KC Pictures and Photoshop

I am working on a photography project for my soon to be completed main bathroom.  I want to do a gallery grouping of black and white pictures and have decided to use downtown Kansas City as the theme.  I took several downtown pictures last fall when I was taking a photography class, but I really have been wanting to take pictures of the Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts.  Since I am a bachelorette this week (DG is at the Sturgis Rally) I went on adventure this evening and took pictures just as the sun was setting.  Here are the color versions of the two I like the best.

When I got home I started looking at a few of the other downtown photos I have and started trying to select the other pictures I wanted to use.  I found one I had taken at the Richard Berkley Riverfront Park that I thought would look good in B&W, except there is a sign that really distracts from the composition.  Here is the original.

I decided to try some Photoshop magic and see if I could remove the sign.  I have to say that Photoshop is one of the hardest software packages I have ever tried to use.  It has SOOOO many features which for me just adds to the complexity.  After about 8 months of playing with it, I am finally making progress with its tools.  Here is the photo after removing the sign.

So do you think this cheating?  Before I started using Photoshop I must admit that I had a tendency think this was cheating.  I read some thoughts once on digital photo editing by Rod Hanna, a professional photographer, who embraces post processing by explaining it as no different than the tricks that were used in the developing room many years ago.   So I decided that if it is good enough for someone who has made his living from photography for fifty years, surely it is good enough for the likes of me who needs all the photography help she can get.  Besides that, it is just so darn much fun to play with pictures in Photoshop.

By the way, here is the B&W version of the picture above.

#7 Visit Colorado in the Summer

I have never taken two vacations in two months, but I think I could easily get use to this lifestyle.   Last month was Destin, Florida and this month is Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Fortunately Steamboat is not close to any of the fires currently burning in Colorado so our vacation is proceeding as planned.

Steamboat Springs is a major winter ski destination and has actually produced more Olympic skiers than any other town in the United States.  Summer in Steamboat is a total blast.  For one thing, most of the lodging is 40-60% less than the winter rate.  To say our condo is nice is a total understatement.  Howelsen Place is an old building that was renovated about two years ago with condos on the second level and retail shops on the street level.  Here is a tour of our home for the week.

I loved that our condo was right in the middle of downtown making it so easy to stroll around the many galleries and stores.

Before we left home I had noticed that one of the downtown galleries was featuring a photography exhibit “A 50-Year Photography Retrospective” of Rod Hanna.  Since I am a little obsessed with anything photography related these days I definitely wanted to check this out.  When we entered the gallery we were greeted by a gallery docent who told us a little about the artist and much to our surprise mentioned that Rod Hanna was from Kansas City.  Additionally, in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Mr. Hanna was the official photographer of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Having a Kansas City connection to this amazing photographer was such a thrill.   I was totally in awe as I roamed the gallery looking at pictures of the beautiful Colorado landscape, documentary pictures taken when he was a newspaper photographer, pictures of the Chiefs during their Super Bowl win and even pictures of John Elway taken when he was the official photographer of the Denver Broncos.

To see Rod Hanna’s extraordinary photography, click here.  Next time I will be sharing some of the awesome activities available in the summer at Steamboat.  Until then I will be savoring my last night in Steamboat before heading to the real world.