The results are in and you have selected your favorite photographs of 2012. Before presenting the results let me just say how much I appreciate the input from everyone that participated. This has been an exciting experience for me and I hope you had fun.
So, on to the results. There were eight photographs in the final runoff. They were the top two of their categories – California Deserts, Big Sur, Eastern Sierra and Zion National Park. So each one is a winner in it’s own right.
Let’s start with number 8 – Sunrise, North Lake.
North Lake is in the Eastern Sierra just outside the town of Bishop,, California. It is one of three lakes that are up Bishop Creek. North Lake sets itself apart from the other two (Sebrina and South Lakes) in that it is naturel. Besides being the smallest there is no dam to back up water and generate electricity. The only development is a pack station at its head. And there’s a rustic campsite upstream a little ways. I always return to this same location because of the boulders in the foreground, the soft grasses and the snag in the middle ground. The colors at sunrise are magnificent with the cool blues and greens that are still in the shade and the bright warm morning light on the peak in the back. I get a strong feeling that all is well with the world when I’m there.
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It may not be obvious at first but a photograph’s border is a critical element of a successful composition. All too often we get so focused on the subject that the borders get ignored. Because it’s so important I’m writing a second post on the subject. To read the first post you can click on this link – Mastering Composition – Border Patrol.
For this post take a look at this photograph.
The photograph is of the famous tunnel at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California. In wintertime, as you can see, not only do the waves come crashing through but the setting sun turns the water to liquid gold. It’s easy to get so absorbed by the spectacle that important elements of the composition get ignored. Can you see what I missed here?
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Not long ago I was photographing dawn in Joshua Tree National Park. I must confess, dawn is my favorite time of day. And I have thrilled to more spectacular dawns in Joshua Tree than anywhere else. There are ;often clouds that ignite as the sun approaches. And the other morning was no exception.
I’d like to share with you three photographs taken that morning. The alarm went off at 4:30 and we left the motel in Twentynine Palms a 5:30, an hour and a half before sunrise. There were clouds in the morning sky, the first ingredient for a spectacular sunrise but by no means a guarantee. I selected Sheep Pass at the west end of Queen Valley because it offered both Joshua Trees and some impressive granite outcrops for an interesting foreground. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise. It was still dark with the barest glimmer of light in the east.
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Lightroom is a great tool. It’s quick and easy to use – once you get the hang of it. But sometimes mastering the workflow, the steps you go through to take a raw file to a ‘final’ image, can be a bit daunting.
Let me say up front that Lightroom is an important part of my workflow but it’s not the only part. Every photograph I work on starts in Lightroom but is completed in Photoshop. Nevertheless, Lightroom gets a photograph to about 80% of the final product. I know many people who use Lightroom exclusively and Photoshop only in rare circumstances if at all.
So back to the workflow. Can it really be made easy? Yes it can. There are four major steps (not counting import – see Lightroom Tutorial – Importing Photographs):
- Mechanical adjustments like dust spot removal and cropping
- Tonality adjustments
- Hue adjustments
- Saturation adjustments
Let’s skip the first step and start with the second. The example will be in Lightroom 4.
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