Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Clay Gully Origin—11

December 29, 2015

These blog posts will continue to be erratic until I receive a replacement for the external hard drive that holds my photographs—and my Lightroom catalog of them. I can use Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop to work from some of my backups, but compared to Lightroom, it takes longer. . . . The next few posts continue the series of photos of a tributary of Clay Gully, which is a tributary of the Myakka River. The photos show reflections of vegetation surrounding the stream as well as the stream bed. To capture both the reflections, which tend to be the blue of the sky and green of the foliage, and the stream bed, which looks orange beneath the tannic water, it was necessary to turn the polarizing filter to a precise position. Turning the filter too far one way gave me only the stream bed; too far the other way gave me only the reflections. When I last visited this area, the sky was mostly overcast, and I did not catch as many of the blue colors. (See the archives, below, for March 2015.)


8 responses

  1. Polarizing filters can sometimes be tricky but you recognized that. This shows f=good use of the filter and the colors look very nice and well saturated. Nice work.


    December 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    • Thank you, Ken. In March—with less blue in the sky—I didn’t see any of that pinkish color where blue layered over orange. And as you no doubt have experienced as well, the motion of the water means that you don’t know exactly what composition you’ll get until you chimp or wait for download. I enjoy not having complete control.


      December 29, 2015 at 9:23 AM

  2. leslie organ

    clever you to figure all that out. the resultant photo is stunning!


    December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

  3. Thanks, Leslie. Very little cleverness was involved; it was mostly trial and error.


    December 29, 2015 at 9:24 AM

  4. I’m just here for the damn nice photo! (:


    December 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM

  5. You have found the sweet spot in my opinion. I love the mix of colours in this one Linda. Sorry to hear of your problems with an external drive. I have toyed with the idea of using Lightroom but I just didn’t like the way it stored all the information about my images and limited my freedom to transfer the processed images to different folders and drives.


    December 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM

  6. Thanks, Andy. And thanks for your sympathy. I don’t think the external drive’s failing has anything to do with Lightroom, so I don’t blame Lightroom. You can, you know, perform what Lightroom calls an Export of any image after (or before, for that matter) you have processed the image. The format of the exported file can be .jpeg, .tiff, .dng, etc., so you can transfer the processed images to different folders and drives. You just indicate the destination in the Export window. Lightroom does not work in Layers, though, so if they are important to you, you might miss that. On the other hand, Layers are not important in Lightroom, since the whole procedure is nondestructive. You can create virtual copies and process them differently, too. But you probably know all this . . .


    December 30, 2015 at 2:17 PM

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