Instagram, iPhone, Luminar, Photo Challenges, Photography, Squares

January Squares: Mislight

Mislight: To lead astray with a false light. Frankly, I felt like this trail marker fit that description:

ISO 25 f/2.2 4.15mm 1/33 sec

Wait, which way were we headed? Sometimes when I am editing in Luminar I pick looks to apply based on their name. For this one, I thought a look called “Road Tripper” was appropriate:

ISO 25 f/2.2 4.15mm 1/33 sec

The Instagram post is here:

Added to Day 14 of January Squares.

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Canon 50D, iPhone, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Designed for You

When we were planning our trip to Wales, we decided we wanted to explore Snowdonia National Park.  Our hardest hike of the week was going to be Mt. Snowden.  For us, the path that made the most sense was the Llanberis Pass, at nine miles, it was the longest way up and back, but is the least technical of the six main paths up the mountain.  We would be climbing 3,199 feet and the Llanberis path had the most gradual ascent of our choices.  This is what awaited us at the top:

ISO 800 50mm 1/2000 f/13

ISO 800 50mm 1/2000 f/13

Technically, this is a panorama. ¬†It is two photos stitched together. ¬†The originals were incredibly hazy, but after I had created the panorama in Photoshop. ¬†I used Lightroom’s “dehaze” sider to make it clearer. ¬†I also used the clarity slider and sharpened the image a bit. ¬†I didn’t take the haze out completely though because I knew I had a clearer image.

I also had hiked with my iPhone and I created this panorama:

ISO 25 4.15mm1/2500 f/2.2

ISO 25 4.15mm1/2500 f/2.2

It’s clearer, and certainly the sky is bluer, but to me the first photo more closely represents what this hike meant to me. We had designed our trip around this hike. ¬†It was what we scheduled ourselves for the first day in case we had to delay or reattempt it another day later in the week. ¬†It was the hardest hike I’ve done in awhile. ¬†So getting to the top was more about the serenity and silence of the first image than the community that is represented in the second. ¬†The haze and lack of people in the first image to me look more like a postcard or an image you might print and put on your wall.

Do you plan your holidays around a single activity or goal? Do you bring back a photo from your holidays that represent the trip? Do you sometimes go with out a camera on purpose? ¬†How do you feel about my two images, they do represent two different things don’t you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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iPhone, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

This summer has been a busy one. I’ve missed out on several weeks of blogging due to a move. But this past week week, I missed out because I was on holiday. ¬†I was in Wales for the week. ¬†I don’t know about you, but when I think of Wales, I don’t usually think of sun soaked images like this one:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1000

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1000

It’s a rare day when lens flare is visible in a photograph from this part of the world. This particular hike led us to Dinas Emrys, the legendary birthplace of the red dragon seen on the Welsh flag. I had my Canon 50D and my iPhone with me. ¬†I shot this panorama on the iPhone and then took a bunch of photos with my bigger camera. ¬†As with most times I go on holiday, there are a lot of photos to edit now that I am home. ¬†For this photo though, not much was needed. ¬†I did end up cropping it a bit and sharpening it. ¬†Other than that, I let it be, including the bit of lens flare that you can see in the top center of the photo. I left that in as a visual reminder of the intensity of the sun in that moment.

Have you ever done that with your editing, purposefully left something in that is considered an imperfection? Do you also bring home a lot of photos to edit? I will be busy for a while!  Feel free to leave a comment below.

I also posted this photo to my Flickr account, if you would like to see a larger version.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Deep (in the woods)

You never know what you might come across when you are out hiking. ¬†In this case, I was deep in the woods. ¬†The travel theme this week at Where’s My Backpack? is deep, so I figured I was in the right place. ¬†Turns out, I was in the right spot for a little mystery:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

I’m not sure which question I had first; was it, why is there a stone building here? or which storm?, we get a lot of them and I was just curious to know which storm the sign was referring too. ¬†I was at the Babler State Park in Missouri on a Monday so the visitor’s center was closed, so my questions will have to wait for another visit. ¬†And I will be going back, it is a nice park with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Here is my original photo:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

I don’t know about you, but when I first looked at it, I thought the color was just wrong to go with the theme of deep. ¬†I wanted the richer orange color you see in the finished version. ¬†To get the look I was going for, I opened the photo in camera raw, and in the basic settings I adjusted the temperature setting to be a bit warmer. ¬†Then in Photoshop, I opened up a film plug-in and applied a Fuji Provia 100F filter. ¬†I thought that the little bit of texture that the filter added helped with the deep theme. ¬†I also sharpened it a bit.

What do you think? ¬†Does the first one say “deep” to you more than the second? ¬†Feel free to leave a comment below.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Nothing goes together like a bug and flower:

ISO 400 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/160

ISO 400 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/160

I was walking in the woods when I came across this wildflower and it’s bug companion. ¬†I thought it would make a good composition for this week’s photo challenge at WordPress.

I did not have my tripod with me, but I knew that I could use a fast shutter speed instead and come up with the image I wanted.  I loved the yellow and green colors, but thought it would be best if the yellow was really in sharp focus and the green less so.  An f-stop of 6.3 gave me the look I was going for.  I put my ISO to 400 because of the shade. When I got this photo in Aperture, I cropped it a bit and also sharpened it a bit.

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Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Nature, Photography

Travel Theme: Flow

These photos were taken in a park near Virginia Tech. ¬†We were in the Blacksburg area for a few days. ¬†Blacksburg is a neat town, but the surrounding natural area is really beautiful. ¬†I have chosen these photos to go with the theme, flow, which is what is featured this week at Where’s My backpack?:

ISO 100 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/500

ISO 100 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/500

This first photo is perhaps not what you would normally think of as flow, but that is what the lines in the wood reminded me of.

Here are some more standard images of flow:

For this hike I chose to take along my Canon Powershot instead of my 50D. ¬†This was just a logistical decision. ¬†We were doing quite a bit of walking to the waterfalls with children, towels, and lunch. ¬†Sometimes, just having a small camera makes more sense. ¬†I do have to say though, I wouldn’t mind doing the hike again with the larger camera and a tripod.

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50mm Lens, Animals, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photography

Travel Theme: Pathways

When I went on a hike I had the theme of pathways on my mind.  I took this hike at Castlewood State Park in Missouri.  It is a nice day use area, but if you are planning a visit, I would recommend you bring bug spray.  This hike was about 3 miles and featured quite a bit of elevation considering that it was in Missouri.  Here is part of the path; it looked like several paths in a lot of spots:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/20

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/20

If you did not look closely, you could lose the trail with markers like these:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/60

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/60

Parts of the are were not very friendly looking:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

And there was this little guy, making his own path:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/3200

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/3200

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