Peak Reflection

Wishing everyone a peaceful and prosperous New Year!


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The Golden Hour

THE GOLDEN HOUR

No destination, no compass
Sixty glorious minutes passing by
Taking in the golden moments through my eyes
Savoring every second of the journey
For wherever the wind may take me

The Golden Hour

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A Bump In The Road

Looks like I hit another bump
In this long and winding road
The view is still ugly
And not very friendly

I am so tired
I’ve lost all desire
Wishing for my destination
So I can see salvation

Guess this is a sign
I need to pull aside
And take a good look
At the mistakes I took

I have fought for my share
It’s only fair I ignore the stare
And follow my heart
To continue where I start

Not sure how to proceed
Though I do believe
With certainty
My heart will lead the way
To better days

Fire In The Sea

The Mystery of Life

The mystery of life… you never know what you’ll get.

The good, the bad, and the ugly…

And just when you think you finally know the answers…

There will be many more questions bottled up inside…

The Glass Tower

Instead of taking more photos, thought I would continue to play with Photoshop filters today. I found another useful filter effect — the Lens Flare. Like its name, it simulates lens flare effect. So, it’s best use on photos with reflecting objects such as glass buildings, water, or shiny surface.

I experimented on a photo I took of one of the many glass buildings in downtown Seattle. While I find the reflection of the clouds and bright blue sky interesting, there is nothing really special about the image.

When I added the lens flare, it created a faux sun reflecting from the side of the building. I thought this made the building look more impressive and gives a better impression of the bright sunny day that it was.

One of the important things to remember about working with Photoshop is to use layers. It will save you a lot of time and aggravation.

1. Duplicate original photo on a new layer
2. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare (You can change the brightness and lens type. For the brightness, I chose 100% and applied it twice separately. I find this gives it a softer flare. Like cooking, it’s easier to add more than to subtract.)
3. On a new layer, I added 25% saturation to bump up the blues and -2% lightness to compensate the brightness from the flare.

Another Day In Paradise

 

The Mixing Bowl

Darn it! Woke up this morning to snow, rain and gusty wind. It’s days like this that I envy my sister. She lives in Hawaii. Hum… maybe it’s time to pay her a visit. 😉

I was going to bake cupcakes for today’s post and instead, got distracted by the mixing bowl. I like the reflections and thought this would fit today’s daily shoot assignment: Make a photograph of something shiny or glossy, but not transparent. Emphasize the effect of the surface.