Post Processing

Kewording is key!

I am a firm believer in using keywords in Lightroom.  If you do a good job of keywording your images you will always be able to find whatever you are looking for no matter where it is stored on your computer. If I want to see all my “Grizzly Bear” images I can just search that term and see all the images and it doesn’t matter if they are grizzly bears from Alaska, or Wyoming, or what year they were taken, Lightroom will find them...

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Preparing for 4th of July

In preparation for the 4th of July, I thought I would post this video on how to add fireworks to a night image.

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You can go back again!

There is an old adage, “You can’t go back again” but that certainly doesn’t pertain to photographs.  Yesterday I was working on some video lessons on Lightroom Classic, when I got sucked into a black hole and taken back in time to a trip to Tibet 7 years ago.  I discovered images I had taken to make panoramas but never stitched, old images I processed but now can do better with the more modern tools in the Develop module...

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21 Jun

Panoramas

http://www.feisol.net/Whenever I travel I try and remember to take a few panoramic images. I am not a big equipment nut and it would be very rare for me to travel with more than 3 lenses and two camera bodies. I just don’t like to carry too much!...

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Combining images for streaking cloud effect

...Later in the day I took a hike to a point I had never been to before. When I left the car there were no clouds, so I left my filter behind and just took a camera and tripod.

After spending some time at the point clouds formed and I wished I had carried my filter. I thought about it for a while and decided to take 40 images at 8 sec intervals, with the thought of combining them later. Here is the result...

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Sea Lion Edit

I had several people ask me how I tinted the Sea Lion image from yesterday, since it looked like the water and the sky were two different colors. They are!

So I made a little video showing you my post processing work and how I took this image:

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Elkhorn Slough Day 2

No matter how much you plan, you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. After the first day of kayaking, we decided it would be worth it to go earlier and try to take advantage of early morning light. When I left the hotel in the dark, I didn’t realize how thick the cloud cover was, and it wasn’t just a thin marine layer it was heavy overcast...The downside of that was since the sky was gray, the water appeared gray in all my images and didn’t look too appealing.  Fortunately it is easy to correct that problem in the raw processing. If you don’t know how to do this in Lightroom or ACR than watch the video...

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Saturday's Sunrise

As much as I love the long days of summer, I hate the fact that I have to get up so early to photograph sunrise…. Fortunately my launch spot is the narrow portion of a peninsula on the north bank of the river, so I have good views in both directions… The start of the sunrise, facing east, was rather nice so I took several images… I turned my attention to the west and saw this really nice cloud formation, and a pink glow in the sky… the cloud formation got more intense.  I turned the camera vertical and took a series of HDR images, bracketing 2 stops apart for three images, and photographed a 5-frame panorama.

Read the whole story and see all the images below.

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Processing tutorial

It has been fairly quiet on the river lately, but last weekend I did come across a Double-crested Cormorant that put on a good display. Here is a little video tutorial on how I processed that image.

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Good Streaking Clouds

Whenever we get good puffy clouds here in Sacramento, I try to get down to the river and do some long exposures. We had good clouds on Friday.

I processed both image in color and in Black and White. On image #1, I prefer the black and white, but on image #2, I am not sure which I like better.  Which do you prefer?

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