Ok so it doesn’t really look like this in NYC at the moment. It looks like the colors are still weeks away from peak. I had to use Mextures and Snapseed to edit this one. I used a formula called Bleu by Cora Edwards, then made a couple adjustments in Snapseed for contrast and ambience.
Im not sure what I’ll do around here today. The lack of color is a bit uninspiring, but at least the sun is out today. I do have a few invitations to shoot sunset with other photographers later on, so I should probably do that since the rest of the week doesn’t look promising as far as light goes.
If any of you are in the area and wanna shoot, let me know. I’m here until Friday morning and then I head to CT, PA, and ME for another exciting weekend shooting with Shannon.
Here is the original, for those interested.
I spent the week at my cousin’s place in Quincy. He has a great view of the city from the end of his street, so it was pretty easy for me to get out and shoot, if it looked good out.
For this first shot, I saw a golden sky from the house and decided to hustle down to the water. By the time I got my Nikon set up, the golden rays were gone. I figured I better shoot something, so I used my Nikon as a prop.
I wanted to try an edit I would have done in photoshop on my mac, so I used PS Touch. I basically used a colored radial gradient on the left side to introduce a glow. I’m pretty sure I set the blend mode of that layer to screen or overlay. I should have written it down haha. Normally, I’d use soft light in PS, but it wasn’t an option in PS Touch.
And this was a sunset from a different night. I liked the clouds, but couldn’t really get a shot that I loved. I think it’s good enough to share, though.
It might not look like it, but that’s Shannon hard at work during sunrise. I made a deal with the fine people of Colonial Pines on Airbnb, for a discount on our cabin in exchange for some professional images of their property and their view of the lake. This was just an iPhone shot, I won’t be able to edit the Nikon shots for another 10 days.
If you’re a good photographer, you can message people on Airbnb to see if they’re interested in that kind of a deal. Even if they aren’t, you still might get offered a discount, which happened for me at another place.
We ended up shooting the sunrise on two of the days we were there. One was a foggy, moody morning, and the other was what you see above. Both were nice in their own ways, but pretty sunrises are what people want to see when browsing properties.
This really was a peaceful place. I’m sure it’s a little more hectic in the summer, but it was great for us, while we were exploring New Hampshire. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a cozy little cabin on a lake?
Shot with the default camera and edited with Snapseed. Nothing fancy.
I’m not even going to attempt to spell the real name out here, but for short, this place is called Lake Chaubunagungamaug. It just rolls off the tongue. Below is my original shot. Nice enough, but nothing spectacular.
One of the first things that came to mind for this shot was to try editing with Circular. I zoomed in a little bit, inverted the image, added a second repetition, and rotated until I liked the composition. Then, I added some colorful clouds, for interest. I took the image to Snapseed after all that to add a touch of saturation and contrast. That was it, done.
I wasn’t crazy about this lake. It was hard to find access to the shoreline and the colors weren’t peaking yet. Also, I couldn’t believe they normally charge $30 to enter the small park that my cousin and I found.
No, there wasn’t much of a sunrise on that morning. Since the sky lacked color, I kept it out of my shot. Luckily, there was a good one the following morning, but I’ll share that image on a different day.
Shannon, of Seeing Spots Photography, and I just wrapped up a successful 4 days of shooting in the White Mountains. We saw lots of color, lakes, waterfalls, old people in tour buses, and ice cream shops. Apparently, New Englanders love their ice cream.
I edited this photo with Snapseed and ImageBlender.
Shannon and I are running around the White Mountains this weekend. I’m blogging from a trail in the rain :).
Back to work now. Hope you’re out enjoying some fall colors too.
Just in case you didn’t notice, Fragment is the app of the week in the App Store. I don’t use it often, but it’s a cool app that allows for some very creative edits. I recommend you grab it while it’s free.
Fragment – Prismatic Effects by Pixite LLC
LensFlare is also free right now. It’s another app that’s good at what it does, adding lens flare, but not one I would use often. I think it’s a good idea to grab it while it’s free, just in case you want to play with lens flares at some point in the future.
LensFlare by BrainFeverMedia