PS Challenge – August 26, 2017

It’s been too long since I posted, but I have an excuse. My lovely bride and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and we took a trip to Yosemite National Park to celebrate. We timed the trip around a Night Photography Workshop I was taking. I hadn’t been to Yosemite since I was 2 years old, so that trip didn’t really count for me.

We had a wonderful trip and, except for the smoke from a fire at the south end of the Park, enjoyed the grandeur and beauty. Picture taking was a challenge, but I think I got some good stuff – I’m just beginning to process the images.

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the Merced River and was taken at dawn, the last shooting of the workshop. The smoke gave the sky an orange cast, and I loved how it colored the water of the river.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

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PS Challenge – August 7, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the Kinney Reservoir, taken a couple weeks ago on my adventure up CA 4 to Ebbett’s Pass.

As usual, I bracketed exposures, merged and toned in Adobe Camera Raw, then edited in PhotoShop with a Nik Color Efex filter. The image was made mid-day, just after lunch.

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