Two To Compare

After years of doing very little to no photo-editing of my photos I begun the search for a good, solid editing and management tool. This was last Fall when this journey began but life has a way of setting our priorities and mine did. Now I finally have the time, and truthfully the energy, to try again. I am leaning heavily towards Adobe Lightroom  and adding other software as plugins. Till then I dug around some photographers I respect and see what they are using.  Steve @ daPonte Photography   uses OnOne Software so I looked at their products and decided to downloaded their freeware Perfect Effects 8. The first photo I used Perfect Effects 8  to give it a light HDR/Grunge look. The second is the original with a brightness/contrast adjustment applied with Paint.NET, a software I stumbled upon while digging around the web..

Next week I am hoping to test drive TopazLabs free trail of some of their software. My buddy Mike @ Mike’s Look at Life does some amazing things with his already solid captures using some of their software. Till then here is Two To Compare.

Edited using Perfect Effects 8

Edited using Perfect Effects 8

Light touch of brightness/contrast using Paint.NET

Light touch of brightness/contrast using Paint.NET

My Partner In Chillin’

Yesterday was a lovely day to just stay outside and chill. Truth be told I should have worked on the  many ongoing projects around our place but I have a hitch in my giddy-up that relegated me to observer status. Hopefully on Wednesday I can have that worked out by a visit to the chiropractor. So here is my partner in chillin’!

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Bees On The Fly

Sorry for such a lame title but it is what it is: Carpenter Bees flying by trying to establish a beachhead in my front porch’s rafters. I discovered a little trick in the process, one which I am sure all established photographers already know, and that is I tracked the bees with the eye not looking through the view open. This allowed me to track the bee(s), you will see two at first, and when I had the manual focus right the bee(s) become one. Cool stuff I think! So here is two bees on the fly.

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