Saturday, July 31, 2010


We're camping on Crescent Lake in Maine. This is the view from the beach.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace...

...the flower of summer, growing with generous abandon in the unforgiving places. This photo was softened in TiltShift Generator and framed with PhotoGene.

Location:Alling St,Kensington,United States

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Apple Store

This afternoon, we took Sierra to the Apple Store to buy her MacBook for college. While we were waiting, I snagged this shot of a couple intently exploring the iPads on display. I used BlurFX and FilmLab to focus attention on the absorbed pair as well as to try to convey the hectic but sterile atmosphere of the store.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Carillon concert

Since 1979, we have gone nearly every Wednesday evening in the summer to the carillon concerts at Trinity College in Hartford. Tonight was idyllic. No matter how hot it is, there's always a cooling breeze on the hill. The photo was taken with ProHDR.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


These are some of the windows of the Sherwood Industries factory that have not yet been replaced as the building is renovated. I used PictureShow to intensify the contrasts and textures, as well as to add some appropriate grunge framing.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Canada geese float on Paper Goods Pond in the lingering gold light of evening. I used FocusFX to soften the edges of the photo.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ice cream

There is nothing like ice cream on a hot muggy day--so people were lined up at the counter at Stew Leonard's. The photo was taken with the Hipstamatic app.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


A rowboat rests on the shore of the reservoir in Otis, Massachusetts. The sketch effect comes from Iris PhotoSuite.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rainy day traffic

Today was a dirty day in term so weather--humid with a grey drizzling rain. I snapped this with Hipstamatic when I was stopped at a traffic light. I used Picture Show for the frame and processing.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Apologies to Ron, but I could not resist this glorious hibiscus. Minimal processing was done with PhotoForge.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I confess to being a bit desperate today. My older grandson was over with a friend, and we were having so much fun, I forgot to take pictures. Now it's dark and pouring I snagged a shot of the huge philodendron we have growing along the wall. Processing was done with Camera+, and the frame added in PhotoGene.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This kayaker glides into the night on Paper Goods Pond. Just some basic tuneups were done with PhotoForge.

Monday, July 19, 2010


We spent the weekend camping in New Hampshire in the foothills of the White Mountains. We live in the crowded Northeast Metropolis. Up here, there us space--space to breathe, to move, to be. This photo was converted to B&W in SwankoLab and tuned up a bit in PhotoForge.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tag Sale

The premise behind the tag sale: one person's junk is another one's treasure. Processing was done in PictureShow.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Our town still has an old fashioned feed and grain store. Go inside, and there are bunnies hopping about and a wonderful, warm, informal atmosphere that you'll never find at Home Depot. The photo was processed in PhotoForge.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


A man teaches his grandson to fish--one more step on the boy's road to independence. The photo was taken with the Hipstamatic app and processed in FilmLab.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Before the weekly carillon concert at Trinity College, there is a chamber music concert in the chapel. BlurFX puts the focus on the musicians.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I have to confess that the whole time I was at Bible Babes, my attention was distracted by these three white pitchers neatly lined up on a black stove in the room where we were meeting. The photo looks like it's B&W, but it isn't. I only adjusted curves, sharpened it a tad and applied a vignette using PhotoForge.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ron's wish... my command! Actually, I didn't rush back (and it's dark now), but I had taken a few shots of the falls. The iPhone isn't a great tool for tricky subjects like waterfalls, so it isn't a great photo; but this is what the falls look like during a summer drought. The first time we were able to get past the fence was in the spring after a deluge that left the town flooded. The falls were a raging torrent.


In the 29 years we've lived in this town, we've only been able to see this mill fall from the top. The falls and the stream that ran from it belonged to Sherwood Industries. Eventually the factory closed. It was abandoned for many years, but the property was still fenced off. It's now being renovated into condos. This evening, some of the fencing was down, so John and I slipped in to explore. To us, this was new found territory. This is a view of the falls and an old brick structure that must have been some sort of a control house--it's got some huge rusted wheels or cogs in it. I took the picture with ProHDR.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


A man spends a relaxing afternoon restfully fishing. The photo was taken with the Hipstamatic app and buffed up a bit in SwankoLab.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


There were downpours just as we got to the weekly Farmers' Market. Rain drops glowed on this head of cabbage. I did a few basic touch ups in Photoforge.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sherwood Industries

This old factory building is being renovated into classy condos. Fortunately, the developers are taking great care to retain the best features of the older building. The windows are being replaces, but the brick, arches, the sills and the lettering wil remain. The photo was taken with the Hipstamatic app. No further processing was done.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This immensely tall crane stood in the center of town today. SwankLab helped silhouette the crane.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Kayaks come in a rainbow of colors. The whole range was on a rack at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, where we took a basic paddling class this morning. I used PhotoForge to reduce the image to its simplest elements of shape and color.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


This is John, the love of my life. We're both smiling this evening because we got good news in terms of his prostate cancer: right now it's in remission. The photo was taken with the Lenses app and processed with picture show.

Monday, July 5, 2010


In this scene, there is the movement of the kayaker and the canoeists, the paddles, and the water. The paddlers were just setting out onto Messerschmidt Pond in Deep River CT. Processing was done with PictureShow.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


The crowd gathers before this evening's Fourth of July fireworks at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. I did just a bit of basic processing in PhotoForge.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


A woman discovers just what she wants at our town farmers' market. TiltShift Generator puts the focus on the subject.

Friday, July 2, 2010


I've often featured views OF Paper Goods Pond...this is a view FROM Paper Goods Pond. We took our kayaks out on the pond this evening. Mama swan wad vigilant and steered her three cygnets into a shallow stream where we could not follow; but we saw lots of turtles as well as a heron that soared majestically overhead. Processing was done in FX Photo Studio.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


A young girl dreams by the shore of Paper Goods Pond. This is a bit of a complex image: I used PhotoForge for basic adjustments; a filter in PictureShow to transform it into a dreamy B&W; then Montage to blend then...all on the iPhone.