I am a 42-year old husband and father. I was an avid computer gamer and DOF, F-stops and the like were foreign to me until my wife introduced me to photography.

I began shooting during the latter part of March 2010 and quickly became addicted to it. I started this blog to share my journey and to learn along the way. Special thanks to my wife Eng who encouraged me and to all my friends in Blogosphere who shared their knowledge and taught me to further this craft.

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before and after # 11 - the lake

I had to wake up early and get out in freezing temperature just to shot the original of this photo but unfortunately it turned out to be a disappointment.

Instead of deleting the RAW file, once again I called on the the help of my trusted PS CS4.

mouse-over the image to view the salvaged one.

Thank you for all your comments, visits and continued encouragement.



amazing transformation. the first is not much, with the PS it looks like a wonderful fog filled day and the shadow of the boat is visible and not so much in the original


Oh... I have never got a hang over ps4, this looks like a magical transformation!!
Loved the mist...


Love the post processing, the texture gives it an entirely different, and very successful, feel.

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A great result - you encourage us never to give up, even when we are tempted to throw something away!


It looks like a painting, beautiful :)


What a difference, stunning!


And you even added the shadow of the swan! Clever you! I like it.

T. Becque

I've missed some of your photos lately, the ones below are, of course, amazing. The one with your (?) little girl is sweet and beautiful. I love what you've done with this photo. My goal is to be able to do these types of things too someday, but I need a course first!


Dave...I am taking a PS course right now and hope I will learn to do this one of these days. The mouse-over technique is mooned boggling to me. It makes the whole transformation so much more interesting.You created a fabulous transformation. Nice work.


I like the original for its moodiness, but what you did with it is amazing!

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