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Old Spring Houses

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Hi Everyone,

Here you can see two of the several old spring houses made by early settlers along the Lamar Haines trail in Flagstaff, Arizona. There is one on every spring in the area. The openings used to be covered by a door. Settlers would create them to keep the springs clean by preventing falling leaves and animals from getting into the water.

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While this was great for the settlers, it suddenly removed the water supply for the animals and insects. This would mean the animals, like deer, elk, rabbits and birds, would have to move elsewhere to find water. And the settlers wouldn’t have any animals to hunt for food.

The spring houses aren’t very large, and I would have a hard time fitting through the door. But you can usually reach the water without going inside.

The Lamar Haines trail is a very nice hike and we have taken it several times. If you know where to look, you can also find Native American pictographs. But be aware that parking is very limited.

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Have Fun,
Jeff

An Old Water Tower, In Sepia

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Hi Everyone,

Lately, I’ve been getting the urge to do some black and white images of modern looking architecture. There’s nothing in my town, or within a half hour drive. Just old buildings from a ghost town and Native American ruins. But nothing modern looking.

So I drove an hour up to Flagstaff, Arizona, but nothing modern there either. I did see this nice water tower. It looked old, so I decided to give it a sepia look. I processed it in ON1 Photo RAW and tried several different sepia presets with a film look, and settled on this one, “Black and White Alternative BA10.”

an old water tower, in sepia
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I finally managed to find some nice modern architecture an hour away, in Phoenix. I just took a few images on my trip there, but will be going back in February to take many more photographs. I’ll be posting some after I process them.

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I hope you have a great New Year.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Photo – Red Hand Pictograph

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Hi Everyone,

ancient red hand print
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This red, ancient, Native American hand print is near Flagstaff, Arizona. I came across it on a hike, and found several other pictographs next to it. It’s amazing to stand there and realize that someone, maybe 1,000 years ago, created this, and I can still see it today. You feel a bond between some person you never met, and realize that all people are connected across time and geographic locations. It was a humbling, and unifying, experience.

I processed this image with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/15Mjdz

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Have Fun,
Jeff

Photo – Water Lilies

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Hi Everyone,

Here’s another photo I took last year at one of the fountains at the Huntington Library and Gardens in southern California. I really liked the tranquil quality of the lily pads, water lilies and water.

water lilies in a pond.

The ripples in the water gave a feeling of movement, yet the water was still smooth enough to reflect the water lilies, adding more of their vivid color to the scene.

This image was processed in ON1 Photo RAW.

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Have Fun,
Jeff

P.S. Due to a medical issue, this will probably be my last post until sometime in July. I’ll try to post sooner than that, it just depends on how everything works out.

Video – How I Processed This Image – Aspen In Fog

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Hi Everyone,

Check out my latest video, “Aspen In Fog” and learn how I created this image, then processed it using ON1 Photo RAW https://youtu.be/J3D6jz0Za4U

You can see all of my videos on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcd8nqgH0CiaveaIlKbE1mA

Aspen in fog
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Have Fun,
Jeff

Floating Purple Flowers

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Hi Everyone,

Last year we took a trip to southern California. One of the places we visited was The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. When I lived in California I visited here often. If you go, and really want to see and photograph everything, give yourself at least two days to see the gardens, and one day to see the museums. You won’t be disappointed.

Be aware that cameras and tripods are not allowed in some museums.

This photo was taken at a fountain near the main entrance. The blue flowers had fallen off of a bush, and the moving water in the fountain pushed all the blooms against these green plants. I also liked the shadows on the bottom of fountain. You will often see dragonflies and damselflies at this fountain too.

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Also, check out their special events. I went there once for a Bonsai show, and stumbled onto a display of office furniture that belonged to William Herndon. He was Abraham Lincoln’s law partner, wrote the first biography of Lincoln and he’s my uncle. That was a very pleasant surprise.

This image was processed in ON1 Photo RAW.

If you want to save 20% when you purchase ON1 Photo RAW, or their plugins, just use my discount code, colburn20. The discount can’t be combined with other discounts.

You can purchase ON1 here https://on1.sjv.io/15Mjdz or sign up for a free 14-day trial.

ON1 also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, so there’s no risk to you.

Give ON1 a try, and save some money too.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Hi Everyone,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Here is the greenest picture I have to celebrate this day. I took it last week at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona.

Yes, the trees are really that green, and due to all the rain we’ve had, there’s a carpet of green clover-like plants covering the ground.

The trees are Chilean Palo Verde, Geoffroea decorticans, and are amazing to see in person.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Photo – Floating Bones

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Hi Everyone,

Yes, those are real prehistoric bones, and yes, that is a real skull of a saber-toothed cat, Smilodon fatalis.

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I took this photo at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. They have a block of resin with these bones embedded in it to show the average density of bones in the asphalt of the tar pits. FYI, there is no tar in the tar pits, it’s all asphalt.

The resin block is in a glass case. To prevent reflecting yourself in a photo, put the end of your lens directly on the glass. And play around with angles and background light sources to get different lighting effects in the resin. The light coming through windows and glass doors changes throughout the day, so keep checking for interesting lighting.

You are not allowed to use tripods anywhere in the building, so bring a string tripod or monopod. Because of the lighting, you will need to use a high ISO or slow shutter speed. And be sure to check out the atrium. It’s small, but packed with many things to photograph.

I processed this image with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/15Mjdz

Have Fun,
Jeff