Tracks by the trees

Tracks by the trees

On the way home from San Francisco I decided to caravan with my photographer buddy +Bobby Gibbons. He led the way in his vehicle while I followed in mine. We didn’t intentionally plan it this way, but I had arrived in San Francisco a full day before him, and it just worked out that we were going to leave on the same day which is why we ended up in a two car caravan. Anyways, while on the 5 freeway heading South back to Los Angeles, Bobby pulled over to this empty dirt road and I didn’t hesitate to follow because we both had the same thing on our minds. To shoot the sunset. Luckily where we pulled over had this small group of trees so I positioned myself so that I could use them as my leading line to the sun and the mountains in the distance. It was a great sunset and though it delayed getting back home by an hour or so, it was well worth stopping for.

Fun with Trey’s Lightroom Presets!

So for a while now, I’ve been processing many of my images in Lightroom. Whether it’s a single exposure shot or an HDR image, it almost always goes through Lightroom at some point. So when photographer Trey Ratcliff announced that he had some presets for sale, it more than caught my interest. Each of the presets are pretty cool and quite creative (the photo I posted today is an example of one of the presets), but the big thing for me was to be able to catch a glimpse at how he uses his sliders for the various presets. I’m still very much in the learning phases of processing, so being able to see how each slider has affected the various parts of an image has been a great benefit to me. And considering how many were available in the download, it was pretty inexpensive. So if you’re interested in trying some of these presets out for yourself then you can check them out on his site Stuck in Customs.

And speaking of presets, the way I apply them might differ a bit from the norm, or perhaps it is the norm? I usually go through my normal post processing workflow first. I like to get the image looking the way I want to. After I have my final image saved, keyworded and all of that good stuff, then I create a virtual copy of the photo. That’s where I start applying the presets to see how they’ll look. Adding a virtual file might seem like an unnecessary step, but I’ve had some bad luck with messing up my processed photos.  All user error by me, but still I like to play it on the safe side. He he. If I think I’ve found a preset that looks good, I’ll go ahead and apply it to the original final image and dump the virtual copy so that I don’t end up confusing myself later. ;-P

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