From Clicking to Creating-Graduated Filter in Lightroom
The graduated filter in lightroom can be an extremely useful tool for your photos. Learning, when and how to use it can make a huge difference between an OK photo, and an exceptional one.
This is an edited image that I took the other night. I went to Schwabacher’s Landing, and took some photos as the sun went down. Sunset in the Tetons is usually only good if there are clouds in the sky to create some color. I really love the reflections that happen in this location though, so I made it work.
This is the image unedited. As you can see the sky is washed out, so I used a graduated filter on that part of the photo.
This isn’t going to be a super involved post, I’m pooped after this weekends show. What a lot of work it was. Especially when the security company we hired for overnight, called on Saturday morning saying the sprinklers had come on. Ya, that was fun. The gal that was there did great though, and there was hardly any damage. Could have been so much worse.
Anyway, onto From Clicking to Creating. The Dogwood 52 this week is a composition one, compose a photo that reads left to right. My first thought on this was that wildlife would be good, as they tend to go from one side of the frame to another if they are walking, or something. These baby moose were certainly running that way.
This week is a bit different. The Dogwood 52 prompt is Flattery-Imitate a favorite photographer and their style. I had to really think about this one. Ansel Adams came to mind, Trey Ratcliff too. But in the end I decided to go with Edward S. Curtis. I have always loved his images of Native Americans, and their life. Then a couple years ago I found a book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. This really tells the story of his passion for what he did, and his drive to preserve what he could see was a disappearing way of life. It was an amazing 30 year journey with numerous hardships, but what he accomplished is a phenomenal body of work. The link to that book, and a few others are below.
He wanted to document, and tell the stories of the Native Americans before they completely disappeared, and I feel the same way about the wild horses. I want to tell the stories, and capture the beauty of these icons of the west, before they are gone.