being in a small glade with trickling streams, glistening ponds, and a path that meanders through a forest wonderland. There is activities for young and old alike. This picture took 1st place in the October 2008 photo contest at