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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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Daily Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 97

This week was mostly about all the new beginnings of Spring:

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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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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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 Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 96

Spring is truly a pleasure. I’m glad I didn’t shoot it only in color:

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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Daily Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 95

This week’s gallery is really an ode to being outside in the Spring:

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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What I Am Working On: Revisiting Old Photos

This post touches on a few things that I think are important to consider when it comes to post-processing. The first is that as you gain more experience, your editing skills and knowledge base will improve. Because I think this is true, I would argue this is a reason you should keep one original file in its best available format of most of your photos. This is an example of this:

ISO 160 f/5.6 1/500sec 135mm

This was shot in October 2011. Not only was my Canon 50D relatively new to me, it was also my first DSLR, had a kit lens, and my knowledge of photo editing software was just in its infancy.

The photo was shot in the RAW format though, which means there is a lot of information in the file, I just needed to learn how to extract it. Now, almost a decade later, I know right off the bat there are at least three simple starting point fixes. The first is adjusting the white balance using the eyedropper tool. The second is to increase the exposure and lighten the shadows. Here is a screenshot with those edits in place:

This shows the white balance and shadows edits.

Another thing I have learned about photo editing is that it really does open up a lot of possibilities and it’s often fun to play around and come up with something that is both creative and still aesthetically pleasing. In this case, I made a black and white image of a subject that is more frequently shown in color and I also created a custom crop:

ISO 160 f/5.6 1/500sec 135mm

Neither of these changes would work on every photo I edit, but I would argue that they do work here. I’m glad I kept this file all those years. Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.

Added to CBWC, Flight.

Cheers!

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Daily Record Weekly Photo Wrap-Up: Week 94

I was feeling a bit aimless this week and I think this collection of images also lacks a cohesiveness:

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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What I Am Working On: Photo to Wood Transfer, Making Decisions

I wrote in my previous post on this project that I had figured out the process of transferring a photo to wood. Now for the next two steps, choosing the photos and figuring out the layout on the wall. I chose the photos first. For this particular wall, I am displaying a selection of images from our time living in England. The process of going through the photos took a while, but it was fun to look back through everything. I narrowed it down to 45 images. Then I got some input from my husband. Then I narrowed it down. Then I got some more input and it expanded the number of images. The final number of images ended up at 19. At this point, I took all the images and in Luminar AI added the template, Travelogue. What this does is give them all the same finish. I chose this particular template for a few reasons but an important one was that it muted the colors of the images a bit. With 19 images this wall will be somewhat busy. It’s a lot to look at, and I did not want the colors to be too screamy:

All photos are 4×6 on wood.
All photos are 4×6 on wood.

Then I measured the wall and created a spreadsheet in Excel:

The original Excel spreadsheet

Then I took a screenshot of the spreadsheet and opened it in Powerpoint and arranged the photos:

Excel spreadsheet in Powerpoint with photos.

This gives me an idea of what the wall will look like when it is finished. When all the woodblocks are finished it will be time to put them up on the wall!

Any thoughts or comments you have about this project are welcome in the comment section below.

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists, Special Moments.

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