Only two defining forces have ever committed to die for you:
Jesus Christ for your soul and
The American G.I. for your freedom.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Caroline J Smith, my wife of 27 and a half years passed on November 26, 2017 from complications from surgery she underwent for a aorta aneurysm at the end of August.

She was honored at a memorial service on December 2, 2017.

Her memorial page can be viewed here:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Certified a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Elected and certified as a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots on June 3, 3013.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Test of the GoPro Hero 3 Black

This is admittedly a crude video that is an experiment on how to control the GoPro camera and the use of Sony's Movie Studio Platinum 12 video editing software.  I can control the camera with either my Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPod via bluetooth and WiFi.  The Major problem I am having is the size of the files created on the camera that are extremely large.  The camera file used to create this video recorded at 1080p/60 is 190.3 MB.  The resulting Sony Movie Studio file when rendered for Windows was 32.7 MB.

Another problem is audio.  My purpose for purchasing the camera was for use on the DJI Phantom radio controlled quad-rotor.  I am not to sure when I will be able to fly the contraption because of the weather here in the mountains persists in sticking its nose at Al Gore and his global warming scam. If you have any interest in the RC helicopter than Google it or search for it on Youtube.   

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Black and White Artistic HDR

The three photos were shot handheld using the Nikon D7000 and the Bower 8mm Fish-eye lens.  Initial processing was accomplished using Photomatix selecting one of the many presets provided by the program.  For this photo I selected B&W Artistic.
Don't forget to click on the photo to enlarge to fill your screen.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bower 11 mm f3.5 Lens for Nikon,

These three photos were shot handheld in HDR with my new Bower 11 mm f3.5 fish-eye lens purchased on sale from B&H Photo on sale for $229.00 during a Christmas sale.  I checked out all of the reviews and it turns out the lens performs better on Nikon cameras than Nikon's own fish-eye lenses.   Read the review that convinced me to go for this lens here.

Click on each image to enlarge.

Our 2012 Christmas Tree

Because of health problems this was a total effort by my lovely wife, Caroline with the help of Luis Toro a kindly neighbor  who helped Caroline set the tree up in its stand, lugged the boxes of decorations off of garage shelves.
As usual the tree was purchased from Billy Wilson off his tree farm.  

A HDR photo of his spread can be seen at earlier posts.  For some reason photos of Christmas trees at night are difficult for me to photograph.  This one required some Photoshop tricks to make it pop off the screen.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Solstice Cycle Shop

This log building has had a number of business types since we have been living in Burnsville, NC.  The owners have turned it into a bicycle shop.  They asked me to photograph the building.  This High Dynamic Range (HDR) was shot at f22 with a 18-200 mm lens on a Nikon D7000 camera.  I used Photomatix HDR software and rendered the three exposures with the installed default called Painter.  The sky was clear so I made a selection of the sky using Photoshop select command color range.  With the selection loaded I opened the file containing the sky and selected the whole file.  Switching back to the building file I used the Paste Into command.  The sky file was then transformed to fill the entire area of the sky.  Click on the thumbnail to fill your screen.