Colorado

The Project is Complete!

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Woo Hoo! My Photo of the Day project is finally complete! This is the last picture I have to post, but I will continue to share new images when I make them. I still have my Same Tree, Different Day project, so that will continue to keep me busy.

This is proof that you can accomplish a huge task, one small step at a time. I set out to catalog all of the image folders on my computer on March 9, 2014 by tackling one each day. In that time I missed a total of 16 days for various reasons and finished strong with a streak of reaching my goal 175 days in a row. I posted a total of 395 pictures.

In the winter months Our Gang Ice Racing holds weekend ice races on frozen Georgetown Lake in Georgetown, CO. I went with a few members of my photography group to get some photos on a cold and windy day. This is a picture of a student getting a lesson on how to drive on ice.

I made basic adjustments and removed chromatic aberrations in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I added a curves adjustment layer.

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The Eyes of Zoya

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This is Zoya at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation in Guffey, CO. She is a wolf-dog mix, and yes, she really does have one blue eye and one amber eye. Zoya is the belly rub queen. Once you start rubbing her belly, she won’t let you stop.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some spots and stray hairs. I added a curves adjustment layer.

My, What Big Teeth You Have!

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This is Cherokee, a pure-bred timber wolf, at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation in Guffey, CO. Isn’t she cute? Those who have met Cherokee know she is very sweet and loves to give kisses. I just happened to be pointing my camera at her when she made this face in a split second.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I made a duplicate of the base layer and converted it to black and white. I used a mask to bring in her eyes from the layer below. I also used the hue/saturation tool to remove the blue cast in her eyes that was a result of her being in the shade.

After the Storm

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This is a shot of Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point after a snowstorm. It’s a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-1 EV) blended and tone mapped in Photomatix.

After blending I made basic adjustments and applied a gradient to the sky with the Camera Raw filter. In Photoshop I added black & white and curves adjustment layers. I selected the mountains and added an exposure adjustment layer to them. I then cropped.

Blanca and Ellingwood

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I shot this photo standing next to the Huerfano River as the first light of the day hits Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.
After blending in Photomatix I used the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop to make basic adjustments and adjust the color with the HSL tool. I selected the sky, inverted the selection and added a hue/saturation adjustment layer to the resulting mask to reduce the blues and cyans in the shadow areas. I added a curves adjustment layer.