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The most beautiful college campuses in America: 10 thoughts on a new list

There’s a new list out ranking the 20 most beautiful college campuses in America. These things are always subjective, and they can start more arguments than they settle, but I have to admit that this is a not-bad list.

I haven’t been to all the honored campuses, but I am familiar with several of them. Heck, I hold degrees from two of them.

Here’s the list, then I’ll have a few comments.

1. University of Virginia Read more

The Great Hotel Colorado Photomatix Massacre of 2012

I just bought Photomatix and am in the process of experimenting, trying to understand what it does, how best to use it, and so on. For me, learning tends to be a hands-on, screw-around-with-it process. Push buttons, play with sliders, sample all the templates and presets (even the silly ones). Over time I learn how to make it work for me, and in the meantime I have a lot of fun. Like today.

Last week I spent a couple of days in Glenwood Springs on a video shoot for a client. We stayed at the (awesome) historic Hotel Colorado,  and everywhere I looked I saw yet another shot that I’m not yet good enough to get. But I pointed and clicked anyway. Also, I tried to figure out my HDR.

I took the following in the courtyard around midnight and dumped a couple of bracketed exposures into Photomatix and began investigating the possibilities. The first shot is the one where I was sort of playing it straight (although not entirely).

Courtyard, Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs Read more