Flatiron Building

During our last visit to NYC, MJ and I walked all over Manhattan.  Honestly, we covered a lot of ground and hit up some great spots.  The Flatiron Building is one of my favorite buildings in the city.  I’ve captured it from numerous angles and have visited it a couple of different times.  I don’t think it gets enough credit among the world’s greatest buildings. 

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Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building

Dubrovnik's Marina

This Croatia city is beautiful.  The ancient walled city within Dubrovnik is a wonderful location….well worth the trip.  I took this photo standing on top of the ancient wall looking down at the marina.  You can see some of the wall on the left side of the photo.  I want to go back right now…..

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Marina

Marina

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

I took this photo last May during our Europe trip.  Towards the end of the trip, we spent some time in Marseille France, which is a lovely city.  While in Marseille, we went to the Notre-Dame da le Garde, which is the Catholic basilica in this part of France.  It opened in June 1864 and is the most visited site in Marseille.  Maybe in a future post, I’ll share a photo of the outside, which is just as great.

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Weekend Retreat

Sorry I’ve been off the grid recently.  We spent a few days in Florida with family hanging out, catching up, and just relaxing.  I took this photo last night of the family homestead after a nice sunset.  As you can tell, this was a very tough spot to hang out.  We were completely roughing it!!

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Pittsburgh Alley

Blair and I were walking in the downtown Pittsburgh area after having dinner and we came upon this alley.  I loved it immediately and setup my tripod for this perspective.  I like the detail of the buildings in the foreground along with the office building at the end of the alley.

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Havana Bar

This photo is a little moody, a little dark.  But that’s the way this bar was designed….to set the mood.  This is on the 5th deck at the stern of the Carnival Vista.  It’s a great spot to relax and have a cocktail on an otherwise loud and busy ship. 

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On Carnival Vista

On Carnival Vista

For Our Children

When MJ and I were in Charlotte, we had some free time to walk around the downtown area.  We found this mural and it called to me.  I don’t know who Rasul Ullah is.  Did he paint the mural or is that his quote?  I don’t know, but I liked the mural.

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Rachel Carson Bridge

Two nights ago, Blair and I spent some time in Pittsburgh capturing some photos.  Today’s post is from that photo walk.  This is the Rachel Carson Bridge about 30 minutes prior to sunset.   Pittsburgh has a number of beautiful bridges.  At least I think so.  What about you?

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Like normal, I'm standing in the middle of the street.

Like normal, I'm standing in the middle of the street.

Liberty Bridge

Here is a picture from last night.  Blair and I planned to go out earlier in the week and we didn’t because I kept changing my mind.  So we didn’t end up going out until last night.  The weather was nice, but the sky didn’t turn out very pretty.  I think we missed a few beautiful skies early in the week.  Oh well……..

I scouted this spot before we left and it didn’t disappoint.  It was fairly easy to get to and the view was great.

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Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge

Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge

Peru Thread

During our trip to Peru, we got a demonstration on how the local women make thread by hand from Llama and Alpaca.  Honestly, it was very interesting and they make all kinds of cool things with the colorful thread.  After the demonstration, I captured this photo of some thread they completed. 

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Photolumer - Mexico Resort

Last post, I share some information about a new very simple and cheap photo editor called Photolemur.  As part of that post, I shared a before and after portrait photo I processed with this software.   Tonight I am sharing a landscape photo from Mexico that I also processed using the new software.  I am sharing the original photo right out of the camera, the Photolumer processed photo and a screen shot of the software user interface. 

Note about the location:  I took this photo in Puerto Morelos Mexico when we stayed at the Ocean Coral Resort.  It is a pre-sunrise photo with the resort pool in the foreground.

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Processed with Photolumer

Processed with Photolumer

Original photo out of the camera

Original photo out of the camera

Photolumer User Interface

Photolumer User Interface

Photolemur - Ryan Shazier

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a new company that created a very simple new photo editing software.  They call it Photolemur.  Don’t ask me why, but I thought the name was different.  They asked me to test the software and share my experience on my blog, which I’m doing now.

This new photo editor is an Artificial Intelligence based system that enhances the photo itself.  It’s faster and smarter than the normal manual photo editor.  There is both a Mac and Windows version.

It’s very easy to use.  You drag or open the photo (it works with both jpg and raw file types) with Photolemur and it does its thing.  At that point you have two steps.  Step One is to adjust the one and only one adjustment slider to get the final photo look you want.  Step Two is to export (save) your photo wherever you want to keep it.

I’m sharing a series of photos below of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier.  They are:

·      The original photo right out of the camera

·      The same photo run through Photolemur

·      A screen shot of the Photolemur software.   As you can see in this photo, the software has a slider bar you can move back and forth to see the before/after version of the photo.

I’ve tested Photolemur on a few different types of photos (landscapes, architecture, portrait, etc…) and it seems to work great on all of them.   The software is in pre-order phase right now.  It won’t be available for full release until April 18th.  In the meantime, you can check out their website and the software here:  https://photolemur.com

Now a little about this specific photo, which I took of Ryan Shazier before a Pittsburgh Steelers game last season.  It was freezing outside that day.  We didn’t have any snow on the ground, but believe me when I say it was very, very cold.  So why he would “warm” up prior to the game without a shirt, sweatshirt or coat, I have no idea.  But he did this a few times last season.  I assume he think it makes him tough.  I think it means he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.  Nothing like getting hyperthermia and draining your energy before a game that you’re being paid millions of dollars to play and you count on for your livelihood…..not the smartest idea.   

In my next blog post, I’ll share a landscape photo I processed with Photolemur.  Until then, have a great day.

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Photolemur edited version

Photolemur edited version

Original Photo

Original Photo

This is what the beta version of Photolemur's user interface looks like.  Version 2 for release on April 18th looks a little different.

This is what the beta version of Photolemur's user interface looks like.  Version 2 for release on April 18th looks a little different.

Trevi

I took a ton of photos of the Trevi Fountain, during our short visit to this great site.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get many great photos.  I struggled to get good composition with the tourist basically standing shoulder to shoulder in the area around the fountain.  It was tough to find an angle without people in the way or even get to the spot I wanted. 

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Isla Mujeres Lighthouse

Today’s photo is from our last Mexico trip.  We took a day and traveled to Isla Mujeres to do a little exploring.  I took this photograph on our way to the island from the mainland.  I love the blue colors in the photo.

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Great vacation spot

Great vacation spot

East Liberty Presbyterian Cathedral

I’ve posted photos from this location in the past.  This church is a great architectural accomplishment and I’ve enjoyed visiting it a number of times.  This perspective is slightly different from the typical view.  How do you like it?

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Carrie Furnace Structures

Today’s picture is from our photo walk at the Carrie Furnace.  I’ve posted and written about this spot in the past.  So I won’t waste your time with the background information again.  I love the industrial structures and machinery. 

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Old San Juan

Old San Juan is my favorite city in the Caribbean.  There are a number of great cities and towns in that area of the world.  But there isn’t anything like the original part of San Juan.  The Spanish architecture, cobble stone streets, history, etc…  The old world charm is palpable.

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Brown In Cleveland

I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m working hard at enjoying mine.  Today’s photo is of the great Antonio Brown.  I took this last November in Cleveland on a very cold game day.  The Steelers won the game 24-9, but that score is deceiving.  The game wasn’t as close as that score.  It could have easily been 40-9.  The Browns just looked terrible. 

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#84 Doing What He Does

#84 Doing What He Does

Downtown Pittsburgh

Today’s photo is from the beautiful downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  What else can I say about Pittsburgh that I haven’t already in past blog posts.  I love this view.  I also love the view when you drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and come up looking at the city.  You can’t beat it.

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Watkins Glen State Park

Today’s photo is from Watkins Glen State Park in New York State.  This is a very unique state park with a Gorge Trail running down the middle of the park.  This trail has a number of wonderful waterfalls, like this one.

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Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail