Painted Sky

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Saguaro cacti against a colorful Arizona sunset west of Phoenix, Arizona.  I created this image by capturing three images  f14, ISO 100, /1/500 second with one each + 2  EV and -2 EV, and creating an HDR merge in Lightroom. After merging, I continued editing with Topaz Studio using the precision contrast and detail adjustments along with HSL Color Toning adjustments. I love how Topaz brings out the details in an image.

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Last Light

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One of my rare Arizona desert landscapes without cactus. This image was captured at the Skyline Regional Park, Buckeye, Arizona along a hiking trail. I stopped down my aperture to f14 to get the star effect as the sun was fixing to go down, behind the mountain. I also used the adjustment brush in Lightroom to brighten the rocks in the lower right to give the effect of the light striking them. Then I lightened slightly a bit of the landscape between the rocks and the sun and to the ridge of the mountain to create paths for the eyes to follow to the sun. The eyes will either go straight from the rock to the sun, or travel up to the ridge of the mountain, then down to the sun. I also used the adjustment brush to darken some of the shadows. You may see a larger version here on my Flickr or here on 500px.

Ventura Pier

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An old wooden pier in Ventura, California. From what I could gather, this pier was built in 1872 and renovated in 1993.

Verse of the day:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

 

 

Beautiful Morning Light

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How wonderful it is to enjoy such color in the early morning. Photographed on the Gila River outside of Phoenix, Az.

 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9

 

 

Spring Time Saguaro

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
COL 3:1‭-‬2 ESV

Saguaro cactus with its spring time fruit under a moody sky near Phoenix, Az.

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