Winter’s Flight is pretty much done. . .

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This jet trail dominated our wintry sky, the other day, and begged a foreground to make it work. Daylight leaving at jet speed, I chose the first vantage point I could find, and was fortunate to find three elements I liked for it.. the view of the expanse of sky, the hard lines and contrasts of the parking lot lights, and the bare trees.. the Birds were an absolute bonus. I would have waited another few seconds, for the car at bottom to leave, but was rudely interrupted by someone behind me who didn’t know what I was up to, and therefore just thought I was daydreaming or something.. this in a parking lot that had other exits besides mine, but.. OhWell.
I did have time to bracket for HDR combining, and though I chose not to open up the shadows so much, since most of what was on the ground wasn’t key to this photo, I think the image benifits from the HDR treatment. I used a trial version of Unified Color’s HDR Studio 2. ( www.unifiedcolor.com/ )

Orchitexture

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I’ll make this post more of a typical photoblog entry. Recently, I brought home orchids from two different trips to the grocery. Willing only to spend enough to get the smaller plants, with their smaller flowers, I also felt I was getting the less “spectacular”, maybe more unique strains.

Here are a few of the more unique explorations of the first plant:

'horror' lighting? or stage lighting...?
'horror' lighting? or stage lighting...?

Orchid-28

Orchid-139-2
One of the "Title" images of this set

Orchid-106

Orchid-58

Orchid-72

Orchid-38

and another one about both form And texture.
and another one about both form And texture.