Photo Friday – Marseille Boats

This was taken on a recent trip to France.  After presenting at a conference in Toulouse, I went to Marseille for a few days to explore.  While it wasn’t my favorite city, I did get a few great pictures and got to see the Chateau d’If.  The light was hard because it was the middle of the day so I converted to black and white to try to give it some drama.

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Photo Friday – Fombrauge Vineyard

This was one of my favorite photos taken on a recent trip to France.  This was the Chateau Fombrauge vineyard outside of Bordeaux that we saw on a tour with BodoVino.

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Photo Friday – Chateau d’If

One of my favorite books is The Count of Monte Cristo.  I might go so far as to say that it’s my favorite book not written by Isaac Asimov.  If you’ve read this book you know that the first quarter or so takes place as the main character is in prison at the Chateau d’If in the Marseille harbor.  One of my favorite moments of this trip was getting to go see the Chateau d’If and even read the book on my kindle while in the prison.  This photo was taken as the boat left the island to return to the harbor.

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How I Migrated from Aperture to Lightroom

I got started in photography in 2005 on my first trip out of the country and used iPhoto to organize photos until about 2011 when I upgraded to Aperture.  About a year ago, Apple decided to stop updating Aperture.  On one hand, this is pretty frustrating because I loved Aperture and now it will quickly grow old.  But on the other hand, it had been getting a little long in the tooth and this is a good excuse to move over to Lightroom.  Starting in 2014 I started using Lightroom for all new projects but I’ve only recently begun migrating past projects over to Lightroom.  Here’s how I did it.

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Photo Friday – St. Emilion

This photo was taken when visiting the small town of St. Emilion on a tour a several vineyards in the Bordeaux region (btw, I would highly recommend BordoVino Tours).  This is a stitched pano made from 5 separate photos taken at 27mm equivalent focal length.  In hindsight, I wish I had made it a double row pano at a larger focal length.  But, it still turned out pretty well considering I didn’t have a tripod.

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Photo Edits – Before & After 5

In this episode of Photo Edits – Before and After, I’ll walk you through the large and small edits necessary to turn this photo from meh to WOW.  This is one of those cases that occurs from time to time where the photo you take just doesn’t even come close to what you saw with you eyes and you have to alter it considerably in post.

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