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.

Technical Data

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.

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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.

Technical Data

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.