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Viktor Elizarov

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Fallen Tree At Merced River (Yosemite)
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The very fist time I visited Yosemite National Park a few years back it was middle of May. Even though I had a great experience with the good weather and lots of photos, what surprised me the most was how crowded park was. The park was full of tourist buses and sometimes it felt that I was in the urban park and not in the remote location in the middle of mountains.

This year I had an opportunity to visit Yosemite in the middle of April and I was absolutely sure that it would not be so packed. What I did not realize that it was National Park Week and although I appreciated the free entry, by the noon park was full.

But it did not prevent me from taking some interesting photos like the featured shot below. That was the very last photo of my trip. Just before leaving the park and driving to San Francisco I stopped at the Merced river and took a couple of shots.

SHOOTING

The idea for this shot was to place the fallen tree in the foreground and to have Yosemite Valley as the backdrop of the composition.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

The goal of the editing was to emphasize the colors and the textures of the Yosemite.

I used Point Lobos preset from my Landscape Collection and used TOOLKIT to boost colors and details.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (9, 18, 21, 31, 39)
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Viktor Elizarov

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Late Morning at Ragged Point in Big Sur (California)
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The Ragged Point is a spectacular overlook along the California State Route 1 in the vicinity of the Big Sur area. When you drive along the coast from South to North, the point indicates the beginning of the mountainous segment of the drive.

Even though the Ragged Point provides an unprecedented view of the coast, the photography opportunities are limited there. The tall trees block the view towards the South and what you see here is the pretty much only angle you can get.

The last time I visited the point I did not get the shot I wanted. It was early morning and the sun was still very low. The only option I had was to shoot directly into it.

This time, the light was much more favorable. The sun was much higher and the tall trees behind me partly were blocking the harsh late morning light, creating shaded shelter for me.

SHOOTING

Since it was not my first time visiting the Ragged Point overlook I knew in advance what shot I wanted to compose.

I wanted the tree at the edge of the cliff to be a focal point of the composition but at the same time not blocking the coastline with the Ragged Point in the distance. I wanted the Pacific Coast to serve as the background for my composition.

To be able to execute my plan, I had to disconnect my camera from the tripod and climb a big log at the edge of the vista. I took a series of bracketed shots handheld.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

I used Point Lobos preset from my Landscape Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos(9, 13, 15, 20, 31)
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Viktor Elizarov

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Foggy San Francisco Bay (California)
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After visiting San Francisco Bay Area for years I realized that trying to predict or even guess the weather are impossible tasks. I stopped trying it a long time ago. All you can do is to wait for a half hour or so and there is a high chance that everything will change.

Before taking this shot at Battery Godfrey I was at China Beach and it was a clear day with the boring sky. But, only a short drive later I witnessed this amazing view with the low clouds and not usual fog, covering the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

And after waiting for another 15min I managed to place a cargo ship leaving San Francisco in my composition.

Everything was unplanned and unpredictable.

SHOOTING

The shooting part was easy. I was shooting on a tripod and I took 3 bracketing shots with 1EV intervals.(-1, 0, 1). All my attention was concentrated on how to place 3 main elements of the scene (tree, bridge, and cargo ship) into a meaningful composition.

PROCESSING

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing System in the combination with my brand new Lightroom HDR Preset Collection.

First, I applied HDR Base 1 preset form HDR Preset Collection and later used TOOLKIT adjustments to boost the contrast and saturation.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: HDR Base 1 (2, 9, 13, 17, 22, 32)
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Brian Tobin (BTobinPhoto)

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Denton, TX Photographer Brian Tobin (BTobinPhoto) specializes in Art, Charity, Concert, Corporate, Destination, Event, Fashion, Headshot, Lifestyle, Photojournalism, Portrait, Product, and Wedding photography.
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Rene Polanco

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Nikon D7000 35mm prime 
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Suchit Nanda

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Recent visit high-resolution images of Vienna, Austria posted on my website: PhotonicYatra
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#photonicyatra #travel #vienna #austria
 
Recent visit high-resolution images of Vienna, Austria posted on my website: PhotonicYatra
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#photonicyatra #travel #vienna #austria #suchitnanda
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Bill Chizek

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Stolen Moments
An old Beuscher C Melody saxophone and a real book.
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Viktor Elizarov

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Campground on Grand Manan Island (New Brunswick)
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This is probably the most spectacular campground I had the chance to visit. The first time I encountered it probably 10 years ago while exploring the Bay of Fundy in Atlantic Canada.

The campground is set on top of the cliffs of the island and it is a perfect location for whale watching while having a quiet meal.

At the time I took the featured photo the morning fog was not completely gone and I really liked the effect it created by hiding the horizon. It looked if the ocean was seamlessly transitioning into the sky.

SHOOTING

When I saw the ferry ship fast approaching the island I knew it was my chance for an interesting composition. I had to run for 300 meters or so to the edge of the cliff where I had enough space to set up the tripod.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

I wanted to emphasize the vastness of the predominate blue hues of the sky and the ocean. Also I wanted to boost green/yellow colors of the campground to create a stronger contrast with the blues.

The Point Lobos preset from my Landscape Collection does exactly that and it was an easy choice. I applied Point Lobos  first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (1, 13, 17, 32, 37) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Hiking in the Magic Forest of Point Lobos (California)
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I am very excited that in only 48hours I will have another chance to visit and photograph Point Lobos.

I am in the final stage of the preparation for my unexpected, last minute trip to North California. Once again I will get to experience the amazing drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Point Lobos State Reserve has a number of distinctive areas of the park and it takes at least a day to visit all of them. But, when I am in a rush and I do not have the entire day to dedicate to the park, I always start with Cypress Grove Trail which is my favorite area of the park.

SHOOTING

The only challenge I had with this shot was the group of people who walked very slowly, stopping every few meters refusing to leave the scene. After waiting for a couple of minutes I decided to take a shot and remove people later in Photoshop.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

The main goal here was to bring back vibrant colors of the forest and emphasize the variety of the textures of the forest, the cliffs, the ocean and the sky.

One of my favorite Lightroom presets from Landscape Collection called Point Lobos and I knew from the very beginning that I would use it to edit photo of Point Lobos, just to be consistent :-)

I applied Point Lobos first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (9, 13, 17, 21, 31) 
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Bill Chizek

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Happy Birthday Chiefs!
US Navy Chief Petty Officers were established on April 1, 1893. Happy Birthday Chiefs!
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Viktor Elizarov

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Ground Zero Sunset Reflections (New York)
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Once again I went trough my Lightroom archives and selected the photo I took a long time ago. I was never happy with the final result even though I made multiple attempts over the years. I decided to take another shot.

It was 2006 and it was the very first time I visited New York after 9/11. Although it was almost 5 years past since the tragic event I still could see the traces of the destruction on some building surrounding the area.

I was standing on the sidewalk facing the World Financial Center with my back to the fence surrounding the Ground Zero. My goal was to capture the reflections of the place where Twinn Towers ones stood.

For me, it was an emotional experience.

SHOOTING

I was shooting hand-held. I did not have a wider lens than 17mm and it was not wide enough when taking architectural shots from the close distance. I had to cheat by tilting the camera to be able to fit the World Financial Center building diagonally in my composition.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

First, I applied Lightroom preset Eclipse from my Cityscape Collection and later used TOOLKIT to adjust increase the contrast and the saturation.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Eclipse(1, 9, 16, 20, 34)
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Viktor Elizarov

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Valley of the Gods Road (Utah)
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I just returned from a 2-week long driving trip to the Southwest.

I started the trip in Phoenix and after driving through Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California, I completed the journey in Los Angeles.

This time, I set a personal record by covering a distance of 5200 km (3200 miles).

I did a similar trip 2 years ago but what made this year trip different was my goal to visit less popular destinations.

If I had to choose a single image that the best represents my latest trip, it would be the photo I took in Valley of the Gods in Utah. The main reason for choosing this photo was the extensive dirt road driving I did during the trip. When I was returning the rental car at LA airport it was covered with the layers of the dust of different colors from various dirt roads of the Southwest.

I took a total of 5700 photos. But, since most of them were bracketed shots it approximately represents 2000 of unique captures.

SHOOTING

Valley of the God road is a 30km dirt road that becomes unpassable when it is raining. I entered the road about 90min before the sunset and completed the ride when it was already dark. During the 2 hour drive, I probably stopped 20 times and took a bunch of shots from the side of the road.

I strategically kept the tripod unfolded to save time. All I had to do is to stop the car, open the hatch and grab the tripod with the camera, ready to drive to the next spot only a few minutes later.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

I used Point Lobos preset from my Landscape Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos(1, 9, 16, 20, 34)
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Bill Chizek

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Marina Fog
The fog filled marina in Coronado, CA.
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Brian Tobin (BTobinPhoto)

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2016 III Forks Dinner, Auction, and Golf Tournament

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Denton, TX Photographer Brian Tobin (BTobinPhoto) specializes in Art, Charity, Concert, Corporate, Destination, Event, Fashion, Headshot, Lifestyle, Photojournalism, Portrait, Product, and Wedding photography.
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Bill Chizek

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Never Forget
The jacket of a Jewish concentration camp victim on display the El Paso Holocaust Museum. http://www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org
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Bill Chizek

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Sonomatic
The AM radio on the dashboard of a 1958 Buick Special.
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Viktor Elizarov

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Big Sur Magnificent View (California)
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I just returned from the one week long trip to California. It was not a very well-planned, last minute trip.

I flew to Los Angeles and took my time driving to San Francisco along California State Route #1. I stayed for a night in Morro Bay and it took me two days to get to San Francisco.

I spent the rest of the trip around San Francisco and at the very end of my stay, I took a one day trip to Yosemite.

It was supposed to be a short and relaxing trip but when I was returning the rental car at San Jose airport, ready to fly back to Montreal, I realized that in 7 days I drove for 3000km (1800 miles).

SHOOTING

In general, the trip was not too favorable with the regards to photography. The weather was hot with hazy air and absolutely no clouds for the duration of the trip. The only exception was the afternoon of the last day of the trip just when I was ready to fly home.

When I saw a clear sky with the clouds, I took a short drive to Big Sur area and was rewarded with some interesting shots.

I stopped the car at the side of the road and took a couple of bracketed shots. It took me less than 5min and I was on the way to the next vista.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

The main goal for this photo was to convey the experience of the road trip through the Southwest. I used the road as the leading path into the composition.

The Natural preset from my Landscape Collection does exactly that and it was an easy choice. I applied Natural  first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (1, 9, 12, 16, 20, 31) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Driving Through Kolob Terrace (Utah)
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That was the day of my driving trip through the Southwest when all my plans went down the drain.

I woke up before the sunrise in the town of Kanab (Utah) and drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where I was planning the spend the rest of the day including the sunset. You can imagine my surprise when I reached the Jacob Lake junction and discovered that the North Rim was still closed to the public. I guess I did not read the small print while planning my trip back in Montreal.

I had no idea the North Rim is closed for the winter for 6 months every year from November 15the through May 15th.

Since it was my last day allocated to Utah and Arizona and I had not backup plans and no time for emergency planning, I went to Zion National Park for help. At the Canyon Overlook Trail, I talked to the employees of the park and asked to recommend me something less obvious than Angels Landing. They pointed me to the Kolob Terrace is a lesser popular section of Zion, accessible by the Kolob Terrace Road.

The Kolob Terrace Road offers completely different perspective on Zion National Park. For 30-40km the road winding up and up until it reached the altitude of 2500m (8000 feet) from where you can observe pretty much the entire park in one panoramic view.

This is where I spent the entire day and took the featured photo just before the sunset.

SHOOTING

It was the typical “road trip” approach to photography. When I saw this magnificent view I just stopped the car and took a few shots from the side of the road. Actually, in this case, it was from the middle of the road.

PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing.

The main goal for this photo was to convey the experience of the road trip through the Southwest. I used the road as the leading path into the composition.

The Point Lobos preset from my Landscape Collection does exactly that and it was an easy choice. I applied Point Lobos  first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (10, 17, 21, 24, 40) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Cooking RAWs – Editing Your Photos Challenge
--> http://www.phototraces.com/cooking-raws/14-cooking-raws-editing-your-photos-challenge/

This is a new edition of Cooking RAWs series where I ask people to send me one of their unprocessed RAW photos and I would give them a few ideas how to approach the Lightroom editing in the most efficient way. 
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Bill Chizek

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Dice
What would the inside of a 1956 Chevy Bel Air be without dice in southern California? This was taken at the 2016 Temecula Rod Run, a pretty amazing car show!
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Yup, it was a very 'in your face' interior.  Thanks for looking!
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