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  • Where is the art? This image started out as an old iPhone shot of a statue on the grounds of the Mildred Kemper Art Museum in Saint Louis. I didn’t like the original so I subjected it to a round of image hacking that resulted in this green nude. Recently I took the green nude and an icosahedral honeycomb and feed them into the Deep Dream Generator. I mostly liked the result so I pulled it into Photoshop Express on my iPhone and fiddled with knobs producing something I liked even better. Finally, I resized the image in Picture Window Pro and subjected the enlarged version to frequency separation, noise reduction, edge blurring, lighting manipulation and channel swapping in Affinity Photo. I believe the pixels have been punished enough. So I ask again, where is the art?

  • Urban kayakers taking advantage of a nice mid-March Sunday afternoon.

  • Amusement level low.

  • How many perfect days have you counted? I've had a few. This is one of them. I snapped this picture in a Norwegian valley near Voss in August of 1974. I was traveling with a young woman I meet in a youth hostel in Oslo. It was my first summer affair and being the first it left an impression that lingers. On this day the weather was perfect. The air was still and clear leaving only the sound of the stream to infiltrate our illusions.

  • Mali has joined a meetup group. Members go on hikes and organize the odd social event. Here we are at a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras social wearing silly masks and playing Mexican Dominoes. Old people am I right?

  • Year of the pig decorations.

  • Treasure Island eye candy.

  • Trumpitecture!

  • Canyon west skywalk walk crack. The Colorado River is visible below. It's around 1200 meters below the rim.

  • We arrived at the Grand Canyon with about two hours of sunlight remaining. The weather was clear and the canyon was showing nicely. I've been to the canyon in winter before but this time the snow was thicker than I've ever seen it. Winter is the best time to see the canyon from the rims. The snow adds natural highlights.

  • There are many trams to ruin in Vegas and unlike most public transit systems around the world, all these trains pay for themselves many times over.

  • The Grand Canyon West Skywalk building. The building sits in a magnificent location and its design blends nicely with the colors of the canyon but there's a big problem. Do you see it? See that hideous offwhite slapdash wooden fence that's obscuring the ground floor and clashing with everything around it. The fence looks even worse close up. It was obviously erected to cut off nice side views of the building and the skywalk loop. Without it, you could stand beside the building and get nice pictures of people on the loop with standard lenses. We cannot have that. Better ruin the aesthetics of the entire site so that marks, oops visitors, are forced to buy overpriced "been there done that" shots by "professional" loop photographers.

  • Golden mother.

  • Perpendicular painted park poles pose pointlessly.

  • By carefully feeding the Deep Dream Generator with tuned patterns and interesting base images you can occassionaly create pleasing images.

  • Aileen, Steve, myself and our mother Evelyn beside a European tour bus in early 1968. My dad got lucky with this shot. Every person in this snapshot has a "get this over with" look on their face. My brother and mother are particularly expressive. He's grimacing and she's giving my dad the stink eye.

  • Kiss the Owyhee better.

  • In addition to being a chintzy outdoor sculpture park, Vegas is also a retirement home for acts and performers that are way past their prime.

  • The Vegas strip crowds are very much part of the show. The town attracts weirdos like me from around the world. On this Sunday serious pedalers were rolling. Pedalers are like their motorcycle cousins but instead of hogs, they ride kids bikes.

  • Street heart.

  • A great selfie requires a great location.

  • Buildings are giant outdoor sculptures. Color choice is paramount. Aria architects obviously understood the importance of complementary colors.

  • Can't a sphinx just chill with his mini-me without catching flak from bystanders?

  • I have been through Las Vegas more times than I can remember but I never stopped by the famous Las Vegas sign. This may be the only roadside sign in the United States that draws crowds. It's arguably as famous as the Hollywood sign and much more accessible.

  • A statue on the grounds of the Saint Louis Art Museum subjected to Deep Dream Generator styling followed by some post processing flourishes. I enjoy creating these images but any artistic component is purely accidental.

  • Mali on a desk in Esther Simplot Park: spring is coming.

  • Me and Mali taking turns beside the "Othering" sculpture on the ground of the Boise Anne Frank memorial. When I first encountered the Boise Anne Frank memorial I asked myself why is this in Idaho? It's here because a few decades ago a small neo-nazi group in northern Idaho upset many locals with their batshit crazy view of things. Instead of ignoring the morons, a tactic I heartily endorse and use every day, the usual suspects decided "Idaho was too Great for Hate", it's a slogan look it up and managed to have an Anne Frank Memorial built in Boise. Such memorials would be better erected in Holland and Germany where the events took place. A tablet near the "Othering" sculpture defines an "other" as "someone that is fundamentally different." Hell, by that definition I'm an other and so are you.

  • False Idols.

  • Mount Wheeler in Great Basin National Park the highest point along highway 93. We climbed this mountain on July 4th 2017 and there was still snow on its summit. It looks like this winter has dumped a fair load for next summer.

  • I always look for this sculpture. On my first trip to Vegas, I snapped a film image of this sculpture, scanned it, and used it as a screen saver. One of my many bosses complained that it was "inappropriate for the office." He didn't want to risk screeching snowflakes bitching about how utterly mythical creatures with breasts create unsafe work environments. We really live in an insane world. Ever since this little inappropriate sculpture has been my official Vegas mascot.

  • An ironic monument to white tiger supremacy.

  • Painted steps.

  • Grand Canyon photographers waiting for sunset. I specialize in taking pictures of people taking pictures. It's a habit I picked up from my wife.

  • Aria askew.

  • The Luxor is one of the more "authentic" fake resorts in Vegas. Hey, real Luxor and fake Luxor are both in deserts. That's about as authentic as it gets in Vegas. There's a deeper twist. Old Luxor was a major religious site and frankly, compared to the relentless blood-soaked bullshit of extinct and extant religions, fleecing marks with rigged casino games seems like an almost honorable "business model."

  • Exposed sidelit snow capped sandstone in setting sunlight.

  • Doubling down on Vegas mythology.

  • Me beside one of the ponds of Esther Simplot Park on a glorious mid-March Sunday afternoon.

  • The Deep Dream Generator is a great tool for harmonizing colors. It applies the colors and textures of a “style image” to a target image. This is supposed to transfer artistic style. It’s debatable that “artistic style”, whatever that is, is transferred but colors and textures are sometimes used in useful and appealing ways. This collage was created by using the parrot as the style and the other images as targets. The colors mesh well yielding a final composite that amuses me more than any of its parts.

  • A series of Deep Dream Generator variations. I find most Deep Dream Images overdone. The tool works best when simple styles are applied to simple base images. Artists don't have to worry about AIs putting them out of business just yet!

  • Cathedral Gorge State Park. Using RawTherapee's film simulation feature. It works well on landscapes.

  • It's all about the love!

  • The current fad of condemning "cultural appropriation" is largely ignored in Vegas. The entire place is a glitzy monument to cultural appropriation. It's one of Vegas's endearing qualities.

  • Encore indeed.

  • Grand Canyon sunset. In my misguided youth, I worked hard to exclude people from my landscapes. Visits to national parks were exercises in framing around the crowds. Now I always include people. The people help center a shot in time. The canyon walls change slowly over the millennia but people live and die in human time.

  • I almost prefer the silence of the Bellagio fountains to the gauche sound and fury of the water show.

  • After Manhatten, the most "walkable" city region in the US is the Las Vegas Strip. The combination of eye-candy buildings, nice pedestrian bridges, motivated tourists and clear bright days makes for thousands of people swarming around day and night. I always enjoy walking the strip when I'm in Vegas. There is always something new being built and the old standbys are constantly being rebranded.

  • Grand Canyon West Skywalk.

  • The Boise whitewater park is a popular spot on the greenbelt.

  • Saturday Market catch of the day.

  • The colors in film scans are not easily reproduced with digital images. The colors in this old Kodachrome parrot shot are deliberately unbalanced. I just like them. It's hard to quantify exactly what constitutes the film look but it's real and sometimes desirable.

  • I have made an exception to my "no Adobe" image processing boycott. When Adobe adopted their "let's charge rent forever" gouge for Lightroom I started using other RAW developers particularly RawTherapee. Most Adobe products are overpriced and overrated but their mobile apps may be an exception. The iPhone app Photoshop Express is free. Of course, it nags you to buy the expensive stuff and it probably spies on you like many phone apps but it is fun and enables basic photo editing on your phone.

  • Bogus Basin is enjoying a fine winter. The other day the base exceeded 100 inches. This is only the second time since the 1940s that the snow has gotten that deep.

  • There's no point in pretending traffic doesn't exist. Driving up and down Las Vegas Boulevard is like joining a circus parade and it's entirely free.

  • Treasure Island boobies.

  • A big part of the Vegas experience is ducking around construction sites.

  • Me and Helen on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This was her first canyon visit. We are standing in the same spot that I posed with Mali back in 2004. This time the snow was deeper and the light more diffuse.

  • Luxor pyramid simplicity.

  • Fake Vegas New York is more colorful than real New York.

  • My experiments with the Deep Dream Generator continue. This image resulted from applying my JOD cube logo to a nude I shot many years ago. The cube logo is a very simple image with a constrained gamut but it produced a pleasing result here. This image was flagged as "inappropriate" on the Deep Dream web site. Abstract boobs are still boobs!





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