Daily Record Weekly Wrap-up, iPhone

Daily Record Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 3

This week, my photos were pretty light-driven, from the beam the orchid bloom happened to be sitting in, to the bright light I found my outdoor flowers in.

Welcome to this week’s installment of my daily photographic record. Posts in this series will be photos from the week before, roughly Friday through Friday. This, once a week, wrap-up post will publish on Sunday. The photos for this post will be in a gallery format, they will have all been taken on my phone. The captions on the photos will be an indication of the photo-editing software used to edit them, or simply “as shot” for those that are unedited.

Writing a weekly wrap up with a gallery is a way for me to gather my thoughts on what has caught my attention in the previous week. It will be a way of filtering through what I am thinking about photographically. I’ll also be able to come back to these posts and look at what trends emerge over time.

As with all my posts, your comments are welcome. I appreciate your interaction with my work here on this blog. It is my intention to publish in this series on Sunday. Every Sunday that is possible. Looking at my year, I already know there are some weeks where I will not be close enough to my technology to make a post possible. In an effort to keep this project pleasant for myself, I won’t be attempting catch-up posts.

Hope to see you in the comments below and in this space next week!

Cheers!

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What I Am Working On: Using Masks

Sometimes it takes me a while to get to a final version of a photograph. This shot below was taken on my iPhone and then in Luminar had a “look” (that is what they call a set of predetermined filters) applied to it. This one was called Victorian Postcard:

ISO 25 4.2mm f/2.2 1/725sec

I don’t particularly like it, but I like some of the elements that are in it. I like the idea of a vintage feel for this scene. I’m interested in contrasting that with the red in the postbox. I thought about those ideas, and when I went to edit again, I started with this version:

ISO 320 4.3mm f/2.7 1/500sec

This was taken on my point and shoot, which has better jpeg quality than my phone, but doesn’t shoot in RAW. The day I was taking this photo was rainy and grey. Rainy enough that I had opted to leave my DSLR camera at home.

I still liked this scene, but you will see in the next version a crop has been applied. There are a lot of things in this image and a crop eliminated some of them. The eraser tool got rid of some of the others like the cones.

But this edit you will see below was really going to be about masking. I’ve applied the Vintage Postcard look to it and then used a mask, to edit back in the postbox. I used this video to get the basics of how masking works in Luminar:

ISO 320 4.3mm f/2.7 1/500sec

Ok, a few things:

  1. Wow, that’s terrible. The postbox looks like it isn’t even actually there, more like it’s one from some other photo that has just been plopped into this one.
  2. The video I used was a really good starting point, but really you have to be willing to experiment and fail, and then try again.

Here is my final version:

ISO 320 4.3mm f/2.7 1/500sec

Ok, so that’s much better. The main difference is that when I went to mask in the postbox, I used a paintbrush setting with a lower opacity. That helps the postbox blend a bit but still pop out a bit.

In terms of method, I’ll point out that the middle version I saved as a separate file before going back several steps in the edit history and starting off in another direction. I did this because, while I wasn’t crazy about that version, there were several steps like the crop and the erase that I was happy with.  I don’t always do this, but I think it is a good practice.

It was a lot of trial and error to get to this point. I think it was worth it. I like the final image. I also think masking, while a powerful editing tool, can be tough to master, and practice like this will make me better at it. Your comments about my edits or questions about my methods are welcome below.

Are you interested in postboxes in the UK? I am it turns out. So far in my travels here I have a photo of one of all the monarchs except for King Edward VIII. Is there one near you? I’d love to know where you have seen one. Thanks!

Cheers!

Added to One Word Sunday, Red.

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Daily Record Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 2

It was pretty dark here last week, I’ve tried to embrace that!

My gallery this week:

Welcome to this week’s installment of my daily photographic record. Posts in this series will be photos from the week before, roughly Friday through Friday. This, once a week, wrap-up post will publish on Sunday. The photos for this post will be in a gallery format, they will have all been taken on my phone. The captions on the photos will be an indication of the photo-editing software used to edit them, or simply “as shot” for those that are unedited.

Writing a weekly wrap up with a gallery is a way for me to gather my thoughts on what has caught my attention in the previous week. It will be a way of filtering through what I am thinking about photographically. I’ll also be able to come back to these posts and look at what trends emerge over time.

As with all my posts, your comments are welcome. I appreciate your interaction with my work here on this blog. It is my intention to publish in this series on Sunday. Every Sunday that is possible. Looking at my year, I already know there are some weeks where I will not be close enough to my technology to make a post possible. In an effort to keep this project pleasant for myself, I won’t be attempting catch-up posts.

Hope to see you in the comments below and in this space next week!

Cheers!

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Wordless Wednesday: Daffodil

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#Morning after the #rain #nofilter #daffodils

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Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Orange and Pink.

and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

 

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Daily Record Weekly Wrap-up: Week 1

I’m pretty excited to start off a new series here on my blog. Posts in this series will be photos from the week before, roughly Friday through Friday. This, once a week, wrap-up post will publish on Sunday. The photos for this post will be in a gallery format, they will have all been taken on my phone. The captions on the photos will be an indication of the photo-editing software used to edit them, or simply “as shot” for those that are unedited.

Here is this week’s gallery:

 

Why am I doing this?

On one hand, this is an encouragement to myself to shoot daily and not to overthink what I am shooting. Most recently, I was influenced by this post to give this type of shooting a try; Otto writes often about the creative process, and I enjoy following along with his blog, a visit to his blog is well worth your time.

Writing a weekly wrap up with a gallery is a way for me to gather my thoughts on what has caught my attention in the previous week. It will be a way of filtering through what I am thinking about photographically. I’ll also be able to come back to these posts and look at what trends emerge over time.

This series of posts is also a forerunner of a 365 photo challenge for next year that I am considering undertaking on my Instagram feed. On that front, I am closely following Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind who is in the process of a 365 photo challenge on her Instagram and writing a weekly wrap-up of how it is going on her blog. Sublime, is a word I would use to describe her photography, so maybe drop by and check her work out.

Ok, so what next?

First of all, as with all my posts, your comments are welcome. I appreciate your interaction with my work here on this blog.

Second, it is my intention to publish in this series on Sunday. Every Sunday that is possible. Looking at my year, I already know there are some weeks where I will not be close enough to my technology to make a post possible. In an effort to keep this project pleasant for myself, I won’t be attempting catch-up posts.

It’s my hope that we all will enjoy this new series! See you next week.

Cheers!

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Oh Boy! A New Photography Toy!

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A trio for your #tuesdaymotivation #flowers #roses #hipstamatic

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No, I didn’t need another one,

but gee, Hipstamatic sure is fun!

Cheers!

Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Rose and Six Word Saturday.

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What I Am Working On: Luminar

New to my blog for this year will be a series of posts called “What I am Working On”. These post will include images that are in the process of being edited and notes on the editing process.

This photo is a window shot on a recent flight from Berlin:

ISO 25 f/2.2 1/2262 sec 4.22mm

The first step in my process was actually to update my Luminar software to Luminar 3 that includes a library feature. I am happy to say that Luminar had no problem linking to my library that I keep on an external drive.

For editing, I was using this photo, shot on my iPhone, because it has GPS data in it. I’m disappointed that the GPS data does not show in Luminar. Research on-line suggests that it may be a feature added this year. The work around for now is to open the file in the Inspector on my Mac, and the information shows there. This is important to me since I often refer to iPhone photos for the GPS information when I am looking at photos that I took several months ago and want an exact location.

Luminar does seem to save edits automatically. I also verified that the catalog, which holds the data for the edits, is saving to the folder I set up for it.

Next steps for another work session: 1) Sort out how to backup my catalog to a second, separate drive. 2) Figure out how to export a file that has edits without the edits.

Posts like these will sometimes be added into photo challenges but often will not. Readers of this blog know that I welcome thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.

Cheers and Happy 2019!

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