Fence Post Photograph, Bannack State Park, MT

On September 10, 2016, in Montana, by admin
Cemetery Fence Post, Bannack State Park, MT

Cemetery Fence Post, Bannack State Park, MT (click to enlarge)

The above image is the corner post of a tombstone enclosure located in the Bannack State Park cemetery.  The wood in these enclosures, many in a state of disrepair, show great texture from their time spent in the harsh weather conditions.  It appears that the tombstone itself has been removed from most of the enclosures.

I processed the image using Google’s Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.  If you use Photoshop, get the Nik Software collection.  Besides being free, these plug-ins can add great effects to your image while simplifying your workflow.

The approximate location of the above image is marked by the yellow pushpin on the Google Earth screen capture below.  The white elipse on the picture shows the location of a several of these wooden enclosures.  This set of enclosures line up nicely to serve as backgrounds for each other when shooting down the line.

Bannack State Park, Montana, Cemetery Fence Post Location

Bannack State Park, Montana, Cemetery Fence Post Location

Bannack State Park Cemetery N45 10 29, W113 00 55

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Florence Night Skyline

On September 28, 2013, in Italy, Photography Tips, by admin
Florence Night Skyline

Florence night skyline from the tower of the Hotel Torre Guelfa.

Another panorama taken with my Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pro Omni-Pivot Package.  This was a series of nine images stitched together using Photoshop’s Photomerge function (File -> Automate -> Photomerge).  Each image was a 25 second exposure.

The image was taken from the tower of the Hotel Torre Guelfa.  This is the tallest privately owned tower in central Florence.  The hotel has a bar at the top of the tower which is the perfect place to watch sunset.

Be sure to book early and ask for Room 315.  Here is what the website says about that room (we booked it):

Room 315 is our jewel in the crown. One arrives through a very steep stair which leads from the third floor to an even higher level, where you find yourself on the roofs of Florence! Characteristic is a big terrace,  equipped with sofa and comfy chairs and a remote controlled shade, which allows you to live the city in a privileged way, even during the hottest season of the year. A romantic iron canopy bed and visible wooden beams on the attic ceiling makes this room so special.

I heard about this hotel during a photography seminar that I attended at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  The seminar leaders, Tom and Pat Cory, also run a seminar in Italy.  Tom and Pat base their Florence photography seminars in this hotel.  If you are interested in a photography seminar in the Smokey Mountains, Tom and Pat are highly recommended.

Location:N43 46 09.20  E011 15 11.04