Something universal…

I often find myself deeply moved by the writings of photographers I admire, as well as their photography. I copied this quote from Kim Manley Ort, photographer, teacher, writer and fellow explorer, when I read it, and I wanted to share it with others, who I think will also appreciate it.

Irises

My mission in life is to fully experience and embrace life with my whole self – mind, body, and heart – to really see. I’ve found that photography helps me to do this through fully connecting with and being transformed by ordinary moments. Something universal resonates deep inside – and I feel tender, hopeful, transparent, connected, and present. It is magical and opens me up to how everything (including me) belongs. I hope that when others look at my photography, they see that every moment is worthy in and of itself.

Kim Manley Ort

Great photobook offer…

for poster two

Artisan State has a great offer on now for photobooks, which is good until the end of May.

I’ve created many photobooks with them in the past and have always loved the result.

I couldn’t resist this sale — an 8″ by 8″ book for $10 instead of $35, so I quickly put one together last night with some of my favourite images of this past winter. I call it Cruising in the Abacos on Windsong II, 2015.

I invite you to have a look at  my photobook with Artisan State. You may just want to whip one up too! I’d love to hear what you think if you do…

Processing Tip #2: The Cinematic Look

Do you sometimes feel like your life is a movie? Well, whether you do or don’t, it can be fun to make it look like one.

I ran across this article on Fstoppers.com and thought I would  give some of the techniques a try. I find the 16:9 crop really enhances some images and it’s just a couple more steps to create the “letterbox effect.”

See you in the movies!

Tips for making your images look like they’re straight out of films 

 Follow this for the “letterbox effect.”

BEFORE

before cinematic

Taken at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration held every summer in the Niagara Region of Ontario

AFTER

cinematic demo

Processing Tip #1: Blue-skying

I’m back in Canada now after four months of living and cruising on our sailboat, Windsong II, in Florida and the Bahamas. As you can imagine, the photo opps were astounding and I did my best to fill up my camera cards with images. Tons of images.

Images that make my heart flutter when I look at them and they bring me back to the feelings of awe and wonder I experienced daily.

Images I now have to go through and delete or process.

I shoot RAW so I don’t have a choice about processing — I have to do it because the image straight out of the camera (SOOC) is not already processed by the camera in the way that jpegs are. A raw image is  like a digital negative and has to be developed in the same way that film negatives have to be developed and tweaked in the dark room.

Processing demands myriad decisions on the part of the photographer about how to present your image to best express what you saw and felt when you clicked the shutter and what you want to share.

Sometimes what comes out of the camera just doesn’t reflect what you saw — because our camera does not have the dynamic range of our eyes or because we didn’t expose properly for the conditions or for some other reason. So we fix things up during the editing process…

I’m always learning about processing — it’s a never-ending journey that I derive so much pleasure from. I’m constantly searching for better ways to achieve and express my vision in my images.

I gather information and ideas from books, other blogs, podcasts, video tutorials, e-books and online classes. I’m forever trying out new techniques. Some I keep and return to over and over — some do nothing for me. To me, editing is not a necessary evil — it’s part of the joy of the creative process.

I’m thinking that many of you are like me and it might be fun to share each other’s experiments.

So I decided to launch a new series of processing tips, in which I share some simple processing techniques that I pick up and test out. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.

I’ll share the link to the source of the information, which will contain the how-to’s so you can try it out too — and I’ll share my results.

So, on to Tip #1…

I saw this tip on Lightstalking. It’s great for pepping up those washed out or bland skies that we all struggle with from time to time.

Now, of course there are many other ways to achieve the same goal — both in camera, using filters and through processing. But this is a quick and easy way to deepen the blues of your skies in a natural looking way. By combining targeted changes to the exposure and saturation, the result is very pleasing.

Here is my image — before and after. See what you think…

I’d love it if you’d share your go-to methods for doing the same thing, in the comments or on your blog.

BEFORE

 

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Before

 

AFTER

 

overdraught - sqafterfin

After

 

Treasure Cay…

sunset tc good2tcbeach

cat and man black

We’re back in Florida now after an amazing voyage to the Bahamas on our sailboat Windsong II this year. We returned to some old familiar places from last year and discovered some new ones. Treasure Cay was one of our new favourites — sure to become one we go back to in the future.

See our latest post on Sailing on Windsong II…

Panoramic views

tc pano finpano finThe circular beauty of Treasure Cay beach in the Bahamas called out for a panoramic view so I took a whole series of shots handheld and merged them in Photoshop. You’re supposed to use a tripod and all that but I didn’t bother and they still turned out pretty well.

 

 

Live in the sunshine…

 

sea and skyclouds reflected in water leaving TC

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Latest posting on Sailing on Windsong II…

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