Flowers were buy one get one free at the store last week! You know what that means . . .
I’ve started experimenting in Lightroom (my Lightroom 101 class started this week). So far I’ve only played with a few settings: white balance, temperature, tint, exposure, and contrast. I’m sure there will be plenty more fun tools to come!
Here’s one of my early attempts at enhancing an image:
And the original:
Which one do you prefer?
After visiting Hollywood and Santa Monica, we finished up our trip to California with a quick stop in Beverly Hills. We spent an hour or so just wandering around Rodeo Drive before our dinner reservations that evening. (I took the time to enjoy the restaurant and so didn’t take any pics there, but it was enchanting! Il Cielo, google it. You won’t be sorry!)
Without further ado, Beverly Hills:
We weren’t quite ready to head back to the hotel after finishing our self-guided scavenger hunt/walking tour of Hollywood, so we hit up Santa Monica for dinner. I took advantage of the scenery for some more photo ops, naturally. I really think a lot of these images could benefit immensely from some editing to brighten them up and give them more of a golden quality. Perhaps I just feel more attuned to that lately since my Lightroom class is due to start in a few days.
I won’t weigh the photos down with any commentary. As always, please leave a comment if you see something you would have done differently!
I spotted these little guys about a week and a half ago while on a day trip to Monticello. It’s been an unusually cold and snowy winter for us, so it’s nice to finally see a little bit of spring pop up and say hello 🙂 I think they are a type of wildflower. Can anyone out there identify them?
In the spirit of St. Patricks day next week, I spent some time photographing our Irish Makeup Bell. The tradition behind it is that ringing the bell in the middle of a fight is meant to dispel discord and signal the start of reconciliation between both parties (typically a married couple). For those who may not know, the claddagh on top symbolizes friendship (hands), loyalty (crown), and love (heart).
This is probably the most reflective subject I’ve tried to shoot yet, and it was a bit more difficult than I was expecting. Even though I wasn’t using a flash, you can certainly see the glare (and a bit of my reflection) on the bell. Maybe I should have experimented with different lighting — perhaps some filtered/diffused light? This shot was taken with sunlight coming in through a glass door behind me. I think the white balance is off slightly also, but it this one produced the best result out of the programmed settings. One day I’ll learn how to use Kelvins for more customization . . .
Do you have any ideas on what I could have done differently?