Photo Friday – Costa Rica Sunset

This has been a pretty stressful week and as I was flipping through my photos this one caught my eye and took me back to some great memories in Costa Rica last year.  This photo is from the pool of the JW Marriott outside of Tamarindo on the country’s west coast.  While it may not be the most authentic experience, it was extremely relaxing.

January 2016 – Tamarindo, Costa Rica
iPhone 6 camera and slight instagram filer

Photo Friday – St. Emilion Church

This photo is from St. Emilion, a famous wine growing region just outside of Bordeaux in France.  I loved the way the sun was shining through the tree and the great texture in the church tower and the sky.  This shot has so much dynamic range that the camera couldn’t capture it all so the highlights are blown out and the tower was deep in shadow.  I fixed it as much as possible but the sky still wasn’t working for me – black and white to the rescue!

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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 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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Photo Friday – Giant’s Causeway Cliff

This was taken last May on the same trip that I proposed to my girlfriend.  Everybody else was taking photos of the ocean so I turned around and saw this lovely image.  I’d like to think it captures the feeling of being there better than one of just the cool rocks and the ocean.  Despite being a little tipsy having just come from a 9 shot whisky tasting, I think the photo actually turned out pretty well.

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