More Photos Redone

I've learned a few techniques in Lightroom over the few years I've been using it. And every time I learn something new I want to go back and re-process a bunch of old photos to see if I can pull something better out of them.

I did that today and here are the results.

On top of Mount Sharp. One of my favorite photos. I like it even more now.

On top of Mount Sharp. One of my favorite photos. I like it even more now.

A tunnel along the Canal Walk in Richmond.

A tunnel along the Canal Walk in Richmond.

A horse at Maymont Park.

A horse at Maymont Park.

Little statue peen.

Little statue peen.

This was at the park near our house one evening a few years ago.

This was at the park near our house one evening a few years ago.

Another from Maymont.

Another from Maymont.

Mexico.

Mexico.

Under I-95 on Brown's Island.

Under I-95 on Brown's Island.

In St. Thomas.

In St. Thomas.

St. Maarten.

St. Maarten.

I'm not gonna load a post up with before and after pics so you'll have to trust me that these are better than the original edits. At least I think they are.

State Fair

Today was the last day of the 2014 State Fair of Virginia so it was our last chance for horrible fried food, birthing cows, and avoiding eye contact with carnies.

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We went in and went straight to the kid's rides and small animals. We were this close to buying a bunny.

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We went by the old tractors — there were a lot of tractors.

I took this one for obvious reasons:

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And I took this one because I'm still a child:

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Then we went around and saw cows, goats, and giant pumpkins.

This is Lilly. And her calf Anna who was born at 8:00 pm Friday night. She's less than 40 hours old here:

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Beatrix tried her hand at milking.

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I couldn't decide which one of these to get for the back window of the new Honda...

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We finished up the day, and the last of our ride tickets, with a carousel ride.

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We had a great time. The State Fair is so much nicer since they relocated from the racetrack out to Caroline County. A proper state fair should be out in the country.

This has become one of my and Beatrix's favorite annual events.

School and Soccer

Beatrix started kindergarten a couple of weeks ago. Luckily I was off work that day and got to wait with her for the bus and get some photos.

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Erin and I both got to be there when she got off the bus that first afternoon... She was exhausted.

Beatrix is also doing soccer again this Fall. She's on a U6 team this year, again with Coach Patrick and one of her best buddies, Jillian. This morning was the first game of the season, a 4-4 draw.

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Night Photos

I have been trying to take some photos at night lately because the nights have been clear and not too humid the past couple of weeks. Here are some of the (semi-decent) results.

This shot was taken with my Sigma 70-300 zoomed all the way out. "So what?" I hear you ask. Well, I took it hand held. The stabilizer in the lens is that good.

Took this one looking Northwest into the twilight waiting for ISS to go over tonight. I couldn't get the shot I wanted – the ISS fading in through the twilight and going out of the top of the frame – but I like this photo all the same.

After I saw that pointing Northeast (toward the light) wasn't going to work – even with a neutral density filter on – I flipped the tripod around and tried to get the ISS against the darkening night sky.

This one is 108 seconds of the ISS going to the Southeast and fading out of view as it loses the Sun.

None of these are great photos, of course, but they are decent enough as experiments.

If you want to try to see or photograph the ISS as it passes over your house check out NASA's Spot the Station site to look up your location and sign up for email alerts.