Desktop – Thomas Stone National Historic Site

On September 28, 2014, in Maryland, by admin
Desktop - Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Desktop – Thomas Stone National Historic Site (click to enlarge)

This image is from the desk in Haberdeventure, the house at Thomas Stone National Historic site.  After touring the site, it appears that Stone’s sole claim to fame is that he is one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Then again, that is a pretty big thing to be known for!  Stone’s signature if the third one below Thomas Jeffersons.

This is all natural lighting form a window to the right of the image.  To maximize depth of field, this is a 22 second exposure at f22.

N38 31 52.24

W077 02 21.43

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Eastern State Penitentiary

On October 3, 2013, in Pennsylvania, Photoshop Tips, by admin
Chair, Cell Block 8, Cell 21, Eastern State Penitentiary

Chair, Cell Block 8, Cell 21, Eastern State Penitentiary

Dug up another image from my last trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  This is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image composed of four images each about 1 f-stop apart.  In this case I used Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 to merge the images.  I like HDR images, they look almost 3-D.  I should say I like HDR images, as long as they are not “overcooked”.

You could also use Photoshop’s Merge to HDR Pro Function (File -> Automate -> Merge to HDR Pro).  I have used both in the past, but prefer the Nik Software because it has more presets as well as better control over the merged image.  The Nik Collection is a great deal at $149.  Get the trial offer and try it for yourself.  There are also some video demonstrations on YouTube that demonstrate the versatility of the entire collection.

Location: N39 58 05.95  W075 10 21.49


On October 1, 2013, in Florida, Photography Tips, by admin
Fort Jefferson Arches

Fort Jefferson Arches

Everyone has to have at an “arches” image in their portfolio.  Repetition of shapes is a classic composition technique and a series of arches fits that description.  Here in DC the most common arch image comes from the front entrance to Union Station near the Capital building.

My arches come from the second floor of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas (Funny story.  I wanted to link to the National Park Fort Jefferson web page but received the following:  “Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to”  Who knew a government shutdown would cause them to close websites).

Several judges at the Northern Virginia Photographic Society have commented that if color is not integral to the image, make it black and white.  The original image consisted of reddish tones (bricks) and grays (the gravel floor).  In the original image color just did not contribute to the composition.  Converting to black and white accentuates the texture of the bricks which contribute more to the image than the red bricks and gray floor.

Location: N43 04 13.68 E001 38 03.40