Garden of the Gods, Colorado
In June, we took a trip out to Colorado Springs for a week with family (and the camera). Goodness I love it out there. I have always been a coastal kind of guy, but I think Colorado is trying to make a mountain man out of me. I found myself shooting a lot of things differently this visit than the last one, about three years before. Armed with much better gear than the previous trip, I shot a lot of big, wide panoramas. Like the one above, which is a seven-image stitch.
Garden of the Gods is one of my favorite places on Earth. Granted there is still much to see, but I don’t see it moving far down the list. There are just endless angles to capture the natural beauty that is the sheer rock faces. This was during sunrise, you can see the ‘Kissing Camels’ rock feature on the right side there. Viewed from the opposite side as the first image in this post.
This is another panorama from yet another vantage point. 6 shot pano.
There’s just something about those high elevation trees that I love. So craggly and gnarly.
And finally, my favorite shot of the whole trip. A definite bucket lister. Seeing some big time storms rolling toward us while hiking, I rushed to the car and drove up a hill a ways off from Garden of the Gods. There, I fired off close to 200 shots while lightning flashed over the mountains. One of those shots caught what I wanted, a bolt of lightning landing in the hills in front of the mountains.
I have a ton more from this trip that I still need to get to. Will be blogging them soon!
September 2014 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar
It’s very hard to believe that September is upon us now. Summer flew by, and it was a great one. I did a lot of traveling and a ton of shooting and had a blast while at it. So as September rolls along, I’ve put together this wallpaper to celebrate the twilight of another summer. Soon the temperatures will drop and the humidity will go away. I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year!
This photo was shot during the last week of August, looking across the Neuse River from Bridgeton, during what may have been the best sunset I shot all summer.
As always, I appreciate your feedback, comments and shares. That lets me know that you all actually use these calendars I put together! So, let me know what you think!
Now and Then, E. Front St. | New Bern, NC
For the latest New & Old installment, we have a view of E. Front St. in New Bern, on the Neuse River waterfront. The old photo, dated as 1900-1930 in the archives, was published by M.E. Whitehurst & Co. That old one was apparently taken on quite a calm day. Just look at those reflections! It’s also interesting to note how much the river bank has changed, and really stayed the same, over the years.
August 2014 Desktop Calendar
The celebrate the last month of the summer, August’s free desktop calendar features a simplistic sea oat sunset from Emerald Isle, NC.
As always, thank you for the support! Simply view this full screen and then right click + set as desktop wallpaper, save and set (or whatever your browser dictates).
New Bern NC Civil War Jail (Old & New) | The Process
The Jones house was built around 1809 for John Jones, a local turpentine distillery owner, with a second wing being added to the home in 1820. Standing at the corner of Pollock St. and Eden St. in New Bern, it still displays its 19th century beauty today.
Following the Battle of New Bern in 1862, occupying Union forces used the house as a Confederate jail. The archived photo used above is dated 1863, and appears to feature Union soldiers leaning on trees in front of the walk, with many unidentified folks looking down from the porch above.
The Jones House itself seems quite unchanged over the past 150 years. The main differences between images are the trees and fence (aside for the folks pictured). The main goal here was to highlight the soldiers and people in the archived image. The first step was to lighten the upper porch to bring out more detail in the people pictured. It was a little eerie as I worked the image and more faces appeared. It was as if I were seeing ghosts, and in a way I was.
Bringing the two images into one Photoshop file, as two layers, yielded this. A big goal here was to show as many of the people as possible as well as show how those big trees are no longer there.
As you can see, lining up the houses (at least roughly) took quite a bit or transforming, twisting and stretching. From here, it was time to do the masking to bring the old and new together. I went with an angled mask because I wanted to show as much of the current view as I could without losing the guy leaning on the tree. He is just too cool. Also, I liked the cars on the street for some historical juxtaposition.
The next step was to refine the old a little more. I trimmed the edges and further transformed and distorted until I got the porch to line up. Something I began to notice that I hadn’t before is that the fence had changed a bit over the years. I think the height is neat to note!
Finally, I decided to bring the crop in to meet the bottom and left side of the old. Normally, I’d meet it on three sides, but the old photo didn’t leave enough room for me to have the peak of the roof and current chimney if I went with that crop. Also, by leaving the new on the top of the old, you can now see that those two trees are no longer standing, which was a goal at the onset.
So there you have it, the process of creating this New & Old image. The whole goal of these is to show how much has changed -and how much has surprisingly stayed the same- over many years. Be sure to follow along at facebook.com/uprootedphotographer as I post more of these, like the one above and the ones I’ve added below.
Kinston, NC Post Office / Chamber of Commerce
Lenoir County Courthouse, Kinston NC
Bodie Island Lighthouse, Outer Banks NC