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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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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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January Squares: A Light for Your Path

This photo was taken on a visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery:

ISO 320 f/11 18mm 1/1250sec

I liked this image as a color image, but I was interested in making alterations to the color as a way of making the photo more impactful. This photo was shot with my Canon 80D which means that there is a lot of data there to work with. The edits I did are in Luminar:

ISO 320 f/11 18mm 1/1250sec

I started with the crop. This took a bit of fiddling, there were several decisions to be made in terms of what to include or exclude from this edit. I’ve then applied a look called Blue Sky, which is mostly black and white except for muted blue tones. In order to bring the gold back into the photo, I applied a mask and painted just the front of the grave marker. I’ll also mention that I did not apply a vignette to this particular edit which is unusual for me.

The Instagram version is here:

Added to January Squares, Day 20. I’ve also chosen the American holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to post this photo as a nod to choosing to do the right thing and to stand for others even at great personal cost.

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January Squares: Golden Light

This photo, shot with my iPhone, caught my eye because of the light:

ISO 200 f/2.2 4.15mm 1/33sec

When it came to the edit, I wanted to also accentuate the golden tones. It has the Luminar Look, Dripping in Gold added to it and a vignette:

ISO 200 f/2.2 4.15mm 1/33sec

The Instagram version is here:

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Golden light. #sundayvibes #golden #januarylight

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Added to Day 19 of January Squares.

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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.

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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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