14 Nov 14. My apology for the lateness of today's mailing but somewhere between making a crash run Monday into Seattle to help a friend buy a computer and dinner on Veteran's day I managed to make my body appealing for some nasty critter that has been getting the best of me the last couple of days and was really acting nasty yesterday so I took the day off, completely. Winning the battle now, so here we go for Macro Friday. On my screen the red leaves are very close to the actual size they were in the rocks, so from the perspective of this monitor we have a life sized image. In reality, when I snapped the shutter, the leaves were about 1/5 life size, still in the realm of close-up photography. This shot is from the Mt Baker trip and being predominantly cloudy, overcast, and windy, we had some very nicely saturated colors (the wind of course having nothing to do with it except for blowing the clouds across the sun with sometime maddening timing.) I did a couple things to this image to get it where I wanted it from what I captured when I took the shot. First was to crop it to move the placement of the leaves, something I should have done in camera. Next, I've increased the micro contrast to better bring out the marvelous textures in the rock, and finally, I've selectively brightened the yellows in the rock. The overcast sky did a nice job of saturating the color, but it left the image a bit on the dark side which didn't allow for the rocks to share in the impact of the image. Next trip up to the area my plan is to concentrate of the rock formations setting them off with some of the surrounding scenery. If you make a visit there, be sure to take a good look at all the different rock formations. Nikon D300s; 18 -200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/60 sec @ f / 5 hand held.