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This image is a bit "avant garde" for me.  I really wanted to bring out the brightness of the stars, but by adjusting shadows, highlights, brightness, contrast, and/or levels I also brought out a good bit of digital noise.  I've never learned how to use layers and layer masks in Photoshop Elements, so I don't know if I could have double-processed the original RAW image, first for the shadows and then for the highlights and then merged the two as layers, etc.  So, I took the route of intentionally exaggerating the noise.  Do you think that exaggeration gives this image an "artsy" feel, or do you think that it merely looks grotesque?
Tenting Tonight
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Thu Sep 05, '13 09:37PM
Posted Sun Feb 23, '14 07:21PM
Views 565 / Comments 1
Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Vân Đồn District.
Halong Bay Vietnam
Photograph © Nguyen Van Duc
Captured Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
Posted Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
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Sapa, Vietnam is one of the most wonderful places for tours and holidays in Vietnam. Sapa trekking tours are comprise from 1 to 9 days of trekking to villages in Sapa. Trekking tours in Sapa offer great choice from easy to adventure or mountain climbing in Sapa. If you are looking for an adventure trekking holiday in Vietnam, Sapa is definitely a great choice for you.
Sapa trekking Tours
Photograph © Nguyen Van Duc
Captured Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
Posted Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
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Sa Pa, or Sapa, is a frontier town and capital of Sa Pa District in Lào Cai Province in northwest Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao, Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tay live.
Sapa Town
Photograph © Nguyen Van Duc
Captured Sun Feb 18, '07 06:06PM
Posted Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
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Fansipan (Vietnamese: Phan Xi Păng, About this sound listen) is a mountain in Vietnam, the highest in Indochina (comprising Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), at 3,143 metres (10,312 ft). It is located in the Lào Cai Province of the Northwest region of Vietnam, 9 km southwest of Sa Pa Township in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

Fansipan is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina"; it is to be approved as one of the very few ecotourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.
Fansipan mountain in Sapa Vietnam
Photograph © Nguyen Van Duc
Captured Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
Posted Thu Feb 13, '14 10:27PM
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This is the main Reading Room at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, DC.  The interior architecture of the building is very impressive.  I've been to DC many times, but this was my first visit to the LOC.
The Reading Room
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Sat Feb 01, '14 09:10AM
Posted Sun Feb 02, '14 03:03PM
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Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia
Empress Hotel - Victoria, BC
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Wed Aug 24, '11 11:44PM
Posted Tue Jan 21, '14 02:44PM
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Old city of Acco
fishy story
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Sat Dec 28, '13 02:09AM
Posted Mon Jan 06, '14 12:39PM
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The old city of Acco
local bakery
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Sat Dec 28, '13 08:30AM
Posted Mon Jan 06, '14 12:39PM
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Spring sunset in the Superstition Wilderness, Arizona.
The Three Sisters
Photograph © Bob Miller
Captured Sat Mar 16, '13 06:15PM
Posted Sun Jan 05, '14 11:31AM
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I just returned from 3 weeks of working in Shanghai and woke up to this one morning from the 24th floor of my hotel.
Foggy Shanghai in Morning
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Thu Dec 05, '13 05:49AM
Posted Sun Dec 22, '13 05:04AM
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Fiery Sunrise in Central Maryland
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Thu Dec 19, '13 08:13AM
Posted Sat Dec 21, '13 10:23AM
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Newport, Rhode Island is a magnificent little town. It is the capitol of sailboat racing, and in the Victorian Age was the summer home of many of America's wealthy families. You can now tour many of those homes. This is the Cliffside Inn where we stayed for a week in May.
Cliffside Inn - Newport, RI
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Thu May 16, '13 08:15PM
Posted Fri Dec 20, '13 06:56PM
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The rain was quite intense when we drove through this storm along U.S. route 50 in Kansas.  I guess we're lucky that there wasn't a tornado hiding in there!
Approaching Storm
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Mon Oct 07, '13 04:33PM
Posted Mon Nov 25, '13 03:32PM
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A dog seemed quite happy sitting on the ledge and enjoying the early morning view across the rice fields north of Guilin, China.
Rice Fields near Guilin, China
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Mon Sep 27, '10 04:18PM
Posted Sun Nov 24, '13 12:33AM
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This is from a family vacation in 2005. My ancestors have come to this beach since the late 1800's. My grandparents owned beachfront property hear for more than 50 years until the 1990's when they passed away. Still very much a residential community versus a lot of commercial garbage.
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Sun Jul 17, '05 02:16PM
Posted Fri Nov 15, '13 02:50PM
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Death Valley National Park
Zabriskie Point Sunrise
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Mon Sep 23, '13 10:05AM
Posted Wed Nov 06, '13 04:32PM
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Paternoster is a small village on the West Coast of South Africa, incredibly picturesque, and a favourite for both South African and international travellers..
Paternoster Blues
Photograph © Andrew Brown
Captured Mon Sep 30, '13 01:31PM
Posted Wed Nov 06, '13 04:49AM
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the arid coastal desert on the Namaqualand coast in South Africa, close to Namibia, inhospitable, and inaccessible due to diamond recovery operations... yet it has its own beauty
halfway to nowhere
Photograph © Andrew Brown
Captured Sat Aug 31, '13 09:40AM
Posted Wed Oct 30, '13 02:28PM
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This is a cross-section of a "log" in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.  I think that the array of colors is amazing.
Log Cross-Section
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Wed Sep 25, '13 05:42PM
Posted Wed Oct 30, '13 12:58PM
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Blue Mesa Drive is located within Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, which is located within the Painted Desert.
Blue Mesa Drive - Painted Desert
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Wed Sep 25, '13 06:24PM
Posted Tue Oct 29, '13 03:07PM
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Devil's Postpile National Monument is located in the Mammoth Lake region of California, not too far from Yosemite National Park.  The columns are cooled basalt lava.
Devil's Postpile
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Sat Sep 21, '13 03:48PM
Posted Mon Oct 28, '13 08:43AM
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I've always been impressed by others' photos of shadows on sand dunes, so of course I had to take some of my own when I was in Death Valley National Park recently.  My wife and I stayed in the park motel at Stovepipe Wells, which is a short drive from Mesquite Flat Dunes.  I arrived at the dunes about an hour before sunset and ended up walking about a mile from the parking lot out into the dunes in order to get some of the compositions that I was looking for.  There were quire a few people walking among the dunes, so I took advantage of that to compose a few shots with people in them for scale.  This was my favorite.  I headed back toward my car about 10 minutes before the sun sank behind the mountains and put the dunes in shadow.
Mesquite Flat Dunes
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Sun Sep 22, '13 08:54PM
Posted Sun Oct 27, '13 12:27PM
Views 513 / Comments 1
Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, U.S. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm, and it consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs; the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway, and though it is located on private land, visiting it (by driving along a frontage road and entering the pasture by walking through an unlocked gate) is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated. (Text from

The only thing that I found to be disappointing about visiting Cadillac Ranch is that some of the graffiti artists were slobs who left their empty spray paint cans strewn all over the ground.  They were surely lighter to carry out (being empty of paint) than they were to carry in.
Cadillac Ranch
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Fri Sep 27, '13 11:20AM
Posted Sat Oct 26, '13 10:11AM
Views 574 / Comments 2
I went back to USA a couple of weeks ago from Singapore for a family visit, but had planned for 5 days in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Parks.  Well....of course my timing was such that they were closed due to the shutdown.   So....trying to make lemonade out of a lemon situation and fortunately the Tetons do not hide very well.  Great autumn day while there and took the road east from Jackson which was very rewarding.
Outside Tetons
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Tue Oct 08, '13 02:31AM
Posted Fri Oct 25, '13 11:55PM
Views 569 / Comments 2
No matter how many I've seen, I just never get tired of sunsets. Taken in Normandy.
Photograph © Alice Kabanoff
Captured Tue Aug 06, '13 08:15PM
Posted Mon Oct 21, '13 04:59AM
Views 497 / Comments 1
Photograph ©
Captured Mon Jan 14, '13 07:57AM
Posted Wed Sep 25, '13 02:13AM
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Photograph ©
Captured Mon Jan 14, '13 09:44AM
Posted Wed Sep 25, '13 02:06AM
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Taken at the campground at Paint Creek State Park located near Bainbridge, OH.  This is the first image that I processed on my laptop computer, so I don't know how the final results compare to how the image would look on my desktop computer's CRT monitor.  Contrast and luminosity both change significantly on the laptop depending upon how much the screen is tilted.  I don't know the optimum viewing angle for accurate rendering of photos.  (The shutter speed shown in the metadata below is wrong.  It was actually 15 secs.)
Starry Sky
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Thu Sep 05, '13 09:42PM
Posted Tue Sep 10, '13 09:45PM
Views 472 / Comments 1
I was driving around Cape Town one dull and cloudy morning when I got to the Waterfront and as I climbed onto the breakwater I was fortunate to get this... I made it into a pano from 4 images...but the highlight is obviously the light around the ship
Table Bay lighting pano
Photograph © Andrew Brown
Captured Sun Aug 25, '13 10:00PM
Posted Thu Aug 29, '13 11:47AM
Views 477 / Comments 1
Photograph ©
Captured Sat Aug 10, '13 09:27AM
Posted Tue Aug 20, '13 01:55PM
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I have been absent for some time, I know.  But things have been hectic around here... my Mum is on the slow path to recovery post cancer and things are looking good, but it is early days yet.  The boys are both growing up... and I have made *another* system change!  The Nikon D800E is still here, but the lens compliment is changing so that I can build a second system.

Yes, I have semi-jumped ship to the Olympus OM-D!  I have taken a bit of a hit in quality but gained so much in portability.  The quality hit is less than I would have imagined with dynamic range being surprisingly close.  I am still building my system and getting to grips with the camera so it is very much early days yet... but as it stands in the current market... this may be the *Ultimate* Travel Photography camera.

Until the update comes along ;-)

Anyway - here is an early shot of Dunnerdale taken today.  The light was pretty rubbish, but this was just a play about whilst I await the good light and change in the landscape that comes with Autumn!
Down the Duddon
Photograph © Rob Sutherland
Captured Tue Aug 20, '13 12:49PM
Posted Tue Aug 20, '13 10:23AM
Views 501 / Comments 3
Annecy France
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Mon Jul 01, '13 04:13PM
Posted Mon Aug 12, '13 04:28PM
Views 630 / Comments 2
From MONT BLANC looking north
Crisp Clean Air
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Tue Jul 02, '13 11:39AM
Posted Sun Aug 04, '13 11:52PM
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Another photo from the Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival in Easton, MD.
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Fri Aug 02, '13 06:30PM
Posted Sun Aug 04, '13 09:58AM
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From the Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival in Easton, MD.
Balloon Glow
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Fri Aug 02, '13 07:35PM
Posted Sat Aug 03, '13 05:38AM
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There's nothing super spectacular about this photo.  I just like the interplay of the colorful wildflowers, rolling hills, and cloud-filled blue sky.  I took this at the parking area above Burnside Bridge, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD.
Antietam Wildflowers
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Wed Jul 24, '13 01:54PM
Posted Tue Jul 30, '13 05:26AM
Views 483 / Comments 1
This is the very bottom of Cunningham Falls, which is on Big Hunting Creek in Cunningham Falls State Park near Thurmont, MD.  I was on a photo shoot with three friends from Easton, MD's Tidewater Camera Club.  I used a variable ND filter to help slow the camera's shutter speed for this shot.
Foot of the Falls
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Wed Jul 24, '13 10:34AM
Posted Sun Jul 28, '13 06:00AM
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Here's another existing light shot from deep inside Virginia's Luray Caverns.
Luray Caverns Redux
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Tue Jul 09, '13 08:19AM
Posted Fri Jul 19, '13 07:31PM
Views 524 / Comments 0
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia.
Photograph ©
Captured Fri Jul 12, '13 09:22AM
Posted Fri Jul 12, '13 09:22AM
Views 536 / Comments 2
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