Archive for the 'Pretty Photos' Category

Posts including photos that I think are particularly pretty, usually about nature.

Personalizing Lightroom’s Amazing New “Auto Tone” Feature

Lightroom 7.2 introduced an entirely new version of its "Auto Tone" feature, a one-click adjustment of photo brightness and contrast to hopefully-pleasing results. The prior version of Auto Tone used what might be called a "stupid, brute force" method that merely adjusted tone ranges to try find a numeric balance. It wasn't very useful.

The new Auto Tone, however, is fantastic, being powered by an artificial-intelligence engine trained with thousands of hand-tweaked photos from highly-regarded artists. It does a sufficiently-good job that I now use it as part of my new-photo workflow, to give me a better starting point for [...]


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Cherry-Blossom Portraits with Monet and May

I've remained friends with the family of one of Anthony's preschool classmates, and even though they haven't been in school together for nine years, we still keep in close touch. The other day I did a quick photoshoot of the family's two girls, Monet and May, who should now be about 15 and 13 years old, respectively.

I'm sort of rusty with the camera, so wasn't sure what to expect, but the moment I took the first photo, I knew that the girls would do all the work and I could just press the button; no photographer skill required when [...]


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Impromptu Portraits at Horseshoe Bend

I came across these photos in my archive, from our trip to Horseshoe Bend in 2015, and thought I'd post them.

For the most part the view in this area tended to look like this:

So, these two girls isolated in front of the view made for a nice shot...

I thought the scene was sufficiently photogenic that I chatted with them a bit, and later sent copies.


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What I’m Sure Won’t Be My Last Wigglegram from the Eisho-in Temple

I popped out early this morning to visit the Eisho-in temple (栄摂院、京都市), first seen on my blog a week ago in "A Few Views of Kyoto’s Spectacular Eisho-in Temple". It really does pack a visual punch for such a small place, and I had it completely to myself the whole time I was there.

Continued here...


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Lovely View from the Konkaikomyou-ji Temple’s Cemetary

I had a lovely walk today, with Paul and Akiko, who's in town taking a break from crazy international travels as a professional photographer. I put up a few photos at Strava until I can do a proper blog post.

One bummer from the day is that my camera came unscrewed from its strap, as I apparently didn't tighten it well enough. I first noticed the problem when I saw my Nikon D4 bouncing one way, and the bulk of a $1,000 Cosina Voigtländer Macro APO-Lanthar 125mm F2.5 SL bouncing another way. Oops.

The impact was taken by three screws [...]


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