Archive for January, 2012

More Adobe Lightroom 4 Resources

January 21, 20120 Comments

Lightroom logoFor those of you are taking the leap and installing the Beta version of Lightroom 4, I’ve gathered a few resources from my favorite sites for you to peruse.    Hopefully these will help you learn about the new features and functionality.

You can find more resources on the Adobe Lightroom blog here.

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2012/01/lightroom-4-beta-resources.html

I’ll be posting a new series on Night Photography, look for it soon!

Jim

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My Trip to the Palouse

January 15, 20122 Comments

 

Palouse MorningI’m just getting around to looking at some of the places I was fortunate enough to visit in 2011 and the great photography opportunities that happened as a result.  This photo of the Palouse, in Eastern Washington really stands out for me.

A couple of my photography friends from L.A.  (Linda I’Anson, Scott Stulberg and Holly Kehrt) met me in the small town of Colfax, Washington where we set up our base.  By the way, check out their web sites, they are all very accomplished photographers (http://www.iansonphotography.com/, http://asa100.com and http://hollykehrt.com).  We wandered the numerous paved and unpaved roads that cross the countryside looking for barns, old farm equipment and of course, the great rolling fields that the Palouse is known for.

On this particular day, we left the hotel before dawn in hopes of a sunrise shot of the fields of the Palouse from Steptoe Butte.  As you can see from the photo we were greeted with low hanging clouds, but we made the best of the situation and I think we all came back with some great shots.  There is so much to photograph in the Palouse, it’s almost hard not to get a few great shots.  Just an amazing landscape!

I highly recommend a visit to the Palouse in the late Spring when the fields are green, or in the Fall when everything is being harvested.  You won’t regret it.

I processed this in Lightroom and Photoshop using Nik Color Efex.

Jim

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Lightroom 4 Beta Released

January 10, 20121 Comment

I just noticed Adobe has released the Lightroom 4 Beta.  I’m excited to check out the new features.Adobe Lightroom logo

Here are some of the highlights that you can do with the new Lightroom 4 Beta.  If anybody gives it a try, let me know what you think.

  • Bring out detail in highlight and shadows.
  • Create photo books using automatic layouts or select from a variety of page layouts for a custom design.
  • Find, group, and display images by location.
  • Easily organize, view, and edit video clips.
  • Use new local editing tools for white balance, noise reduction, and moiré.
  • Ensure more accurate color in your prints and online images with soft proofing.

You can get a free trial version of Lightroom 4  HERE.

If you still need to upgrade to the latest released version of Lightroom 3, you can find it HERE.

Get your camera and take some photos today!

Jim

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Abstract Architecture Photography

January 3, 20122 Comments
Back in early October 2011, I took a trip with my wonderful girlfriend to London and Paris.  I’ve been to both cities several times and have some wonderful photography to show for it.  As much as I love the wonderful old architecture of both locales, I was very keen on seeing and photographing the modern architecture of La Defense in Paris.  The area is much larger than I imagined and I could have spent a couple of full days there exploring.
Lately, I’ve been getting into abstract architecture photography.  I find it interesting the things you can discover in the viewfinder with a long focal length lens.
I think the trick is to try out different angles and perspectives.  Walk around the building or structure.  I find I do best with the camera up to my eye.
Here are a couple of shots I like:
La Defense Abstract
And the Grande Arche:
La Defense Grande Arche Abstract
Look for another post soon.
Jim
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