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Joe Bridwell
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Award Winning Photographer, Author, Teacher, Story Teller, Wilderness Seeker
Award Winning Photographer, Author, Teacher, Story Teller, Wilderness Seeker

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David, your combination of reflection, shadowed White Pocket, and Magic Hour clouds is simply majestic! It's rare to have reflections there; the hoodoo shapes give Gothic overtones.
Keep up the good work...
"Curving to the Light"

My New Releases gallery is finally done!  If you get some time, stop by and check it out!  I have 40 plus new images up and I added Panoramic Gallery as well.   Peace and Love.


http://www.davidthompsonphotography.com/Galleries/New-Releases/26369027_PGQHBc#!i=2800023031&k=Q9rGkQZ
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Sean, I feel your testament to Luminosity Masking is remarkably strengthened by showing the raw file and it's post-processed response! how long did your 'job' take?
"The Mariner Remembers"
I redeveloped this photo from 2011 in anticipation of my workshop season beginning this weekend on the Oregon coast with +David Cobb. I think it is interesting to see how a photo evolves in the developing process so I included what the raw file looked like out of the camera for comparison. Raw files are indeed called "raw" for a reason...they contain the raw materials but they are often lacking "soul" or artistic expression. That's our job.

4 seconds, f/16, ISO 200, 24mm focal length.
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Mark, I feel your imagination as I try to pear even farther past the dark door sliver... The warm tones and composition make me wonder how I might apply such evocative excitement?
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Paul, your capture shows an incredible, atypical morning where the faint sun becomes truly remarkable braced within the majesty of Grand Canyon.
I've sat there - But, sunlight was not nearly so benevolent.
Have you tried luminosity masking for further, subtle enhancement?
Peeking Through ~ Toroweap, Grand Canyon, #Arizona   
by Paul McConville
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Sorry, Sean, hit the wrong button...
Your mastery of luminosity masking is superlative!
I like the soft luminescent effect and know the deep delight both place, development, and you felt in its creation...
Moment of zen: Hallowed. From a trip with +Zack Schnepf to the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona a few years back. This deep twilight light occurred almost every day about 30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset. We later found out that it occurs when sunlight passes through somewhat rare particles (often from volcanoes) high in the stratosphere. It was so rich and permeating that we took to calling it salmon light. Otherworldly light illuminating an otherworldly landscape!

5D MKIII, 16-35mm at 26mm, polarizer. 6 seconds, f/18, ISO 100. I made many subtle and incremental luminosity masked adjustments for contrast and color to showcase the light quality and mood.
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And NOW,  The Rest of the Story…
by Joe Bridwell
CFAM (Creating Fine Art Magic) provides how-to steps to creative use of Luminosity Masking. Where do you add contrast for subtle pop? Why is vibrance important? LM steps are actually a long, complex list…

But, what about, “As you learn luminosity masking, each image will speak of its unique light. You’ll learn to employ other luminosity mask methods to help specify and enhance particular aspects from that image. The result – a well-controlled masking visit to creating your own fine art magic…”

As recognized digital photographers, we don’t just learn techniques! We really want to subtly exploit all the light our camera can capture.
So, after each post processing session, we need to tell the Rest of the Story… Why did we capture that particular photo? What does each segment of light really say in that photo? Did we maximize each effect with luminosity masks? Would a professional judge consider that final image to have high impact?

For me, the way to move forward centers around several tasks:
1.     When you took the picture, what was captured light telling you?
2.    As you developed each image, how did you subtly or strongly express that light?
3.    When you were done, did you write a poignant Rest of the Story…?

Conclusions
The Rest of Your Story concept clearly adds emotional acumen for each viewer…

White Sands is known the world over a remarkable series of white sand dunes located in southern New Mexico. Digital photographers challenge one another for those ‘memorable’ images.
Yet, one of the most memorable images I’ve ever seen of White Sands is not white! In early dawn light, the physics of light demands the image be lavender. When the sun is fully not up, it sheds indirect blue light. Or, here, lavender light.
A novice might look at the image and think, “That looks like a snowfield!” Or, “is that really taken at White Sands?”

But, in reality, Lavender Dawn is more than the truly remarkable scimitar of a ‘White Sand’ dune. Its visual poetry of an exotic dune slowly awakening to languid, indirect bluish dawn’s light!

Clearly, without applying the skill set derived through conscious use of luminosity masking, one could not get the precision, subtle color variation, and powerful visual impact of Lavender Dawn!

If you would like more about subtle luminosity masking, check out
http://goo.gl/w9pdJ3

©2014 Chopawamsic LC, google.com/+Joe Bridwell, CFAM.Bistiart@Gmail.com,
Blog ~ CFAM.GeoCompA.com, Business Brand CFAM  
#CFAM #luminositymasking #luminosityPainting
 +Landscape Photography +HQSP Landscape
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+Pars Kutay
Pars,
I really love the exquisite subtlety and colors of clouds, mountains, and water. Your Magic Hour Mood is truly captivating.
As a Luminosity Masking user, I wanted to ask; did you use it on this photo? If so, I would love to see a description of the workflow.
My experience has been LM lets me approach such subtlety with enough post processing experience. You might check out some LM tutorials at cfam.geocompa.com
I look forward to your response… Well DONE! Thanks for sharing…
Joe Bridwell
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Light is the Source of Color ~ Just One More Time…
Dawn’s Cacophony seems complex. How does light create such a warm intricate scene?
We’ve really got light, clouds, birds, and water as basic elements! How does light make this image really glow?

Clouds absorb direct sun light’s bright color and turn orange. Cloud light reflects on water below. Hungry Birds, bound for nearby grain fields, sit or fly in stark silhouette to complete our enchanting tableau.

Luminosity masking subtly enhanced contrast to add cloud passion. Triple play masking sharpened each bird silhouette – to make it pop against cloud or water. LM added midtone vibrance. All-in-all, it’s more like an exquisite painting than a digital photo…

Our expanded description of light can be found at Light is the Source of Color
http://goo.gl/w9pdJ3  
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Here is the how-to URL for our luminosity masking workflow...
http://goo.gl/8fQpH8  
#CFAM #luminositymasking   #luminositypainting +Landscape Photography +HQSP Landscape
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Let's Follow Up on Light is the Source of Color
Lavender Dawn seems a simple image when done. What luminosity masking steps were required to get to this spectacular view?

Luminosity masking lets you apply effects which modify brightness, contrast, detail, enhance midtones, and add special effects. LM works through specific masks you control. These masks self-feather; your changes only apply within each masked area. LM also keeps proper hue since it only modifies brightness, not color.

The simplicity of the sweeping dune lends poignant emphasis to light’s soft lavender overlay. Your senses might expect a white dune; unless you were there at Magic Hour before sun light hit the dune. Luminosity masking added vibrance to midtones and lowered brash sunlight’s effort to crash through distant clouds. All-in-all, it’s more like a painting than a photo…

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Here is the how-to URL for our luminosity masking workflow...
http://goo.gl/MeMQ1O

#CFAM #luminositymasking   #luminositypainting +Landscape Photography +HQSP Landscape
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Light Can Really Play Tricks on Your Eyes...Why?

Because Light, Not Objects, Is The Source Of Color. Isaac Newton determined that important fact c 1700. The best digital photos clearly emphasize Light is the Source of Color!

Here we give you to Magic Hour shots at dawn. Magic Hour is that hour around dawn and dusk! Lavender Dawn is indirect light shining on sand dunes at White Sands, NM. The sun is not quite up; so light is indirect and bluish (lavender) in tint. And you thought White Sands was always white…

Dawn's Cacophony is direct sunlight shining on nearby water and distant clouds at Bosque del Apache, NM. Don’t you love how those ‘orange’ clouds make such a sibilant backdrop for those hungry birds! Here, light is orange and so neatly emphasizes exotic bird silhouettes... And, you thought water was always blue!

Separate CFAM tutorials support creation of our two dawn images. These tutes suggest how you can learn to process your images with luminosity masking as you create your own fine art!!! You will find each detailed how to tute URLs listed in this post below.

#CFAM #luminositypainting #luminositymasking +Landscape Photography +HQSP Landscape
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