Discovering Northern California: Downievelle

It was an adventure back in time. With a population of 282 (the 2010 census) Downieville, the former gold rush town, now caters to summer visitors. However, photo buddies Marlene and Greg, and I were there last week. I can believe that they are a seasonal vacation spot because all the restaurants were closed and set to reopen for the season. I still don’t have any idea when the season starts!

Fortunately, the grocery store was open, had a microwave and allowed me to use it after I purchased a frozen rice dish. The small town hospitality came through. Sure I could have a glass of ice with my bottled diet coke–no extra charge for the cup! As we shot photos on the main drag, people passing knew each other. One of the residents explained that when they want to dine out, they go to the nearest town. It’s a simple life.

I’ll show you pictures of Downieville and give you more history in my next post. In this post, I’ll show you the sights on our way to the town and on the way back. You’ll be transported back in time along the North Fork of the Yuba River.

More Mexican cruise edits

This is the ceiling in the auditorium before editing. I loved the colors as the lights changed. The blue/purple was my favorite.
This is the ceiling in the auditorium after editing. ┬áThe before shot of the ceiling is below. I’m frustrated with my efforts to move it up here where I first posted it. If you know how to do that, let me know! This happened because when it posted, it put in a duplicate picture. I went to remove the duplicate and it erased both. All my efforts to put it in before this picture failed.
I love clouds and took this while we were at sea. However, I realize it could be boring to someone who isn't into clouds as much as I am.
I love clouds and took this while we were at sea. However, I realize it could be boring to someone who isn’t into clouds as much as I am.

I tried to create interest by cropping and working with the colors, again in quick edit. I think it's a bit more interesting.I tried to create interest by cropping and working with the colors, again in quick edit. I think it’s a bit more interesting.

I took this shot with my wide angle lens. I now realize that I have to learn how to make it work better in high sunlight. The picture is washed out.
I took this shot with my wide angle lens. I now realize that I have to learn how to make it work better in high sunlight. The picture is washed out.
This is the ceiling in the auditorium before editing. I loved the colors as the lights changed. The blue/purple was my favorite.
This is the ceiling in the auditorium before editing. I loved the colors as the lights changed. The blue/purple was my favorite.

In PE9 quick fix, I tried to darken the washed out areas. I think I was successful except for the sky. Any advice will be gratefully accepted! I still like the picture.In PE9 quick fix, I tried to darken the washed out areas. I think I was successful except for the sky. Any advice will be gratefully accepted! I still like the picture.

Learning how to edit: Mexican Cruise

Shooting the Long Beach Harbor with the wide angle.
Shooting the Long Beach Harbor with the wide angle. This is the unedited version. I finally got into Photoshop Elements 9 and was able to get rid of the ship’s railing and then cropped it a bit. I also did some quick editing on the color and contrast. That’s as far as I’ve gotten with my editing expertise. It’s a big learning curve. The new image is below.

Here's the edited version.
Here’s the edited version.
Here's another photo that I cropped and intensified the contrast.
Here’s another photo that I cropped and intensified the contrast.