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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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Bill Chizek

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Under the Hood
A look under the hood of a 1964 Chevrolet Impala at the Rod Run in Temecula, CA.
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So happy to have found this community. I know nothing about web building but learning. I am ready for some good feed back, but take it easy on me. I know there are some real pros here.
How much to rent a photo booth? Smiles To Go Photo Booth Rental Company prices will make you smile.
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Viktor Elizarov

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San Francisco Bay - Point Bonita (California)
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This is one of my old photos I took years back and I re-edited it using the latest tools and techniques.

I took it while visiting San Francisco for the very first time. This the view of Point Bonita from Hawk Hill in Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita is located at the San Francisco Bay entrance and it is a perfect spot to observe the heavy traffic of the bay with the huge cargo ships passing by.

I really like the strong contrast here between the blue color of the ocean, the sky and the colors of the cliffs of the point.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I used HDR processing in Lightroom even though the light was not very dynamic and I could cover the entire range by using a single image only. I used the technique to produce the image with more digital information so could push it harder during editing. I described this technique in the case study: The Not-So-Obvious Reason for Using HDR.

After I produced HDR image in DNG format I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

First I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and later I used TOOLKITt to boost colors and contrast.

In order to improve the composition I changed the aspect ratio from 3×2 to 16×9.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (9, 13, 18, 32) 
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Brian Tobin (BTobinPhoto)

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72nd Annual Dallas Cotillion Club Gala benefiting Jonathan's Place
Denton | Dallas - Fort Worth | Art, Charity, Events Photographer
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Viktor Elizarov

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Shipwreck on a Rocky Shore of Gaspé Peninsula (Canada)
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This is one of the most exciting parts of the driving trips, discovering something new and unexpected. After you spend days planning the trip with all the sunsets and the sunrises scheduled, the hotels and the campgrounds, the hiking trails and observation spots, but you still always manage to find something surprising.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

The main challenge with this shot was the light. I stumbled upon this shipwreck in the middle of the day with the harsh light and not too many clouds in the sky. The second problem was the lack of the access points to the beach. The only choice I had was shooting from the elevated road.

The second problem was the lack of the access points to the beach. The only choice I had was shooting from the elevated road. I wanted to compose a few wide angle shots from the close range and lower perspective but I was out of luck.

Because of the harsh light and boring sky, I decided to use more aggressive editing with the help of my Cross Processed Preset Collection instead of Landscape set.

I also use editing with the twist. First, I created 2 different editing version (see below) and blended them together in Photoshop using Transparency Masks. 
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The Death Valley’s Dantes View (California)
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The Dantes View was the first stop in the Death Valley National Park during my drive from Las Vegas to the Eastern Sierra (California).

It takes 20km of an uphill ride to get from the elevation blow sea level at the valley all the way to 1700m (5,476 ft). When I entered the national park it was pretty hot and dry, what you normally expect from the desert. And when I stepped out of the car at the Dantes View I did not expect to face a chilly breeze. I dad to dive into the trunk of the car to fish out some warm clothes.

Even in the middle of the day with the harsh afternoon light and empty sky the view was simply spectacular. The colors, the textures, and the shapes were unforgettable.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

The challenge with the shooting was the vastness of the scene. From the moment I saw it I knew that I would have to do some kind of panoramic composition.

I took only two shots because I did not want to go beyond 16×9 aspect ration for the composition.

It was the perfect opportunity to test a brand new Boundary Warp feature in Panorama Merge module.

After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and after I used TOOLKIT to increase brightness(exposure), to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (2, 8, 12, 17, 22)

The last step in Lightroom was to clean up the sky using the Spot Removal tool.

In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool to clean up the image by removing the distractions in the foreground. 
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End of Summer (Prince Edward Island)
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The beauty of visiting Prince Edward Island is because of its relatively small in size, you can have an enormous variety of the scenes in a very short period of time.

The day I took the featured photo, I drove for 400km covering the coastal drives of the North Shore, East Shore and South Shore. And each part of the drive had its own distinctive feature. The drive started with the famous red cliffs of the island later the landscape transformed into beautiful dunes with the endless beaches. When I reached the East Shore it was the turn for the fields to dominate the view.

Even though it was a hot and humid afternoon it felt that the summer was almost over.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I stopped at the side of the road when I saw the filed with the iconic for PEI landscapes rolls of hay.

I was shooting on a tripod using the widest possible focal length of 10mm. The wide focal length tends to change the perspective by making foreground elements look much bigger and background much smaller. In this particular case, I was standing in a very close proximity to the rally of hey but on the picture, the distance looks much longer.

I set an aperture to f/14 to make sure I had everything focus, starting from the foreground rally all the way to the horizon.

It was a single RAW file editing.

I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (10, 13, 35) 
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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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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
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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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Viktor Elizarov

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Sunset Over Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick)
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I never lived close to the ocean or the sea and it is not often when I get to experience the sunset a far from the coast. That was one of those rare occasions.

That day I spent an eventful day on Grand Manan Island, which located in the middle of Bay of Fundy. On the way back to the mainland, I intentionally booked the very latest ferry of the day so I could experience and photograph the sunset in the open sea.

I was not disappointed..

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

Using tripod on a moving ferry was out of questions, plus the wind was pretty strong. I was shooting hand-held using single shot mode. I took a gazillion of shots knowing in advance that I would use only one or maximum two captures. But it felt good snapping the shots of the beautiful scene.

I used a single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

First I applied Lightroom preset Sunrise from my Landscape Collection and later I used TOOLKIT to make the photo brighter.

Then, I added 2 Graduated Filters, one to the top of the image and another to the bottom, with the blue overlay.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Sunrise (1, 10, 31) 
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Red Chairs Over the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick)
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It was the third days of my driving trip to Atlantic Canada. I woke up in Saint Andrews (NB) before the sunrise and two hours later I entered Fundy National Park. It was still pretty early.  The red chairs attracted my attention imidate. I spent al least 20min sitting on one of them and enjoying the peaceful view.

And 20 min later it was time to leave and to move to another spot. I love driving trips.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

Even though I was shooting directly into the sun, the sun was not completely exposed. It was partly shaded by the white clouds defusing the light a bit. The was the main reason I decided to bracket my shots by only 1EV value and not 2EV. And I knew from the beginning that I would have to use HDR processing.

After I produced HDR image, in order to improve the composition and to introduce a little bit of confusion, I flipped the image horizontally. Also, I changed the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 4 x 3.

After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

First I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and later I used TOOLKITt to boost colors, contrast and to recover the shadows.

In order to improve the composition,

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (9, 12, 16, 31)

The last touch was done in Photoshop where I covered the distractions with the Stamp Tool. Also, I added a layer filled with yellow color and set it to Soft Light blending mode to emphasize the warmth of the sunrise. 
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Twisted Road of Valley of Fire (Nevada)
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The day I took the featured photo was probably the most eventful days of all my travels.

That day I woke up before the sunrise in Kanab (Utah) and drove toward the Las Vegas (Nevada). On the way to Las Vegas, I stopped for a couple of hours at Valley of Fire State Park where I took this picture.

I stopped at Las Vegas airport to pick up my companion. From Las Vegas, after crossing a state line again, I entered the Deat Valley in California. The rest of the day I spent photographing different parts of the Death Valley and before the sunset I crossed the High Sierra mountains and got to my hotel in Bishop (California) late that night.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

Even though I was shooting with the longest focal length (70mm) of the lens I had, the twisted road of the valley was sill too far. My initial plan was to make the road the focal point of the composition. As the result, the first step of the editing process was to crop the photo tighter.

Also, I changed the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 4 x 3.

After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

First I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and later I used TOOLKITt to boost colors, contrast and to recover the shadows.

In order to improve the composition,

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 12, 17, 33)

In Photoshop, I used theStamp Tool to remove the distractions from the composition (cars). 
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Red Cliffs of Cape Tryon (Prince Edward Island)
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It became a tradition for me to stop by Cape Tryon every time I visit Prince Edward Island.

This year I kept the tradition alive but with the small twist. Instead of driving on a dirt road all the way to the cape I took an hour long hike along the beautiful cliffs of the north shore of the island.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do.

There were not any challenges with the shooting. The light was great and I had a plenty of space at the age of the cliff to set up my tripod. The plan for the shot was to make the textures and the colors of the cliffs the focal point of the composition.

First, I wanted to improve the composition, making it a bit tighter by changing the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 4 x 3.

After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

I applied Lightroom preset Shark Cove from my Landscape Collection and after I played with the TOOLKIT adjustments I realized that I needed to boost colors of the cliffs and the color of the sea by different values and it was not possible to achieve using TOOLKIT only.

I jumped to Lightroom’s right panel and made the following adjustments. I used Shark Cove preset as the starting point of editing. 
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High Sierra Mountains (California)
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This is the view from Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in High Sierra Mountains (California). The forest is famous for having the oldest trees in the world with the oldest pine estimated to be 4,842 years old. The forest is located at 3000 m (9,800 ft) above sea level.

When I woke up in Bishop (California) it was warm and pleasant morning in the middle of May, but when I reached Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest around noon, the temperature was just slightly above the freezing level.

When I woke up in Bishop (California) it was warm and pleasant morning in the middle of May, but when I reached the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest around noon, the temperature was just slightly above the freezing level.

It was cold but clear. Nothing would indicate that only if a few hours the Sierra Mountains will be hit by a major snowstorm and I will be trapped in the Sierra with all mountain crossings closed.

This is something I would never expect to experience in the month of May in California.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

It was a single RAW file editing. It was an easy and fast job. I did not have to change the composition so I jumed directly to Rapid Editing.

I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural ( 8, 12, 17, 32) 
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