Moon Shots

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
– The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes (1880-1958) –

If I was going to choose an illustration for ‘The Highwayman”, I’d choose this photo…

In the Woods

Everything in the country, animate and inanimate, seems to whisper, be serene, be kind, be happy. We grow tolerant there unconsciously.
– Fanny Fern –


Early fall in the wooded area near our house. Color levels adjusted, slight sharpening

The only people I am aware of who don’t have troubles are gathered in peaceful, little neighborhoods. There is never a care, never a moment of stress and never an obstacle to ruin a day. All is calm. All is serene. Most towns have at least one such worry-free zone. We call them cemeteries.
– Steve Goodier –

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Serene.

Experimental – Snow Scenes

In this Experiment, I will coat the landscape with a heavy frost (duration: 2 days). Then, I will add a thick layer of snow (duration: 1 day). Next, I will illuminate the scene with approximately 32,000 (or maybe more) lumens per square meter of sunshine, and quickly photograph the results in sub-sub freezing temperatures.

I will run the photos through a ‘filter machine’ called Topaz Studio. The experimental results are as follows:

ice snow

Rose Hips coated with ice and snow – no filter

ice snow filter

Rose Hips with a spikey (spiky) filter

Rose Hips with a painting filter

Rose Hips with a flow filter

white brown

Tall Grass covered in ice and snow – no filter

Tall Grass with a spikey (spiky) filter

Tall Grass with a Line filter

Experiment Conclusion:

  • Filters are a great way to alter a photo and spend time indoors – out of the cold.
  • Winter has arrived a bit early here in Alberta. It is warm and dry in Arizona. While I am glad I had the opportunity to experience this ice/snow storm, I’ll be glad to finally head south for a few months in the New Year…

This week’s Photo Challenge is Experimental.