PS Challenge – August 3, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image is a close up of some Phlox blooms, from our back yard. I bracketed exposures but only used the under and normal exposures. I merged them in Adobe Camera Raw, cropped in PhotoShop, applied a Nik filter, and finished the image with a little more sharpening in PhotoShop. Please note, this is natural lighting – no flash used.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – July 29, 2017

I drove up to Reno yesterday to have dinner with an old friend. On my way home, the clouds to the east were just gorgeous so I stopped at the Bellevue interchange (I-580 along Washoe Lake) to take pictures. This image was made looking northeast towards Reno, which was behind me as I was driving.

I merged two exposures in Adobe Camera Raw, processed in PhotoShop with On1 Photo RAW and Nik Color Efex filters. Yes, my Nik filters still work!

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – July 22, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the edge of the Desolation Wilderness, along the Pyramid Creek Trail. I was out the other day scouting photo locations – scouting because the fires near Yosemite National Park are covering our area with smoke. I tried some things but had very low expectations due to the smoky conditions. A couple images surprised me and I was able to make something useful of them.

The waterfall in the background is Horsetail Falls, easily accessible from US 50 on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – July 21, 2017

This PS Challenge image comes from Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria Harbour. The image was made using bracketed exposures merged in Adobe Camera Raw, then processed in PhotoShop using several layers and masks. This was my most complex image processing to date, and challenged all my PhotoShop skills.

The boat in the background is the MV Coho, the ferry between Port Angeles WA and Victoria.

I like the result, and hope you do, too. I’m thinking print on metal! Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – July 17, 2017

My lovely bride took me on a water taxi ride a week ago. We ended up in Fisherman’s Wharf – a community of houseboats and wonderful photo opportunities. Here’s one of the images.

As usual, I bracketed exposures, merged in Adobe Camera Raw, and processed in PhotoShop with a Photo RAW filter. I have more work to do on the image – I want to brighten the reflections in the water a little more. Any other ideas?

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – July 16, 2017

It’s Bonus Day! While driving up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, my lovely bride and I marveled at the beauty and number of the wildflowers along the road. I stopped several times to take pictures. These two close ups are among my favorites. Both images were bracketed exposures, merged and processed in Adobe Camera Raw and processed in PhotoShop.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

I think this is a Sierra Lily (or at least that’s what my Sierra Nevada Wildflowers book tells me).

The Paintbrush is gorgeous anywhere.

PS Challenge – June 30, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image is the right drive wheel of a 1910 Sears Model R pickup. This vehicle was a prop in a photo shoot I did recently and I was intrigued by the lines and light.

I shot this handheld, bracketed exposures, merged in Adobe Camera Raw, and processed in PhotoShop with a Photo RAW filter.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 26, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the Virginia Range, north of Stagecoach NV. I made this image a few weeks ago when I was out with my old retired guy ATV group. We encountered several bands of wild horses on the ride. Three of these four were more concerned with the guys in the lead, but one kept his eye on me. Bracketed exposures combined in Adobe Camera Raw, cropped in PhotoShop with a filter from Nik Color Efex Pro.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 25, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge comes from the dining area at Walker Burger in Walker CA. My lovely bride and I took the Bullitt for a spin and ended up there. Love their burgers! If you haven’t had one, you don’t know what you’re missing! But those if us who have eaten there know!

They have a wonderful outdoor eating area with picnic tables, trees, lawn, yard art, and bird houses and feeders. I tried to catch some of the little birds on the feeder, but you can imagine how that went. Here’s one of the beautiful bird feeders/art works on display. I bracketed exposures, processed it in PhotoMatix and PhotoShop, and added a little filter from On1 PhotoRAW.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 10, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from East Valley Road in the Carson Valley. A couple days ago, we had a nice storm front come through, bringing cooler temperatures and some interesting and gorgeous skies. This is a view of Genoa Peak and Duane Bliss Peak, in the Sierras and forming the northwest border of the Carson Valley.

I couldn’t resist processing the image in black and white to bring out the drama.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR