Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ranch Windmill 2006 Revisited


I was looking at some old photos I had put in Flickr, and ran across this photo of the windmill on the ranch. I had taken it in 2006, and had not done much processing on it before I posted it up. I decided to process it again with all the newer gadgets I've acquired in the 9 years since. Nothing fancy, just enhancing some colors, etc.


This is much more like I remember the scene on the day I took the photo. Maybe the grass was a little less green, but I think it's an improvement over the shot as it came out of the camera. 

With all the rain we're having recently, I took some shots of the windmill as it is today. Maybe I'll make a new photo the topic of the next post. We'll see.

Hoping all your shots come out beautiful,
Mike Z

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Can't get enough of these sunsets!


One of the truly wonderful things about this new home of ours is seeing the beautiful sunsets out in the country, away from all the "city stuff" that blocks the views of nature. I have gone to places like Big Bend National Park and Palo Duro Canyon State Park and dozens of other places, and the sunsets seem to be what I admire most when I'm there.

This photo was taken outside our house just as the sun dipped below the horizon. I had to work on it a little to bring out the grass in the foreground. Hope you like it!

Till next time,
Mike Z

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Spider Web in the Sunset Light


This afternoon I was sitting in the dining room looking out the window, and noticed the sun shining on a spider's web in the side yard. It looked so cool I wanted to see if I could take a photo that did it even a little bit of justice. I grabbed my "lesser camera," the Nikon Coolpix P90, and raced outside. By the time I got there, the sun had moved a little, and the effect was a little different. I snapped a few photos, and these two worked out.


I tried very hard to enhance the fine lines of the web, without getting ridiculous with the sharpening. There was also some chromatic aberration (blue halo's around the web lines) that I had to deal with. All in all, I think the photos came out pretty well. I hope you enjoy them. As always, click on the images to see them larger.

So until next time, I hope all your photos come out beautiful.

Mike Z

Monday, May 25, 2015

New Braunfels Sunset After the Rainstorm

Sunset in New Braunfels TX from our backyard

Well, seems like we have had nothin' but rain since we moved into our new house. It makes it hard to keep the grass mowed, and also to keep the boxes dry as we unpack. One good thing however, is the beautiful sunsets that grace us frequently after the monsoon rains.

We have been very lucky to be spared the devastation that the rains and flooding have caused in the Hill Country. Over 250 houses were swept away in Wimberley, and dozens of lives were lost. Austin has had flooding much worse than the 1984 Memorial Day floods. Tornadoes have struck all around us, causing major damage in some places. We are truly lucky.

I hope you are warm and dry where you are, and that you had a blessed Memorial Day.

Til next time,
Mike Z