Friday, February 12, 2016

Seeing A Photo's Potential



I was going to scrap this photo until my husbad asked about the photos from our Passage Creek shoot. I thought that I didn't have anything worth trying to salvage after viewing the photos and I was kicking myself for shooting into the sun. I was so excited about trying my new Ice ND 10 filter and Indoro tripod legs with Benro ball head that my brain just said "shoot some moving water" and I neglected to take things into account like what happens when you shoot into the sun ie. flares and sun spots! Oopsie! So I found the one with the best exposure, edited in light room and then got to cropping and editing in PS Elements 11 to see what I could do with it. After I found a crop I liked, I cleaned up the rest with the spot healing tool and cloning tool and a little noise reduction on the water with Topaz Denoise and then some selective sharpening with Topaz Detail and a little  dynamic contrast adjustment in Topaz Adjut 5 on the detailed areas like the rocks and trees. The first photo is the originial with some light room edits, the second is after PS Elements/ Topaz adjustments. Sometimes it's good to give photos a second look before "filing" in the recycle bin. :-)

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Sunrise 2-11-16

Good very chilly morning from the Shenandoah Valley near Luray, VA. Temp was 17 degrees this morning! I shot this on my new tripod combination this morning. Loving it so far, it's not super heavy and holds everything nice and steady and is simple to use which is good when you haven't finished your coffee yet! :-) . I got some Induro legs and a Benro ball head here: Here and Here at B & H Photo.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Sunrise Feb. 1, 2016

Good Morning from the Shenandoah Valley. After a blizzard at the end of January, we have melted out to warmer temperatures. Today it's currently 52 degrees! A nice Spring preview for sure! :)