I just finished posting a batch of new photographs on my website. They are from three different ‘shoots.’ I’d like to tell you a little about each of the shoots and share the photographs with you.
I don’t put anything up on my website until I get prints that I’m satisfied with. Another way of putting it – a photograph isn’t done until it looks great on paper. I’ve made large prints of all of these and, I must confess, I’m very pleased. I’ll be matting and framing them and showing them to the public for the first time this weekend at the Old Monterey Fine Arts Festival in Monterey, California. If you’re in the area Saturday or Sunday, stop in and say Hi.
I have two photographs to share from last month’s Big Sur photography workshop. We covered famous Highway 1 from San Simeon to Carmel-by-the-Sea. The weather was clear, the sun was bright and an on-shore wind made for some great surf.
I chose two photographs to put on the website. The first is Bixby Bridge. I’m not normally into photographing man-made structures. But this one turned out so well with great light and a sense of its gracefulness and size that I had to include it. Click on the link to see the photograph and read more about it.
View Bixby Bridge (2012)
The other photograph is China Cove in Point Lobos State Park. I’ve always been impressed with its rugged serenity and, with the soft light of an overcast day helping out, I think I finally got a photograph that captures it.
View China Cove (2012)
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A Polarizer filter is generally the first filter a landscape photographer buys. It is so versatile. It can darken blue skies, reduce harsh reflections and intensify colors. Many photographers put polarizers on their lenses and never take them off.
But this is a Lightroom tutorial. So why in the world am I talking about polarizer filters? Well, it’s because I have a trick I’d like to share with you, one that I’ve never seen discussed anywhere else. It’s what you can do in Lightroom to create the polarizer effect without a polarizer. In fact, it can be better than the real thing, especially if you are shooting with a wide angle lens. Because, the angle of view can be so great that part of the sky will be affected by the polarizer and the rest will not. So it looks pretty unnatural when the sky in part of your image is dark and the rest is washed out.
So, what’s the trick? Well, consider this image taken on a recent trip to Hawaii. I shot it with my Canon G11 and I don’t even own a polarizer filter for it. It’s a photograph of the ongoing eruption in a crater in the Kilauea caldera. In the bottom of the crater is a lake of lava. The smoke you see is a plume of noxious gas.
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