I really need a shove, discipline and hand holding to learn Photoshop. So, I decided to try to post an edited photo once a week. I started to do this last year. Signing up for it was the shove, posting was the discipline, but I had no one to hold my hand. This year, I have an accountability partner. Hopefully, I can get through the year, learn what simple things I need to from Photoshop, and also delve into some other processing programs that are taking up space in my computer.
With this lofty goal in mind, I recently spent more than 4 hours trying to eliminate the transparency from a masked item so I can place it, without a background, in another photo.
I will not stop until I’m successful! It’s frustrating though.
I watch tutorials. Go to my computer. Open up Photoshop and can’t recreate the exact process. I need to bring up my laptop and work the tutorial and Photoshop on my desktop together.
Enough complaining, the pictures in this post are the last from our Point Reyes outing. It was a fun day. I wasn’t out there to take photos, but who could resist. In the last post, you saw some of Richard’s pictures and mine. Today, it’s all mine.
Take time from whatever is frustrating you and relax. I hope you enjoy these images. I don’t need a shove, discipline or hand holding to take the pictures; just to learn new editing techniques.
Most of the 300 steps down to the lighthouse.
Closer look at the lighthouse.
Tried black and white on this landscape.
Smile. You’re having your picture taken.
An ice plant flower.
The beach as seen from the walk to the lighthouse
I enjoyed shooting the waves.
They broke one right after another.
The foam was great to shoot.
Wave after wave.
Waiting for the cows to come home.
This cowboy drives a tractor
They are almost home.
I shoot pictures during the day and Richard shoots pictures at night. You see, my husband, an amateur astronomer images the night sky. His observatory is in the Sierra Mountains, and he finds galaxies and nebulas via a camera attached to his telescope. Viewing is done through his computer.
My advantage is that I can shoot on cloudy, overcast and pretty much any kind of weather. The result may not be pretty, but I can take my camera out more than he can use his scope.
So when we decided to take a day and run away, I did take my camera. We ran, excuse me–drove, to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Once there, he wanted to see the Lighthouse. It was well worth the long drive. I had been there, and I wanted him to have the experience too.
When we got there, I got out my camera and set one up for him. Richard wanted to whale watch, but we didn’t bring binoculars. I hoped that my 55 – 300 mm lens on my D3100 would give him enough reach. Whale watching was a bust, but he did get some great photos that you’ll see in this post.
The Lighthouse was also a bust. It was closed. If it was open, I don’t think we would have made it down to it and back up. There’s 300 steps which they say is equivalent to climbing 30 stories of a building. I’ll put a picture of the Lighthouse stairs in the second part of this post.
Meanwhile, winter is definitely a tough time for astronomers. For photographers, if we can put up with a bit of fog, rain and clouds, we’re good to go. And, we take pictures at night also!
I like the water pattern in this shot. I also took the same shot, but this one was outstanding.
A great picture of a Raven (I think).
Two of them–mates?
Richard asked me if I edited this image.
There were supposed to be whales and/or sea lions at this point. Now I’m shooting.
The pathway to the Lighthouse.
A twisted and fun climbing tree.
Still walking to the Lighthouse and approaching the closed Visitor’s Center.
The rocks were very expressive
Caught this guy tying his shoe.
A closer view of the Lighthouse which was closed.
It’s amazing how some plants find a pathway through tough conditions.
Look at the holes and textures in the rock.
Without really understanding the effective uses of slow shutter speeds, I named this journal Slow Shutter Speed because that’s how I felt my photographic abilities were moving along. But that was when I got my D3100 and was a total newbie. The learning curve was difficult, and I learned through shooting, reading and asking questions. I’ve never taken a class. Along the way, I met many terrific photographers who were more than willing to help. The purpose of this blog was and still is to take you along on my journey.
So why am I going into this, I’ve received comments from friends that I’m being to hard on myself and not realizing how far I’ve come with my skill level. I do realize that my skills have increased, but I’m shy by nature and don’t usually toot my own horn. I recognize that I’m now asked to help a new photographer, can offer suggestions on shooting and editing, and hold my own in the field.
Some of you who have followed this blog from the beginning, know where my photographic journey has taken me. And, some of you are very gracious with your wonderful comments. For me, it’s like shooting in the fog I encountered at Point Reyes National Seashore. I look at each challenge with trepidation, jump in, conquer it and soon the fog is lifted.
In today’s post, I’m showing you some of the less foggy images of Point Reyes.
I almost forgot: Leanne Cole has brought me back to my writing roots by asking me to do a regular column in her amazing online quarterly magazine. We are calling it “Senior Moments,” and the magazine is “Dynamic Range.” Look for it at www.leannecole.com.au.
A female California Quail
A male California Quail
I tried to find this bird in my book, but didn’t see an exact match.
Our leader Dennis walking under a tree arbor.
One of the many bridges.
A wildflower reaching for the light.
A group of bird watchers.
A barn at the Elk Preserve.
It was large.
Some sort of bee. It was windy so this was a difficult capture.
Just a pretty wildflower.
Moss hanging from a tree.
A small wildflower.
Just enjoying the beach. I tried sepia tone with this one.
The beautiful beach.
The colors attracted my attention.
This was a first for me–shooting in dense fog. I learned a lot in a recent Meet Up shoot to Point Reyes National Seashore on the coast. It was my first time and I truly wasn’t prepared for the totally socked in adventure I was about to have.
At first I thought, “What moody images this will make.” I had no idea that the fog would make focusing difficult! Auto focus had its problems, so I tried to focus manually. Even that was hard.
In addition, I wasn’t well during the week and only did part of the trails, meaning I didn’t reach the beach where it wasn’t so foggy. I basically concentrated on what I could do rather on what I couldn’t.
Today, I’m posting some images so you’ll get an idea of the fog. It was an amazing first for me.
This complex was the beginning of the trail where we were to see Tule Elk. We didn’t.
The fog was encroaching on the complex.
It softened the tree image.
Here the fog is hovering low on the hills.
I walked until I could see the ocean. The beach was way beyond my walking capabilities that day.
This turkey vulture was flying through the fog. This was the best I could do. Making it black and white helped.
Here’s the fog engulfing hikers.
Here the fog is laying on the ocean.
Instead of a blue sky, we have a foggy sky.
The fog is touching the trees.
We did see Elk as we were driving past the Elk preserve. This doe was scampering through the brush. She was on the driver’s side and I was shooting from the passenger’s seat with my 140 mm lens. Not to shabby given the circumstances.
This buck wasn’t too far ahead. This was the best i could do with a 140 mm.
This is the Point Reyes an abandoned boat that has been a favorite of photographers. She’s located in the small town of Inverness.
It is sad that her destruction was hastened along by a photographer shooting with steel wool on her deck. The boat caught on fire.
She’s still loved and shot by photographers.
An amazing boat that retains a haunting energy. The fog bank is right behind her.