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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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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).

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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
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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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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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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
https://t.co/yL4QUDmvil
#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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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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Viktor Elizarov

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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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