Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The message is pretty clear...not here! My eye was attracted to the varied textures highlighted by the yellows. Processing was done in PictureShow.

Monday, August 30, 2010


The trees over our Secret Garden are still full & lacy. There are a few of what I call "traitor leaves"-the ones which start to change color early. Basic tune ups were done in Iris PhotoSuite; framing in PictureShow.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Today, we dropped our baby off at Fairfield University. It's quite a modern campus--except for the mailboxes, which remind me of something from the time of the Pony Express. I used TiltShift Generator and PicGrunger to accent the antique effect.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Peppers, Take 2

Oh, and here's the photo...


My eyes reveled in the colors of these peppers at our town's Farmers' Market. Even better is the flavor! This shot is practically OOC-- I made minimal adjustments with PhotoForge.

Friday, August 27, 2010


This is a small local pizza chain that features gluten free pizza--something I'd never have dreamed of when I was diagnosed with celiac disease ten years ago. We were there with friends this evening. I played around with different apps, but in the end I liked this aged B&W effect from CameraBag, because it gives makes it look older and classic, almost European.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


My daughter, Sierra, and her best friend, Kathryn--in a few days off to college at different schools. It's both exciting and a bit traumatic to them. I look at two beautiful gifted young women on the brink of their futures, and I know they will both do well. I also know I'm going to miss them something wicked. The photo was run through several different apps (something I don't usually do) to get just the right effect to put the attention on their faces and personalities rather than the colored background. Using B&W also help unify the photo by softening the contrast between Sierra's coppery brown Asian skin tones and Kathryn's pale Irish complexion.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


We went with our grandson to the Bronx Zoo today. To him at five, everything from pigeons & squirrels to elephants and rhinos was "awesome!" Giraffes are his favorite animal, and we were lucky enough to catch a good view of a few of them. This photo needed some extra contrast; I used Iris PhotoSuite to add that zing.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Glass block

Glass block forms fascinating geometric patterns. The photo was taken and tightened in Photo+.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blue bottle

A sleek blue glass wine bottle on a well-used pine table with a rough brick wall in the background: a study in contrasting textures. Processing done in SwankoLab.

Location:Alling St,Kensington,United States

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Extreme close-up

A grey day with heavy rain falling since early this morning. This is a close-up of water drops on the hood of a BMW at the parking lot of a local grocery store. I used Iris PhotoSuite to tighten up the focus & contrast.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


This is the rigging of the LA Dunton, a fishing schooner from the 1929s. It's moored at Mystic Seaport. We've been to the Seaport many times...but today we saw it from a completely different vantage point--we kayaked down the Mystic River into the Seaport and paddled right past the boats. This view of the Dunton from the waterline was minimally tuned up in PhotoForge.

Friday, August 20, 2010


The slats on the chair echo the slats on the fence; both are repeated in the shadows on the contrasting rounded pebbles. I used FilmLab to heighten the contrasts.

Location:Alling St,Kensington,United States

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I felt I had to use this photo--given that in my eagerness to capture the moon and the phragmites, I found myself (wearing sandals) standing in poison ivy. I wanted it to convey the mystery of a late summer evening, when dark is gathering earlier but the air is still velvet, the pond is pulsing with sound and a brooding moon hangs low in the sky. I ended up using two different filters in Iris PhotoSuite, then blending them in Montage. Unfortunately, Montage saves with a wide white border...but it still produced the look I wanted: what my heart saw this evening.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Trinity College Chapel

The chapel at Trinity College glows in the sunset light this evening. The picture was taken with ProHDR. The native light was so magnificent that no further processing was needed.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


No one ever catches much at Paper Goods Pond, but that doesn't stop aspiring young fishers from trying. It's a classic summertime activity, so I wanted to give this shot a classic look, like that of an old postcard. I took the picture using the Photo+ app, using its editing features as well.

Monday, August 16, 2010


A co-worker dries her umbrella behind a spare chair behind her cubicle. The intricate patterns of the umbrella mix with the plain surfaces of the office furniture. Iris PhotoSuite pumped up the contest.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Depth of Field

The iPhone is pretty limited when it comes to more sophisticated issues like depth of field; so I used TiltShift Generator to provide it on this photo of the barn on my mom's property in upstate NY.

God Light

This is yesterday's photo. I admit I'm cheating a bit. I had no Internet access at my Mom's place in upstate NY, so I tried to upload a photo for the day from a nearby town, where there was some minimal AT&T connection. Obviously, it didn't work. So I'm taking advantage of that glitch to substitute a photo I took later in the evening of the lowering clouds and what I used to call God light. PhotoForge just tightened up the contrast.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


We took our kayaks out on the Glimmerglass section of Lake Otsego. The waves were pretty high, so we got wet--it was exhilarating. Here are the boats resting on the shore after our adventure. I used the posterize filter to add some drama.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Correction! Also I used PictureShow to give it the feeling of vacation snapshot. It's tough to type on an iPhone in a moving vehicle AND to try to get it uploaded as 3G coverage fades in and out.


A Coke machine & a fast food joint supply rest & refreshment on the road.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Just before closing, the AT&T store is eerily empty. To me, it looks like the bridge of a starship late at night. The effect was enhanced just a tad in PictureShow.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In Shadow

Evening is coming earlier now. By eight, the chapel at Trinity College is in shadow. Processing was done in Iris PhotoSuite just to increase the contrast a bit,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


This may be one of the last times I'll be able to get a shot of Sherwood Falls. As the final preparations are being made for the opening of the newly renovated apartments, access to the site is closing down. I used Blur FX to add some silkiness to the water.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ground Level

This sewer cover leaves no doubt as to it's identity. The PicGrunger app lives up to its expectations, too.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Sailboats moored in the harbor at Noank, Connecticut. I used PhotoForge and TouchUp to heighten the drama of the sunset light on the boats.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Actor William Gillette's fancy was wanting to live in a partially ruined castle. There being none of these in Connecticut, he built one of his own. When he died, he didn't want it to go to a "blithering saphead," so he left it to the State to be a park. It still looms over the Connecticut River. The photo was taken from the Chester-Hadlyme ferry using Photo+.

Friday, August 6, 2010


At this point, the old factory building near our home is empty. The weeds growing by the doorway and the battered windows stand as testimony to the emptiness. Not for long! John & I got caught trespassing today as we explored the back of the property...but (perhaps because we are old farts) instead of being driven off or arrested, we were given a private tour of the part of the building that's been developed. It's absolutely stunning what they are making of what was once just a moldering ruin. The photo was taken & processed in Photo+.

Location:Alling St,Kensington,United States

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Primary colors

A bed of these happy flowers brightens the entrance to the town library. Frame and the barest minimum of touch up added with PhotoGene. This is the first photo taken with my new iPhone 4. Could be my fevered imagination, but it seems brighter & crisper to me than the earlier shots.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


This is the Chapel at Trinity College in Hartford on a summer evening. Minimal processing was done in PhotoForge.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


On our way home from a camping trip to Maine, we had a brief respite at a truck stop. I used Hipstamatic to capture this powerful road warrior.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Sailboats in Portland Harbor. Processing done in PictureShow.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Nothing says summer like flip-flops in the sand. Processing was done in TiltShift Generator.