By now, you may know that water and electricity are nearly family. Both represent energy, in different forms. The old dam in Pinawa, now in ruins, was the start of our journey.

Water from the canal, rushing into the forebay of the Pinawa Dam. Water from the canal, rushing into the forebay of the Pinawa Dam.

The water, rushing into the forebay, kept there to be used at a later time. But why build a dam in a place where originally there is no water?

Like many other photo enthusiasts in the world, let’s welcome the latest beta version of Adobe’s Lightroom.  Often enough we see updates to programs, adding a few options that we probably will never use. But this looks different. Now I’m not a Lightroom specialist, even if I use it for all my pictures. Currently a “meagre” 11,000 of them. My collection is growing fast. It needs care and attention. Lightroom 3 has a whole bunch of improvements that are worth talking about. I will take two of them here for a closer look.

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Camera NIKON D90, 1/25 sec F/5.6 52 mm Auto exposure ISO-6400

The pictures I will present here will be a little different than what you are used to until now. But let’s take a look anyway, ok?

Anyone will say that these two do not go together. Certainly not in your bathroom. On the other hand, the two are closely related, one may be the result of the other. If you hold back enough water to create pressure, you can use this pressure to get electricity or any other kind of energy. Our ancestors knew this already for a long time. As “general” public there is normally no chance to get close enough to such a power installation, for obvious security reasons. However, there are places where this is possible in Manitoba.

You are warned! You are warned!

Despite the safety warnings we’re going to take a look! Shall we go?

Mother Earth has many things to offer us, poorly developed humans. Although for a long time we have been able to extract everything we could from the earth, we haven’t found a way to renew the things we took. Apart from that, the spaces that have been created years and centuries ago by our ancestors in need of heating, food and fuel may now give us a nice place to be and spend the day.

Fochtelooerveen, Holland Fochtelooerveen, Holland

The place left behind in Holland has the not-so-easy-to-pronounceable name of “Fochtelooer Veen”. Let’s go and have a look at this historical piece of nature…

Whoever has a photo camera, be it film or digital has tried to photograph flowers and plants. Often considered as “boring” and not “worthy” of a real photographer, it is certainly a part of photography that is worth of our attention.

Many will just walk in the streets or in the country and not even throw a glimpse or give a thought at the flowers or plants that surround them. Do you see a mistake in that reasoning?

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Camera E4600, 1/250 sec f/5.41 7.7 mm ISO-50

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Even more you will hear “I only have a Point and Shoot! I cannot take that kind of picture!”. Hmmm, wrong again… Let’s continue this inside, shall we? …

Henk
6 hours 3 minutes

Thanks :) !

sursohog
9 hours 16 minutes

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

Henk
5 days 2 hours

Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

Henk
5 days 2 hours

Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

'Dan..
5 days 4 hours

I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

Henk
26 days 3 hours

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
27 days 6 hours

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

Henk
27 days 19 hours

Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
27 days 23 hours

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.