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I took this photo about a week-and-a-half ago from aboard a "small" cruise vessel in Australia's Milford Sound. (The boat wasn't a giant cruise ship. There were probably fewer than a hundred people on board, although it could have held more.) The sky was totally overcast and it was raining at the beginning of our 2-3 hour cruise, but the sun started to break through about halfway through the trip as our boat turned around in the Tasman Sea in order to head back up the sound toward the dock.
Milford Sound Rainbow
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Thu Sep 25, '14 09:23PM
Posted Tue Sep 30, '14 06:46AM
Views 71 / Comments 1
Here's one more of my "experiments" with trying to emphasize dynamic light in a photo.  I took this at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado.
Black Canyon Light
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Sat Sep 14, '13 10:36AM
Posted Tue Jun 24, '14 05:19AM
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Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley National Park, sunset.  I'm doing some post-processing experimentation in Photoshop Elements in order to emphasize the "dramatic" light in a couple of my images.
Dune Sea
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Sun Sep 22, '13 09:04PM
Posted Mon Jun 23, '14 10:37AM
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On a windy day, a tourist enjoying the waves alone at Lovers' Beach (Sevgi Plaji)  Davutlar, Kusadasi, Turkey.
Sunset on the beach
Photograph © Umit Edremitli
Captured Sun Sep 01, '13 07:10PM
Posted Fri Jun 20, '14 01:18PM
Views 150 / Comments 1
Sunset on the beach
Photograph © Umit Edremitli
Captured Sun Sep 01, '13 07:12PM
Posted Fri Jun 20, '14 01:18PM
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Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard is the home of the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. Cottage City is comprised of a large pavilion in the center and concentric circles of these small Victorian cottages surrounding it. These started out as tents on platforms in the 1800's. All are privately owned and purchasing one of these little cottages requires a letter of recommendation from your pastor or home church and a board approval by the board of the Camp Meeting Association.
Cottage City
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Thu May 15, '14 01:04PM
Posted Tue May 27, '14 06:50AM
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This is a wonderful Victorian home in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. Someone put a great deal of money and time into this beautiful house.
Victorian, Martha's Vineyard
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Thu May 15, '14 02:58PM
Posted Sat May 24, '14 08:42AM
Views 645 / Comments 2
The Fig Tree of Africa
Photograph © Dr. Danny Alfaras
Captured Sun May 11, '14 02:22PM
Posted Tue May 13, '14 11:00AM
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This was taken at a man made reservoir the day after two solid days of rain. Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR1, B+W Circ. Pol., ISO 400, 1/250s, f/11, -0.3 exp comp. Processed in Apple Aperture 3.5.1. Critiques encouraged.
Spring Clouds
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Thu May 01, '14 05:16PM
Posted Mon May 05, '14 06:56AM
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Taken in a remote area on the island of Shikoku.  Cherry blossoms are idealized all over Japan and the spring is a tremendous time to visit for photography!
Cherry Blossoms - Iya Valley, Shikoku Island, Japan
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Thu Apr 03, '14 02:26PM
Posted Sat Apr 26, '14 09:31AM
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The Charles Bridge in the early morning hours. At this hour, you can photograph the bridge still without many people. :)
Charles Bridge
Photograph © Christian Beier
Captured Sat Apr 23, '11 01:19AM
Posted Tue Apr 22, '14 03:32PM
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I took this photo from inside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.  My camera club has a themed exhibit later this year with the theme being "Dramatic Light."  I really like the side light in this photo, but I'm not sure how "dramatic" it is.  I converted the image to black & white because the color image didn't have anywhere near the impact that this one has for me.  I think that I had much better control over the tones and contrast in the black & white version so that I could at least create an illusion of drama.
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Thu Apr 10, '14 07:16AM
Posted Wed Apr 16, '14 05:37PM
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A beautiful morning in Washington, DC
National Cherry Blossom Festival 2014
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Thu Feb 27, '14 02:10AM
Posted Sat Apr 12, '14 04:20AM
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I took this in 2011 on an early summer morning. I loved how the light came directly from the side causing brilliant red on one side and shadowy dark on the opposite. The still water provided a nice reflection.
Summer at the Lake
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Fri Jul 29, '11 07:51AM
Posted Thu Apr 03, '14 08:46PM
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Small canal in a back corner of Venice
Venice, Italy
Photograph © George L Ball
Captured Fri Oct 05, '07 04:11AM
Posted Tue Feb 25, '14 05:49PM
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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 285 / 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
Views 282 / Comments 0
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
Views 1115 / Comments 0
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
Views 355 / Comments 1
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
Views 380 / Comments 2
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
Views 235 / Comments 0
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
Views 346 / Comments 1
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
Views 361 / Comments 1
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
Views 367 / Comments 1
Death Valley National Park
Zabriskie Point Sunrise
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Mon Sep 23, '13 10:05AM
Posted Wed Nov 06, '13 04:32PM
Views 357 / Comments 0
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
Views 288 / Comments 0
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
Views 288 / Comments 1
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
Views 339 / Comments 2
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
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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 343 / 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 337 / Comments 2
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