Monthly Archives: November 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge & Travel Theme: Backstays of the Sun

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Sky, and the Weekly Photo Challenge is Let There Be Light! Putting the two together—

Crepuscular rays, also called “Backstays of the Sun” and even “Fingers of God”. Let There Be Light, indeed!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light, Take Three

By Vladimir Brezina

Oh, all right… I can’t resist having a third go at this week’s Photo Challenge, Let There Be Light! (The first two responses were here and here.)

The Tribute in Light, seen on our Hidden Harbor Tour on September 10, 2013.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Let There Be Light! Our first response was here, but here’s another, quite different take on the theme…

Little pools of light in the gathering darkness… The lamps come on in NYC’s Central Park on a snowy night.

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February 8, 2013. More photos are here. And yet a third interpretation of “Let There Be Light!” is here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Let There Be Light!

Artificial lights are all very well, but they can’t compete with the real thing!

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(Two more interpretations of “Let There Be Light!” are here and here.)

Photography 101: Your Workflow, Part II

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Last week, fellow photographers on introduced their workflows and editing processes, and talked about how their very best images move from their cameras to their blogs. Today, we’ll wrap up this discussion and focus on important pre-publish tasks and ways to protect your photography online.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Unexpected.

On our kayak trips through New England, we expect to see birds, seals, even whales…

But one day last May, as I was paddling through the desolate Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts, I rounded a rocky point and came face to face with this huge, shaggy, horned beast, lounging on the beach and looking at me with uncomfortable interest.

Unexpected, to say the least.

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The story of that trip and more photos are here.

Travel Theme: Fragrant

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Fragrant.

It’s not even Thanksgiving, but the first Christmas decorations have already made their appearance in NYC store windows, so it’s not too early for this post…

No plastic Christmas trees for us. We always have a real tree. Plastic trees can look pretty, but lack an essential element of Christmas—the fragrance of a real tree, especially when that fragrance is released by the heat of real candles…

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More photos from Christmas 2011 are here, and from Christmas 2012 here. Looking forward to Christmas 2013!


By Vladimir Brezina

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Yesterday afternoon in New York City’s Central Park (click on any photo to start slideshow)—

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More photos are here.

Photography 101: Your Workflow, Part I

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This is the fifteenth installment of Photography 101.

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In her Photography 101 tutorial, Leanne Cole introduced us to the basics of image editing, using tools in Adobe Photoshop. As we mentioned, you don’t have to pay for software to edit and process your images — there are free options out there like Pixlr and Picasa, as well as built-in tools on your Mac or editing and organizing tools for Windows, like Photo Gallery.

Today, we’re talking with photographers about their workflows: after a photo shoot, what do they do next? How does an image move from camera to blog? “Getting the shot” is just one part of the process. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a beginning photoblogger, you should have a process for uploading and displaying your images on your blog.

Let’s read how others do it, shall we?

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More Florida Birds

By Vladimir Brezina

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We’ve traveled to Florida a number of times over the past couple of years, and each time I’ve come back with hundreds—sometimes thousands!—of bird photos. The bird life on the Gulf Coast of Florida is amazingly rich and varied, and the birds have learned to tolerate, at least up to a point, human proximity…

Needless to say, processing thousands of bird photos has taken a long time.

But I’ve been getting through it. I’ve posted a few selections of the photos along the way (here, here, here, and here), and here now is the final installment.

As usual, though, I need help with identification! The identity of many of these birds is obvious, even to me, but of others not quite so obvious. But I know there are some real Florida bird experts among our readers… :-)

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Still more photos are here and here.