Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Total Lunar Eclipse"

This wonderful photograph was taken by my excellent friend and colleague Mary Stebbins Taitt during the Total Lunar Eclipse of February 20-21, 2008. It is an enlargement of an original taken with a Canon EOS 30D with a 300mm telephoto lens, so she informs me. The temperature was only about 6 degrees but that was a GOOD thing...the atmosphere was clear and cold. (She was in Detroit, Michigan.)
(all reproduction rights reserved: Mary Stebbins Taitt. Used by special permission.)

"The Mars Effect"

Effects: Michael Serafin
Original photograph: Mary Stebbins Taitt.
(all rights reserved)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Detroit Skyline with Ghosts"

This is an interesting composition by Mary Stebbins Taitt of the skyline along the Detroit River, accomplished with the help of................magic! from

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Jungle Fortress 104"

In this Picasa Experiment a small detail from Mary Stebbins Taitt's Lighthouse underwent a transformation in its digital state, with the result you see here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

"Grosse Pointe Lighthouse"

This creative work by Mary Stebbins Taitt is a digital collage assembled from four separate elements (and a lot of careful computer work) to obtain what you see here. You can learn more about the work and how it was done (and about Mary herself) by clicking on the title of this posting.

"Senufo at the DIA"

Mary Stebbins Taitt sent in this report of a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts (one of her favorite places): "It was very cold and windy, the sidewalks were icy, and there was blowing snow, so we walked in the DIA and looked around. I participated in a workshop on Senufo, an African artform. I joined near the end, so didn't have as much time as the others to learn about it, but I had fun anyway." Mary sent in this picture to show us.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

"The Inner Beast"

If you look closely, you'll see the artist as she sees herself (at least sometimes!)
Original art by Mary Stebbins Taitt.

"Polar Coordinates Terrarium"

This beautiful image was created by Mary Stebbins Taitt with Photoshop CS.

"Approaching Storm 840"

This is an image created in Photoshop CS and colorized and cropped with Picasa.
The original was by Mary Stebbins Taitt.
This is a detail generated by Mike Serafin.

"Astrolabe 1210"

An astrolabe was an elaborate three-dimensional apparatus used since ancient times to help chart the course of the stars and planets.
This vision was derived from a work by Mary Stebbins Taitt, and was processed on Picasa.
The finished original, "Equisetum Globe" can be viewed on Mary's blog

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

"Self Portrait"

The artist on too much caffeine? This is an experimental shot done with a Kodak C513
and processed with KodakGallery and Picasa.
It was taken through a store window and reflected from a mirror within "A Frame Above", in Jackson, Michigan.
Photo and effects by:
Mike Serafin

Sunday, February 3, 2008


Photo Credit:
Thanks to Mary Stebbins Taitt for the reference!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"Sun King"

This is a Picasa treatment of a photo by Gail Slaughter.
Posted by Picasa

"Blue View"

This a Picasa treatment of a photograph taken by Gail Slaughter.
Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 1, 2008

"Icicle Detail 1"

Photo: Dennis Whitehead
Crop and process: Adobe
By: Michael Serafin

"Tree Circle"

Is this a cosmic tambourine? Not exactly. It's a new work by Kate Jackson, of Messing, England. Also see "Circle of Hearts" below for more information. Kate's link is

"Circle of Hearts"

"Circle of Hearts"---a new project by Mary Stebbins Taitt, in a technique which was suggested to her by Kate Jackson.

I understand from Mary that this project is "still under construction", and we may see updates later.


MARY SAYS: "After seeing Kate's tree circle, and loving it I wanted to learn that technique. I tried several earlier attempts from which I learned this: to get a full circle using Polar Coordinates, you need to use a square and place the items you want to make a circle of about 1/4 of the way up the square, all the way across. Then you simply apply the Polar Coordinates filter in Photoshop and presto, you have a circle. A little tweaking of the elements ahead of time seems to produce the best results. You want them to be even and symmetrical for the best results."

See more of Mary's work at