Sky, sunset, Washington D.C.
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sky by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch goes the Photo!)

I ask you to put your creative focus skyward to capture what strikes your interest! Whether it’s a skyline, amazing sky, a raptor circling in the sky, or any other idea you have, this week the sky’s the limit for your entries! Have some fun with this and share some amazing shots with each other in this week’s challenge!!

Despite really good weather on Saturday (it rained torrentially all day on Sunday), I didn't get up early on Saturday morning to capture the morning sky over Carnegie Lake as I had planned. My son decided to visit from college and I spent most of the day with him.

This is one from the archives.

It was taken in the early evening in Washington, D.C. several years ago during a family spring vacation. I had an entry-level DSLR, a Nikon D40 and AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens, and was still learning composition and how to use the camera. I don't think I had a tripod. If I am recalling correctly, this was shot, hand-held while out tour trolley truck was stopped.

I chose this one because of the intensity of the red in the sky. I think I did some minor editing in Adobe Lightroom.

The title of the post is taken from the lyrics of the song "New Year's Day", originally released on U2's War album. U2 has been my favourite band since I first heard "With or Without You" (from the Joshua Tree album) on the radio in 1986.

NOTE: The WordPress theme I am using does not support captions in the featured image. I am looking for a similar theme but one which supports captions. If you have any suggestions, drop me a note in the comments section.

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

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Our family have been members of the honey brook organic farm CSA for several years. I think it may be over a decade. When the kids were younger, we thought it was a good way to teach them where food really comes from. That it wasn't something that comes wrapped in a cellophane or a cardboard box. We wanted them to learn that farming was difficult hard work. They learned that by being out in the heat and humidity of summer picking berries and tomatoes. And they disliked being buzzed by bees and other insects.

I have photographed the farm for almost as long as we have been members. I have photographed everything including the fields, flowers, the kids picking in the fields, the farm stands, etc. At least so I thought.

I captured this image of the water pump this Sunday. I have seen this water pump many times before but I think this is the first time I have focused on capturing it in some form. There was water dripping from a hose attached to a pump in the back. I took three exposure bracketed images which I combined into and HDR image in Photomatix Pro. I then applied a preset which I created earlier this summer.

The priest is the following.

  • Contrast to 100
  • Highlights to 100
  • Shadows to 100
  • Whites to -39
  • Blacks to 24
  • and Vibrance to 33

I just like what it does to images. I created the preset while people king around in Adobe Lightroom. It really pushes the colours. What do you think?