Archive | February 2011

The Garden’s Perimeter

This is yet another wonderful feature we discovered in the gardens at Hatley Park Castle on our photo shoot.  The details in the stonework and the glimpse of the ocean in the distance adds a real sense of dimension.  This scene has a dark and dramatic feel to it, but in the summer it will look entirely different.  Please feel free to visit our blog “The Dark Garden” for the story behind the photo, and to see the entire series of images and blog posts created from this historic heritage location.


Shadow Fencing


Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, f27, ISO100, 55mm, HDR, 5 Exposures

Since becoming a photographer, these wore out, fallen down fences along the roadside have become one of my favorite objects to point the camera at. The feeling of home, but also of isolation and abandonment, really gets to me, and in Minnesota, they’re all over the place. 

Normally, the fence is used as a line to guide the eye through the image and/or use as a tool for demonstrating shallow depth of field. Not so much in today’s image. This is the same morning and sunrise as tow previous posts, The Rail and Ravine Sunrise. It seemed the more I headed north, the more interesting and different the sunrise became, and when pairing it with this distressed fence, it was a no brainer for me.

Did something totally different in processing this image. I struggled to mask in the sky in Elements, mainly because of that little tree to the left of the fence post. As I tried to bring in the sky, ghosting from the RAW image became noticeable. after a couple of tries, I did something different – edited the tone mapped image straight in Aperture rather than doing any masking. Surprisingly, the image came out just fine.

The Prop


Today, another shot from the Old Cotton Mill in Mc Kinney, TX.  This is a bicycle that photographers who use the building for photo shoots can use as a prop.  There is also a really cool green couch set up in this building that someone was using for a bridal shoot the day I was there so I could not get a shot of it.


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Decay in Backlight

Tried to capture this old building several times, but know sun, clouds and weather helped me to bring the right mood to the scene.
Pentax k7, Sigma 17-70, f20.0, ISO 100, 5 exposures, Photomatix & Co.

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Angel of Goliad


This is a statue of the lady known as the angel of Goliad. When Col. James Fannin and his men were wrongfully slaughtered at Goliad, this lady is attributed to saving over 20 of their lives. Shot with a Canon 7D and a 24-70 lens. I have other HDR images on my site at Thanks for looking and commenting.



This image was taken at the town dump, where items no longer wanted get left. This metal pile often is quite large, with others looking for items that might have some life left in them.
Nikon D80, 14mm, f11, 3 exposures combined in Photomatix 4, PS processing

Lou Genovese
smudged graphics