One More Time …

I decided to take another look at the photograph in the last post, but this time in B&W.   I invoked Nik Silver Efex Pro from LR5 (sorry for the geeky gibberish), and made the conversion to B&W.  I then went back into LR5 and invoked Color Efex Pro to add some tonal contrast, using the softening option to keep things from getting too gritty.  From there, I used the Split Toning function to create some feeling of depth, adding a subtle blue tone to the dark areas of the image and then some warm tone to the highlights.

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There and Back Again…

Not quite  “There and Back Again” in the Bilbo Baggins sense, but the last time I made a post to this blog (a long time ago I am afraid) I was sitting in this very chair at our friends house in Venice, FL.  Lots of things have gone on in the photo world for me, but I was negligent in keeping this site up to date. For that I apologize.

One of the big changes for me has been to incorporate Lightroom 5 into my workflow.  It was not something I was considering, but when LR5 was offered as part of the photographer’s pack in the Adobe Creative Cloud, I thought I would learn what I could and see if it makes sense to me.  Being old and slow, this has taken some time, but I think I am getting the hang of it now. I have spent considerable time with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: Classroom in a Book,The Digital Negative by Jeff Schewe, and Landscapes in Lightroom 5 by Michael Frye.  (The latter is an ebook with interactive lessons and linked videos that are very helpful.)  So what does this have to do with anything, you may well ask.  The answer to that question is that this blog post contains the very first photograph I have processed in and through LR5, and I am pretty happy with it. 

I imported the photos I have taken over the last couple of days into a special “in-the-field” working catalog that I will merge with my master catalog when I get home as I move the images from my portable drive to my RAID 1 setup.  I then did basic processing and editing in LR5, but then used Photoshop CC to gain access to the Nik plugins.  I can access the Nik software directly from LR5, but I loose the Brush function that is in PS that allows me to apply a filters effect very selectively.

All that is too geeky for now.  This image was captured this morning in between waves of rain coming in from the gulf.  There were some neat clouds in the approaching storm on the horizon that I wanted to capture, while at the same time smoothing out the water to emphasize the rocks that are part of an old break water.  I think the effort worked out fairly well, and I would appreciate your opinion on the matter.

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