Photo of the Day
In January I was coming back from my hometown of LaPorte, IN when the sun was setting. It was really amazing, but I could not find anything in the foreground to add interest. When we were almost home I saw a small stream near the windmills. I pulled over to make this photo. This was a case of pulling over, making the picture, and then getting back into the car. I like the way that sometimes fate smiles on you, and this was one of those times.
I liked how this photo looked after I adjusted the sliders in Lightroom 5. I decided to take the photo into Perfect Effects 8 to see if I could make it look even better. By using a few presets in the program I was able to get the photo to look much better in my opinion. I love how you can add a preset, but then dial down its effect. You can just take what you want from it. It is a super quick way to add effects as you would with Photoshop layers, but without all of the work.
Photo of the Day
Here is another photo from my 2008 trip to New York. As we took a ferry around the Statue of Liberty we saw some other cool sites. I loved the look of this older rail terminal, and I wanted to make a photo of it. This is yet another photo that I wish that I could redo, but I think that I will always have those. You never stop growing as a photographer so you have to embrace what you could do at a certain moment. I still like what this photo meant at the time.
I had a little fun with this photo. My entry level dSLR did not handle this situation very well back then. The building was a silhouette. With the tools available to me today I was able to finally make something out of it. I took the photo into Perfect Photo Suite 8 and Perfect Effects 8 to try out some of the presets. I put an tonal preset on it, and I liked it. I then went back into Lightroom 5 to try a couple of things. I first straightened the photo. Shooting on a boat proved to be too much for me back then. I also used the spot removal tool to get rid of the dust spots that were on my sensor at the time. From there I performed a few small tweaks to the photo using the sliders.