Blue Mountain Majesty

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When I leave my house in the morning I can see the Finisterre Mountains as I come in on the Airport Road. That is usually where I decide if I am later going to turn on Coronation Drive to grab some images. If the mountains look crisp and blue, then I’m going to have a fifteen minute detour on the way to work.

If you look carefully at these images (and you know what you’re looking for), you’ll see evidence of heavy-duty, industrial strength Photoshopping. These are not so much photographs as interpretations of photographs. In each shot, I was listening for a voice. When I heard it, I amplified it with Photoshop filters and adjustments until I could hear the voice clearly.

Machinegun Point is one of my favourite shooting spots. I’ve never gotten an uninteresting image here. Every day it’s different:

Machinegun Point with the Finisterre Mountains in the distance

Further along I caught this group of early morning gawkers enjoying the view across Astrolabe Bay:

Early morning outing to see the Finisterre Mountains across Astrolabe Bay

Shooting more toward East, I caught this pedestrian looking back over his shoulder at the insipid sunrise:

Pedestrian admiring the sunrise across Astrolabe Bay

Up by the Coastwatchers Monument, two canoes drift on the calm waters of Astrolabe Bay:

Early morning canoes on Astrolabe as seen near the Coastwatchers Monument

Looking back over my shoulder at the mountains again, I decided to pull into the Coastwatchers Hotel and walk up to the restaurant for a better angle:

The Finisterre Mountains as seen from Coastwatchers Hotel

I particularly like the way the vegetation turned out in this image. I decided, after a few experiments, to abandon realism altogether and go for a lush look. If you click to enlarge and look at the vegetation, you’ll see what I mean.

My little excursion this morning and the few minutes that I spent massaging the images set me up for the day and put me in a good mood.  When I’m bored or depressed (Eunie is in Port Moresby for a Chamber of Commerce meeting), a little Photoshop break cheers me up.

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5 Responses to “Blue Mountain Majesty”

  1. Kessy Says:

    Hi, great blog. I’d say it’s No. 1. You have captured very scenic and beautiful moments. The backgrounds to the above is where my home is and seeing your blog send my thoughts there. Can’t wait to go back to Madang. Thanks for this blog. Are you on Twitter, Facebook & Skype?

  2. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for the kind remarks. I’m always happy to hear when someone is enjoying my efforts. You can find me on FB at http://www.facebook.com/CrazyByChoice or just click the Facebook badge in the sidebar of the blog. I don’t Twitter – no time for it. I’m easy to find on Skype – username PNGDiver.

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  4. Bill Jenkins Says:

    Thanks for this super blog.

  5. MadDog Says:

    You’re welcome, Bill. I’m glad that you enjoy it.