Last month, ATB Financial celebrated a huge milestone — 75 years in business! Definitely impressive, so I was happy to have several of my images used as part of their promotional items. I blogged about this last month when the first image was released, and the other two were released shortly after. You can download the postcards on their site!
It’s no secret I am a proud Albertan and love nothing more than to spend countless hours being wandering our Alberta Rockies, watching the sun slowly rise or set over our beautiful prairies, observing our incredible wildlife or driving down those dusty ol’ Alberta dirt roads, looking for adventure with my camera in hand.
Congrats again, ATB!!
See you in the field!
I make it no secret on our Shutter Time podcast I’m not the biggest fan of post processing. Besides the lack of time, I get very antsy being tied down to a chair outside of my regular work to begin with, as well as the idea of digitally manipulating a photo causes me to tense up. Is it because I’m a purist? Hell no! It’s because I’m not entirely comfortable. I feel at home behind the lens, but in the post processing step — it can be fun at times, but I often feel uninspired.
I’m going to start writing about my post-processing explorations here and there, maybe for accountability, but also just to put it out there. As a commitment to my own photography, I plan to continue exploring the possibilities in post. For my photography, outside of wildlife images for the most part, I say landscapes and the rest are fair game — so what is an edit shy gal to do?
Step 1 – Continue learning with Lightroom. There are some killer tips out there and since I prefer Lightroom for editing and inventory control, it’s worth investing my time to maximize my use. The best Lightroom site I think is Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom Killer Tips. Matt is pretty much a Lightroom genius and you cannot go wrong with spending time on any of his sites.
Step 2 – Presets, y’all! As we all know, LR has their own presets, we can create our own and also get them from other sources. Many folks (like Matt) offer some for free and others offer presets for a price, like the good folks at VSCO.
Step 3 – Plug-ins! Nik Collection by Google is my go-to choice for plug-in goodness! I have the whole collection and now the price is so affordable, it’s hard not to jump in. I only wish that price was available when I picked it up originally! haha
Step 4 – Suck it up and learn Abobe photoshop. With the killer new price of Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s pretty much neon flashing lights welcoming judgmental pusses like myself to sign up and have a go at it! While I only have CS5 installed on my Macbook Pro, photoshop has yet to be used. (Though I do use Adobe Audition all the time for audio!) I just purchased LR5, but it’s unopened and I’ll be returning it and jumping on the Creative Cloud bandwagon. Why the hell not, right?
Step 5 – Make time and follow through. Good luck to me!
This post, I’ll focus on the delicious filmy goodness that are VSCO presets. My Shutter Time co-host, Mac, has talked about VSCO presets on the show in the past, so at his urging I purchased a couple of the packs to start with, the VSCO 02 Classic Film and 04 Slide Film.
It’s great — they have the presets tailored for each of the mainstream cameras — Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, etc, as well as the standard camera presets. There is a long list of film presets for each pack, such as Agfa Scala 200, Fuji Astia 100F, Fuji Fortia SP, Fuji Velvia 50, Fuji Velvia 100, Kodak E100G and much more in the 04 Slide Film pack; with Fuji Neopan 1600, Fuji Superia 100, Fuji Superia 1600, Ilford Delta 3200, Kodak Portra 160 VC and more in the 02 Classic Film pack. You can tweak the presets, as there are also the toolkit features and I’ve been mixing and matching presets, adding my own tweaks and saving them as new presets. I haven’t had much time in the past few weeks to tinker with these presets, but I decided to throw out some of my 2009 Jasper National Park images in the ol’ edit cruncher to see what I can come up with.
To test out the presets, I took some old 2009 Jasper pics, most which were scouting / location snaps, to see what I could come up with. I’m not sure I’m onboard with the results, but it’s all about experimenting and I’m okay with that. I’ll keep putzing around in post to see what I can do.
This isn’t exactly a photography post, but since this all happened because of an iPhone photo, why not chat about it, right?
After we shot the sunrise, we were headed back to the bison paddock in Waterton, as I need some answers regarding the captive bison (more on that in another post). We saw a little slice of a rainbow, so we thought we’d get out, stretch the legs and watch it. After I took a few Canon snaps, I dug out my phone; whenever I take an iPhone photo, it’s often for someone else, so I made sure to snag this little silly rainbow for a mate. After we headed back to the car, as always I put my phone on my dash, but this time a little too close to the door. Long story short, we were crawling up the highway on foot not 30 minutes later looking for the dodgy little thing.
We couldn’t find it and I thought all hope was lost, but I decided to give it one last shot. Picture an extremely dusty car, driving down highway 6 at about 20kms/hr with the flashers on, eyes glued to the road, with no other traffic except the odd car, semi and tractor. Suddenly we noticed a farmer on a huge John Deere tractor hauling a red trailer, trying to flag me down. He was waving my iPhone at me, so I parked, flew out of the car and ran up to him, jumping up and down. He was an older chap, sweet as Mom’s homemade apple pie and so undeniably kind. He noticed us near his lot earlier when we stopped, found the phone and then saw us walk and drive up and down the highway and knew it belonged to one of us. I cannot believe I didn’t ask his name (awful), but I did burst in tears, as phones are replaceable, but not all data was backed up, and more importantly, sensitive client and work data was suddenly accessible had anyone found and kept the phone.
I’ve since made changes to the security on the phone, the farmer (affectionately referred to as Farmer Wayne) had a monstrous grin on his face from making my day, the data is safe and it was yet another reason why I am so in love with the beautifully kind folks of small town Southern Alberta.
This post would have been so much better with a photo of Farmer Wayne, but I wasn’t smart enough to make that click happen, so here is the damn wee rainbow I shot with my iPhone that aged me about 10 years, but also reminded me how cool folks can be.
See you in the field and thanks again, Farmer Wayne!