This is Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park in Maine. It’s a very popular lighthouse that everyone wants to shoot. I didn’t really understand why, while I was there. It’s a lighthouse overlooking the ocean, with very few places to shoot from. I’m not a big fan of going somewhere to shoot the same shot that everyone else gets. Oh well, people like lighthouses and might not have seen this one 20 times already.
Just in case you didn’t already know, its a good idea to get to your sunset location an hour before sunset. The main reason is because you don’t want to be rushing, or have to scramble to find a shot with only a few minutes before the light is gone. Another reason, when you’re visiting popular tourist spots, is you need to be there early to stake your spot, so you don’t end up shooting behind a pack of other photogs, or from a less desirable angle.
I mention all that because we didn’t leave ourselves enough time to get from Connecticut to Maine. Yes, we made it before sunset, but by the time we got there, there were already about 10 other photographers crowding onto the rocks along the shore, which apparently isn’t that many photographers for this spot. At this particular location, there is really only one small area to get a good angle from, and thats where everyone was. If you look closely enough, you’ll see a bald head in the bottom right of the frame. Luckily, it blends in pretty well with the rocks haha.
So yeah, get there early if you can!
This one was shot with ProHDR and edited with PS Touch. I wanted to add a yellow glow, so I used a raidal gradient in PS Touch to do that. I may have used Mextures as well. It looks like there is a bit of texture added, but I can’t remember…this was edited over a week ago.
I’d never heard of this lake before, or the open space preserve it was located in. I was just out exploring along Skyline (35,) in the Palo Alto area. It was very peaceful (only saw one other person,) had a good variety of flowers in bloom, and was full of trees. One of the trails even went right alongside a christmas tree farm.
This was shot with the default camera app. Edited with Litely, which is an app I just grabbed last night. I like the subtle effects it adds. I also used Romantic Photo, and ImageBlender to reduce to the opacity of the effect of Romantic Photo.
Here is a shot of one of the flowers I saw out there too.
Snapseed and Mextures for the edit of this one.
We added a bunch of plants to the garden this weekend. At least it seemed like a lot when the cart was full, but getting home and planting them in the half acre yard made it seem like we barely got anything.
I shot this with camera+ and edited with snapseed, filterstorm, and imageblender. There was a natural glow on the plant that I wanted to enhance with Filterstorm. To do that, I added blur and set the blending mode to soft light. Then I lowered the opacity to something like 40%. It was still a bit much after I’d saved, so I used imageblender to blend it with the original because its a hell of a lot faster than trying again in Filterstorm and waiting for the 5 minute save process.
If you don’t have filterstorm, you can add blur with another app and use something like imageblender or superimpose. Just set the blurred image to soft light blending mode and adjust the opacity til it looks good.
Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.
I tend to avoid taking pictures when the sun is high in the sky, but yesterday when I went out in the yard around 1, there was some good light hitting the tulips. I took quite a few pictures before I really became present and observed what was going on. The tulips were dancing in the breeze and basking in the warm sun. After I became aware of what was going on I changed my approach and got some amazing images with my Nikon (see one below.)
I was using camera+ and the white balance was totally thrown off on all but one image because of the intense color. I’m surprised by how much detail there is in this one. All I did was add a little ambiance, a tiny amount of drama, and a little structure in Snapseed.
Here is the winning shot of the day from my Nikon.