Loving the new lens…

…and Sleeklens actions. Okay, this is my favorite, for which I didn’t use any actions. I just cropped this. I’m so happy I can now get all the painted houses in one shot! Hm…it definitely looks better on a wide screen, LOL.

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Here are some more shots for you.

Waiting to fish, Capitola pier

Waiting to Fish, Capitola pier

Life on the Capitola pier

Life on the Capitola pier 1

Capitola & Santa Cruz-5

Life on the Capitola pier 2

Corner of Capitola

Corner of Capitola

Mystical swamp

Mystical inlet, Santa Cruz

Catamaran Dreams

Catamaran dreams, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Sunset

Sunset in Santa Cruz, Crow’s Nest

 

Some new images

I have a new wide angle lens that I love, but I put my camera vertically to get the water tower and the image was so crooked I had to crop massively to straighten it, so now it looks like I had a very narrow lens indeed, LOL! Still, I love the image.

Campbell water tower (1 of 1)

Campbell water tower with new moon

I worked on it for a while in Lightroom, then redid the image using the Sleeklens Landscape Adventure actions that Leanne Cole demonstrated on her blog. I don’t remember what I did. I think I went through HDR before I did any actions. I like being able to see the houses and HDR processing allowed that. The homes are so cozy, but I really wish they had their lights on. I guess no one was home yet because it was a week day. Although it was getting late…since the sun sets around 8:30 PM right now, here.

This next one I redid on my own, after watching the Sleeklens action demo but before I bought the package.

Culvert at Tahoe (1 of 1)

Culvert over Tahoe

Here’s the original of the culvert that I showed last week.Squaw Valley July 2016-30

This is one I processed with Sleeklens Photoshop actions that I’m really happy with. I think. Let’s see how it looks on the blog…

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Golden Gate Bridge

I find it pretty yummy looking, much better than the original.

Then I played with this one. The sky color is a little purple, but I still kind of like this one.

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Yellowstone Falls

I feel that the actions are helping me work with images in new ways. They have some freebies for Lightroom that I’m also playing with. I think that my goal as an artist is beauty. I like emotion and meaning too, but I need people or animals in the shots to get that. Maybe I’ll revisit my church in Reno and see what I can do with that with my new tools.

Well, I have to go outside and work on the garden now. My birthday is this week. I saved up two birthdays and Christmases for my new lens. We bought the lens last week because it was on sale. It’s a Sigma 10 – 20 mm. I’m really glad we bought it early because it gave me a chance to go out and practice. Now I know not to tip the camera to portrait on the tripod because I can’t level it that way. I’m really glad to know that because on my birthday we are going to San Francisco for an early dinner followed by a photo shoot. I can’t wait. I want to take pictures of buildings and I’ll probably do some night shots of the Bay Bridge. Oh, I also discovered either big splotches on one side of the lens, the filter, or (hopefully not) the sensor. I think it’s the new lens, so wish me luck on getting that cleaned up. I find it difficult to get rid of the spots even with the spot removal feature of Lightroom.

I’m so regaining my enthusiasm for photography, and that makes me happy.

Have a great week!

Photos from the mountains

Well I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, with the weight of all the families suffering from this week’s murders, here and abroad, hanging over me. However, I did get out of bed and worked on the garden, which cheered me up. After being informed and figuring out a constructive way forward, it is good to work on beauty.

I also have developed some images from our hike last week. These are from the top of Squaw Valley.

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Squaw Valley July 2016-16

I believe there is hope for positive change in the world, and that’s what I’m focusing on. There is a time of introspection and awareness, and then a positive constructive action will present itself.

May you have a hopeful, peaceful and safe weekend.