70-200mm lens, Canon 50D, Luminar AI, Photography, Squares

April Squares: Bright Spots

For the April Squares challenge this month, Becky has chosen the theme “Bright”. My entries this month will all be called Bright Spots. My photos in this series are selected from a project I am currently working on. I have received a digital photo frame as a gift, and I have been going through my archives for photos to include. What fun it has been to do that, a bright spot in my life for sure. I’ll include a bit about each photo entry. Here is today’s entry:

This original image, is quite nice but obviously underexposed:

ISO 800 f/16 170mm 1/2,000sec

My first edit was to apply the template, Fast Fix, and also crop the image just a bit:

ISO 800 f/16 170mm 1/2,000sec

I’m happy with this edit to go in the digital photo frame I am working on, but I was curious about creating a different version with a square crop:

ISO 800 f/16 170mm 1/2,000sec

It brings into focus just part of the landscape, so has a different feel than the original crop. I’ve also added a vignette. Your thoughts on these edits are welcome below.

Cheers!

Added to Day 13 of the Bright Squares challenge.

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Canon PowerShot ELPh 320HS, Luminar AI, Photography, Squares

April Squares: Bright Spots

For the April Squares challenge this month, Becky has chosen the theme “Bright”. My entries this month will all be called Bright Spots. My photos in this series are selected from a project I am currently working on. I have received a digital photo frame as a gift, and I have been going through my archives for photos to include. What fun it has been to do that, a bright spot in my life for sure. I’ll include a bit about each photo entry. Here is today’s entry:

Today’s photo I edited two different ways because I will be presenting them two places. Here is the original file:

ISO 100 f/8 4.3mm 1/320sec

The first edit is for entry into my camera club’s photo competition, so there are specific rules about what edits can and can’t be done, but the overall thought is that the final edit would be a representation of the scene as it was when you shot it. So, edits for this include things like white balance and shadows and highlights:

ISO 100 f/8 4.3mm 1/320sec

The second edit, is my square edit, which other than being a square has no other limits on the edits:

ISO 100 f/8 4.3mm 1/320sec

For this edit, in Luminar AI I added the LUT, analog look 24, and a light leak texture overlay.

I like both edits for different reasons. The first edit is a good detail study of the scene. The square is a bit more romantic and expresses a nice summer vibe. Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.

Added to Day 12 of April Squares.

Cheers!

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28-135mm lens, Canon 50D, Luminar AI, Photography, Squares

April Squares: Bright Spots

For the April Squares challenge this month, Becky has chosen the theme “Bright”. My entries this month will all be called Bright Spots. My photos in this series are selected from a project I am currently working on. I have received a digital photo frame as a gift, and I have been going through my archives for photos to include. What fun it has been to do that, a bright spot in my life for sure. I’ll include a bit about each photo entry. Here is today’s entry:

My original file looked like this:

ISO 200 f/7.1 105mm 1/100sec

For the square edit, I have added the LUT, Bakersfield, and also a vignette:

ISO 200 f/7.1 105mm 1/100sec

I chose that LUT because it was very similar to the tones of the original image but emphasized the soft feel of the scene. The crop took care of the distracting wire.

Added to Day 8 of the April Squares challenge.

Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.

Cheers!

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28-135mm lens, Canon 50D, Luminar AI, Made With Luminar, Squares

April Square: Bright Spots

For the April Squares challenge this month, Becky has chosen the theme “Bright”. My entries this month will all be called Bright Spots. My photos in this series are selected from a project I am currently working on. I have received a digital photo frame as a gift, and I have been going through my archives for photos to include. What fun it has been to do that, a bright spot in my life for sure. I’ll include a bit about each photo entry. Here is today’s entry:

ISO 400 f/5.6 1/1600sec 135mm

Taken in August of 2010 on a whale watching trip off the Bay of Fundy. This photo has the Luminar AI template, Cold Currents added to it. Your thoughts are welcome below.

Part of April Squares, Bright.

Cheers!

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Daily Photo, Daily Photo Weekly Photo Wrap-Up, Photography, Squares

Daily Photo Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 87

When I was putting this gallery together I was struck by how many of these images stray into the almost underexposed territory. It was, overall, quite dark here this week, and I think I have reflected that:

Today is the last day of the SquareUp Challenge. I would invite you to take a look at Becky’s blog, she will run the challenge again in April. It’s a lot of fun and a nice community of contributors, so consider participating if you are at all interested.

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: What’s Up

Don’t mind me, just walking past this huge elk:

ISO 800 55mm f/5.6 1/400sec

The square edit:

ISO 800 55mm f/5.6 1/400sec

Honestly, I was so glad that this elk didn’t seem to mind our presence as the path we were walking on passed really close to where he was sitting. I took a few quick photos and then went on my way.

Cheers!

Added to Day 30 of the SquareUp Challenge.

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

January Squares: Lit Up

When I was working with this image:

ISO 800 f/8 0.2sec 23mm

I wanted to make sure that it retained what I thought of as its charm. I cleaned it up a bit with a crop first. Then I used the sky enhancer slider as well as increasing the small details and boosting the luminance of a few of the colors. I then applied a filter called Classic Chrome. I really liked what it did, but it was too strong on the sky portion of the image. So, I applied a mask, set the brush to 50%, and erased the filter from the sky. Here is the result:

ISO 800 f/8 0.2sec 23mm

It had been my original intention to create a square version with a different filter, but when I cropped for my square, I still really liked the filters I had applied, so I stuck with that:

ISO 800 f/8 0.2sec 23mm

This photograph was taken on a riverboat tour in Budapest. I would recommend that in any place you visit, if taking a boat tour is an option, to do it, places look completely different when seen from the water.

Cheers!

Added to Day 28 of the SquareUp Challenge.

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

January Squares: Dust Up

This was an interesting tussle to witness. It seemed more like a minor display of dominance than a full up fight over territory or a female. These two walked away but stayed near one another a few minutes later.

ISO 400 55mm f/8 1/125sec

I’ve used Luminar AI for this edit. I added the Warming Sun template at 75%, it highlighted the warm tones in the image, but set at 100% seemed a bit over the top. I used the dodge and burn tool to lighten the face of the elk. Your thoughts on the edit are welcome below.

Cheers!

This image was also added to Day 21 of the SquareUp challenge.

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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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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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