Cee’s B&W Challenge: Fences & Gates

Been a little while since doing one of Cee’s B&W challenges, life is busy.

But always love to share, specially Black & White!

Some fences & gates & a window wrought iron work from San Juan de los Lagos, Jal MX.

 

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some living fences posts!

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Thanks as always to Cee!

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20170314: Got a Question? Chances are I might have an answer for you…

Just shy of 15,000 people in one day & 3700 the next, I have so much experience in so many fields I can crunch MOST any question and find answers fast for you.

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20161108 A CHALLENGE to the “Flat Earth people”…

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Big Meadow star trails, stacked/layered Photoshop file of 120 continuous frames. All photos by me, all work in stacking by me…. Using a Canon 16-35mm “L” wide angle lens. At $2000 for the lens, no it did not bend the image. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography.

ALSO ALL “FLAT EARTH” PEOPLE, Please explain the the result of Earth’s rotation on weather patterns and ocean currents. The Coriolis effect makes storms swirl clockwise in the Southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. SINCE ANY HUMAN BEING can cross the equator and observe water GOING DOWN ANY KIND OF DRAIN TO WITNESS THIS EFFECT… THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY! I 1st crossed the equator in 1969, as a young boy, loved the fact that flushing the toilet or draining a sink, the water turned in the opposite DIRECTION of my California home’s drains. I was in the South Pacific, not a USA country.

 

OK, so a few photographer posts about flat earth and claims the Moon is not real because of the light on it is so flat looking.
I posted a comment about Soft box verses Hard light. He never responded to that, but claimed I was brainwashed in school into believing the moon is real.

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Dark side of the Moon, Venus, Mars, Joshua Tree N.P. Notice that uneven light on the dark side as the area closer to the reflection of Earth on it. Some can bet attributed to the over spill of the bright crescent, but not ALL.
So here is some simple challenges to prove the earth has to be round and Photographs BY ME, to show my challenge and the laws of a sphere!
If you can’t prove me wrong, simple, you owe me EQUAL TIME TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT FUKUSHIMA AND THE DEATH OF YOUR OCEANS IN 4-6 YEARS.

MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!

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Big Meadow in down below in this photograph. Several MILLION DOLLARS in “fake stars” to let me catch both of the angles in this Cantrell Road shot and Big Meadow shot if a “Flat Earth” existed.
First off, the DUE EAST Big Meadows star trails shot, it also happened on a DUE WEST Cantrell shot.
This a a layered photograph of 120 or so consecutive frames, there for NO LENS BEND CAN OCCUR to cause the curves the stars are moving. The stars move in opposite curves in the north & south. A totally expected action of a sphere. There are at least a 1000 such photographs being taken EVERY NIGHT AROUND THE WORLD.
That can only happen in a sphere. or in a SINGLE PLACE where all the “FAKE LIGHTS” are arranged to fall just right.
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Bristlecone Pine Forest campground. With setting moon. I woke up at 3:30am. Saw the Moon setting and set up the camera. Again 150 or so consecutive frames. NO lens bend can OCCUR. The circle is the North Star in the center. The glow on the clouds is from the Moon as it set, notice the UNEVEN light on the sky. I did a little light painting for the plants, and climbed back into my tent 3 feet away. 120-150 frames.

Now, to explain the reason I said a SINGLE PLACE is simple, any PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OR SERIOUS panorama photographer knows of PARALLAX ISSUES

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the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g., through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera.
  • the angular amount of parallax in a particular case, especially that of a star viewed from different points in the earth’s orbit.

and uses a Panorama head on their tripod. They have spent time figuring out WHERE THE CAMERA HAS TO BE WITH EACH LENS THEY MAY USE. Because few millimeters count big time. So if you are to shoot star trails and have a flat earth with everyone believing “A Conspiracy lie of Sphere Earth”, you have to adjust every single camera to view from just the right angle, the right place. No 2 places would be the same. The “fake stars” would NOT line up.big-meadow-pano-1_mg_2046-_mg_2053_fb

Big Meadows panorama, taken same night of the star trails photo at the start of this post.
Sure you can turn in a circle and shot your frames and let the computer do it’s job, but the errors are VISUALLY SEEN by any professional graphic/photographer/artist.
THEREFORE, no one can set up the STAR TRAILS for Due East and Due West for every single photographer on the planet in the same day let alone in the same year. And HOW does the “Fake Stars ceiling make northern star bend North while at the same time the southern stars bend South and the middle stars go straight and NO VISUAL MISTAKES? Even Hollywood uses tons of computer graphics power and TIME to clean up stuff in movies. You can’t cover thousands of photographers all over the USA in a single night, let alone the world.

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Notice that THIS TREE IS IN THE PANORAMA. Big Meadow, another star trails NE direction.

A flat earth, If I am 100 miles from where some one else shoots the “fake stars” simply will not line up. Physics folks.

5 miles away, back in camp, I shot this Panorama of the stars.

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I can compare this pano to the Big Meadow pano and those stars will line up hours later in a different position. A sphere does MAKE THAT POSSIBLE, a “flat earth” does not!
Don’t believe me, fine go to a stadium with a moving roof. Set up wide angle cameras at the 50 yard line, the 2 goal lines, and in the seats of each end zone.
You don’t even need lights, just have each camera set to shoot the same number of frames at the same rate of speed, and whatever it correct exposure would be. Have the roof open, have the roof close.
Compare a layered photograph of each camera and those angles of the roof. The structural members of the roof do NOT LINE UP THE EXACT SAME WAY. The angles of the roof are different and the “in the seats end zone are extremely different angles from the 50 YARD line. Again, simple Physical evidence a Fat earth can not exist. THAT ANY ONE CAN PROVE TO THEMSELVES.
That is what a “FLAT EARTH” FAKE CEILING WOULD DO.

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North Star star trails, Joshua tree.

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North Star star trails with light painting, same night as the other one, moved several 1000 ft west of the other shot.

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West facing star trails, same night as the North Star star trails photos above. I use 2 cameras or more in a single night. That straight line is an airplane passing over head.
Since I have shot stars in Arizona and 2-3 days later have been in northern Nevada, doing the same thing, the COST to adjust all the those “fake stars” just for me would be in the hundreds of Millions of dollars for any standard movie set! I have traveled 500-600 miles north latitude and 100-150 miles west longitude.

You can NOT re-position “fake star” LIGHTS  till you know my EXACT LOCATION. Which I can choose on the last second.

A perceived site is no good and I move on. An unexpected site is suddenly there and I stop for the night. If the adjustments are off by a mile, the error would be too hard NOT FOR ME TO SEE!
Simple Physics of doing the Reality Check!

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My drive back out of a location I found in the middle of the NOWHERE. As you can see no one came up that road, driving or walking.

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I shot this light painted old car at the end of the road & below, this mine shaft Full Moon rising, light painting shot.

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Since I work alone a lot, how the heck would some government know when and where to set up the “Fake Roof of a Flat Earth”
Since the USA government has threatened to kill me for being a “whistle blower”, why would they let me expose the “fake roof” or so SPEND BILLIONS to make me believe I was doing some thing normal if they would rather I was dead.

Specially if it cost Millions of Dollars to finance the lie and a dollar for a bullet.

I am in the middle of nowhere folks no one would heard the gun and any military sniper worth a shit can drop a person 1000 yards away, so they don’t even have to warn me or get close enough to talk to me.

Just kill me and walk away the buzzards and ants will take care of the body.

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Shot this photo on the road out, for the “other world” effects I would later add. Yeah, a secret society would spend BILLIONS TRACKING ME….

 

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Yosemite Star trails, took this in the evening, red glow on trees is from the campfire, and processed it in the morning for my friends who’s land it was I stayed with. No government got in there. Southwestern direction. Notice curve flattens out as it moves to the right or north side of the sphere.

Why waste the time. The USA or Secret Society would kill me. Not spend Billions of dollars tracking me across thousands of miles in case I decided to shot a star trails photograph and be ready on a moments notice. Nor do they any reason to access my camera & computer to do the files manually to make it seem it I made it happen, because I am known to do the stars trails & panos in the field on my laptop. Yeah, I get up check my cameras & put the cards, load the frames and during breakfast look at me results.

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Southern Nevada, I shot this and 3 days later was north of Mono Lake, north movement of 400-500 miles folks in a straight line. And possible 200+ miles westward direction as the crow flies. I was on the road for 10 days & 1700 miles.

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Mono lake a few days after the Super Moon Eclipse shot.

A Eclipse that I would personally talk to 40 or more people, all levels of photographers about what they shot in whatever part of the WORLD they were in. Flat earth debunked again, millions of places on the planet, a 1/4 to 1/2 of the saw AND SHOT the same types of images… can’t be done on a “Flat Earth”, your violate Parallax laws.

I also shot with Sierra Club Camera Camera Committee in Southern California, we went out with 10-20 members doing shooting night skies. You going to tell me some secret group came changed 20 different MAKES & MODELS of cameras to every different perspective of each camera in a single night and not a one of many who like me nap at our cameras never noticed a mistake.

I shoot 2 cameras or more some times at the same time, 2 different views. Yeah right, my Australian shooting partner for over 2 years would jump in the night  if a mouse broke a leaf near his tent. I had a snoring problem for a while.

I had to put my tent 20 ft or more from him. Many a night in the desert he never slept good, coyotes would howl on the distant hills. They got mean ass snakes in Australia, Black Mombas. It will scare you good to see a snake come from 20 ft away to get after you.
Sorry “FLAT EARTH PEOPLE” your story can NOT BE PROVEN!
Even if all star trails photos looked like my north star point camera shots you still lose out to parallax, the center can’t be over the same place on a flat earth, because a 100 miles of travel would move you out of line and you would have an oval light shape like one sees looking at a spinning record and shining a light on it from the side. You would NEVER HAVE THE SOUTH BENDING STARS.

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Pacific coast line, Jamala Beach.

If you have ever been on a boat at sea, you know that the ship does not go off in a straight line till so tiny you can’t see it. If you have a powerful enough telescope or camera, you will see the hull get lower and lower til you can’t see it. It has gone below the horizon.  And disappears below the horizon regardless of the power of your scope/lens. Again NO FLAT EARTH CAN DO THAT. I have a few thousand miles on oceans liners, and a few thousand more on private boats. Again the cost of “fake horizons” would be too much to continue for any length of time when you are talking of millions of boats and ships on the waters of the planet every day.
So if I alone have shot in so many places, the same kind of star trails and star shots, and shooting stars. Plus panoramas and landscape shots from 10,000 to 14,000 ft in elevation of horizons and every time I get what I see.

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Bristlecone Pine forest, 11,000 ft elevation, shooting star & “Famous dead Bristlecone trees”. I with a group of 20 photographers, and we had maybe another 20-30 photographers coming and going through the as we did our light painting of these trees.

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Same night opposite side and the camera on the other side getting the shooting stars. Milky Way, Southern view.
Like this Inspirational poster, 11,000 feet up and several hundred miles of view.

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Or this photo of myself taken because of the curve of this dry lake bed was plain to me and I loved it! My camera saw what I saw, not A BENT $2000 LENS photo. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 “L” has a very low lens distortion of ANY LENS ON THE MARKET! “L” is PROFESSIONAL QUALITY!

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20161023: Nature B/W photos, Sunday Fun!

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine. Several thousands of years old tree. At almost 12,000ft of elevation on the White Mountains in Southern Calif.

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Dead tree. Hidden Valley Joshua Tree Nation Park, Southern Calif.

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Passing storm, Mono Lake. California.

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Reflections, Eastern Sierras, California

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Storm Clouds. Eastern Sierras, California.

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Wild flower portrait. Trona Pinnacles, Searles Lake, Mojave, California

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Contrasts. Trona Pinnacles, Searles Lake, Mojave, California.

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Weston Cliffs, Red Rock Canyon, Mojave, California

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Weston Cliffs 2, Red Rock Canyon, Mojave, California.

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Angles and Pebbles, Valley of Fire, Nevada.

All photography copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

20161017: B/W Conversion E-book update.

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I am had at work on this, but with 4 photos done and in the book, and 30 pages so far, yeah 15 photos is going to take some thing to do right!

But cheap and sleazy was never my style…. I will run a coupon when it is done fro for HAVING GOT IT DONE!

Creative shooting everyone.

$11 each E-book Sale till Oct. 23rd 45% OFF

45% Discount CODE:  Q-T-C E-book Release

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Just some inside pages to tease you.

3 e-books all work done by the artist, me.

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The covers, and links.

 

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CALM Photos e-book link:    https://goo.gl/KW5yV7

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Trona Pinnacles E-book link:   https://goo.gl/iDiwNc

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Quinta 90 Minutes e-book link:   https://goo.gl/B6tuYV

100% my work folks… just an artist trying to get a paycheck.

45% Discount CODE:  Q-T-C E-book Release

Each e-book is 50+ pages long, photos on every page. Each e-book was created this year, while Calm & Trona photos span several years past collection of photographs.

Regular price is $20 so with the discount you get 50+ nice photos and hopefully inspiring thoughts for Just $11 USD.

20161009 B/W Conversions, Extreme Cases of Color to B/W.

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This is the finished photo, not great. But since it is a camera wanted the photo shot, here is where the photo started.

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Yeah, right camera you want a view of the walk thru tunnel???

Shutter release was hit as I carried the camera, see past posts of street photos.

With Lightroom, I brought it up to this in color.

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As a film photographer, I have very little issue of grain. Modern folk of course have different ideas. Too each their own. That is art.

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As you can see I use a “graduated circle filter” to select then invert the area effected.

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In these Lightroom, you can see colors are not changed but overall exposure is also pushed up.

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Once I “Virtual Copy” the color image I can then play with the sliders, and cropped it in more.

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And here you see the ‘color’ sliders are pushed around as well as the ‘curves’ sliders

In PhotoShop I decided the Winne the Pooh ride was too grainy and selected it made a copy layer. Added some Gaussian Blur, and reduced the Opacity to make it a little softer.

Just an “Extreme case” to show what you can do.

Here is photo I selected to make example of, again due to the extremes involved.

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My diagonal green vines is nice in color.

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Not too many tricks to make this work but I did do some color and light balancing work.

However in b/w…

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I had to do a lot of reworking. The 1st screen shot shows the diagonal circle graduated filter use in the color shot.

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But I had to push thing around some more.

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Here I used a adjustment brush.I also used a straight gradient filter on the top and under this “adjustment brush” as well as the right corner coming up towards the vine. That corner was both “too dark” and “too bright” so it took some playing around

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You can see the changes made to the color sliders here and I have the “highlights” pulled down. I was pulling the green around but that “effected the background” because of the greens back there too. Here can see my “too light top left corner” It just pulls the eye off the center vine. But I could not use the graduated filter as I wanted the detail in the wrought iron railing.

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Again, in this photo the colors are nice but the auto conversion was very unattractive.

 

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The basic colors are similar,

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Pushing the color sliders around got things more contrasted.

Some local graduated filters, 1 on the vendors on the right to lighten them up and another on the man on the left. But his lower legs got black and I spot adjustment brushed that area lighter.

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I also cropped it in tighter.

In the next color shot I shot it for the short depth of field and in the b/w version I wanted to keep the separation.

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Nice in color.

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As the screen shots show I have to push the color slider around, but yes, the background is

maintained as less of interest and the bee & foreground seed pods are lightened up, Because of the red flower tips, it was easier to keep them standout. the bee was a little trickier.

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And of course the church got shot but with a different cloud formation.

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Since this was shot in the afternoon “golden hour light”, the stone work had a more uniform tone, but by pushing up the contrast and playing with the ‘lights’ & ‘highlights’ as well as the color sliders I got the stone work to pull out nice and “rough”.  I did an ‘adjustment brush’ on the bright clouds on the left to drop them some so that the right tower stood out more also.

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The plants at the bottom had an ‘adjustment brush’ on them from the color version and I did adjustment some as well.

 

 

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