My Pics

Some of my pictures … All
but one of these pictures has been manipulated using Photoshop. In
some cases, the manipulation is not obvious. Clicking a picture
will show an image in a slighly larger format. Which one was not
manipulated by Photoshop? Vietnam Wall, Washington, DC Vietnam Wall
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia Peggy's Cove
Waterfront, Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax … Beach
Rocks rocks … Tree Tree … Last Leaf
leaf1 … Matthew
and Sofa matthew
All Photos Copyright 2009 by


19 responses to “My Pics

  1. Geoff Sherrington

    Hi Roman,

    Just now I learned that you are into photography & mnipulation. Likewise. I started with bitstream images from Landsat and conversion to coloured terrain photos with variations like sun angle, viewing angle, etc. Now I’m a National Judge with the Australian Photographic Society, on the 3-person plagiarism committee and an ardent art photo manipulator (using Corel) since the early 1990s.

    In a roundabout way I’ve wondered if you need any data from Antarctic Australian weather stations. There are about 3 with records from the 1957 or so period. I have max and min daily temperatures to end Jan 2009. They can be emailed if they would be helpful and if you have not moved on.

    You did an exquisite job on the Steig reconstruction. Unfortunately, I usually had a programming department to do my work, so I would specify the job and then berate them if it was not good enough. So my programming skills are woeful; though I can follow the path I cannot write it.

    May your blog prosper.


  2. RomanM

    Photography has been my hobby for over 40 years. I built a darkroom in the house I lived in previously where I would often spend an entire day making prints, developing film (both black and white and colour slide) and just having a good time. All of the pictures on this page started out life as film images. Now, I just do digital stuff with Photoshop.

    Thanks for the offer of the Australian data. Some day, I might take you up on it, but at the moment I am busy enough working on the bigger picture. I treat many of the problems we encounter as puzzles trying to bring my experience of almost 45 years as grad student and professor to find solutions and learn new methods and tricks for doing so. It’s never too late to learn. πŸ˜‰

  3. Earle Williams


    Hopefully you didn’t spend the majority of that 45 years as a graduate student. πŸ™‚

    I’m putting my quatloos on the lighthouse pic as being unchopped. The spots on the beach rocks look too pervasive and regular.

  4. RomanM

    No, I managed to put in 40 of those years as gainful employment.

    You have a couple of quatloos less than you came with. The lighthouse and the sky were light years apart. The question is still open … but there aren’t a lot of candidates left. I’ll have to post more pictures.

  5. Fred Ruckdeschel

    I vote for the pebbles. Nice to have both intellectual and artistic interests at the same time. Creativity in both areas.

    • RomanM

      Nope! Not the pebbles either.

      The pebbles were too plain so “speckling” was added through Photoshop.

      I guess there is just one real candidate remaining…

  6. Doug K.

    Waterfront is natural.

    • RomanM

      You’ve got it. Surprisingly just turning the reflection picture upside down is enough to create a new view of the world.

      • That was my decision.

        The one picture which didn’t immediately look photoshopped was the rocks. And they looked so obviously unphotoshopped that one suspects that they actually are.

        Then, I realized that the waterfront, while it at first glance looks like something that has been distorted via photoshop, could also be a simple respection in water.

      • RomanM

        You got it. If you turn the waterfront (in Halifax, N.S.) upside down, it looks pretty normal. The rocks were too clean so I speckled them with the noise filter. I thought that it gave them some character. πŸ˜‰

        I’ll need to put up some new pictures soon.

  7. steven mosher

    Nice Roman. I miss my dal, sweet girl, a liver with lovely brown spots and two differently colored eyes. No photoshopping required. I too had a darkroom and the last real project I work on that had any math of consequence was a panoramic image stitcher.. with hardware acceleration that was the fun part.

    • RomanM

      Hi Mosh. nice to see you here.

      Glad to see you had a dalmatian – we wouldn’t be without one. The one in the picture above was a big boy (about 80 pounds and not overweight. He died about 10 years ago. I like the “wood-cut” version of his picture.

      All have been liver (don’t like that word for the colour – I prefer using what is part of the name of the one in my Avatar – Mr. (Chocolate) Chips) and male. He’s ten years old and still spry and interested in life. This is a photo of him several years ago doing what he likes best.


      • steven mosher

        how the heck did u get your dal to go in the water.. my dal ‘ginger’ ( 14yrs..sniff sniff) would never go near the water.

      • RomanM

        He loves swimming and we live on a lake (the header picture on this blog was taken from my deck). His hair dries quickly and doesn’t have that wet doggy smell to it. He also likes to bark while he is in the water, but fortunately, we don’t have a lot of neighbours.

        One of his preoccupations is moving rocks around on the bottom with his front paws. He sticks his face into the water up to but not including his ears to see the bottom and then bubbles air out of his nose so that the water won’t go up his nose. It’s quite a sight!

  8. Love your photos! I have been an amateur photographer for about 40 years too. Would love to see more of your work. My favourite is probably the reflections. The clock tower is the cherry on top.

    • RomanM

      Glad you enjoyed them. I have been doing this sort of thing for well over 40 years. At one point I built a darkroom in the basement of our home and did much of my own film (including slides) and print (including Cibachrome) processing. With the digital revolution, it became much easier and less expensive and allows for more variation from a creative standpoint (and lowers the frequency of allergic reaction to the processing chemicals πŸ™‚ ).

      Initially, I though it would be OK to combine the math stuff with the photo stuff on the same blog, however, I don’t think it works out that well since one or the other seems to suffer. Maybe, I should create a new site for the photos…

      • Personally, I think it’s good to have your photos here. It doesn’t detract from the Statistics stuff, and I don’t normally go looking for photo galleries, so this was a refreshing find.

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