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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

A couple of weeks ago I was in Winnipeg on business. My luck it was pouring rain the 3 days that I was there but on the last evening the weather had cleared slightly and I was able to get out with my camera. These images were taken right outside Shaw Park, home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

The image below was tone mapped in Photomatix then a magenta filter was applied in Perfect Effects. I then brought the file into Photoshop and used Topaz Lens Effects to create a zoom effect and then used a layer mask to reveal the player.

Shaw park, Winnipeg, Baseball

Shaw Park, Winnipeg Baseball

Peace in the Midst of Chaos

This image was taken in the churchyard cemetery of St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan. This was the same location where I took my shot of the Freedom Tower which you can see in this post. St. Paul’s Chapel is located in a very busy, bustling area of Manhattan right in the Financial District.

So I have a bit of a funny story that I’d like to share with you. We were walking purposefully towards the Freedom Tower with my husband and kids up ahead and me lagging behind, as usual, taking pictures. I stopped at the side of the chapel when I saw this seen and wanted to get a shot of the tombstones with the chapel in the background. There’s a wrought iron fence surrounding the property and  I maneuvered my camera through the slots of the fence so that I can set up the composition I was looking for. I was crouching down trying to get low and guarding the camera from hitting the fence…I was very focused and intense…when all of the sudden my husband called my name. He was standing inside the courtyard.  “Why are you struggling over there, why don’t you just come in?”  Hmmm…didn’t notice the opening. Oh well I got the shot anyway and couldn’t have gotten this perspective if I was inside.

I converted this to B&W using Topaz B&W Effects then used Topaz Lens Effects to create the blur.