“You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.” – John Wesley Powell 

So I had this detailed plan for a blog post that I was cooking up all day. It has a lot to do with work in the future, higher education, and the evolution of humans….you know, some light topic stuff. Well after half a day baking in the Florida heat out on a drift boat (no, I didn’t catch a thing!), I have to admit that my mind is jello.

So till I get those brain cels back to work, please enjoy this pretty picture I shared the other day on Facebook. A little departure from my normal processing workflow, but I like it:)

Catching first light-2

Another day, another update….

So when did WordPress 4.3 come out? Some nice new updates from what I can see from the 3 minute intro video. Someday I’m actually going to have to take a few hours and actually learn WordPress from the ground up. At the very least, I might want to search for a cheat sheet online. Siri?

Been bumbling about the interface for over 7 years now and I STILL feel like I am barely getting by. I guess that just part of the fun though. Dive in and learn to swim later….

(mike, whats with all the ….’s?)

Aaaannyway!

Todays image

Sharing my work. That was the original purpose of this blog. Inspired by Trey Ratcliff, my journey into the world of HDR, travel, and event illumination felt like a great foundation of content of which to share on a daily basis. Hard to believe it was over 7 years ago that I posted for the first time! A challenge to do this daily though. Trey, I don’t know how you do it!!!

This blog has of course changed a bit over the past few years (I’m actually about to launch yet another theme again soon!), but its still in essence the same. A jumbled collage of random observations of nothing with some cool images to keep you interested! Its been a little difficult to keep posting on a daily basis as there are so many places to share your art, not of which were really either available when I started this, or places that I was a part of. I think I might need a social media schedule:)

Till then, let the randomness continue….

Here is a quick one I cooked up from a recent “cloud and storm chasing” afternoon here down in South Florida. Lots happening up in the sky this time of year. I wonder how many people actually take to time to enjoy the view. Do you?

Head in the clouds...again

“The Mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

So this was the view from the room. Can you believe it!?

Highly recommended if you are going to be exploring this part of the country. Sure, you can just stop by and grab the obligatory tourist snapshot midday, but staying right on the edge of the park for early morning and late evening “light” is one of the keys to getting great images isn’t it? Of course, this was taken mid day, but can you imagine this place as the sun sets?!

Aside from the photographers perspective, the real magic of these kinda places happens after the tourist busses have gone and you have the whole place to yourself. The nighttime sky here is AMAZING!

Check out the hotel here if you are heading that way and make sure and spend some time driving the dirt road into the valley while you are there. Its a little rough in some places, but the rental car didn’t seem to mind:)

A view from the room - Monument Valley

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

So one of my bucket list items is to take a trip through France on one of those canal boats. Have you ever heard about them? Sounds like a cool way to see France actually. My buddy Rick has taken a few of these that he fondly refers to and chats about from time to time. Wine, cheese, villages, wandering, ….whats not to like?

Having been there a few times myself, I have only seen this country by foot, a few bus rides, and of course the comfort of the ole’ TGV. Same country, different vibe altogether. A casual trip on a French canal….sounds fun doesn’t it?

Someday….

So anyway, I created this panorama from my last visit there. 3 or 4 vertical pics stitched together I am pretty sure. Taken from the gardens at the castle up on the hill in Amboise. Saw the sound and light show there one night too. In French though. I have NO idea what they were taking about or acting out, but hey, I was in France……and that was good enough:)

 

The view from the castle - Amboise

 

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“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.” – Seth Godin

So true. Love that…

I’ve mentioned Seth from time to time here on the blog. A brilliant man and marketer for follow:)

I have also talked quite a bit about art here as well. Although I am not one that actually takes physical paint to canvas, I like to simulate the process the digital darkroom. (its also a lot cleaner!)

Not exactly happy with my results at an HDR bracket of this seen from some frames I grabbed one morning running around the Jefferson Memorial, I decided to go that route.

art

Topaz Impression has been my “go to” program for playing with the digital paint brush. Although I still feel like I am only scratching the surface with these techniques, its the experimentation and the journey that counts.

I kinda like how these turned out actually:)

in the dome

 

I’ll share a few more of these this week! And of course, check out Topaz Impression for yourself!

Oh, and one more thing, I have been working on updating my portfolio on Smugmug and creating a few “galleries” of the many worlds I am playing in with the camera and digital tools. Check it out here! Its a work in progress, so let me know what you think!

More TK…

 

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