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Select Digitals was created to share my interest in digital and CCD imaging, web & graphic design, and radio controlled model aircraft. In order to share my experiences, I use digital images to tell the stories.

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“The First Joint TCMAA and LNRCFC Float Fly for 2015”  On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn and Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club held the first of three joint float events for 2015. The day turned out to be perfect for flying: the sun was out and the lake was calm. The images below will give you a good idea of what the day was like.

“Scale Masters Qualifier”  This gallery of images tells the story of the Scale Masters Qualifire held at Sanderson Field, Shelton, WA, on May 29-31. The images highlight the pilots and the beautiful scale planes they flew.

“A Fly-in at Hunter Farms”  On May 16, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) held a fly-in at Hunter Farms, Union, Washington: the club's grass flying field is located at the farm. The day was cloudy but the flying conditions were otherwise great. The gallery images are of both the flying and the beautiful environment.

“Training Day at Hunter Farms”  Thursdays during the flying season are training days for the Sanderson Field RC Flyers, Shelton, Washington. When the normal flying field is not available, training takes place at the club's grass field at Hunter Farms, Union, Washington. The images in this gallery show the planes, pilots, and students participating at the training event.

“LNRCFC Float Fly on April 17, 2015”  Images of the monthly Friday Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club float fly for April 17, 2015.

“Building a Flight-Instrument Panel for an RC Airplane”  Learn how I designed and built an instrument panel for my RC airplane, a Balsa USA Laker.

“Preparing Digital Images for a Slide Show”  Completely revised to include more information about lens corrections, including several new images. Lots of tips and tricks for improving images for slide shows, galleries, or articles. The article also describes the advantages of using a simple HTML5 gallery for image display.

“A Day in Seattle” I captured the images for this gallery in order to show what a tourist might see during a one-day visit to Seattle, Washington. The gallery “tells the story” of a ride on the Bremerton-Seattle ferry, a visit to the Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, and the Museum of Flight. The gallery replaces a slideshow previously on this site.

“Five Days in Cordova” This gallery describes my five-day vacation in Cordova, Alaska, in 2004. The images show what you can see and do in just a few days in Cordova, including wonderful hikes and rafting adventures. This gallery replaces similar content previously on Select Digitals.

“Photos by R. E. (Gari) Olund” A gallery of black and white photos taken by MSgt. R.E. (Gari) Olund, USMC. Most of the images were taken between 1950 and 1955.

“CCD Image Processing: M16” Processing CCD images of Messier M16 (NGC 6611), the Eagle Nebula.

“Balsa USA Laker Electric Conversion” Some time ago, I was lucky to find and purchase a Balsa USA Laker at an estate sale. I began to assemble the kit in January, 2014. Early in the project, I decided to convert the Laker to electric power. Since Balsa USA is now offering the Laker kit again, details of the conversion might be of interest to you.

Digital Photography & Imaging

“123di Version 6.2: A Photographer's Library In A Box”  A review of the "The 123 of digital imaging Interactive Learning Suite." 123di is a software suite written for *all* digital imagers, including Photoshop and Nikon users. 123di explains both the *why* and the *how* of the digital workflow. Read about the latest version, Version 6.2.

“A New Photographic System for an Old Photographer” Learn how this photographer upgraded his photographic system to include a new Dell XPS computer, a Canon T3i, the newest Adobe software, and more. Includes first images.

“The CCD Edge”  Introduction to ccd imaging. PDF version.


“A New Mobile-Friendly Face for Select Digitals” Select Digitals is now undergoing a change to a more mobile-friendly site. Adobe Dreamweaver, the program I use for web development, makes creating an HTML5 mobile-friendly site easier than ever. The new "face" of Select Digitals is being designed around a "fluid grid" and uses CSS "media queries" in order to insure that all new content can be viewed on a phone, a tablet, or a desktop—especially images, including slide shows. In the process, all older content will be updated to meet HTML5 standards and to use the new fluid-grid design. The older content will also be revised to reflect software advancements, especially in image editing and display, and will be screened for relevancy.

“Marketing with Adobe”  This article describes how I created a web page and banner for a sales campaign. I used Adobe's Illustrator, Photoshop CS2, and Dreamweaver 8 to create the web page and banner. There are lots of images in the article along with numerous tips and tricks. For a quick overview of the process of creating the ad described in the article, you can watch a short flash presentation. The flash presentation will start automatically.

Video How to Create a Banner Ad With Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop  Two part video showing techniques I use to create banner ads.  I highly recommend the online courses at Presently, there are over 1500 courses available, including courses covering all areas of digital photography and web design. You just have to visit the site and scan the available courses to believe the extent of this valuable resource.

I have now worked through many courses for the Adobe applications I use—and even found a course on how to use the digital camera I have. The courses are taught by experts. Many of the instructors are actually college-level teachers. I have taken college courses in Photoshop—and the courses at are as good or better than the college classes I attended.

Recently, I subscribed to the "Adobe Creative Cloud." I now have all of the most current applications from Adobe, including Photoshop and Dreamweaver. There are courses at on all of these applications. So, if you want to get a quick overview of a software package, such as Photoshop, or really dig into the details, you can do so at


“Theming WordPress 3.X for Select Digitals”  Learn how Select Digitals modified the latest WordPress blog theme, Twenty Ten (2010). The article includes lots of code and a list of useful references.

WordPress Blog  Select Digitals has entered the Web 2.0 Age with a new WordPress Blog. I installed the latest version of WordPress as described in "How to Install and Style WordPress 2.5." I then modified the theme. Visit the Blog to learn more about the installation and styling.

“How to Install and Style WordPress”  My blog has been updated to the latest version of WordPress 3.X. Therefore, this article is a bit dated. However, if you are still using the old Kubrick theme or are interested in learning how to style a theme, the article might still be of interest to you.

RC Float Flying

“The Last Joint TCMAA and LNRCFC Float Fly for 2014” On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn and Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club held the last of three joint float events for 2014. The day turned out to be perfect for flying: the sun was out and the lake was calm. The images in this gallery will give you a good idea of what the day was like.

“A Float Fly in British Columbia” Richard (Dick) Robb attended a float fly in British Columbia. The event was held in September, 2014. You can view this gallery of Dick's images for an appreciation of the wide variety of R/C aircraft flown.

“Lake Isabella Float Fly 07/26/2014” On July 26, 2014, the Lake Nahwatzel R.C. Float Club and the Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn held their second float fly of the year at Lake Isabella, Shelton, Washington. The day was perfect for the event: the lake was still, the sky was sunny and blue (with just a few fluffy clouds overhead), and the temperature was warm. This gallery tells the story of the event.

“R/C Flying Over Lake Isabella” On Saturday, June 7, Members of the Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn joined members of the Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club at Lake Isabella, Shelton, Washington, for the first of three scheduled float-fly events for 2014. View this gallery to get a feel for what the event was like and an appreciation for the R/C aircraft flown.

“At Lake Isabella” Here are a few images from the Lake Nahwatzel R.C. Float Club's float fly on May 16, 2014, at a Lake Isabella, Shelton, Washigton.

“LNRCFC Annual Float Fly” On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the Lake Nahwatzel R.C. Float Club (LNRCFC), a local Shelton club, held its annual float fly at Lake Isabella, Shelton, Washington. Members of the Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn.(TCMAA) from Olympia, Washington, joined with the LNRCFC pilots for a great day of flying and socializing. The gallery images tell the story of what the day was like.

“TCMAA Float Fly on July 27, 2013” On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn.(TCMAA) held its annual float fly at Lake Isabella, Shelton, Washington. View a gallery of images that tell the story of the event.

“Lake Isabella July, 19, 2013” Images captured at Lake Isabella, Shelton, Washington. I used a new Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for the images.

“Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn. Float Fly” Flying off water can be both fun and a challenge for RC pilots. Read this short article and view the images to get a feel for what it's like.

RC Pylon Racing at Sanderson Field

“Electric Formula One (EF1) Pylon Racing Comes to Sanderson Field”  On July 23, 2011, the Pylon Racers of Puget Sound (PROPS) introduced EF1 racing at Sanderson Field, Shelton, WA. Read more about this historic event.

“A Spectator's Guide to RC Pylon Racing”  There is a lot going on during a pylon race—and flying is only part of the activity. Learn about how a pylon event is organized and run at Sanderson Field, Shelton, WA.

“Electric-Power for Radio-Controlled (RC) Pylon Racing”  A new class of radio-controlled aircraft is now being developed and tested to provide pilots with a relatively inexpensive—and quiet—entry into the excitement of pylon racing. The new class will serve as a great "beginner's" plane for future pylon pilots—as well as being just plain fun to fly by experienced pylon pilots, too.

“RC Pylon Racing At Sanderson Field”  Learn about what it's like to participate in an exciting RC pylon racing competition.

“Radio Control Pylon Racing: Turn Left—and Fly Fast!”  This article describes a pylon racing competition.

Radio Controlled Model Aircraft

“HobbyKing Soar 40 Electric Conversion” Learn how to convert the HobyKing Soar 40 ARF to electric power. The methods used in converting this RC airplane to electric power can be used for other ARFs as well.

“Telemaster Madness”  Learn about how to convert a Telemaster Electro V2 ARF into a--TeleDuck. This article covers installing a wing bolt-down system, float strong point, a new power system, and a ventral fin.

“Apprentice Makeover”  Learn about how to install a new firewall and power system for E-flite's Apprentice.

“After The Crash: Fixing A Tower Trainer 40 ARF”  After a crash, some RC planes can be repaired. This article describes the repair of a Tower Hobbies Trainer 40.

 “Top Gun Flies the REACTION 54 Jet”  If you have ever been interested in RC jets, you will certainly be interested in this article.

Flying With the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF)

“Training at Sanderson Field” As the images in this gallery show, R/C training is not the only training that takes place at Sanderson Field. Aside from the skydiving at Kapowsin Air Sports, the military often conducts training parachute and parafoil drops at Sanderson Field. The images were captured on July 30, 2014.

“Soaring Over Hunter Farms” On August 11, 2014, Richard (Dick) Robb and Dave Fisher, both members of the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF), packed up their gliders and headed to the club's grass field at Hunter Farms. Although the afternoon was going to be hot, the morning was perfect for flying. I accompanied the pilots to observe the flying, to enjoy the country atmosphere, and to capture a few images.

“Sanderson Field RC Flyers’ Second Annual Scale Fly–in” On Saturday, July 12, 2014, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers(SFRCF), Shelton, Washington, held their second, AMA sanctioned, Scale Fly-in. There was a fine selection of scale aircraft—and the aircraft looked good both on the ground and in the air. You can view this gallery for images of the scale aircraft.

“Sanderson Field RC Flyers’ First Annual Scale Fly–in” View a gallery of images taken on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the Sanderson Field RC Flyers(SFRCF) first, AMA sanctioned, Scale Fly–in.

“Sanderson Field R/C Flyers New Pilot Trainer Aircraft Reference Guide” This is a handy reference guide written by Tom Strom Jr. for new RC pilots. The guide includes information about everything needed to begin flight training. You can download the guide as a Word document or as a PDF.

“SFRCF Gets Serious about Training” Learn how the Sanderson Field RC Flyers(SFRCF) club has created a formal flight-training program for future RC pilots.

“A Fun Fly With Spice”  On June, 26, 2011, the Pylon Racers of Puget Sound (PROPS) held a Fun Fly at Sanderson Field, Shelton, WA. The PROPS pilots were joined by pilots from the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF). Read on to find out more about the "spice."

“SFRCF and LNRCFC Build a Parade Float”  On June 4, 2011, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers(SFRCF) and the Lake Nawhatzel RC Float Club(LNRCFC) participated in the Mason County Forest Festival's Paul Bunyan Grand Parade at Shelton, Washington. Learn how the clubs built a float for the parade.

“Sanderson Field RC Flyers Host a Swap Meet”  On April 4, 2011, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) hosted their annual swap meet. To find out more about the swap meet, read on....

“First Annual "Lucky-Hand Fun Fly" at Sanderson Field”  On Saturday, July 30, 2010, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) held the first annual "Lucky-Hand Fun Fly" competition at Sanderson Field, the club's home field in Shelton, WA. This article describes the event in detail.

“SFRCF Work Party at Hunter Farms”  The Shelton, WA, Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) prepare their grass field at Hunter Farms for summer flying.

“Shelton, WA, RC Flyers On Parade”  On June 5, 2010, Shelton, WA, hosted the annual "Paul Bunyan Parade" during the Mason County Forest Festival. Each Year, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) and the Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club (LNRCFC), two Shelton radio-control (RC) clubs, team together to create a float for the parade. Includes flash slide show.

“2009 With The Sanderson Field RC Flyers”  Experience what it's like to be a member of the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF), an RC model airplane club located in Shelton, Washington.

“SFRCF Welcomes the Public: Hands-On Flying for Future Pilots”  This article has many images showing how the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) participated in the Port of Shelton Autumn Festival. SFRCF provided model aircraft for display and an information booth. In addition, SFRCF provided trainers and aircraft during their fly-in in order to give the public a chance to experience the thrill of flying radio controlled model aircraft.

“Flying Over Hunter Farms”  SFRCF scheduled a fly-in at Hunter Farms for Saturday, October 11, 2008. SFRCF maintains grass field at the farm. Even without the flying, I can highly recommend a trip to Hunter Farms if for no other reason than to experience the atmosphere and scenery of the Skokomish River Valley.

“Learning to Fly at SFRCF”  In this article, I describe what it's like, for a senior citizen, to learn how to fly a radio-controlled(RC) aircraft. If you have ever wanted to do this, you might want to take a look at this article.

“2008 With the Sanderson Field RC Flyers — A Retrospective”  This is a new member's 2008 retrospective of the Sanderson Field RC Flyers(SFRCF). The article includes a flash slide show of the maiden flights of a a scale F7F Tiger Cat and a SU-26 Sukhoi.


This section contains my favorite galleries and articles.

“TCMAA and LNRCFC Float-Fly Calendar for 2015” Learn how I created a 2015 Calendar consisting of images taken at joint Thurston County Miniature Aircraft Assn and Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club float-fly events. The calendar is a nice way to remember our float-flying at Lake Isabella, Shelton, WA. The images were selected as representative of the aircraft flown at the lake. Depending on your monitor, the images will display at their full size of 12" x 12".

“Mason County Forest Festival’s Paul Bunyan Parade” View a new gallery of images taken at the Paul Bunyan Parade, Shelton, Washington (part of the Mason County Forrest Festival). For an old–time, small–town parade, it’s hard to beat Shelton’s Paul Bunyan Parade.

“Sharing Larger Images Online” Using a responsive web-site design and a simple HTML5 gallery, it is possible to display large images on desktop monitors while also displaying them on tablets and phones. If you are using a desktop monitor, you can more easilly experience the drama of larger images by viewing this gallery.

“Shelton Jazz Jam at the Grove Street Brewhouse” Learn about a dynamic Jazz Jam at the Grove Street Brewhouse in Shelton, Washington. The article includes the the history and describes the goals of the Shelton Jazz Jam and also includes a gallery of images of the musicians at work.

“In the Garden” In the Garden is a gallery of images taken in a small garden and greenhouse. The gallery includes close-up images of dragonflies, bumblebees, and spiders.

“In the Garden 2013” is a new gallery of images from my small, backyard garden in Shelton, Washington.

“Favorites” Features nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. The many colorful images were taken in

The image content of this gallery may change as new images are added.

Tips & Tricks

“Plagiarism Detection: How to Win Against Thieves Who Steal Your Articles!”  Take these 5 specific steps to detect plagiarism and nuke unlawful publication of your EzineArticles content. These 5 steps can also be used to remove content taken, without your permission, from your website or blog posts.

 “How To Create Quality Articles With Inline CSS”  Learn how to create quality online articles using HTML inline CSS. There are times when it is not possible to use internal or external style sheets. Most article directories, for example, do not allow this. In these cases, and when allowed, you can still style your articles with inline CSS. When you use inline CSS, you can also be sure that your styling will be applied to the article body. Read this article to learn how to create your own standards-based article template and how to style your articles with your own personal touch.

Video “Optimizing Videos and Slide Shows
for Small Screens”
  Video showing techniques I use to optimize videos and slide shows for publication on small-player screens.

"Create Your Own HTML and CSS Templates"  Learn how to create your own HTML and CSS templates and validate them at W3C.

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Flash  “Paul Bunyan Parade” On June 5, 2010, Shelton, WA, hosted the annual "Paul Bunyan Parade" during the Mason County Forest Festival. The flash slide show takes about 6 minutes and will start and run automatically. The slide show contains images taken before, during, and after the parade.

Flash  “Hunter Farms In Flash: Flash Slide Shows Of Hunter Farms”  Watch a series of flash slide shows featuring Hunter Farms, Union, Washington, as the Hunter family and staff prepare for "Pumpkin Patch." The slides show activities around the working farm. The accompanying text also describes how the images were processed and how the flash shows were put together.

“A Trip To Hunter Farms: The Perfect Fall Getaway”  Find out about the perfect fall getaway. Fall has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest and fall colors are beginning to appear along the Skokomish River. Now is a great time of year for a trip to Hunter Farms. Hunter Farms is located in Union, Washington, in the Skokomish River Valley.

 “A White Christmas for Shelton, Washington”  Christmas in Shelton, Washington, for 2008, was a white one. This article shows what I saw on a short walk in the snow a few days before Christmas.

Video The Newberry National Volcanic Monument  The Newberry National Volcanic Monument might be one of Oregon's best kept secrets. Watch the video for a sample of what you can see and photograph there.

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