A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
This photo is posted exactly as it came from my Canon 7D camera without a smidgen of retouching. The color shown here is one of those rare miracles that lasts minutes, at the most, and some times just seconds, and then it's gone.
First bright color of sunrise on the Wasatch Mountains in the South Salt Lake UT Valley
Now only a couple of minutes later, the color is dieing. I walked out of the room, came back immediately, and all of the color was gone. The sky was dark. You have to be awake and watch the sky continuously if you expect to get photos of brilliant sunrises.
For several years, I have avoided learning more than the basics of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and now Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). Since Adobe has moved away from selling new boxed versions of their software every few years to a subscription system with continual updates, I took advantage of their subscription benefits and downloaded Lightroom 5. Without yet bothering to read the manual, I fiddled with it a bit by going back through a couple of photo collections from several years ago and seeing what happened. I was, and am amazed, at what can happen with Lightroom 5. I've read that some professional photographers stay with Lightroom 5 rather than use the full-blown Photoshop. I do use the full set of wonderful Topaz filters with Photoshop CC, which I have enjoyed playing with. Now I am fearful of how much time it is going to take me to go back through many zillions of photo files to bring them up to Lightroom speed. I may never take another new photo. So you may see some re-posts of old photos re-edited in Lightroom 5 just because they look so much better. I'll keep you posted. Comments on Lightroom versus Photoshop CC are welcome.