Photography enthusiasts of the Escapees RV Club  
Photo by Lou Petkus
Issue #31 December 2017    
About the image above As many of you know Val and I spent a full year in Alaska with our RV in 2007-2008. The image above is of Mt. Mckinley in Denali National Park. We have a book about our trip and you can read the entire book online here.
Yes it is Christmas eve day as I write this. We had our family festivities yesterday so we are relaxing today.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas an hope your family festivities are as wonderful as ours! When I first saw the Vietnam Memorial picture it touched my emotions and I felt I just needed to do something with it! No, the image is not one of my pictures and I wish I knew who took it so I could give them credit! I searched the Internet but could not find the photographer. The composition is wonderful and the leading lines are superb but the element that makes this image standout from the multitude of others just like it posted on the net is the background sky! I did make the following adjustments to the image using Photoscape, another one of my favorite free editors. I Sharpened the image and used the “Bloom” function to give a slight HDR effect then applied the star burst using the “Flare” “Filter” to invoke a spiritual feeling. I have to thank my wife who saw the picture on facebook and brought it to my attention. The rest of the story has to due with the verse and is a subject more suited to be discussed on my other website  I added a post on Earthology that talks about the good news happening in the world today. Here is the link to that post
The Story of the picture below
Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC
The Rest of the Story Photoscape free image editor
There is a new version of Photoscape for Windows 10 and the latest version of the Apple operating system. Unfortunately I am still using Win-7 which only works with the older version of Photoscape. The new Photoscape supports RAW files which for a free editor is impressive. The video has reviews of Photoscape and Therapeetwo. Both are  free. Therapee even supports layers which is even more impressive.
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