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Woodwalton Fen

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

As it was a sunny day, I thought I’d make a visit to Woodwalton Fen.  Though it wasn’t the best time of day for photographs, the nature reserve is fantastic and gives you an appreciation of what the fens must have been like before they were drained.

The air hummed with dragon-flies, reeds rustled softly in the breeze, ducks honked, etc.  Enough of the communing with nature, I was hot and thirsty!  Anyway, I took a few photographs before I left for a pint:

Anyway, if the weather is sunny tomorrow, I may go back at sunset and see what else I see.

Sunrise in Chicago

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

I finally head home today, so it was early to bed last night and up well before dawn this morning.  As a result, I wandered around outside my hotel at sunrise, and took these of the pond in the golf course.

Early morning mist

Early morning mist

Sunrise through trees

Sunrise through trees

These were pushed through DxO Optics Pro on default settings (corrects for lens and camera distortion) and were cropped, other than that they are straight from the camera.


Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

After a little experimentation, I’ve discovered I can improve many of the earlier photos I took. In particular, those I uploaded for the first two “travel” posts were taken when I couldn’t drive my camera properly – it is, after all, more intelligent than me.

Below are two of the “after” images:

Lake Henshaw - after cropping and clean-up using GIMP

Lake Henshaw - after cropping and clean-up

Badlands, after cropping and clean-up with GIMP

Badlands - after cropping and clean-up

Though somewhat too blue, I also like this one:

A desert mountain

A desert mountain

Once I get home and have access to geek-central (rather than this archaic, steam-powered work laptop), I’ll clean up all the stuff I took over last weekend. You never know, there may be a couple more usable photos.