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The Hope and Promise of President Barack Obama

The Hope and Promise of President Barack Obama

 

This photograph represents, for me, not only the hope and promise which is inherent in the Presidency of Barack Obama, but also the hopes, dreams, and optimism of the American people and people from around the world.

In Barack Obama, I feel that we have a dynamic, compassionate individual whose wisdom, intelligence, and willingness to listen to others will be essential in confronting the enormous problems that confront America and the entire world. With the support, sacrifice, and work of the American people, it is my hope that President Obama will lead us into a brighter future, one in which people of all colors, races, religions, ethnic origins, and life choices, live in mutual respect. I look to a more peaceful world, one in which the greatness of America is manifest by the elimination of poverty and by the establishment of equal opportunity for all.

The photograph, then, looks toward the future in a very optimistic way, and, therefore, represents the fulfillment of all the hope and promise which is embodied in our new President, Barack Obama.

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Boston Skyline Featuring Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

Boston Skyline Featuring Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

This, again, is the Boston Skyline, but this time you can see the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge on the right.  That’s also Boston’s  famous Old North Church behind the bridge.  Finally, off to the left is Boston Garden (actually named the TD Banknorth Garden.)  This is my second attempt at an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image, but it’s actually only one image with a faux HDR look, courtesy of Redynamix, Photoshop Elements 6.0, and Picassa 3.1.  I know that it’s a bit on the artistic/creative side, but the original was rather plain, and not too inspiring.  I enjoyed creating this version.  The original data is as follows:

Nikon D200, ISO 100, exposure of 8.0 seconds at f5.6, +2/3, focal length of 170 (255–35mm equivalent)

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Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

This was my first attempt at HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging. I used Dynamic Photo HDR (3.43) –from Mediachance.com to combine two photos which I took on a weekend at the Hyatt Regency Harborside in Boston.  One photo was taken at a low Kelvin temperature (and came out mostly blue–with a bit of purple).  The other had a high Kelvin temperature and came out with a pinkish-orange glow.  This is the result. 

Data:  Nikon D200, ISO 100, f 7.1, 48mm, 3 seconds, 1/3 stop underexposed

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