Mixed Bag

Revising a few old and recent images. Plus, a couple of experiments.

The third image is an old exhibit on the High Line of different colored glass representing the color of the Hudson River at various times of the day. Muhheakantuuck is the native American word for river that flows both ways.

The last image is the light house bent with time.

Greenbrook Edits

I downloaded a trial version of Boris FX Optics to see if it is worth purchasing to take my photographs to the next level. I will not buy it. I can do all that Optics offers in Photoshop. If on occasion I want some other presets I have On1 Effects, Luminar Neo and AI, and Topaz Photo AI. What I use the most are Blake Rudis’ F64 Elite panels in Photoshop Zone System Express and Palette Effects Bundle – f.64 Elite (f64elite.com). These buttons in the panels are basically shortcuts to what can be done in Photoshop without the panels. These addons make it faster to get what I want done. Blake’s tutorials explain how they work in detail.

After enhancing my edits and before photographs.

Green Brook 1/21/2023
Green Brook Pond Spillway 1/22/2023
Moss and lichen, Greenbrook 1/22/2023

Flooded City

A recurring dream of mine: New York City became flooded, and we live on the 4th floor by the Hudson River. A rowboat rowed by nuns comes to our window, and I climb in. We row of into the darkness. There are many other little boats with lights in the Hudson River. The city lies in darkness, but I feel content. I get into my sleeping bag and stare up at the stars as I drift off to sleep.

I sent in the text to Loóna – fall in love with sleep again (loona.app) as part of their new “Turn your sweetest dreams into art” and they used AI to create these images of my dream. I altered them a little. I turned off the city lights because if the city became flooded there would be no lights.  I like to use Loona to help me get to sleep.

Oyster Bay B&W

Conversions of two photographs from Oyster Bay – Sherry Felix – port4u and Hempstead Harbor – Sherry Felix – port4u to black and white.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

We attended a walk in Dumbo led by photographers who gave talks and classes at OPTIC. We split up into groups. I went around Brooklyn Bridge Park with Camille Seaman who gave a talk on the Polar Regions at OPTIC. She is a Shinnecock Native American photographer. I like her message and style of teaching. There was a filming of the Best Man… taking place there too.

Watercolor Rabbit

My second experiment with watercolor in Photoshop. After and before: