This one is from my Nikon D7000. There were lots of these dust devils out on Soda Lake when we were there. It was surreal.
I used the new Topaz Clarity plugin on this one. I was really amazed at the clarity in the hills in the background compared to the original. I can see myself using this plugin quite a bit now. Go download the free trial here.
Yesterday I went exploring southern Oregon between Ashland and Klamath Falls. There are a lot of lakes in the mountains here. Tons of trails and dirt roads too. My little SVT Focus probably isn’t too happy that we were offroading yesterday. Its slightly lowered with low profile tires.
A friendly redneck came up to me and told me I need to get me a truck and a gun. After he patted his pistol in his pocket a few times, he started asking me about my camera, and I thought for sure I was about to lose my camera haha. Turns out he was a really nice guy. He also told me about some mountain lakes and trails I need to check out. I should talk to more locals about places a photographer needs to go.
The top photo was shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed. The one below was shot with camera+ and I used the clarity slider, which I’m not sure I like now. The second version of that shot was edited with ShockMyPic. You can see the difference in the clouds.
Sometimes you come upon something you like, but its not possible to get the shot because of obstacles in the way. Yesterday I went to this old abandoned bridge to get a few pictures. The problem was I couldn’t get the whole bridge in frame because of a tree on the left that had grown around part of it. Also, if I had backed up to take in the whole scene, there was a barricade with a sign that you can see part of in the bottom left.
It seemed like there was no way to get what I wanted. I still decided to take a few pics with camera+ and try to figure something out in post.
I thought using a symmetry filter in FX Photo Studio could be interesting because of all the lines in the above image. The result was so much better than I anticipate. The symmetry filter ended up creating a bridge with a better composition and it doesn’t look like an obvious fake.
The only other editing I did was use the Clarity filter in camera+ before using FX Photo Studio, and I used TouchRetouch to remove the sign from both sides of the new image.
Name that boardwalk. I think you’ve seen it plenty of times already. This is another photo from Oso Flaco Lake. The original was rather bland, so it sat on my phone for a while until I knew what to do with it. Recently, I’ve been using Tadaa….a lot. Some of the filters are really good, and the clarity slider is awesome, so I knew I was going to use Tadaa for the finishing touches.
First, I used Snapseed to add a little drama and I used the new center focus to direct the viewer’s eye =D. Then I used a filter in Tadaa to add the tone and increase the vignette around the edges. I also used a little clarity to sharpen the image.
If you do join Tadaa, look me up. My username is iphonephotog. Or, you might find my images in half of the feeds right now because they are trending, featured, and in the 24 hour charts. I’ll be happy to share your best images to help you get more followers.
**The voting is open again for the contest I entered. Please go vote for my country road image. Its the one in my previous post if you’re not familiar with it.
I walked across Guadalupe yesterday with my phone to get a better feel for the town. Its a different experience than driving through because that takes all of 2 minutes. Half of the stores on the main drag were for rent and of the ones that were still operating, 80% only had Spanish on the signs in the windows.
I stopped at the cemetery to get a few pictures of the cool angels on headstones. Unfortunately, it was totally the wrong time of day. The light was not cooperating at all.
On the way back through town I saw three classic cars that have definitely seen better days. They were parked in front of an office for a car repair business. The angle of the sun and the rail in front of the cars prevented me from getting a great angle. I didn’t want my shadow cast on the car, but I still wanted to try and make the image work from a less flattering perspective.
When I see old, rusty objects, I want to bring out a lot of the grit and detail. It really makes the image pop to me. Normally I’d use ProHDR to start that workflow, but because of the quality of the light and lack of tripod, I chose to use camera+. Then I used the clarity filter, which is great for making your image pop, and I finished up by adding some drama in Snapseed.
I’ll be working on reviews for a couple of HDR apps today, and I think I’ll run this image through them to see how they handle it.