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  • Helen at Jenny Lake in Grand Tetons National Park.

  • Self portrait styled with bristlecone pine textures.

  • Flower gardening is a Mormon strongpoint. Their temples and churches are often surrounded by lush flower beds.

  • We finally checked out Eagle Island State Park this afternoon. It's only a few kilometers from our house but because it's not "free" we kept finding excuses not to go in. Today we paid the five bucks and it was worth it. I will probably renew my Idaho State Parks pass just to frequently visit this park and watch the Osprey chicks grow up.

  • A collage of purple dreams.

  • 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.

  • I snapped this shot of my dad in the dining room of the Riverside Golf Club in Bozeman. It's one of my better snapshot of him.

  • Textures in Bristlecone wood.

  • The new Mormon temple on Linder road. Southern Idaho has a large Mormon population. While I'm not a sky fairy guy I generally approve of religious architecture and appreciate the fact that Mormon designers provide nice leading lines to photograph their temples. The walkway I am standing on is perfectly aligned with the building. It's framing for dummies.

  • Mali on steps near Cannon falls. Late April 2003: Ilford Delta 100

  • In 2004 we visited Meteor Crater in northern Arizona. It had been on my bucket list since I was a child and it did not disappoint. As we were leaving I stood on the edge of the crater and quickly shot a series of slides with the intention of later building a panorama. My early attempts to convert my slide scans to a panorama did not work. The frames were not aligned and the exposures were marginal. Well, as I have noted before, panorama software is steadily improving. I dropped the frames into Affinity Photo today and it glued them together about as well as you could expect. The frames are still poorly aligned so I decided to go with a nonrectangular border. Also, the exposures were still marginal. Especially the leftmost frame that was overexposed in the sky and underexposed in the crater. My previous attempts to adjust the tones were unsatisfactory but applying HDR tone mapping did the trick.

  • 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.

  • Me diving on the reefs of Barbados sometime in 1978 or 1979. To be completely honest this shot may have been taken in the Pacific but I'm going with Barbados simply because I am not wearing pants. If you've ever dived on reefs you will know that corals are very sharp and can easily cut skin if you accidentally brush up against them. I learned that the hard way after my first few weeks of diving in Barbados.

  • Jacob playing on his Gameboy shortly before Christmas in 2007. Video games are a mixed blessing for some they are harmless pass time and for others a disruptive addiction.

  • Mali with spring cows.

  • One of my guilty pleasures is rooting around in old negatives, slides, and prints. I spend way more time than I should scanning and restoring "marginal" images. This picture of me and Mali near the old Hastings, Minnesota bridge is a perfect example. The Hastings bridge was demolished in 2013 so this Ilford Delta 100 35mm black and white shot is now "historical". Properly developed and stored black and white negatives will last decades and possibly centuries. How many of your cell phone selfies will survive that long?

  • While rummaging in my old negatives I came across this black and white shot I took in the lobby of the Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia way back in the 1970s. I was in Victoria on at least two occasions in those days. Once on a golfing trip with my dad and once on a mad holiday dash with friends. This picture could have been taken on either of those trips but I favor the holiday dash on the basis of the camera’s angle of view; it’s clearly a fairly wide angle lens. This negative is also from my self-development phase. I tended to overdevelop negatives because I liked the high contrast tones. I still do. The negative was badly scratched but sometimes it’s calming to slowly remove blemish after blemish until the entire character of the image changes.

  • 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.

  • Mali with her sister Sedi. Shot in the Milton Ontario home of their sister Fahimeh around Christmas of 2004. Both of them dislike this picture but I think it's a fine double portrait.

  • Mali on a stroll around Sun City West on Christmas 2007.

  • Totally spring tubular!

  • Helen at Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump. My friend Carl used to get a kick out of calling the visitor center. He would always get a polite Canadian voice saying."Head Smashed In can I help you?"

  • 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!

  • Sometimes the simplest image transformations yield interesting pictures. Here I've used the mirror symmetry feature in Photoshop Express to reflect parts of an iPhone shot of a nearby Mormon temple. The result is oddly appropriate: a sky fairy castle untethered from reality. The ease with which we transmogrify pixels is rapidly degrading the artistic value of photography. Genuine art requires substantial discipline and pain! Anything that is easily achieved is almost by definition worthless. Thirty years ago creating an image like this would have required vision, preparation, planning and technical skills. Today it requires pushing a few buttons. The art has been obliterated by technology. You can argue otherwise but you will quickly encounter the Jackson Pollock problem. Throwing paint on canvas requires little discipline or pain. The result may be visually arresting but if it's "art" so is this silly reflection.

  • Helen and Jacob with my mother and their grandmother Evelyn in Yellowstone. My mother's red face is not a film defect. She developed a horrible rash that day.

  • It's early spring and the Ospreys have taken over the nesting platforms in Eagle Island State Park. Idaho Power sets up platforms for birds of prey on power poles to keep them from trying to build nests on transformers and wires. It keeps the birds safe and prevents power outages. It's a win-win for birds and people. Fish and rodents would probably poll negatively on the same issue.

  • Me and Mali on our first trip to the Grand Canyon.

  • 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.





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