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What I Am Working On: Method and Madness

I write a lot about how I edit my photos. I also write quite a bit about how I have a method for discarding files. Today’s post is about the exception to my usual approach.  At the time I am writing this, I have sorted through, edited, and discarded files through early July 2018. The exception is my trip to Tanzania. I was there in December 2017 and I still have almost all of my files from that trip. That trip was one I wasn’t sure if I would ever really have the opportunity to make and it meant a lot to me to be able to go. I have a lot of files that are still not edited, but this week I picked this one to work on:

ISO 1000 75mm f/16 1/640 sec

These young elephants were just off the road, seemingly content to munch away and ignore us. When it came to the edit, I wanted to express the serenity of this moment. Here is the edit:

ISO 1000 75mm f/16 1/640 sec

I started with a crop. From there, I created another layer to work on just the sky, as that was probably the element I was least pleased with in the original file. I recently posted about a new method I have been using to create a sky, so the details for that can be found here. My other edit was to use the Orton filter within Luminar to create the slight jewel-like glow in the final edit, to replace the harsher tones of the original file.

What do you think of these edits? Does this edit have a serene feel to it? Feel free to comment below.


Added to Lens Artists Photo Challenge, Wild.

Picfair version is here.


Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Nature, Photography

Macro and a mini-rant

Here I am taking my new point and shoot for a spin in the “macro” setting:

ISO 125 4.9mm f/2.8 1/60

Wild blackberries, yum!

But I digress.  This was the best shot of the blackberries I came away with.  I need to consult with the manual of the camera, because I got A LOT of blurry photos in this series.  Here comes the mini-rant.  The manual is a download on my computer. There is not an actually paper version. So, can’t take it out into the field with me to consult on the fly! But wait! there’s more! The bigger gripe is this.  I do a lot of work on the computer, so I do not like to read things like camera manuals and other things that I am reading for fun on the computer.  I need a break from technology! I  would like a paper copy of my camera manual! I am considering sending the file to a copy place, but then I would feel bad for “wasting” paper.

Wow, do I need to get a grip!