March Challenge: Landscape… Entry #3 Ready for Spring

Robin (the other Robin) sends us this next landscape.

“I vacillated about calling this “landscape”. I googled “landscape photography” and found definitions which supported my choice. So, here ya go.

It has foreground, lots of it. It has middle ground, if you really squint you can see it. And there is obviously background. This was during the most recent ice age in north Texas, made on March 5.

I did it hand-held, as with well over 99% of my images, because I’m lazy. I wanted some depth of field so was shooting f8. Daytime, so ISO 100, the best this body can do. And, the meter had me shoot  1/400th second, so I got a pretty sharp image hand-held. But, I’ll readily admit to sharpening it to within an inch of its life in post-processing.

I didn’t originally pay much attention to this image, but I’m growing more fond of it. You may see it again, maybe on Flickr, or CD, or both.”

Waiting for Spring (Photo by Robin W.)

Ready for Spring
(Photo by Robin W.)

Have you seen this CrAzY woman?

It seems that life has gotten in the way of posting this challenge and I will get back on it soon but first I would like to wish Tess a very Happy Birthday!!!

Hopefully, Tess will be joining us for the meeting this afternoon.   Knowing how she loves dogs, I thought this was appropriate to celebrate the day!124037593_4KI7MZ7_1427548764

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TESS!

March Challenge: Landscape… Entry #2 Portland Head Light

Lee has just recently joined the “crazies” and I am so thrilled to have her as a part of the club. She is a very experienced photographer and we can all learn so much from her. After all, that is what this club is about… learning from each other and I think you will enjoy how she approaches her photo and shares her thought process!

“This is Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I chose it because I like the action of the waves as their line leads your eye towards the lighthouse. The line of the rocky cliffs from the left corner also leads your eye towards the rocks by the light. The wispy clouds also lead your eye back toward the lighthouse. There are so many places your eye can wander but you always come back to the light….even if you wander out toward the horizon and the little lighthouse in the harbor. Even tho my horizon line is just above center, I think it works well to divide sky and ocean. I also like how you can see the ice on the rocks at the shoreline.

I nearly always add a trim line in color to my images and for this one, I picked the red of the smaller building to bring out the reds of the roofs. If I were to have this printed I would probably still choose the red hue to enhance the matt and bring out the roof color. I always add my watermark/credit line in case people decide to “share” my images.

It was 16 degrees with a very fierce wind blowing that day….I loved it!”

Portland Headlight (Photo by Lee)

Portland Headlight
(Photo by Lee)

March Challenge: Landscape… Entry #1 The Grand Canyon

I would like you all to welcome Theresa, our newest member. Scroll down on the left side of the blog to see her photo and bio. Theresa, it is wonderful to have you join us!

Theresa was the first one to send me a landscape photo so I thought we would start with: The Grand Canyon.

“We took a family vacation with my mom and my sister and her family in September, 2014.”

(Please, click on each image to see larger for better visualization.)

The Grand Canyon (Photo by Theresa)

The Grand Canyon
(Photo by Theresa)

Capturing such a huge area is difficult, in my opinion, but I think Theresa did an exemplary job by including those trees on the cliff to the left side of the image. It gives added depth to the photo as my eye is drawn to them and then explores the enormous canyon. You have a beautiful sky and nice clouds. An interesting sky is always desirable when shooting a landscape and if a sky is lackluster with not much of interest, then better to crop some of it out. Another important part of landscape photography is keeping your horizon line out of the middle (and of course, there are exceptions) and keeping the horizon level which you have done so well!

My one concern is that the image looks a bit washed out. It may have been some haze in the sky or it might be a bit over-exposed. So in the interest of learning, I decided to edit the photo. I don’t know if Theresa shoots in raw or jpeg but she sent me the original size image which gave me a bit more leeway for editing.

I first took it into Lightroom and underexposed it, and gave it some clarity, contrast and a bit of vibrance and a bit of sharpening. The image still looked like it had a blue cast.

Edit in Lightroom

Edit in Lightroom

So, I took it back into Lightroom and used the white balance dropper and clicked on the white of the cloud and this was the resulting image.

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Re-edit in Lightroom using White Balance

 Having never been to the Grand Canyon, I have no idea which rendition might be the most accurate and then again, we edit photos to represent how that place appeared to us at the time. One person’s edit can be entirely different from another person’s edit/view.

Not knowing if Theresa uses or has any editing software, I decided to see what the free editing program Ribbet might do with the photo. So I went to: http://www.ribbet.com/

This was the result using Ribbet using just the automatic edit.

Ribbet Automatic Edit

Ribbet Automatic Edit

I was not liking that so much as I still thought that it looked a bit blue and washed out, so rather than using the automatic settings, I manually added contrast and clarity and increased the shadows. I also played with white balance and sharpened the image a bit and this was the resulting image.  This photo seems to have more detail than any of the others.

Edit with Ribbet

Edit with Ribbet

Thank you Theresa for submitting such a wonderful image! And what a great lesson to help us understand how editing can change a photo in so many ways… so many different looks to the same photo.

One of our meetings will be a hands-on working with editing to see what can be done with our images.

So, all you crazies, tell me… which is your favorite and why!

Birthday Greetings are in Order…

First of all… A belated Happy Birthday to Gina! Haven’t seen you in ages and hope we can get together soon!

Happy Birthday Gina!

Happy Birthday Gina!

And… Happy Birthday rebeKah! You are definitely a photographer with a good eye so of course I had to put you in an eye!

Happy Birthday rebeKah

Happy Birthday rebeKah