Winter 2013


              Posted Thursday, March 7, 2013


Ice On South Peak, BW

MT Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine

Mouse over image for color rendering

This photograph was originally presented in color, but I knew it would look great in black and white as well. I had been planning to rework it as such for quite a while and I recently finished it. As good as it looks in color, I definately prefer this monochrome rendering as all of the elements within this scene are well suited to the gray scale. The deep value in the sky was achieved by using the black and white adjustment layer in CS5. The effect was the equivalent to using a deep red #29 filter with black and white film to darken a blue sky. With film, a good deal of burning is also required in the darkroom on the finished print to get this dramatic sky.









             Posted Thursday, February 28, 2013


Work Skiffs, Posterization

Tangier Island, Virginia

A simple yet strong composition posterized with needed color in Photoshop CS5. The longer you look at it the better it appeals to the eye. Posterization, a technique of photographic reproduction, has been used for decades. Printed as a regular photograph this image was far too blah, but with a strong jolt of artsy color it has a good deal of impact and is a refreshing departure from the norm. The posterization effect also boosts contrast through the roof and gives the image a lot of pop. When I branded this image with my copyright line I set it to full strength to compliment the contrast.









            Posted Saturday, February 16, 2013


Early Light








             Posted Friday, February 1, 2013


In The Gazing Ball, Self Portrait

Click on image to enlarge

Tangier Island, Virginia

Colors are optimized for Apple monitors
If you aren't viewing this on an Apple display you aren't viewing it.








Chrome Gazing Ball

Tangier Island, Virginia

You just gotta love chrome!

Isn't it time you owned a Mac? Go ahead, place an order online with the Apple store for a new computer. When your order is complete, reach down for the power cord on your PC and rip it out of the wall. Then lift your old PC over your head and hurl it through the window (preferably from the second floor). When your new Mac arrives you can start seeing colors the way God made them! Ha!- Lol









             Posted Saturday, January 26, 2013


Tangier Moon

A full rose colored moon rises over Tangier Island Virginia. Situated out in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the island is home to a community of waterman who carry on the crabbing heritage that the bay is known for. This is one of many photographs that I made in September. I hope to have the entire collection ready to post within a few months. Colors are much better on an Apple display.









             Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Silhouette, Ned's Point Lighthouse

Here are the last of my Ned's Point Lighthouse series. For many years I had failed to make any good photographs of this old light house, so I guess this makes up for it.









Beacon At Dawn








Soft Light, Ned's Point Lighthouse

This is my best photograph of the old sentinel.


Some history about this old lighthouse.








             Posted Friday, December 21, 2012


Over The Meadow

Mouse over image to see the bleak mid-winter

It may be winter, but summer is coming.








Posted Saturday, December 1, 2012


Rock Garden, Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park

Nikon D200
AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm VR








Site Wide Update

As of December 1, 2012

As I'm sure you noticed, I made a major site wide update to Makeshift Darkroom. The overall look of the site will remain the same, but will have a new and simplified link structure and a new home page with better bolder links. All photographs on the site will now be accessible from one place - the new "Galleries" link. The Featured Photograph will be updated more often - not monthly as before. I have also added a new devotional blog which can be accessed from the "quick links" on the left side of the home page. All in all, everything should look bolder, better, and cleaner. I have been wanting to make these changes for a while. The Rabbit, who has been promoted to webmaster status, did a pretty good job - though there are still some bugs to work out. From here on my blog postings should be more and more frequent. I hope.








The Featured Photograph








Recent Collections


Rock Collection

DC Cherry Blossom Centennial








Devotional Snapshot

"Goodness And Severity"








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