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Viktor Elizarov

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Golden City (San Francisco)
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It was perfect afternoon in San Francisco in the beginning of February. It was very warm and what was even more surprising, there were no wind at all. The air was clear and the blue sky was covered with bright clouds.

And, just before the sunset, during the golden hour, the already amazing scene became illuminated by warm sunset light. It was just perfect.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

When I saw the cargo ship entering the San Francisco Bay I knew that it was my chance to enhance the composition of my photographs. I waited until the ship approached the Golden Gate Bridge and took multiple photos with the various focal lengths.

When I started the process of editing I realized that I did not have shot I really liked. The Photo 1 was my favorite but the cargo ship was too far from the bridge and it was impossible to create vertical crop.

This is when I realized that I had to cheat. I used Photo 1 as the base for my final version and I used cargo ship from the Photo 2, positioning it closer to the bridge.

First, I applied Easy Cross preset from my Lightroom Landscape Collection to both photographs and then I blended them together in Photoshop using transparency masks.
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Placemark of the day: Gregor Mendel former home and museum (St Thomas's Abbey, Brno) here http://www.wikiplacemarks.com/map.php?id=185133
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tom jons

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Magnificent .....
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Francisco Quevedo López

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Cynara cardunculus - Asteraceae
"Cardo comestible, similar a la alcachofa"
Es una planta perenne y vivaz con raíz tuberosa. En su primer año produce una roseta de grandes hojas con hasta un metro de longitud. En el segundo año del centro de la roseta sale un largo tallo acanalado de hasta 150 cm de altura que se ramifica en su parte superior. Sus grandes capítulos florales son los que producen las alcachofas y tienen flores de color violeta, plumosas. El fruto es de color pardo oscuro con un penacho de consistencia sedosa.
Canarias - Lanzarote.
Cynara cardunculus - Asteraceae
"Edible Cardo, similar to the artichoke"
It is a perennial and perennial plant with tuberous root. In its first year it produces a rosette of large leaves up to a meter in length. In the second year of the center of the rosette leaves a long ribbed stem up to 150 cm tall branching at the top. Its large floral chapters are those that produce artichokes and flowers are violet, feathery color. The fruit is dark brown with a tuft of silky consistency.
Canary Islands - Lanzarote.
#canarias   #lanzarote   #naturephotography   #quolo  
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Viktor Elizarov

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Bench with the View (Point Lobos)
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Point Lobos State Reserve is located at the north end of the Big Sur coast area and it is a big place. It took me 4 visits in the span of 3 years to be familiar with the different parts of the park.

During my last visit to Point lobos I knew in advance what sections of the park I wanted to visit and what I was going to photograph. After I was finished with my photography, I had plenty of time just to slow down and enjoy the park.

This is one of those places where I could spend hours just sitting and enjoying the view of China Cove and the Big Sur coast.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

I probably did not have to use tripod in this situation and I could easily achieve the same result shooting handheld. But, since I had my camera mounted on tripod already, I took 3 bracketed shots with my landscape setup.

If you check the original, straight from the camera shot, you can see that the scene had pretty dynamic light with the dark shadows in the foreground and a very bright sky but, once again, I did not have to use HDR processing. I used Lightroom preset based workflow, using Tropical Morning preset as a starting point
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Pierce Brewster

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Mount Outram, British Columbia...
 
Mount Outram
A short backpack in the North Cascade Mountains in the summer of 2007.  There were four of us on this hike & we spent 2 nights camped up in the meadows. The trailhead is located at the west gate of Manning Provincial Park.
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deepak bhatia

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A swimming pool and some cows.
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Viktor Elizarov

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Sunset at San Gregorio State Beach (California)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/sunset-at-san-gregorio-state-beach-california/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)

This is the very last photo I took while driving fist time along California State Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It was end of the day and I was ready to turn inland and leave the shore to drive to my hotel in Palo Alto. This is when I stumbled upon this beautiful state beach, the one I missed completely while planning the trip.

It was extremely windy and the main challenges for me were not drop my tripod with the camera and not to fall off the cliff.

I ended up spending much longer than I expected there. I even had small picnic down the beach where wind was not that extreme.

HDR processing was used to tone map bracketed shots.
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Monica Stanford

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http://www.traveltourismblog.com/guadeloupe.php
Of Basse-Terre is a beautiful active volcano named Soufriere 1467 m The whole area around the volcano enters the National Park of Guadeloupe. There are specially designed tourist routes, including more large waterfalls - Carbet falls, monitoring of rare species of animals such as iguana and raccoon.
Short list of the most exciting tourist attractions in Guadeloupe during your family vacation, you need to visit the beautiful tropical scenery and quiet windswept beaches
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apratim kundu

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Goldfinch
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Rayna Tours & Travels

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A steep hiking trail on the islands of Hawaii, popularly known as Stairway to Heaven. It has over 4000 stairs out of which many stairs are broken. However, this is not considered by the adventure enthusiast and they still love to explore this place

#explore   #travel  
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Viktor Elizarov

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Walking at the Bottom of the Sea (New Brunswick)
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This is another shot from my trip to Atlantic Canada when I visited one of the most amazing places in the world, the Hopewell Rocks. Once again, during the low tide hours, I got to walk at the bottom of the sea. The tide fluctuation riches 14 meters vertically, making it the place of the highest tides in the world.

At the time when I took the featured shot, the water was not completely gone, making the beach muddy and wet.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

In the summer months, the Hopewell Rocks can be extremely crowded making it a very challenging place to photograph. This time I was lucky, there were only a few people on the beach and I knew I could easily mask them in Photoshop later.

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod but used only middle exposure for editing.

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, applying Point Lobos preset first from Landscape Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (5, 9, 21, 31, 40)
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Buenas noches mis amig@s.
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Un caluroso saludo
Feliz inicio de semana...
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deepak bhatia

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Pierce Brewster

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Banff National Park, August 2012
 
hiking in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park...
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The rock colour and the plateaus make me think of Leukerbad.
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Viktor Elizarov

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East Point Shore (Prince Edward Island)
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I have a habit to go through the archives of my old photos in Lightroom to see if I can find or rediscover photos I missed originally or even rejected and see if I can revive them.

This is one of those rejected and never published or even processed photos I took in the summer of 2008 in Prince Edward Iland.

It is hard to believe that I took it almost 7 years ago. Lots of changes happened in the way we take photos and most noticeable in the way we process them.

When I analyze photos taken with my first Canon Rebel, what I notice first is the high level of digital noise and also the general softness of the images. The gradual evolution of the camera sensors made me forget that the noise was one of the main obstacles in achieving clean photos those days.

I had fun dealing with the old challenges, but at the same time, I have to admit that the modern processing and editing tools made it much simpler task.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

I took 3 bracketed shots hand-held (-1, 0, +1) but HDR processing was not the original intention because I had no idea about HDR existence in 2008.

But I am glad that I bracketed most of my shots those days because it allows me now to use new processing techniques like HDR merging or digital blending.

For this particular shot, I chose Photoshop based HDR workflow. I used the HDR Pro module of Photoshop to merge 3 bracketed shots to HDR
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Anna LeMind

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What is the Fibonacci sequence and where does it derive from? Why do we find it everywhere around us, from nature to art?
What is the Fibonacci sequence and where does it derive from? Why do we find it everywhere around us, from nature to art?
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