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Power Plant

This is just upstream from where yesterday’s image was made. The dam is huge, but I really like this old power plant with the trees and the fountain. I made this image from a distance with a long lens to get it all in, but am still trying to decide if I like color of black and white.

Beaver Lodge

Beaver Lodge

I made this image last weekend for a friend down in the Dominican Republic who had never seen a beaver lodge before. Here, you see them in just about any body of water. This one is a few miles from our house. I took his early in the morning hoping to see its occupant swimming around the pond. Unfortunately, while I got up early with my camera, he decided to sleep in.

Waterfall and The Shire: Before and After


This is the last of the shots from the editing session with our photo group. The original shot is below. Also, a couple of people yesterday commented on the realism that I like to create vs. the otherworldly look some people strive to achieve. The final shot below is more otherworldly in nature and is an effect with these woodland shots that our instructor calls “The Shire”. It is included just for fun.

Original Photo
Waterfall - Original

The Shire
The Shire Shot

To enhance the photo, the following changes were made to the original using Lightroom:
– The photo was cropped and possibly straightened (not the most important in this shot)
– A custom white balance was created, though I’m not sure why. I may have hit the slider by mistake and not put it all the way back.
– The overall exposure and contrast were increased
– Shadows and blacks were increased to lighten them
– Clarity and vibrance were increased
– A graduated filter was employed to reduce the over exposure on the top. Even after this was done, the tree and foliage on the far right was still over exposed, so a radial filter was used to decrease the exposure on this area. I considered using the same technique to decrease the exposure of a section of waterfall but decided not to.

To get the shire effect, turn the clarity all the way down.

Otter Brook Dam: Before and After

Otter Brook Dam

On our recent group shoot, we stumbled on this dam and recreation area. It was one of those situations where you’re looking for one thing and find another. We entered below the damn and “wandered” up an access road to the top of the damn.

The shot out of the camera was not terrible, but the trees were a bit dark and the overall look was somewhat flat. (See below for the original shot). The instructor showed us how he edited it and he made it look a bit other worldly. I wanted the more realistic shot that you see above.

Otter Brook Dam - Original

To enhance the photo, the following changes were made using Lightroom:
– The photo was straightened (but not cropped)
– The overall exposure and contrast were increased
– Highlights was decreased to -99 (almost all the way down)
– Clarity and vibrance were increased
– Saturation was increased