Taking Pictures to the Moon

The sky has too many limits.

Posts Tagged ‘royal oak

Bis bald!

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I can’t lie; I’m having a hard time remembering to post new things.

It isn’t as if I don’t have anything to update with. I have a plethora of pictures, ideas, life experiences, experiments and general run of the mill BS.

The problem is choosing what to put up.

We all have voices, it’s just a matter of how we choose to use them.


Woodward Dream Cruise, 2004



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October 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Sky high

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I am a sucker for a scenic sky.

When I drive home from school, I drive west. If I’m coming home from a night class, I have the opportunity to watch some of the most glorious sunsets as I’m coasting down the freeway. There is a point where I-696 goes over I-75 and for a brief few seconds, the elevation gives the perfect view of the sky ahead. Often the clouds are reflecting the most vibrant yellows, oranges and reds from the sun with various deep shades of blue set against them.

sunset detroit zoo

I photographed this in fall, 2009 in Royal Oak. I was on my way home from a class and had to pull over just to capture this image. The bottom one is a more faithful representation of what the sky actually looked like but I enjoy the deep red-orange overcast of the top image. Silhouetted pine trees at Main Street are in the foreground but the outline of the Detroit Zoo water tower is most prominent. The flock of geese in the distance was just an added bonus to the photograph.

Which version do you like better? I have a print of the red version on sale at my Etsy shop. Go ahead, check it out and favorite it if you like it!

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September 27, 2010 at 12:38 am

Naked Statue in Royal Oak

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Naked Statue in Royal Oak

Originally uploaded by becklotheamazing

Downtown Royal Oak, Michigan

This was a fun photograph to play around with in Photoshop. I converted it to grayscale and adjusted the contrast to add more texture. I layered this on top of a color copy of the same photo and gently erased the sky with a low opacity eraser to let hints of blue shine through. I finished it off with a slight vignette for a real dramatic feel.

I think the end result makes it look like the cover of an Ayn Rand novel.

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May 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm