Photo of the Day
This week I will be in Maryland looking at the ocean so I thought I would post this picture from a different portion of the Atlantic. I took this picture at Daytona Beach in 2009. We were there to see the Daytona 500, but we also did a lot of sightseeing in the days leading up to the race. I had really never been this close to the ocean before so the idea of the barnacle was amazing to me. I went under the bridge to get a couple of pictures. I had no idea that I would someday publish this photo, but something about it speaks to me. I thought that it was finally time to put it out there.
This was shot with my old Canon in jpeg mode. I don’t have the ability to adjust the file like I would a RAW file, but luckily that didn’t matter here. I just wanted to make everything a little sharper. I used the medium HDR Look preset by Matt Kloskowski to make it look better. I like the look of it, and the preset just made it easy to get there quickly.
Photo of the Day
With the Daytona 500 coming up racing is in the spotlight for a while. I used to really be into the sport, maybe too much. For some reason though with all of the changes they completely lost me. I tune in for a few bits of races, but the days of watching an entire race are long gone. I still do pay a bit of attention this time of the year though to the race. It is the biggest one of the year after all.
If you watched NASCAR in the 90’s like myself you had to admire Dale Earnhardt. He was the face of the sport. Twelve years ago today he was killed while blocking for the two cars that he owned. That was a day that I will not forget. We had a party to watch the race, and Dales wreck was a bad way to end it. When the party broke up I remember hitting the refresh button on the ESPN website waiting for some kind of news. Sadly the news was not good, and the sport lost a legend.
This statue depicts Dale at a much better time though. It shows him just after his lone Daytona 500 win fifteen years ago in 1998. When I went to Daytona in 2009 to see the Great American Race I put this statue on my list of things to photograph. I took the straight on shot that I always seem to do of statues. Then I saw this huge sign about on the side. I decided to give this angle a try, and it really seemed to work.
I took this jpeg and ran it through Lightroom to tweak it a bit. I wanted to bring out some of the colors, but also to tone down a couple of them as well. The grass around the statue was very bright. It seemed way too bright for me. The trick here is that you can’t adjust the greens. It will do nothing. Toning down the yellow will get the greens where you want them. I also used the clone tool in Lightroom to help get rid of an annoying lamppost in the upper right hand corner. A few tweaks of the sliders, and this image was ready to be exported to here.
Photo of the Day
As I have said before this week I will be in Colorado so I have some posts lined up from previous vacations so that this website does not sit this week. I took this picture in 2009 when we were in Daytona to see the Daytona 500. We went down to the beach to get a look at the ocean. I looked up on the pier and saw the scene that you see above. I kind of liked the way that the man in the captain hat appeared to be teaching the other two.
I had originally edited this shot using Topaz Adjust 5. I did not like the way it made the shot look though so I started over in Lightroom. I used the light sports preset as a starting point, and went to work from there. For the most part this was just a case of adjusting sliders until the shot was where I wanted it. I did take the shot from a landscape to a portrait. That actually improved the picture I believe.