2020-05-24: Artistic Impressions

I’ve had some fun over the last few weeks playing around with some images in Topaz Studio and creating a bit of photo art.  I had been hoping to get out with my camera and capture some of the new birds I have been seeing around, but the weather has definitely not been conducive to that this week.  It seems to be a theme lately that I want to do more with my photography than time allows, but these sort of cycles ebb and flow, and there is no sense in getting all worked up about it.  I’m just happy that I have something to share this week.

Wishing everyone a positive week ahead!

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2020-04-26: The only constant is change

A few years ago I moved away from Adobe editing products, and started using On1 Photo Raw as my main tool for organizing and editing photos.  At the time it felt like a good idea to try something different, and I was able to use the tools I wanted in a fairly efficient manner.

Fast forward to today, and I have made the choice to move back to Lightroom and Photoshop.  I have been having a few issues with On1, especially strange instances of the program getting stuck searching when filters are turned on, sometimes for a half hour or more.  Which granted isn’t that much time, but I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to editing, so having my flow interrupted was irritating.  Mostly though, as various companies make changes to their software to have it run as a standalone option, I was missing having Photoshop as an efficient go-between.  My workflow over the last 6 months or so has definitely lacked the flow aspect, so now, I begin the process of relearning Lightroom and Photoshop.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to start revisiting different tools and plugins that I haven’t had an efficient way to use in months.  From a cost aspect, I don’t see that being back in the Adobe subscription model will have me financially any worse off either.  I ended up purchasing each new version of On1 as it was released, since they promised great improvements, etc. etc, so in the end my annual software costs should be about the same.

I enjoy the opportunity to mix things up and learn new things, so in another year or two I may decide to change again.  Only time will tell.

For images this week, I was drawn to work on a few pictures I took along the panorama route in South Africa.

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2020-02-03: Monochrome Monday

This image was created when I was playing around with my infrared filter during the early afternoon, in the down time between game drives.  This was shot from my deck while staying at Lion Sands River Lodge.  Infrared is definitely an area I want to explore more; this was definitely a case of playing around and seeing what happens, but I like the results.

Happy Monday everyone 🙂

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2020-02-02: Panorama Route Landscapes

My main computer has gone into sick bay after several months of acting funny, so I am without my editing software for the next few days at least.  I do have a bunch of edited photos to choose from to create posts, but not quote as many as I would like on any one topic.  C’est la vie.  There’s nothing to be done about it, so I’ll just carry on and make the best of it.

Today I chose a couple of images I took while on a Panorama route tour in South Africa last May.  It was a beautiful day trip that I would highly recommend to anyone; it is well worth the tie, especially if you have a nice day to explore.

Both of these were shot in an area called The Potholes.

Fingers crossed I am up and running again like normal next weekend 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

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2020-01-06: Monochrome Monday

Happy Monday!

I thought a few landscape images would be a good way to start the week.  These are all from my last trip to South Africa.

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A view from the deck of Lion Sands Tinga Lodge.

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The Potholes, one of the stops along the Panorama Route in South Africa.  Shockingly, while we were there we saw someone climb partway down one of the steep rock faces to take a selfie!  

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An image I took at lunchtime at Lion Sands Rover Lodge, while playing around with my infrared filter.  It’s definitely something I want to work more with!