Photography Fun

You don’t take a photograph. You make it. -Ansel Adams 


I couldn’t come up with a catchy title or any fun facts to mention in this post.

The bottom line is that I’ve been going through some of the images I shot Saturday, trying to see how to make them look artsy, or more unique. I’m still self-teaching myself how to use Photoshop and Lightroom, so it’s always fun to see what you can do in the programs.

I shot this city image when we were around the halfway point- when we stopped to take photos of the view, and some slightly close up shots of the sign. The gentleman in the photo was in our group and stepped into my shot just as I clicked the button.

I took more, but I actually thought his invasion made the image even cooler! I like the fact that he looks a bit like a giant. I added some motion blur to him so that it looks like he is moving a little faster than he really was. And of course, I couldn’t decide if the image should be color, or black and white, so I did both (and am sharing both).

Honestly, it took a lot more work than you would think because the original was pretty cruddy. The hazy sky in L.A. tends to distort any photos I take of skylines or distant landscapes. I’m sure it’s just me (and my basic camera), but I just love underdogs, so I always try to bring my worst images to life- regardless of how bad they look.

Below is the black and white. I added a diffused glow, because the sky looked drab without color. Personally, I think I prefer the color version.

It’s funny that I was so excited to take photographs of the Hollywood sign. Once I got home and started going through them, they really aren’t that exciting! It’s just a mountain and a sign! 😉 I guess ONE is all you need. 🙂

So… I added some dramatic color and a rainbow- just for the heck of it. Just above the “L” you can see some tiny people. That’s about where I was when I took the images of the backside. 🙂

Anyway, I think I’ve already had my fill of the hiking images. For now. I will go back to them at some point in the future, but for now I’m eager to play around with my beach shots.

Photography is a love affair with life. -Burk Uzzle

Happy Monday everyone!! Enjoy your day!

Life is good, and God is GREAT!