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An Example

Posted in Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Buildings, Color, Fine Art Photography, New York City, Photo Editing, Photography, software, workflow with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 07/19/2014 by wooddickinson

I worked on a photo I took in New York City back in 2009. Th image was shot using a Leica M8 digital range finder camera. It was so dark in this entrance to the building that I had to use the highest ISO the camera has. That means noise in the negative. In the film days it meant grain in the negative. All about the same problem.

I tried to salvage the photo by turning it to Black & White but as you can see it didn’t help much.

Now just 5 years later the tools have evolved (along with my skills) to the point that I decided to take another try at it. Using a combination of Lightroom adjustments plus Photoshop retouching with Topaz Clean, Topaz DeNoise and DxO Optics 9 I was able to clean up the noise while keeping image detail. I used Optics 9 to true up the wall and improve the composition.

Then back in Lightroom I turned the image into B&W for final output. All told, two hours to create a greatly improved photograph. I have put the original color capture here along with my original try at a B&W image (2009). The last photograph is the 2014 final version. What can I say?

Original Capture

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2009 Try

    2009 Try

2014 Final

2014 Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up too Late on Christmas Eve

Posted in • Wood Dickinson Sites, Book, Clouds, Color, Faith, family, God, HDR, New York City, On Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12/25/2013 by wooddickinson

FlyLast night I went to see Frozen with two of my daughters. Got home about midnight a bit wired so I sat down and wrote and edited on The Robin Randle Stories. Next thing I know it’s 3 AM! Wow. Now today I’m still working on Robin’s little story but need to call it a day. It is Christmas.

The update is, Robin’s getting close to finished. Some of the transitional scenes near the end are giving me fits but hey, that’s what writings all about. Right? Never give up, Never surrender. You just keep going till the damn thing’s beat you to death! By the way, this photo here is one I took flying to New York in 2005 I think. Just found it and it spoke to me. Post production time on this photograph, three hours. Just sayin’. Oh, and if you want to be a writer, make sure pounding criticism is one of those things that doesn’t bother you.

I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. Let the light of God’s love shine in your heart.

Peace…

100 in 365 version 2.0 soft cover edition

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Book, Buildings, Cape Cod, Chicago, Clouds, Color, Fine Art Photography, Fog, HDR, Holga, New York City, Patti Dickinson, Photography, Puerto Vallarta, Sunsets, Trains, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/20/2013 by wooddickinson

Out now. The soft cover edition of 100 in 365 version 2.0. To look and buy click HERE.

100 in 365 version 2.0

All Star Break Hangover…

Posted in • Wood Dickinson Sites, Chicago, Kansas City, Meghan Dickinson, New York City with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/11/2012 by wooddickinson

I can’t believe it’s over. After a year of anticipation, planning, and paying for tickets one of the greatest events in Baseball, The All Star Game is in the record books. Living in Kansas City I had the opportunity to experience all the run up to the event, something you don’t experience unless your there. Radio talk shows, all the yea and nay about hosting this event, all the doom and gloom about how Kansas City was a poor selection because we aren’t good fans, etc, etc…

I don’t follow the sports talk radio anymore but I did this week because everything here in KC was electric. After years of dreaming of going to an All Star Game I had four ticket strips to all event in my hands. Wow. A lot of people don’t know the impact this event has on a city. We had a week long Fan Fest at Bartle Hall convention center and everyone just loved it. Sunday we went to the Future Stars baseball game. The teams were composed of the hottest prospects from the minor leagues and after that was the Celebrity and Old Timers softball game.

For those of you who want to know the inside scoop just click HERE.

What went largely unreported was the fact that the Sunday events drew the largest crowds ever. On Sunday my daughters Margaret, Meghan and her friend Tori went with me. We had a blast; especially wearing the Taco Bell head gear for the TV camera.

What didn’t go unnoticed was the Monday night BOOING of Robinson Cano.  He’s a Yankee (Yankees are not well liked in KC in the first place) who was chosen to be Captian for the American League and picked the team that would play in the Home Run Derby. The KC fans were miffed because he didn’t put the Royals Billy Butler on the team. Butler was the only Royal chosen for the All Stars and a fan favorite with Royals fans. Cano got a lesson in politics. Yes, politics even in picking the Home Run Derby team. He ended up with 0 home runs and 10 outs. I don’t think he had a good time.

My oldest son Matthew came with me and my daughter Mary and her boyfriend Kenny. I had a surprise visit from Kyle Walker a peer of Mathews (30) who is one of my Eagle Scouts. By that I mean he was a Lone Scout and I was his advisor. A great kid, well man now even with children! I hate feeling old. Matthew (also an Eagle) has four kids too so I am Grandpa. Time flies.

The real fun of each day of the All Star event was the time spent with my kids (I have 8). Recently I got to do a short road trip with Matthew up to Chicago to visit my daughter Kathleen. She works in theatre as a stage manager. I guess some of my showbiz blood rubbed off on her. We went to a Cubs game and again it was the time spent with my now adult children that made it so special.

Back to KC: Then the Game on Tuesday. I brought Margaret, Meghan and Matthew. Matthew was picked to do a barrel toss after the third inning ON THE FIELD! He had the “ultimate” fan experience Tuesday. So what the American League got shut out 8-0; we had a great time. I even met the fellow sitting next to me who was from St. Louis and there alone. He works for Penske in HR and rolled into KC on Tuesday and lucked into a single ticket for the game. We talked about kids, food, music, and a little business. Nice guy. Behind me was a contingent of folks from Dallas. Everyone was friendly and just having a good time except maybe Robinson Cano.

Missed you Andrew.

I’m sorry but…

Posted in • Wood Dickinson Sites, Fear, Fog, Home, Hope, Humility, Kansas City, Need, New York City with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/14/2011 by wooddickinson

I listened to the news today and that, along with the speech made on April 13th by Obama, leaves me feeling very pessimistic about this country. Once again the Democrats wage war on “wealthy” Americans. The problem as Obama sees it, we don’t tax enough and we can keep spending at the current rates as long as we just tax people more.

OK…tax those that own small businesses and tax those who invest in the economy and take the risk, monetarily, to help drive the economy (that ultimately creates jobs). Just have the Feds create more jobs instead. Let’s just ramp up the old class warfare argument. I have to ask, where is the bipartisan? When did it become a crime in the USA to make money? Don’t people who make money spend it? If they don’t then aren’t jobs lost and local economies hurt?

Call me stupid but I don’t see how raising taxes on anyone works. It promotes the idea that middle class people and poor people (especially those who are unmotivated to work) should get part of the success of hard-working Americans who have made a few bucks.  I’m not talking about our billionaires in this country or even those with 10 million and up in assets. Does anyone really think a person who has saved up 2 or 3 million dollars through hard work are “the rich!”

Why oh why can’t we just for this one time seriously cut government spending. Roll it back to pre 9/11 levels. Defund all non-essential and repetitive programs. Yes, The National Endowment for the Arts and NPR are non essentials. I’m an artist, writer, filmmaker and I have never used any federal money. States can offer tax credits (again back to NOT paying taxes) to attract filmmakers.

I do believe that true solutions to problems are usually simpler than the solutions dreamed up and implemented. The same is true here. End the IRS, stop federal taxes both personal and corporate, institute a national sales tax and I bet you’d have more than enough money. I know, the problem is EVERYONE would pay tax now. This would hurt the poor. Right? Well they are being hurt now with state and local sales tax. Exempt food and other essential items. This way everyone pays even all the gray market workers. Even the criminals!

Taking away the deduction for giving to non-profits by really wealthy people will hurt all those agencies trying to help society. Giving is already down. Go ahead and remove an incentive. You might say the rich should give regardless the deduction. Do you? The government by its tax rules shape how we act. They want us to save they create IRAs and 401Ks. They don’t want us to buy a house, remove the mortgage deduction.

Just think about it. Republican or Democrat I don’t care. I’m an independent and I’m sick of the excuses.

9/11

Posted in Abstract, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Buildings, New York City, Photography with tags , , , , , on 09/11/2008 by wooddickinson

Today’s photograph was taken in the Bronx last summer. I used a Nikon D2Xs.

Chrysler Building

Posted in Abstract, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Buildings, Color, New York City, Photography with tags , , , , on 08/30/2008 by wooddickinson

This is a photograph of the Chrysler Building that was taken two years ago. I used a Nikon D70 and extensive Photoshop work.

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