Insects and

I went to Central Park with only my Nikor-Micro f2.8 105mm G lens on my D750 to photograph small things. After throwing out almost all of them I am left with these. I apologize for the poor quality of a few but I included them because I am so proud of myself for identifying them.

Thirteenth Century Doors

These doors are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The late thirteenth century carved wooden doors are probably from a Beyhaqkim Mosque, Anatoloa, Konya. they are decorated with a radiating interlacing star pattern with epigraphic and arabesque panels at the top and bottom. They are inscribed, “The wise one is he who has learned a lesson form experience. And the ignorant one is he who does not think of the consequences.”

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors June 23, 2016.

13 c. Doors, Met, NY 6/19/2016
13 c. Doors, Met, NY 6/19/2016

Castle – July One Photo Focus

The original “castle” by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography was dark (on purpose I’m sure) so first I opened up the shadows in Lightroom. I felt that the castle needed some breathing space and some interest in the sky. To do that I masked the castle in Photoshop and imported a suitable background of my own, taken in Panama 5/21/2014, to place behind it. I selected the water and duplicated it as a layer and stretched it to fill the bottom and stretched part of it to fill the area on the bottom left. I blended it in by cloning and masking then merged those layers. Lastly, I brought it into onOne for a few more adjustments.

Created for Stacy Fischer’s July One Photo Focus.

Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan with Volcan Baru background by Sherry Felix
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan with Volcan Baru background by Sherry Felix
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan