18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Luminar, Photo Editing, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Pastoral

ISO 400 f/11 45mm 1/250sec

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18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Instagram, Luminar, Photo Editing, Photography, travel

January Squares: Plague Dragon

The Middle Ages, wow what fun!  In Munich a dragon appeared bringing the plague:

ISO 320 f/7 29mm 1/100 sec

The more enlightened folks in town just washed their hands more frequently, but a dragon does make for a fun story and it’s remembered on the side of City Hall.

It’s an excellent work of art and I thought a square edit would be fun:

ISO 320 f/7 29mm 1/100 sec

In Luminar I dropped the highlights slider and then adjusted the whites, blacks, and luminance sliders. The filter “daydream” was added and dropped to 56%. I picked that filter mostly due to the irony of applying a daydream to the nightmare that was the plague.

The Instagram version is here:

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Plague Dragon. #januarylight #dragon #munich #travel

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Added to Day 28 of January Squares. It’s at this point that I confess photos for this challenge are supposed to end in “light” and enlightenment is really breaking pushing that rule.

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January Squares: Late Afternoon Light

I was just in Strasbourg France for a few hours. Long enough to get this photo though:

ISO 25 f/2.2 4.2mm 1/1083 sec

Also, long enough to convince me that a trip back would be a good thing. For the photo above, I wanted to accentuate the glow of the summer afternoon:

ISO 25 f/2.2 4.2mm 1/1083 sec

So after cropping and straightening the photo, I added the Luminar look, Daydream, and set it at 79%.

The Instagram version is here:

Added to Day 26 of January Light.

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January Squares: Blue Boar

Blue Boar in the English countryside:

ISO 32 f/2.2 4.2mm 1/33 sec

Now more fearsome with some pop:

ISO 32 f/2.2 4.2mm 1/33 sec

Instagram version, social media likes galore:

For January Squares and Six-Word Saturday.

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What I Am Working On: Seemingly Small Adjustments

Sometimes it is little things that can make a big difference. The original file:

ISO 250 f/11 22mm 1/640 sec

The edit:

ISO 250 f/11 22mm 1/640 sec

Custom white balance and lens distortion, these are two adjustments that I started with that made a big difference.

Seemingly unimportant details like the trees in the foreground are helping to tell an important story about this scene, like how far up you have to hike to see this view. I wrote about that a bit in a previous post and showed a different part of the landscape. In this case, I think a photo of this scene without the trees would be telling a completely different story. Your comments and thoughts are welcome below.

Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Summer Scenes and Tuesday Photo Challenge, Trees.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge, iPhone, Luminar, Photo Challenges, Photography

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 4

This week the smartphone challenge is warmth. Lots of times when I am out walking I go into local parish churches. They are older buildings usually and tend to be freezing. There is something about sunlight through stained glass though that always makes me feel warm:

ISO 80 f/2.2 4.2mm 1/33 sec

For this edit, I cropped the image slightly. I dropped the highlights and blacks sliders and boosted the shadow, whites, luminance, and small details sliders. I then added the Luminar look, Quay, which definitely boosted the warm tones in the photo:

ISO 80 f/2.2 4.2mm 1/33 sec

Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.

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Added to Week 4 of 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

 

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What I Am Working On: Contemplating the Rules

If you know me or have stopped by the blog a few times, you probably know that I like to walk. Earlier this week I had set out to do just that. It was a cold day but also sunny, both of those things being a bit rare in this part of England. I did manage to get a lovely walk in but only after two false starts due to local flooding.

You may also know that generally speaking, I follow photography rules. In my opinion, they are often helpful. For this photo, I was wanting to show the scene as it was. Both beautiful and a bit ominous.

The original photo is this:

ISO 100 f/11 18mm 1/400 sec

The first thing I did to accomplish this was to shoot directly into the sun. It’s a bit bright and disconcerting.  So that’s a rule broken on purpose to highlight the problem this photo is showing. The second thing I’ve done is to follow a rule or two.  In Luminar, I’ve cropped the photo to straighten the horizon line and the phone pole now sits on one of the vertical rule of third lines. I’ve used the lines of the electric wires to lead your eye into the scene. The bright streaks of sun and the lens flare are left in as attention grabbers.

This is the edit:

ISO 100 f/11 18mm 1/400 sec

The edits are subtle on purpose, I really think the scene speaks for itself. Walker beware, flooding ahead. Feel free to leave comments or questions below.

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Added to Lens-Artists Challenge, Leading Lines.

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