Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Learned: Clark Lake Sunset 09.30.11

This week I learned that Lightroom Presets are fun and addicting, just like Photoshop Actions. I have been downloading and trying out free presets this week. It has been a fun process and I am in awe of the creativity of those who make presets and actions. At the same time, though, I have struggled to find the balance between presets and developing my editing skills by "manually" editing. Tonight as I was editing the photo for this post I realized that one way to do it is use the presets as a jumping off point or an inspiration. I was looking at the different presets on this photo and found one that did what I wanted to do with the editing...sort of. So I worked with the settings in an attempt to add what the preset did while getting rid of what I didn't like. My goal was to maintain the sky color but lighten up the foreground. I have not gotten the hang of backlighting yet so I had to make it work post processing. I hope to achieve this look SOOC next time :o).

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Settings: ISO 200, 28mm, ss1/6, f/10 (full manual on tripod)
"One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset...I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a little more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color...' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds." - Carl R. Rogers 

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  1. Sometimes the presets don't give you the look you're after. I find I am always tweaking them a bit.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog! I've been thinking about getting Lightroom - would you recommend it? I've only used my iPhoto edits & picnik, not even familiar with Photoshop..

  3. I am addicted to photoshop actions too! I try really hard to learn something from them though, by going back thru the layers and seeing how it was done. Nice silhouettes of the trees!

  4. I'm always tweaking the actions in PSE to get the look I'm after, I use layer masks a lot but I don't know how LR works.
    It's hard to get sunset colours and foreground details, I love the silhouettes of the trees and the grasses, and I love the fence but it disappears a bit, maybe you could have gotten down lower to get a silhouette of the fence.
    I love the clouds and colours. Beautiful Emily!


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