Vintage Vanilla, one of several thriving businesses located around the square in Albany, county seat of Shackelford County, Texas. Unlike many small towns in West Texas, this community has maintained a healthy economy and its pride, drawing tourists from near and far. Shot with an Olympus 4/3-format E-620 and M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. Raw conversion in DxO Optics Pro 10 via Lightroom 5.7. Post processing in Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Adjust 5 and onOne Perfect Effects 9 Suite.
Sterling County Jail
Composite image of Sterling County Jail and its state historical marker in the tiny town of Sterling City, Texas. Shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.12mm F2.0 prime lens. Raw development in DxO Optics Pro 9. Post processing in Photoshop Elements 12, Color Efex Pro 4, Perfect Photo Suite 8 and Topaz Adjust.
Sterling County Courthouse
Courthouse in the tiny town of Sterling City, county seat of Sterling County in West Texas. Construction financed by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, one of the many national government programs to create jobs for people during The Great Depression. Shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.12mm F2.0 prime. Raw conversion in Photo Ninja. Post Processing in Perfect Photo Suite 8. Topaz Adjust and PhotoLine.
To the Windmills
Recently planted rows point to a new non-agriculture source of revenue in the Big Country -- wind turbines. The wind-powered generators in the background are just off Interstate 20 west of Abilene.
WIndmills in the Big Country
Wind turbines occupy cotton fields in the Big Country west of Abilene, Texas.
New Crop for Cotton Land
Cotton farmers and ranchers in some parts of West Texas are generating revenue from a new crop -- lease fees from companies operating wind turbines. This bare cotton field in the BIg Country west of Abilene is home of part of a large array of these electricity generation devices.
Windfarm in the Big Country
Wind turbines operated in a cotton field in the West Texas Big Country just off Interstate 20 west of Abilene, Texas. Processed in Lightroom 5, DxO Optics 8, PhotoLine 17, Topaz photoFXlab, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail.
Indian Blanket Beauty
Roadside Indian Blanket wildflower on FM 1864 just west of Scranton, Texas. Processed in Lightroom 5, PhotoLine 17, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail.