hipstamatic, Instagram, iPhone, Nature, Squares

January Squares: Frosty Winterlight

It’s been chilly here but you can still find me outside:

ISO 25 f/2.2 4.15mm 1/143 sec

The light as shot in this photo tells the story of the cold temperature, but when it came to my square edit, which I did in Hipstamatic, I wanted to push that a bit:

Hipstamatic

The added filters are The Florence Lens and Irom 2000 Film. I think they add to the frosty feel of the original. Your thoughts are welcome in the comment section below.

The Instagram version is here:

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Frosty. #januarylight #morning #swan #hipstamatic

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Cheers!

Added to Day 29 of January Squares.

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18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Luminar, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography, Tuesday Photo Challenge, What I Am Working On

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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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.

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists Challenge, Leading Lines.

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

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 1

If you have been a visitor to my blog over the last several years you will know that while this blog is always about photography, it has also changed focus over time. Part of the reason why “journal” is included in the name of this blog is to reflect this space as a place where I keep track of my photography work.

My iPhone is an integral part of my camera gear, so this new 52-week smartphone challenge was intriguing to me, so I am going to give it a try. This week’s challenge is to take a self-portrait without showing your face. Here is mine, taken this morning:

ISO 32 f/2.2 29mm 1/100sec

I’m reflected here in a few ways. First, if you can’t find me, check outside, I might be there. Second, this has been edited in Luminar 3 which is my go-to editing software at this time. Third, see those birds? don’t they seem unusually large for the branches they are perched on? Equally as unusual is for me to take a photo with my phone in the landscape format. I thought this challenge might be a way to change my habits, alter my self-portrait if you will.

Your thoughts on the photo are welcome below. The link to the challenge is above, including the parameters and other such information.

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18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, made with Luminar, Nature, Photography, Picfair, Six Word Saturday

Old Man of Coniston

ISO 640 f/10 1/800sec 20mm

Old Man Coniston, Lake District UK,

I walked up an October day.

Nice photo-op, about halfway up;

but the view from the top?

I just can’t really say because

it was cloud covered that day.

 

Added to Six Word Saturday. Picfair version here.

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Made With Luminar: Snowdrops in the Morning

ISO 400 f/11 1/160sec 55mm

Luminar Look applied, Morning fog, filter lowered to 70% and brushed out completely in parts of the flower.

Picfair version here.

Added to Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.

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. The text of these posts include the 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 other 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.

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Made With Luminar: Snowdrops with Film Fade

This image is the first of a new series that I am starting on the blog. It is a result of a new workflow routine that I have been experimenting with. I have been trying out new filter combinations within the Luminar software that I am using and this series will be a way of documenting that.  If you are interested in filters, I’ll be naming the ones used. If you just like to look at photos, feel free to just enjoy these posts in that way.

ISO 400 f/11 55mm 1/100sec

Luminar Look applied, Expired L12, with an adjustment of the LUT mapping from 15 to 7.

Added to Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Picfair version here.

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. The text of these posts include the 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 other 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.

Cheers!

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