Bottle Shelf, Highland Village, Nova Scotia

Bottle Shelf, Highland Village, Nova Scotia (click to enlarge)

Here are antique bottles on a shelf in one of the houses at Highland Village in Iona, Nova Scotia.  The original had the brownish two-tone bottles up against a beige wall.  Too much beige for me so I used Silver Efex Pro to convert to black and white.

The village has several buildings full of knick-knacks.  If it rains while you are there, duck into one of the buildings (or huts!), and spend some time photographing knick-knacks and details.

Highland Village: N45 56 54.26  W60 49 03.76

Snow Girls

On April 9, 2017, in Garage Photography, Photography Tips, by admin
Snow Girls

Snow Girls (click to enlarge)

After the snow ends, take out your camera before you take out your shovel.  Here is an image I took next to my front door after the snow stopped.

This is a small statue that sits right against the red brick wall of our house.  The red brick wall dominates the original image taking the viewers eyes off the snow and statue.  Because the statue is so close to the brick wall, I could not blur it using aperture.  In Photoshop, I selected the brick wall and used a blur filter to get rid of the brick patterns.  Blurring the red bricks put the emphasis on the statue and not the wall.

I then used Silver Efex Pro from the Google Nik Collection to convert the image to black and white.

Remember, there is always time to shovel snow, so make your camera the priority!

Cartridge Belt, Big Hole National Battlefield

On February 26, 2017, in Montana, by admin
Big Hole National Park Cartridge Belt

Big Hole National Park Cartridge Belt (click to enlarge)

Here is part of a cartridge belt on display at Big Hole National Battlefield near Wisdom, Montana.  This entire cartridge belt included 50 rounds of ammunition.  That belt weighed a TON!  I can not imagine lugging that thing around during battle.  Even more so, I can not imagine being hit by one of those rounds!

The original image has the entire cartridge belt sitting on a red table cloth.  Being as the belt is from the 1800s and the red table cloth did not add to the image, I decided to crop in tight and convert to black and white.  I did the conversion using Silver Efex Pro from the Google Nik Collection (it is free).

I found the story of the Battle of Big Hole to be quite emotional.  Without going into detail, you might find yourselves rooting for the underdog Nez Perce Indians.

Big Hole National Battlefield N45 38 28.84 W113 38 36.31