Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs: Blog http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog en-us John A. Foltz 2017 foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:05:00 GMT Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:05:00 GMT http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/img/s/v-5/u386654958-o132245268-50.jpg Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs: Blog http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog 120 94 2018 - 05 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/2/2018---05 In January I had occasion to stay at the home of a friend.  One morning as I woke up, even before my glasses were on, even before I got out of bed, a domestic scene called for me to activate the camera.  Light, texture, line, mood, it had it all.

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Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/2/2018---05 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:05:20 GMT
2018 - 04 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/2/2018---04 I had the pleasure this weekend of seeing hawks up close.  Hawk Watch out win Ramona, CA, puts on an educational show on Saturdays January and February.  If you' re interested in taking pictures of feathers, it is a good place to go.

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enjoy

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/2/2018---04 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:23:54 GMT
2018 - 03 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/2/2018---03 I see I missed a couple of Sundays.  That's because I was black in Delaware for a Memorial Service for my wife.  Since the service was near Longwood Gardens,  I did take a couple of hours to visit their annual Orchid Display. Here is a picture taken there.

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I call it Woman with the Big Hat.

Many times I find the center of the flower to be more interesting that than complete blossom.  And that was definitely true for this orchid.  Your viewpoint for this picture is upside down from what it actually was on display.  No good reason for it except that I thought it was more eye catching.

 

Enjoy! 

 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/2/2018---03 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:05:36 GMT
2018 - 02 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/1/2018---02 Yesterday was the annual "Pelican Shoot" for one of the photo groups I belong to.  Every year there seem to be fewer pelicans.  But it was a beautiful day, good day to be out, good day to enjoy with friends.  The pelicans weren't particularly active on this day.  Nonetheless, a few decent images came out of the excursion.  Here is one that amused me because of the juxtaposition of the two pelicans:

2018 - 022018 - 02  I call this one "TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE".

Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/1/2018---02 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:35:40 GMT
2018 - 01 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/1/2018---01 There hasn't been a blog entry since the end of October.  And there is a reason for that.  While my wife and I were traveling in October, she began to feel unwell.  We, as planned, returned home at the end of October.  Within 10 days the reason for her feeling unwell was diagnosed.  On November 28 she died as a result of an aggressive brain tumor.  Is it a surprise that I did not feel like putting up pictures for a while?

Now I am adjusting to life alone.  Photography is a good thing because it keeps me busy.  Plus photography colleagues has been supportive.  So here is the first picture of 2018:

 

2018-012018-01Christmas Amaryllis  My daughter provided an amaryllis during the Christmas Holiday.   I call this "Out of the Depths".  

This image was compiled from 20 images, stacked and blended in Photoshop, in order to obtain the depth of field desired.  It is not science fiction. It's real! 

Please enjoy and leave comments.

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2018/1/2018---01 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:29:09 GMT
2017 - 42 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---42 At the beach and being somewhat abstract:  

 

Here the original image is over a wave coming in on the beach.  To that I added color and brought out the detail in the wave.  Te name of this composition is "Meadow, Mountain, Sky":

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Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---42 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:30:00 GMT
2017 - 41 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---41 I had stopped to look at something at a large wall painting in the Los Angeles Arts District when I sensed something protruding from the wall right beside me.  It's great that somebody did this, but don't you wonder why?

 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---41 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:15:00 GMT
2017 - 40 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---40 The image in the previous post was a fairly large view.  In this image more the focus is on the detail rathwr than the big picture.

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Testures of brink, paper, mortar, and paint along with color.  Can't really define why I like it.

 

enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---40 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:15:00 GMT
2017 - 39 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---39 Sometimes the wall paintings in the Los Angeles Arts District are beautifully subtle.  

It was a cloudy day.  That's why the railing at the top of the building has no blue behind it.  Note the subtlety of color shading and the filagree like decoration.  It is a very ordinary building made extraordinary.

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Love it!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---39 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:15:00 GMT
2017 - 38 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---38 One can always find a bit of humor in the Los Angels Arts District. Here is an example:

2017 - 382017 - 38 Chuckle, please! 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---38 Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:00:00 GMT
2017 - 37 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---37 The other day a group of us went to the Las Angeles Arts District to check our the wall paintings.  Because I'd been there a couple of years ago,  I decided I wanted to take pictures differently than I had back then.  Thus I wandered about looking for shapes and textures that would make abstracts instead of photographing complete images.  It was a very satisfying outing.  Here is one result, with more to follow in subsequent postings:

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Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---37 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:00:00 GMT
2017 - 36 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---36 Another visit to the beach.  This time I was looking at feet, for some reason.  The fact that the lady had a tattoo on her foot and that she had a companion made it interesting to me.

 

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Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/10/2017---36 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:45:16 GMT
2017 - 35 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---35 It has been a very busy time with things other than photography demanding my attention.  So it was with great joy this afternoon that I had the opportunity to review photographs from an outing a couple months ago.

In this case I began with this image and asked myself what I could do with it:

Just a simple, brightly lit leaf.  Close inspection reveals texture and line.  Since I've always been interested in mirror images, I took a square selection first.  Then I rotated to where I thought mirroring would make an interesting center pattern.  Next in Photoshop CC I "select all" and "copy".  Next to "canvas size"  doubled the width and anchored one side.  Then Z"paste" followed by the transform tool to "flip horizontal".  Essentially the process got repeated again for the resulting image and here is the result:

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Enjoy!

 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---35 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:37:45 GMT
2017 - 34 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---34 An exceptionally happy person today! My image, Ballet of Flames, won a red ribbon in the Abstract category of the North Country Photographers Society Annual Show.

I created this image using blue construction paper, red and yellow tulip petals, and metallicized Mylar as a flexible mirror.  The image is actually the reflection on the mirror.  Here is the original image:

 Here is what the final print was:

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Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---34 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:38:56 GMT
2017 33 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017-33 People used to "doodle" a lot during meetings when lack of attention or boredom set in..  I thought of that while looking at the sea grass that was washed in by the incoming tide and left behind as the tide receded. Depending on your state of mind that day and the angle that you view the sea grass from, they can be "doodles".. Here is an example: walking along with eyes downcast, I came upon this:

 

"Ahaaa!" the imagination said. "A sailboat."  Therefore after minor tweaks, here is the final image:

 

Can you see it?

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017-33 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:45:00 GMT
2017 - 32 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---32 The other day Lynn and I went to Moon Light Beach.  The day was cool, below 70 F, and overcast.  When we got there, more birds were present than people.  This image captured the feelings quite elegantly:

 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---32 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:35:27 GMT
2017 - 31 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---30 Now that is September, the beach here is getting more interesting.  There are more black grains in the sand that form different patterns as they moved about by the waves and tides.

 

Here is the image that I started with:

First I duplicated the original.  On that layer, using "Select by Color Range" ,I carefully adjusted range and fuzziness to get what I wanted of the blacks.  Once the selection was made, I applied a layer mask.  Then I darkened the blacks.  Next I duplicated the original again.  I used "Reselect"  and then "Inverse" to select everything but the blacks, applied the layer mask, and lightened the selection.  Recognizing the potential for a mirror image composition, I rotated the image to the vertical position, copied it, added canvas width, and pasted. "Image transform" controls were applied to match things up.  The result:\

 

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Does it kind of look like a human with arms outstretched holding a fir tree?  Let me know what you think? 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/9/2017---30 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 22:44:32 GMT
2017 -30 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/8/2017--30 Sometimes you just do not want the full color a picture.  A simple sketch would be more elegant.  Here's an example.  The original photo:

I wanted to make an informal note card.  For that purpose a sketch was better than this image. So here is the image I developed from the original:

2017 - 302017 - 30Chicago   On a note card, it still says "Hey, I was in Chicago."  But for me it works better than the original image.

 

Enjoy!

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/8/2017--30 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:42:38 GMT
2017 - 29 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/8/2017---29 Last week Lynn and I went to "The Veranda" for brunch.  The site was designed as a place for weddings.  The Veranda has a view of 18 acres of gardens.  Quite a pleasant place for brunch.  After brunch for a small fee Veranda guests can stroll in the gardens.  Knowing this ahead of time, I brought the camera along. Here is a picture as taken that emphasizes color and texture:

The  graduation of color, the verticality of the composition, , and the texture in the palm tree are the factors I like here.  Here is the way I left it after processing:

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Enjoy!

 

 

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) landscape plants http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/8/2017---29 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:13:46 GMT
2017-28 http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/8/2017-28 Here is a picture I took a couple of years ago.  You can call it an urban picture or a sky picture.  I don't call it anything; I just like it:

 

In my continuing journey into black and white, I chose this one to work with mainly because of the sky.  So here it is in black and white:

2012 -282012 -28 Actually, when I put the two side by side, I like the black and white better because there is more drama to the sky and more contrast in the building below the sky.

What is your opinion?

Incidentally the conversion was done in Photoshop without the aid of any plugins.

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foltz@fotosbyfoltz.com (Fotos by Foltz, an Image Bank of Landscape, Abstract, and Quotidian Photographs) black and white landscape sky http://www.fotosbyfoltz.com/blog/2017/8/2017-28 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:49:15 GMT