Ghost Tree

Taken today in Carmel, Ca. along the 17-mile-drive.   Processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, burning and dodging and cloning out some fence line.  What a gorgeous day to be in Carmel and Monterey!  I thought about publishing this in b/w but decided the blue ocean set the tree off best.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/22, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.

Morro Bay Panorama

Similar to a photo I posted last week, this photo is a composite panorama of Morro Bay in the evening.

I adjusted levels and hand stitched the two photos together in Photoshop Elements (PE) and smoothed over any joining marks.  I added about 3 layers of pink and peach colored gradient to the clouds.  I flattened this composite and then placed an overall warming filter from OnOne Photo Essentials 3 over the entire panorama.   Camera settings were on Auto F/14, ISO 64 and shutter speeds of 1/250 and 1/350.  I thought this gave a different feel to the landscape and made it a little more serene and meditative with the lone beach walker.  Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Sycamore

Happy New Year everyone!  This photo is of a sycamore tree that I took on our ride to the Central Coast on Wednesday.  I love trees.  Especially trees in the winter as their true shape is really evident without leaves.  Branches and trunks are so naturally artistic.  It is hard to take a bad photo of a beautiful tree.  In this photo I used a high pass filter slightly and adjusted levels on the first layer in Photoshop Elements.  Secondly, I applied Topaz Simplify buz sim.  Finally, I dodged the branches and trunk just a little to bring out the pale luster of the beautiful bark.  I really like the way that Topaz Simplify softens the background so that the tree stands out without being harsh.   Hope you like it.  Have a great New Year’s Day!!!

Beginning the Year – Meditative

I am starting the new year and the new blog a little early.  Seems like a good theme to begin with – Meditative.  I took this shot yesterday as we drove by Morro Bay on the central coast of California.  The single person, the trail of birds and the late afternoon light gave a moody feel that seemed to lend itself to this theme.  As we go along, we will probably see that dark and moody may be in recurring use in many of my photos.  (Just a warning! :))  I used a black gradient on the left side of this photo but otherwise, pretty much left it alone.  I also used a little extra red to bring out a little more sky in the b/w rendering.

Hope this blog thing gets a little easier as you go along.  I’m still unsure where things go!   Let’s see what tomorrow and the new year brings.  Happy 2010 everyone!