18-55mm lens, Canon 80D, Luminar 3, Photography, Squares

January Squares: Up on the Hill

I was working with a file that I shot in February 2020, it’s the Liberty Statue in Budapest. I had a few different ideas in mind. I wanted to create a standard landscape crop and also a square crop. Mostly, I just wanted to see how the crop would change the story of the image.

The original file:

ISO 400 f/8 1/13sec 55mm

The first edit:

ISO 400 f/8 1/13sec 55mm

In addition to a crop this first edit has also had some of the lights at the base of the statue removed. In Luminar 3 I’ve also used the sky enhancer and polarizing filter sliders.

Then it was on to the square crop:

ISO 400 f/8 1/13sec 55mm

In addition to the different crop I’ve also added my custom filter that I call vintage film.

While the crop does make a difference in the photo I ended up thinking that the filter changes that I made is what makes these two edits distinct from one another. Your thoughts on that are welcome below.

Cheers!

Added to the Square Up Challenge on Life of B.

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Daily Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 84

I took a few weeks off of putting a post like this together, and then this week I didn’t actually have that many photos for this gallery. I’ve decided to post anyway in part as a reminder to myself that even though this project shifted to the back burner, I was busy with other photography projects:

Welcome to this week’s installment of my daily photographic record. Posts in this series will be photos from the week before, roughly Friday through Friday. This, once a week, wrap-up post will publish on Sunday. The photos for this post will be in a gallery format, they will have all been taken on my phone. The captions on the photos will be an indication of the photo-editing software used to edit them, or simply “as shot” for those that are unedited. *hopefully temporary update*  The caption function is not functional on the new block editor in WordPress. So, I have added the editing note to the title which is visible if you click to view the gallery.

Writing a weekly wrap up with a gallery is a way for me to gather my thoughts on what has caught my attention in the previous week. It will be a way of filtering through what I am thinking about photographically. I’ll also be able to come back to these posts and look at what trends emerge over time.

As with all my posts, your comments are welcome. I appreciate your interaction with my work here on this blog. It is my intention to publish in this series on Sunday. Every Sunday that is possible. Looking at my year, I already know there are some weeks where I will not be close enough to my technology to make a post possible. In an effort to keep this project pleasant for myself, I won’t be attempting catch-up posts.

Hope to see you in the comments below and in this space next week!

Cheers!

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18-55mm lens, Canon 80D, Luminar AI, Photography, Squares

January Squares: Sizing Each Other Up

It’s already the 7th of January, but this post is my first entry to the January Squares challenge that is running over at The Life of B. I chose to start my entries to this challenge with this one because it makes me smile:

ISO 400 55mm f/10 1/60sec

In case you are concerned, this was an encounter that went well. The driver of this vehicle was parked and the elk walked up to it, the driver had not attempted to attract the animal in any way. When the elk began to lick the car, the driver restarted his car and reversed slowly away and the elk lost interest.

But this split second, when the two are sizing each other up, made for a good photo. It was shot on my Canon 80D and then edited in Luminar AI. I’ve added the “Instant Result” template at 80%. Your thoughts are welcome below.

Cheers!

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Daily Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 83

Christmas, of course that is the theme for this week. It had been slowly creeping in over the last few weeks, but it is here now for sure:

Welcome to this week’s installment of my daily photographic record. Posts in this series will be photos from the week before, roughly Friday through Friday. This, once a week, wrap-up post will publish on Sunday. The photos for this post will be in a gallery format, they will have all been taken on my phone. The captions on the photos will be an indication of the photo-editing software used to edit them, or simply “as shot” for those that are unedited. *hopefully temporary update*  The caption function is not functional on the new block editor in WordPress. So, I have added the editing note to the title which is visible if you click to view the gallery.

Writing a weekly wrap up with a gallery is a way for me to gather my thoughts on what has caught my attention in the previous week. It will be a way of filtering through what I am thinking about photographically. I’ll also be able to come back to these posts and look at what trends emerge over time.

As with all my posts, your comments are welcome. I appreciate your interaction with my work here on this blog. It is my intention to publish in this series on Sunday. Every Sunday that is possible. Looking at my year, I already know there are some weeks where I will not be close enough to my technology to make a post possible. In an effort to keep this project pleasant for myself, I won’t be attempting catch-up posts.

Hope to see you in the comments below and in this space next week!

Cheers!

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18-55mm lens, Canon 80D, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Luminar 3, Photography, What I Am Working On

What I Am Working On: LUTs

The original file:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

The image above is what I started my editing session with. I did a few of my usual edits, beginning with a crop. Once I was satisfied with that, I decided to add a LUT. This type of edit will change the color values in your photo. It’s a preset, but for color only. A lot of other editing presets will change multiple things, but this is a singular edit. A deeper explanation of LUTs can be found here. I created three different versions.

The LUT, Chrono-Steel:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

The LUT, Blue Trace:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

The LUT, 1960:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

Both the Blue Trace and 1960 version have had the slider on the LUT itself moved down, Chrono-Steel is set at 100%.

LUTs are available many places. Luminar has some that come preloaded. The one above called “1960” is one of those. They are also available for purchase and in some cases free. Google is a good way to search and identify ones that would most appeal to your sense of style within your photography. I find them to be a fun way to change things up a bit. Let me know if you have a favorite of these three in the comments below.

Cheers!

Added to CFFC, Water.

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Daily Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 82

When I put this gallery together, it was the earth tones that caught my eye. Clearly, however, red is the accent color for the week:

Welcome to this week’s installment of my daily photographic record. Posts in this series will be photos from the week before, roughly Friday through Friday. This, once a week, wrap-up post will publish on Sunday. The photos for this post will be in a gallery format, they will have all been taken on my phone. The captions on the photos will be an indication of the photo-editing software used to edit them, or simply “as shot” for those that are unedited. *hopefully temporary update*  The caption function is not functional on the new block editor in WordPress. So, I have added the editing note to the title which is visible if you click to view the gallery.

Writing a weekly wrap up with a gallery is a way for me to gather my thoughts on what has caught my attention in the previous week. It will be a way of filtering through what I am thinking about photographically. I’ll also be able to come back to these posts and look at what trends emerge over time.

As with all my posts, your comments are welcome. I appreciate your interaction with my work here on this blog. It is my intention to publish in this series on Sunday. Every Sunday that is possible. Looking at my year, I already know there are some weeks where I will not be close enough to my technology to make a post possible. In an effort to keep this project pleasant for myself, I won’t be attempting catch-up posts.

Hope to see you in the comments below and in this space next week!

Cheers!

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18-55mm lens, Canon 80D, Luminar 3, Made With Luminar, Photography

Made With Luminar: Playing it Cool

ISO 400 f/11 1/800sec 18mm

Shot on the South West Coast Path in April 2019. I’ve used the Luminar Look, Cool Tones, set at 100% but then I added a mask, set the brush at 50% and erased the look out of part of the sky. I then set the brush to 25% and erased the look out of part of the foreground. The mask is very subtle, but sometimes it’s these little differences that are important to the overall image.

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 include 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.

Cheers!

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