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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wintry Skies from the Beach in Southern California

Make Time for Small Reflections
13 Photographs to Share

thirteen cloudy skies
from the beach & neighborhood
with a few Palm trees ;-)

Click to embiggen for better viewing
normally I leave
pics alone as I
... today

I played
just a bit ...
not sure which
I like the best
what's your opinion?

below two versions ...
'straight out of the camera

or 'tweaked' with 'smartfix' ?

Straight out of the camera

... same view after 'smartfix' in PSE6

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers." Martina Horner


Carolyn Ford said...

I usually like to tweak my photo to brighten them up a bit. So...I will say the tweaked version. I think that is Huntington Pier in the distance...don't you just love the ocean?!

Suburban Girl said...

Drizzly in Southern California. Could be a new song title! I guess that is something worth documenting. Makes the rest of us feel a little better.

I almost always tweak photos a tad to up the contrast.

Ginny Hartzler said...

These are lovely pictures! I like the collage one made up of many the best. It is overall more stunning and has more images on it to enjoy. I've added your two blogs to my sidebar as blogs that I follow. HappyRetired won't go in because it's Wordpress, but I will follow it. I've also added shortcuts to your blogs on my desktop.

Jim said...

This is a pretty beach scene. It looks rather deserted, just those three surfers and a groupie.
My kids and granddaughter, BP, were at Newport the day before yesterday. BP like the Santa Monica Pier much better since it's winter. [California never has nice warm beaches like Texas and Florida, she's a little spoiled.]

Your pictures? It's 50/50 for me. Bottom one has more detail visable, top has prettier sky and water.

We missed sending Christmas cards. I have a 'Christmas' letter, we are thinking of mailing that after New Year's.
At least to those who sent us cards.

We are talking about an adult class. At least I may take one. I like the social part best. Remember, I taught college for 22 years. That started after I was tired of taking classes after eleven years. :-)

Carver said...

I like all of these versions. Beautiful shots as usual.

Unknown said...

Beutiful both ways ...

Have a beautiful & blessed NEW YEAR ... I will be in & out of communication for a couple weeks.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Dianne said...

so so pretty!!
I love your composition

Susan Cook said...

Beautiful blues - love them all.

also got a laugh out of the Jib-Jab video above. Wishing you a Happy New Year. :)

James said...

Wonderful shots. My wife and I used to walk on the beach about twice a week at HB. We would walk just about to the spot where you took the picture then head back.

Martha said...

Beautiful photos and I love the composition of the mosaic!

Happy New year!

Diane AZ said...

Your cloudy skies look beautiful with the palm trees. I like tweaked 'smartfix' version. Wishing you peace, health and happiness in 2010! :)

Regina said...

Great skies!
Happy New Year!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

HRG: What neat skies you have, We are getting a lot of gray.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful skies! Great photos.

Happy New Years to you and yours.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely skies and great captures as always! May the new year bring you much joy and peace! Happy New Year!


VioletSky said...

I like how you play around with your photos for different effects

Have a blessed and happy new year.

Amanda Moore said...

You have out done yourself with this mosaic it is lovely. We should have some great weather tomorrow stay safe and enjoy.... HNY!

Maude Lynn said...

I like the darker blue straight out of the camera.

Happy New Year!

jabblog said...

Lovely, varied shots as ever.
Wishing you all you wish yourself in the decade ahead - Happy 2010!

Tumblewords: said...

Lovely sky. At this moment, I prefer the straight-from-the-camera shot. the sky has a brooding, almost menacing, wintry quality. But when I come back in another day, I might prefer the tweaked. Wonder if I'm a fence-sitter? Happy New Year to you and yours!

Kim said...

What great photos! How do you make that collage?? I love it! Looks like you have some pretty clouds where you live....nice!!!!

Have a super New Year!

Hazel said...

I love staring at those tall tall trees!

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