Scenic Sunday

The day when many of us give our thanks for all that the world has to offer.

Whether a foggy day clouds our view, or metaphorically clouds our mind…

Whether the world has a rosy glow…

The day a bright beginning….

or a stormy start…

Or we see golden light as some kind of sign… or a way to define time,

We have enormous praise to give.

Just my two cents and a few scenic shots to make one think of all that we have before us, in a garden much greater than the one we are entrusted for the time we are here as temporary caretakers.

 

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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16 Responses to Scenic Sunday

  1. These are amazing photos! I know the clouds over the falls are real; what’s surprising to me is that the day wasn’t hazy.

    • When I was there, which I am really often, the elevator operator said that this was a most unusual day at the Falls with visibility so good and the clouds so photogenic. I did not say anything, but I am there so often and during all seasons, that he was absolutely correct. It is rare to have a day like that.

  2. Your photos are so sharp and clear, I can see the geese’s feet! Super composition in all of them. I don’t have Photoshop, just use Picasa –which at this time is enough for me.

    • Thanks Janet. I know most garden bloggers do not have professional editing software, but some of my varied readers do, and my tutorial posts are quite popular. On GWGT, I try to mix up posts quite a bit and cater to the mix of readership. That is why the move of more of the better photos and photo posts to Green Apples. I have seen posts elsewhere that make the most of Picassa too. Sometime I have to see what is really available there. I don’t want to compromise my garden blogger readership by being so photo centric on this blog though, hence the garden tours and the stuff like last three posts.

  3. OMG – Simply Breathtaking – Happy Sunday:)

  4. Beautiful images Donna, however much – or little – manipulation was involved. It takes a good eye to compose well, and although cropping can help strengthen a poor shot, your own expertise is always apparent in your work.

    • Thank you very much Janet. Not too much was done on the images above the one with a superimposed sky, but I do the standard sharpening and cropping. I adjust levels or curves mostly bringing depth or contrast to the images. Since they were done in Lightroom, the main tool is one called Shadows. What this does is recover detail to shadows of generally contrasty or dark areas of the image. Where the use of this tool was most evident was in the dock image. The rocks in the foreground came to life.

  5. I was in awe of the photos Donna…and I really like the matte…a photographer friend does this with his photos on his blog and I love the professional look…a pleasant lazy Sunday post to enjoy!!

    • Thanks, Donna. Now you know how he did it! Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about the matte. It does make the image seem more important. You will see in my GBBD post how important those images become. I used a different matte and it really makes the simple subjects very art-like. Almost pretty enough to hang on a wall. It is good to show clients an image with some framing for this reason. On a blog or website, it helps a tiny bit on images getting lifted. It is less intrusive than a watermark. But why I am a bit ambivalent is that it also looks a little over the top. But hey, this is one of my most popular tutorials, so there must be many using it. I may keep ‘framing’ the images just to get more action on GA since I am transitioning more of my photo posts to there.

  6. Brian Comeau says:

    No other words…. simply gorgeous! and yes I really like the matte. I’ve been contemplating the idea myself for a while. Thanks for the tips on Green Apples too.

  7. Barbie says:

    I LOVE your photos – here is a smoothness and clarity in all of them that keeps you looking at them. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Wow you really got some gorgeous photos of my favorite place in the world. I knew you would get every ounce out of your visit. My son Alex wanted to know about the possible seasickness. I told him no problem:too much going onto think about it!!! Sorry I haven’t been around but getting Internet access has been difficult.

  9. Bom says:

    Great photos, Donna, post-processed or not. I never tire of looking at that picture of the falls. Wonderful cloud cover.

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