Arboretum and More

In Bayard Cutting Arboretum, LI, NY, we walked by the shore and visited the farm. We we bought some of their fresh eggs.

A short drive away is Heckscher State Park. We didn’t stay long there.

To cap off the day, we ate dinner at the Snapper Inn. It was very grand and lovely to eating out by the water.

Dahlias at Bayard Cutting

Recently a person said that the colors in my photograph didn’t look real. Here is my response: Yes the colors maybe enhanced or changed, my work isn’t straight out of the camera.

After I shoot an image to make it into what I think it should be I might adjust the composition. Then I adjust the tone. I may make more adjustments to bring out the focal point, Lastly, I use color to enhance or modify the mood. I do most of my editing in the “darkroom” of Lightroom and Photoshop. 

I use photography and post processing as a tool for my artistic expression. When I was a painter I used paint on canvas to create what I wanted to see, and not what was real.

When I make composites or obvious digital art I’ll say so, and if the photos are only slightly edited I won’t. Here is some digital art (Bayard Cutting Arboretum is in Long Island):

Cottage and Greenhouse

The charming little Pink Cottage, Greenhouses, and Camellia House at Planting Fields arboretum, Long Island, New York.

Planting Fields

It was a lovely day after a hard rain in the morning which helped cool things off. Marc, Paula and I had a leisurely walk through the grounds of Planting Fields Arboretum admiring the flowers and trees.

Cloudy Long Island Beaches

It rained on and off during the morning while we there at Gilgo, Captree, Jones and Robert Moses. I didn’t see many shorebirds. It was fun watching the terns fish and squabble. It’s been ages since I went to the shore and we enjoyed the trip and picnic.

The clouds add atmosphere. I love processing the RAW images in Lightroom to reveal what I saw that the camera could not capture. It’s like magic. The last two are by Marc.