My friend and fellow North Carolinian, Lee at Tarheel Ramblings, often posts his beautiful pictures. He will sometimes describe difficult and artistic photography processes, like he did on his last post about HDR photography. I’m not in his league, but I do like to take pictures now and again. When I bought my new computer, I also invested in Apple’s Aperture program. It has a number of filters that make it easy to change a so-so picture into something quite else. Here is my first effort, a shot I took this past fall, from a mountain in Old Fort, NC, just east of Asheville, looking north onto the Blue Ridge. I took it with my Canon xsi in RAW format, and then applied a number of tweaks with Aperture. I’m using it as my desktop photo right now. I don’t usually upload large files like this to my blog, but I wanted to capture as much detail and color as I could.