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January Squares: Grounded

I come across some interesting things while I am out walking. On this walk it was a small private airstrip:

ISO 250 f/11 24mm 1/1000 sec

These two small planes looked pretty much ready for flight. There were a few others with tarps and whatnot that looked like some prep would be needed before they took to the sky. It was a beautiful day and I really like the expanse of this original scene. I decided though to tell a different story with this particular edit:

ISO 25 f/2.2 4.15mm 1/506sec

Much more about just this one plane. The Luminar look applied to it is called Aerial Dramatic. Though when applied to this photo I think gave it a feeling of nostalgia and a hint of abandonment. I’d be curious to know if it struck you with that same feeling?

My Instagram version is here:

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Grounded. #januarylight #flight

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I’ve added this to Day 16 of January Squares and also to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Transport.

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What A View

This photo was taken from a window of St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall:

ISO 400 f/11 18mm 1/320 sec

Of all the castle’s we have been through, this was the one I could imagine living in. Believe it or not, it actually felt kind of homey to me, usually, I’m not a fan of a huge fan of castles other than to look through them.  It helped that it was a beautiful day. Really not typical British weather. I thought this terraced garden was quite beautiful too. When it came to editing though, I wanted to tone the image down a bit:

ISO 400 f/11 18mm 1/320 sec

The first step towards that was to drop the highlights, the whites and the blacks. I’ve added a custom preset look as well. It’s my homemade variation on a vintage look. I liked the effect it had on the green and blue tones in the image. The process of creating the vintage look I wrote about in this post.

This post was written as a response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, A Room with a View. Your comments and questions are welcome below.

Cheers!

 

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70-200mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Instagram, Luminar, Photography, Squares

January Squares: Moonlight

One of the fun things about this January Squares challenge has been to the opportunity to edit photos in a different way and revisit files.  Today’s file is one that was shot in March of last year:

ISO 100 f/6.3 120mm 1/250 sec

Shot from my backyard with my Canon 80D and the longest lens I own which is a 70-200mm. I started by googling recommended camera settings and gave it a try. Not bad I thought. Here is the resulting square edit:

ISO 100 f/6.3 120mm 1/250 sec

There is the obvious crop and in Luminar I added the Natural look.

The Instagram version is here:

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Moonlight. #januarylight #moon #moonlight

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Added to Day 15 of January Squares.

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Made with Luminar: Geroldsau Waterfall

Located in the Black Forest region of Germany, the Geroldsau Waterfall is charming:

ISO 320 f/11 55mm 1/25 sec

I was interested in creating a black and white version of this image:

ISO 320 f/11 55mm 1/25 sec

It has the Luminar Look, Dreamy Landscape, applied with additional adjustments to the shadows, soft glow, and vignette sliders.

The Made with Luminar Series

This image is part of a project I am calling Made with Luminar. What the images in this series have in common is the software used to edit them, Luminar 3. As with my usual blog posts particulars of the camera settings can be found in the caption below the image. I’ll then explain what other filters and edits have been applied, often mentioning what layer and therefore order that they were applied. The text of these posts includes any Luminar “Looks” that have been applied to the photo. Each look is a series of presets that are applied to the photo. Where applicable I will mention what changes I have made to any of the looks. A full explanation of looks is available here on their website, https://skylum.com/luminar/user-guides/chapter-14-working-with-luminar-looks

You can assume basic edits have been applied. My most common edits are cropping, detail enhancement, and vignette. Specific questions or thoughts on the image are welcome in the comment section below.

Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Moving Water. Its square companion post is here.

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18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Flowers, Instagram, Luminar, Photography, Squares

January Squares: Mother Nature has it all

Light tones, dark tones. When it comes to color tones Mother Nature has it all covered, sometimes all in just a few flowers:

ISO 250 f/11 42mm 1/60sec

Shot on the grounds of Sandringham Estate with my Canon 80D, it was the range of light and dark pink that caught my eye.  A square edit seemed like a good way to distil the image as the vines of the flower made it quite a busy image:

ISO 250 f/11 42mm 1/60sec

Other edits in Luminar included the use of the Orton effect and Matte look filters. The photo also has a vignette.

The Instagram version is here:

Added to Day 10 of January Squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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January Squares: Daydream on a Cloudy Day

Today’s forecast, England. It’s the stereotype, cloudy and overcast here today. So, I drug this photo out of the archives:

ISO 500 f/11 21mm 1/1250sec

Shot at Kirby Hall overlooking the land behind the house with my Canon 80D. The edit was done in Luminar. I first increased the luminance of the greens, yellows, and blues. Then increased the whites slider and the small details. The photo then has the Luminar look, Aetherial, applied with the soft focus and LUT mapping sliders decreased:

ISO 500 f/11 21mm 1/1250sec

The Instagram version is here:

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Daydreaming of sunny day. #januarylight

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A bit of bright sunlight for my day and my addition to Day 7 of January Squares.

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What I Am Working On: Little Used Sliders

Over this summer I had the opportunity to hike up to Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle’s Nest, a Nazi-era building associated with Adolf Hitler, although apparently he was afraid of heights and hated the place.  Today it is a building you can tour and a restaurant. There are a couple different ways you can visit. We went early in the day and walked up. It’s tough if you decide to do it that way, wear hiking boots, monitor the weather, dress in layers, and bring food and water. I didn’t go into the building itself, I was there for the views:

ISO 250 f/11 18mm 1/320sec

I’ve edited this in Luminar.  The edits I will discuss below are a few that I don’t often do as part of my workflow:

ISO 250 f/11 18mm 1/320sec

The first was a custom white balance. I used the little eyedropper to find a neutral grey and clicked. I struggle with white balance sometimes, mostly because I don’t work with it a lot. I think that my camera does a pretty decent job most of the time. The other two filters that I used here were the dehaze and the polarizing filters. A lot of times, if a scene is hazy, I let it stay that way. I think that is just a matter of personal preference, haze either bothers you or it doesn’t and generally speaking, I fall into that second category.

Even though I am posting this, I don’t really feel like I am finished with this photo. I’m not completely satisfied with the edit and think I may prefer the original to the edit.  I’m going to let this sit, probably for months, then I’ll take another look and re-evaluate. That’s the beauty of digital, another version is always possible.

Feel free to leave a comment or question below.

Cheers!

Added to A Photo A Week Challenge, Opposite Weather, because man, is this photo the exact opposite of today’s very grey day!

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