Sep 112013
 

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Processed this photo taken of a bucket of pasta shapes in a Mexican grocer. The original color is an annoying and rather blah orange. This was run through Topaz Clarity, Topaz Re-Style and Topaz Clean to make it more interesting to look at. Had a great time exploring this grocer and will probably post a few more before I’m done.

Sep 082013
 

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Last weekend I went on a solo camping trip to Buckskin Mountain for a trial run with my new tent and camping gear.  I grew up tent camping and continued well into adulthood but abandoned it when I met Carl twenty years ago.   Fellow photo blogger Storki  and her solo trip to Alaska awoke a yearning within me and inspired me to plan my own solo camping trip.  Next Saturday  I will camp in the Hualapui Mountains near Kingston AZ one night (following a company picnic at the same location) and then I’ll drive to the Grand Canyon for 3 nights and then onto Moab, UT for another 3 nights – and then a stop in Williams, AZ before returning home.  I have been researching and planning now for the last two weeks…. expect some phenomenal photos in after I get back!

 

Sep 082013
 

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This is a beach scene on the Colorado River at Buckskin State Park in Arizona over Labor Day weekend.  Although only an hour north of my desert home, these greens and blues stand in stark contrast to what I normally see.

 

 

Aug 292013
 

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Meet Mr. & Mrs. Quail. Every evening a covey of Quail run through our park.  It can only happen in the summer when the park is nearly deserted of residents.  I finally decided it was time to make an effort to sneak up  catch a couple with my camera.

 

Aug 202013
 

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“Did I say that?” By this monkey’s expression, he may have already have spoken those “evil” words.  I am loving TOPAZ ReStyle.  Just to show you what it can do, here is the original image, after running it through Topaz Clarity and Lens Effect / UV Haze: Continue reading »

Aug 192013
 

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So many goods are made in China these days… yet most are imported by American companies.  I was surprised to see this truck load… because it means that this particular Chinese company is likely exporting directly.  The writing on these boxes is prophetic… what will happen if all Chinese manufacturers figure out how to cut out the American middleman?