Totally hit the D.C. streets this week

No idea what most of this is .. Glad I don’t do photos for a living, I swear. Ran out of battery power half through the day….grrrrr son would not cooperate with me and take a pic of every nook and cranny with his camera so there are a few on his I’ll have to grab later as he went to work, but in the meantime, I like to get things off my hard drive and up online quickly, as I constantly expect data loss or gremlin tinkers coming and hammering my hard drive into smithereens. So here is yesterday, at least most of it, just driving and walking about D.C. in the sun and kind of frosty breeze.  ….hmm….lookin at them they look like sh___ so here goes some time spent after all in Photoshop.

Driving around D.C. Snapping Buildings etc

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THEN we toured the:

NATIONAL PORTRAIT MUSEUM IN D.C.

http://www.npg.si.edu/inform/overview.html

excellent info

”The Greek Slave” by Hiram Powers (1805-1873)

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Eve Tempted

Eve Tempted, modeled 1839-1842, carved 1873-1877, marble by Hiram Powers

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left hand eve tempted - Nat'l Portrait Gallery, D.C.

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Going out on a limb here, thinking maybe

this is POCAHONTAS.

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Thomas Ball’s La Petite Pensee

the model was Thomas Ball’s eight-year-old niece Annie Chickering.

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hmmmm Nero???? lol

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LADY LIBERTY

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FREEDOM FOR ALL PEOPLE

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STILL FIGHTING IN THE 20th CENTURY

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We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. . . .
Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.


— Martin Luther King Jr.

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PORTRAITS

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AND MISC STUFF AT THE PORTRAIT MUSEUM

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Hope you liked this little blog. best, kat

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Flora during last 2 days Chantilly, VA

Growth noticed, some cherry trees’ leaves masking the fluttering blossoms, but still some great forsythia shots..and tulips on north side of tree next to my sons’ home sweet ladys’ blooms are now showing out. Just a few here, including the flowering dogwood and its’ update after 2 days’ rain and growth!  Best, Kat

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Alexandria, Virginia 4.19.14 Last Day Vacation

Here are  pics from in and around one of my Fave cities, Alexandria. Visited with Ancilla Dominae High School in June 68 and again on honeymoon with my 4 kids dad back in May 72, as the summer Olympics played (remember Mary Lou Retton and swmmer Mark Spitz???? Watched them from an Alexandria motel room! 72 yeah!! I was 19. Nice trip, saw D.C. of cource. The 68 trip encompassed Williamsburg, NYC, Chinatown, Manhattan specifically, stayed with the girls’ school grad class and the 2 nuns who watched us goof off, at the Hotel Manhattan. Cool. So, I have my oldest son born in 73 now carting his mom around, lives near Alexandria so we did D.C. …started to post process the pics in Photoshop in the airport from the National Portrait Gallery. I was sitting an hour ahead already checked VIP status in ( military son with FFMiles lol) writing this blog and used quickly Faststone Image Resizer to half the images off my sweeeeet new Nikon Coolpix RED camera that zooms like CRAZY also uses batteries like they grow on TREES.  Here are the pocessed images, done with Photoshop CC.

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AIRFORCE MEMORIAL NEAR D.C.

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AF MEMORIAL

RIGHT BY ARLINGTON

SO GRABBED THIS PIC

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TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

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BEAUTY IN PHOTOS TAKEN NEAR THE TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER

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FLOWERS AND BIRDS NEARBY

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FINISHED UP BEFORE AIRPORT TIME EATING AT BILBO BAGGINS RESTAURANT

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CENTER OF RESTAURANT, AN OLD BRICK OVEN. GRABBED THE EPOXIED SIDE FOR TEXTURE

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WELL WORN WORKERS’ KITCHEN SWINGING DOOR

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TOOK THIS PIC OF MILLION DOLLAR TOWNHOUSES

JUST ACROSS THE STREET AND KITTY CORNER

FROM THE BILBO BAGGINS RESTAURANT

 

BYE 4 NOW

Great Quotes I’ve got on my desktop for this week

Think these are good for change of environment for me as I have traveled this week from Michigan to Virginia area close to D.C. for Cherry Blossom Photo Opps and family visits and romps with grandkids.

 

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do; not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

 

“The ability to think differently today from yesterday distinguishes the wise man from the stubborn”
John Steinbeck

“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
Sir Winston Churchill

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Summer brings solarization

same here. tried, nearly puked and decided to wait for another more stable day emotionally before trying it again. Like the Flaming Pear Aetherize filter, though, more control. cheers

 

 

Decided to try the Solarize Filter on this building downtown D.C.

had to go Color Burn and fade it by over half

but it came out great!  THANX!!

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David Ryan Photography

Sometimes I’m a purist and sometimes I’m not.  For this post I’m not

Not  having ever taken any structured Photoshop instruction, I tend to fool around and explore the program a lot when things are slow and I don’t feel like doing anything else.

Of course I’ve explored all the filters that come with Photoshop and one of them that I keep coming back to is the “Solarize” (under “Stylize”).

Often, when I’ve come to the end of the regular tweaks I make on a photo but it still doesn’t cut it , I’ll  apply the solarize filter to see what happens.  I know that if I were a mathematical genius the result would be predictable, but I’m not and it isn’t.  That’s why it’s so much fun:   it’s pure serendipity for me.  Let me show you.

Grain elevator and silo, Camas Prairie, Idaho Here’s a pretty typical shot of a grain elevator and silo on the Camas…

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Third Photo Day in Chantilly, Virginia

Luckily we went out on the 14th for a photo shoot before the rain of the past two days began. Some really nice foliage in and around Chantilly were captured and with the rain I decided to do some post processing on these images, which came out well. They do show some changes in 2 days time in growth as well! The nice gardener next door gave me this beauty of a hyacinth and I readily placed it next to my bed for the fragrance. Sadly, 3 days later, it is beginning to wilt. Hyacinths seem to be almost a type of succulent in my opinion, as I noticed how heavy it was, Perhaps it was filled with perfume! Click on any image for an enlargement. The details are breathtaking. i love my new Nikon! Enjoy!

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4.14 I’m still here on my feet surprisingly since I sleep up 13 count them 13 stairs and man is it tough getting up all those stairs  being totally out of shape for all the walking etc I’ve been doing. You’d think I’d lose this 20 pounds I should lose but I think I’m keeping up with it by eating. So far we hit Macs and Pizza Hut within the past 24 hours. So no sign of weight loss here, just more pictures of more plants.

I’m not putting my family pics up, just so you know, they have an aversion to it I respect even though there have probably been pics of them on Picasa since they were in High School.

Ok, went out the afternoon of the 14th and found pink white and yellow and green, way more colors than back home in Michigan. Fo Sho. So here is this afternoons’ motherload. These have been run thru the Adobe app mill as it was way windy out and tree branches and cherry blossoms are basically non compliant whenever there is wind to blame their dancing on.

A storm front with cold blast on its’ way next day or two. 4.17- uploaded the postprocessed images finally and publishing…been running around like nuts in the rain going to cool places, indoors.

Some Memories – Me and West Glen Park, Gary, Indiana, 1950s and 1960s

I wrote recently to a friend I’d lost track of and the email had a lot of things in it as I recalled them from Gary, Indiana in the 60s:

I was recalling the corner of Ridge (Rt 6) and Grant Street in 60s Gary, IN a minute ago, and the old Duncanburger drive in Restaurant came to mind as did Riss Sales, & Tittles new big store they built on the SW corner after they moved out of the Village, built either where the Dr office building was or close to it. Used to be just a meat counter close to Wards by Playland and Marshalls in the Village. I moved from Hammond where I was born ( dad worked at Inland) age 2 to 3585 Grant Street and watched at age 3 in 1955 from the front door right across the street the building of the Village Shopping Center. The drug store first, later added onto the outside edge the Book Nook. The soda fountain was great. The candy at the checkout was even better. Leath Furniture (was surprised when grown and married and moved to Port Huron Michigan in 76 that there was a Leath here) the Village Bakery, the hosiery shop, Troxels Jewelers, the shoe shine chair up on the stand, Fredericks beauty shop, the 2 pay phones the Villlage Restaurant where my HS sweetheart and I spent hours drinking coffee like a BOSS. Of course Kresge’s, Penny’s, 3 Sisters where I worked 1 summer age 15, Kroger (step on the wug and the door open I said when first entered age 3 or 4) had on top of the grocery shelves towards the ceiling dolls! in carton boxes Patty Playpal, Chatty Cathy, you know….but i got my first hoola hoop at playland. Marshalls’ high end children wear store with the large wooden door handles was at that end too, and as I said the meat counter take-a-ticket original Tittles’. Wards was a later addition, which had an incinerator they fired up at night, firey flame smoke out of a pipe at the top of the building….age as young as I was I had a nightmare about a huge fireball rolling down the roof across Grant street to engulf my home. Spent many many days there. Forgot a lot of the stores I’m sure. Being right across the street my mom took me there every other Friday night, daddys’ payday from Inland steel. He got 2 cartons of L&M cigarettes I recall. Age 4 I saw my very first black lady walking towards us round about in front of JCPenny and I asked my mom too loud I’m sure cuz I got slapped why she had dark skin. It was winter, I still can see that lovely woman in her winter coat like royalty amongst us. Not dressy, just the pride in her carriage. When I was 11 we moved to Fillmore. Had at at least half dozen friends I went to Webster with there, we were fittin to be going to Bailly in a couple years then integration would hit us and the age of innocence would start breaking up with slights and smirks and remarks that stung, and the odor of strange hair grease and all sorts of foreign things that kept us in separate groups. Anyway that was Bailly. Webster – the principal started the year we started kindergarten, Mrs Deverick who took over from Mrs Planter. Skinny thing. And coach Schmidt who doled out the paddling to the naughty boys. Lunchtime 10 cent bags of Jays’ potato chips and 5 cents for homemade fudge if we were lucky. 35 cents for lunch. 10 cents for the bus. Webster was on Pierce street. Good weather mom walked me and met me after school. Selling girl scout cookies! Got invited by Denise Roskowski’s mom to join Brownies age 7. Cookies sold 35 cents a box. I remember pounding the pavement. And then pounding it again Halloween with out spray painted gauzy costumes with the plastic masks. Plastic came out we were about 4 in 56. Same year Salk vaccine damn that man came out so we got polio shots. I almost didn’t go to nursing school cuz of all that mess. Downtown Azars’ (Elias Brothers here in Port Huron) BIg Boy ands the theater we waited around the block in the winter cold to see a Hard Days Night and screamed so much no one heard the movie. I have it today of DVD and have watched it many times. I’m 61. Kids, 2 boys and 2 girls, happy, brilliant, healthy, 9 grandkids. Their dad died in 85. I didn’t marry the HS sweetheart, prob should have. Nursing school, grad 88, ICU, ran a post open heart unit 10 years, retired r/t arthritis back in 03, learned composite graphics self taught, now do photoshop, read and watch movies for fun. Remarried for 20 years at age 40, just got divorced, he is a go go go and I’m pretty much sleep sleep sleep, keeps me from getting flair ups of the rheumatoid. He works in SC, NC, GA, moves around so no point really, neither of us interested in others, just no point anymore. Amicable, friends. I stay home with my nose in the computer or a book. I have a caretaker who does cook, shop and make messes for the maids to clean up. Daughter and hubby are docs so they hire for me. I have some parrots and a dog. Got a decent camera recently so i can take more pics.  70 Lew Wallace grad here, Kathy Faye Jones. Was soprano for HMS Pinafore, soloist for just about everything, Mikado lead too. LOVED Lew Wallace. Was IN love in Lew Wallace so that time was my magic years. Cheers, Kathy

Pictures of Gary, Indiana and Chicagoland

sorry some not cropped. oh well. busy.

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