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Fun Photo Friday — Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace Favorites


The Lamppost

I hate selfies. Nobody knows how to take them, especially when incorporating the portrait in a tourist shot. Additionally, nothing gets my goat faster than some idiot with a selfie stick ruining my composition because they insist upon standing in front of the best view while holding that stick high above his head. If you must take a shot of others in your group, compose the shot while remembering the rule-of-thirds, snap the picture quickly, and get the heck out of everyone else’s way. Remember, the people in our group are secondary to the scenery:

Dolores and Earl Daniels posing with Ursula

That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, though:

Ursula standing guard

Here is today’s gallery/slide show:

So concluded our tour of Madrid. Next up is a tour of the Norwegian Epic as we board the first of two cruise ships on our back-to-back voyages. But next week I’m going to take a break from this trip and rerun some holiday articles on Christmas lights and how to photograph them, as well as present my annual Christmas poem written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe and a Christmas detective short story written in the style of Mickey Spillane. If you enjoy those, you might want to check out some of my murder mysteries for that new Kindle or Nook eReader you got under the Christmas tree.

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Fun Photo Friday — Day 2 Favorites


Madrid fall foliage

Today’s Fun Photo Friday galleries I present some of my favorite Day 2 in Madrid photos from October 27, 2016. Click on any image below to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show:

And now a second gallery of some fun street graffiti:

Madrid graffiti

Madrid graffiti

Madrid graffiti

Dog walking his human

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Fun Photo Friday — Another spectacular El Paso sunset


El Paso sunset — 11/4/2017

We love the views from our home here in El Paso. As you can see from this backyard view, we face out over the Mesilla Valley to the left, and the Franklin Mountains form our backyard view to the right. Frequently we are treated to some very spectacular sunsets.

El Paso sunset — 11/4/2017

All the pictures you see today are pretty much untouched except for some mild tweaking of contrast, however on one photograph I upped the saturation level ever so slightly. This is the one on which I upped the saturation:

El Paso sunset — 11/4/2017

As you can see, the others simply didn’t need saturation boosts straight out of the camera.

El Paso sunset — 11/4/2017

In addition to changing the composition and framing, I also played around with orientation. Here’s a portrait view from that evening (I may have to consider this image for a future book cover):

El Paso sunset — 11/4/2017

This last image I cropped to simulate a panoramic view:

El Paso sunset — 11/4/2017

This sunset series was taken in raw on a Panasonic FZ-1000 developed in SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.4 SE. The subsequent JPEGs were then tweaked in Google’s now defunct Picasa 3. That’s a real shame, too, because Google really had this program right when they abruptly quit supporting it several years back.

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