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I hadn't realized before, but the dragons are new (relatively speaking). From an article about them (they can breathe fire... 😲)

 

 

The property at 4717 Grandview Drive is one of the area’s most iconic landmarks. Built in 1929, the castle is an enchanting sight to passers-by.  Over the years, it has provided a scenic backdrop to many pictures, as well as a favorite place for kids to visit on Halloween night.    

When Dr. Carl Soderstrom became the owner of the castle five years ago, it didn’t take long for him to realize that it was also a place full of mystery.

“There’s sounds, there’s footsteps,” Soderstrom said. “Sometimes, when you come by here, there’s smoke coming from the chimney...and there’s no one here.”

 

Dr. Soderstrom said he never could find the source of the phenomenon, so about three years ago he started thinking seriously about doing something to protect his home and all who enter.

He called up his good friend, world-renowned sculptor Lonnie Stewart, and the brainstorming process commenced.

Soderstrom wanted statues built to sit at the entrance of the castle. He originally thought lions would be the perfect guardians, but Stewart had his heart set on dragons.  Soderstrom agreed.

“Carl and I talked and discussed this, and he said “go ahead with the dragons”, he liked the idea,” said Stewart.  Though, Soderstrom’s vision was a bit more elaborate. “His input was ‘let’s have fire and smoke, and all the bells and whistles’,” continued Stewart. 

That idea took Stewart to Las Vegas, where he tracked down pyro technician Ed Pratt. Stewart said Pratt was the perfect man for the job. Pratt, whose career in pyrotechnics has landed him jobs working with celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Vegas magicians Siegfried and Roy, agreed to bring his talents to the Soderstrom castle.

After two years of planning and building, the dragons were ready to be revealed to the public.

To celebrate the unveiling, Soderstrom planned a medieval-themed party complete with music by Barry Cloyd, who wrote a song especially for the occasion.

 

Last Saturday, more than 100 people gathered outside the gates of the Soderstrom Castle to witness the dream of Soderstrom and Stewart come to life in a very big way. Soderstrom’s grandson Dillon Soderstrom had the honor of introducing the life-size dragons Allula Amora and Mosta Maximus. Both made of galvanized bronze, the female dragon Allula, on the left, protects her nest of three eggs.  Stewart said this is common in dragon folklore, and it represents the prosperity and longevity of the Soderstrom name.

The male, Mosta, holds the Soderstrom crest. Onlookers were amazed when the dragons showed off their fire-breathing skills. Soon after the dragons were introduced, the castle and its new protectors were blessed by Soderstrom’s priest.

The otherwise frigid day was no match for the warm hospitality provided by the Soderstrom family. Afterwards, the crowd was invited to stay for a medieval meal featuring turkey drumsticks fit for a king.

There was even a few laughs along the way. “Carl was really upset when they (the dragons) arrived because the scales looked a little dry, so we sent them to the Soderstrom Skin Institute. Now they have a nice luster,” Stewart joked. 

The next time you find yourself on Grandview Drive, make sure to slow down and take in the beauty of these majestic guardians at the gate.

“In your fantasy world, a protector is always nearby,” said Dillon Soderstrom in his introduction. “For this castle, Allula and Mosta are the guardians of its charm and mystique.”

 

 

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Gassing up the other day before the storm.  Just your basic gas station pic.

 

 

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On 11/7/2019 at 12:17 PM, Marvel said:

 

There is a lot of software that I have used, and found myself realizing the sun was coming up...

 

I used the first version of Pagemaker, which fit on a 400k floppy for the Mac, and the Mac I used only had 512k of RAM.

 

Now all that functionality is built in to Word and has bee for years. The Mac's killer app was Pagmeaker, which put the typesetter's union out of business. The "killer app" for the PC was Lotus123, which caused a huge sales jump for IBM and clones. I talked to Jonathan Sachs, the guy who wrote Lotus123, and he's an avid photographer who wrote "Picture Window" as an affordable alternative to Photoshop.

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I haven't heard this mentioned here and it works well for the simple stuff that I do. Has tons of manipulative options and did have plug-ins a while back... don't know about now.

 

https://www.getpaint.net/

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PageMaker was killed off by Adobe a long time ago when they rolled out InDesign. It is an awesome program and certainly won't get replced by MS Word. MS Word is still pretty unstable and can't reliably handle any of the complex needs of publishing.

 

This will open up so you can see the work of a friend of mine. He does all the production in InDesign. (alert... this is a magazine of a Presbyterian college) You can make it full screen to view it.

 

https://issuu.com/covenant-college/docs/view_spring2018  

 

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36 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

Has tons of manipulative options and did have plug-ins a while back... don't know about now.

 

 

I always recommend this to folks who think they want PS. Only works in Windows. It was developed by interns at Microsoft as a replacement form MS Paint, but they decided not to use it and released it to the interns. It woks really well.

 

Bruce

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I despise Word but I have to use it at work. I use WordPerfect for all my literary and personal writing, as do many writers and journalists. I am sad that there has not been a Mac version in a very long time, but I can run WP in my Parallels Windows on my iMac.

 

I gave up on PS and their silly subscription model long ago and use a UK program called Affinity, which is full-fledged suite of image apps. A lot cheaper and more user--friendly as well. 

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Walked a Christmas light setup. Quite the mix. fa4e8e156d150a2624f08a00fe778bb5.jpg Happened to get an interesting shot of my kids in front of a white board lit RGB.


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5 hours ago, boom3 said:

I despise Word but I have to use it at work. I use WordPerfect for all my literary and personal writing, as do many writers and journalists. I am sad that there has not been a Mac version in a very long time, but I can run WP in my Parallels Windows on my iMac.

 

I gave up on PS and their silly subscription model long ago and use a UK program called Affinity, which is full-fledged suite of image apps. A lot cheaper and more user--friendly as well. 

 

All the subscription models will make me switch to all open source software.

 

Affinity is pretty nice. I've forced myself to learn GIMP, but after using PS and some other, it's still a bit user surly.

 

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1 hour ago, joshnich said:

After the rain in Calistoga

That's not natural coloring is it?

& my caffeine has worn off, I'm seeing coffee beans towards the right;)

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2 hours ago, JohnJ said:

That's not natural coloring is it?

& my caffeine has worn off, I'm seeing coffee beans towards the right;)

Not completely natural but pretty close. Here is an version that hasnt been computer enhanced. Still figuring out the computer thing for photography. I tend to "over do" it!

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1 hour ago, joshnich said:

Not completely natural but pretty close. Here is an version that hasnt been computer enhanced. Still figuring out the computer thing for photography. I tend to "over do" it!

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I wouldn't say you overdid it in your processing of this image at all. It appears to me the contrast was reduced slightly for better definition. A technique I frequently use in Gimp. Color saturation and contrast, my two fav tools in PP.

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7 minutes ago, polizzio said:

 

I wouldn't say you overdid it in your processing of this image at all. It appears to me the contrast was reduced slightly for better definition. A technique I frequently use in Gimp. Color saturation and contrast, my two fav tools in PP.

 

I would say absolutely that it was overdone.

JJK

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4 hours ago, polizzio said:

 

I wouldn't say you overdid it in your processing of this image at all. It appears to me the contrast was reduced slightly for better definition. A technique I frequently use in Gimp. Color saturation and contrast, my two fav tools in PP.

Thanks! Reducing the photo to under 2mbs does change the way the photo presents itself. And I was looking to give it that magical and not completely natural look. 

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If proboynick wiped dirt off to make that it is impressive. Kind of like the sidewalk art that had folks stepping around the fissures open to the underworld!

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