It’s finally getting (almost) chilly here in Texas and I’m glad for it. I know that after a couple of really cold days I’ll be longing for the heat of summer again and I definitely prefer the heat over the cold. I don’t miss those Chicago winters I experienced growing up.
The cold reminded me of the ice skating our kids got to do in Fredericksburg last winter. Just off Main Street in Market Square (Marktplatz) there was a very small rink set up for a week or two and the kids gave skating a try (the older ones already know how to skate). Despite my love for skating (I grew up playing pick-up hockey in the winters) I sat out and photographed the occasion. I’m sure I had back problems, knee problems, or some other old-man thing going on at the time else I would have been skating.
The shot at the top of the post has a great Norman Rockwell look to it. That effect was all done in Lightroom and then I use Photoshop to tweak a few areas. The portrait of my daughter was processed in Lightroom and got some ‘clarity’ added and a lot of adjustment brush to manually tone down the sunny spots and the like. Both shots got a bit of noise reduction in Photoshop (applied sparingly to the Norman Rackwell image).