Waterfall – Before and After – Lightroom Mobile

Photo Editing – Lightroom Mobile

I was looking through some old photographs that I took way back when and decided to see what I could do with some of them before I hit delete. When this photo was taken it was a rainy foggy day in Victoria. Not one of my best! Over time I have tried many different photo editing programs; Luminar, Adobe Photoshop Elements; Photoshop; Lightroom… My favorite is still Lightroom. Recently I have been editing with Lightroom mobile and find that it does a really nice job! Many of the tools you use in Lightroom desktop are available in Lightroom Mobile. It’s a great app for on the run!

Landscape Photography – Reflections

Delavan Lake, Wisconsin

There is something to be said about timing! I was taking my dog for a walk and happened to stumble upon one of the most beautiful water reflections I have seen in quite some time. The lighting and still water reflected the clouds and boat slips magically. This photo was taken with a Samsung cell phone. It would have been perfect timing if I had my Sony camera with me lol!!

Mobile Photography & Editing

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – San Francisco

This photo was taken with an Iphone 6 and processed with the mobile app Snapseed. The app allows you to mask, add layers through the double exposure tool and edit your photo with a variety tools that most computer software programs offer. It will also process RAW photos.

If you are looking to have some fun on the run, I would recommend taking the time to learn this app!

Photography – Capturing the Sun

“Nothing is hidden under the sun.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Samsung S9 – f/2.4; ISO-50; 1/276 sec.

A couple of weeks ago my camera club went on an outing to the Chicago Garfield Park Conservatory. The sun was shining full force through the glass ceiling above casting rays of sun on portions of botanicals throughout. I decided to take photographs with both my camera and phone. To my surprise, my phone captured the sun lit plants much better than my camera!

Unconventional Photography-Photo Composites

White Pelican Waterfall-1

After so many years of taking and processing “traditional” photographs, I decided to expand my creative side and signed up for an “unconventional” photography class at a local  community college near me. The class is designed to sharpen your photography skills and combine images artistically through photo manipulation.  The professor displayed a number of creative photographs that were the result of combining two or more different photographs. Window frames became works of art, and portraits were fashioned into painted illustrations. It awakened me to a whole new photographing/editing adventure!

Part of class last night was to take abstract photographs inside the campus. Below is a closeup of part of a waterfall taken with a slow shutter speed inside the entrance of the building my class was in. I liked the way it turned out and decided to try my hand at combining two photos. I had taken a photo of a white pelican on a lake a couple of years ago. Given the white edge at the top of the waterfall photo, I thought these two photographs might blend well. Both photos where processed separately then processed again when combined. I used two Apps, Snapseed® and Painnt®. Then finished it off with Photoshop Elements® and NIK®. I am quite sure this can be done using just  Photoshop. I haven’t mastered it enough so I improvised with what I know well.  If you haven’t tried this yet, I would highly recommend it. It has awakened a whole new energy within and expanded my parameters on what to photograph!

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