The Early Years: Digitally Retouched Storm Photos of 2003-2004

Recently I was going through boxes I picked up at storage and found my collection of weather images, snapped with various 35mm cameras, from my early years of interest in storm chasing and photography. I finally was able to get Mom’s scanner working, after discovering that my scanner, for whatever reason, is broken. It was a long process and it took a lot of troubleshooting but I was able to get it all done. I went through various photo albums and photo packs to find some of the better images from 2003-2004. Now of course, this isn’t close to all of my images, I still have a whole bag of 35mm film that needs to be developed. I just haven’t been able to afford to do it. I ran all of these through extensive editing in Paint.net, a free editing software, more advanced than Microsoft Paint, but less advanced than say, Adobe Photoshop or something similar. But it does a very good job. I enhanced the color and balance of … Read More…

West Michigan In Motion (VIDEO)

My friend Ryan Klackle (who is also credited in this video) posted this wonderful video on facebook this evening. This video was created by Chris Myers. In this video you will see many beautiful scenes from West Michigan. Living in Michigan, I have been witness to many beautiful sights myself, and I personally liked this video very much. So much, that I decided to share it with all of you! Watch and feel inspired, I did. These scenes are from right here in Greenville, MI, by folks who live here. You can also watch this video in HD, but not just HD, but super HD. The video quality exceeds 1080p! (click on “Original” quality to watch in super HD) You may also visit http://www.tumbleweedimagery.com/ for more info. Feel free to share this entry around with your friends! … Read More…

Sun Rays and Cumulus Clouds (PHOTOS)

Over the course of past few months we have been enjoying mostly above average temperatures here in lower Michigan. The month of March 2012 has been no exception. In fact, not only are we enjoying above average temperatures, we are breaking all time records, and in some cases, simply destroying old records with ease. This is the earliest it’s ever been this warm since accurate records have been kept, which date back to the 1800s. It feels like May or June out there, hard to believe we are still in March. In fact, astronomically speaking, Spring only just began today (March 20, 2012) so when you think about it, the days we have had 60s, 70s, and 80s was during WINTER officially. With the warm air, enough moisture, and some instability, cumulus clouds can form, and they did on March 19, 2012. They weren’t real spectacular, but I dusted off the camera and snapped a few images of them. Here are the results, from Greenville, MI. Enjoy. … Read More…

StumbleUpon Adventures (PHOTOS)

So I am on the internet tonight, sharing some tweets on My Twitter Page, updating some information on My YouTube Channel, sharing some neat news stories and such on My Facebook Page, and telling people about the money they could be saving with Mike Curtis of Farm Bureau Insurance – Proud Sponsor of Charlesimages-Stormedia – when it dawned on me. In all my years on the internet, I had never signed up to StumbleUpon. So I figured I’d give it a shot. I began first by performing a StumbleUpon test using my share buttons at the top of this page. Under “Share” I found StumbleUpon, and the test worked! Feel free to “stumble” www.charlesimages-stormedia.com if you’d like. Through my StumbleUpon adventures tonight I created a really cool image through a silk writer of sorts, found out some new recipes for baking and cooking (bet I did not strike you as a baker, I’m actually pretty good at it) and most notably so far, some awesome images of our very own … Read More…

December 2, 2010 – Snowflake Macros

Snowflake Macros – Cropped, Chopped, and Photo Shopped. Thankfully I have a 12 megapixel camera, which sports both a Macro and Super Macro mode to work with, but that’s not alone how a photographer gets that snowflake shot he or she is searching for. Instead, some photoshop work must be done, unless you’re rich with tons of equipment, which I am not, so I do it the old fashion way. Perhaps one day I can afford proper equipment, macro lenses etc for such events but for now I work with what I have. A Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. It is in my opinion a phenomenal camera for a point and shoot. Of course the folks at Canon have already outdone it with the SX30 and some other models. Above are 3 of the snowflake macros from yesterday (December 1, 2010). A long duration Lake Effect Snow event which began for me around midnight last night wound up amounting to nearly 4 inches by the evening hours. First time I had … Read More…