Tuesday, January 29, 2013

An Odd Still Life...
























I've been spending a lot of time in Lightroom these days, learning the ins and outs of the program thanks to Kim Klassen's Round Trip online course.  The more time I spend in Lightroom, the more I'm loving it.  My image files are finally getting organized in a logical way and I can find them within seconds instead of having to search through endless places on my hard drive, sometimes never finding the shot I was looking for...they were in a real mess!  Once I finish adding keywords to all my archived photos (something I'll be working on a bit at a time over the next couple of weeks...or months) I will be able to find any shot with a few quick key strokes!

Today I've been experimenting with the 'develop' part of the program in which you can do some pretty amazing processing of your images and save presets of multi-step adjustments to be used over again.  I've only been at it for a short time, but I am already loving the capabilities of this software!  I can't wait until I actually know what I'm doing!  It also works seamlessly with Photoshop Elements, so I can add textures, text, etc. and then pop back into Lightroom again to catalogue the finished image.  So fabulous!

Today's image is a silly still life of an apple, an orange and a frog (I needed a third and the frog was within reach).  I really never intended to do anything with the shots I took...I was just goofing around with taking raw images and doing some processing in Lightroom, but I kind of like the end result.

This photo is being linked to Our World TuesdayTexture TuesdaySweet Shot Tuesday, Photo Art Friday and Orange You Glad It's Friday.

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  1. You're doing a great job with Lightroom. This processing is lovely. I love the soft focus and how the orange stands out.

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  2. I think this is a fun combination, well done!

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    1. Thanks Laura! You've got to love the silly grin on that frog :o)

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  3. I love the edition of the frog, and he looks like he does too! ;)

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  4. Interesting shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. It is beautiful how the orange stands out vividly and clear, agains to soft and blurry background!

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  6. What a fun image, Linda. Sounds like you're having fun in Lightroom. I'm in the class too and I love the amazing things you can do to your photos so quickly. The organizing had me a bit crazy but it will click I'm sure. Great to see your wonderful work.

    Eileen Sottovia

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Yes, it will click, and once it does you will love it. I must say the first couple of days I was a bit overwhelmed with my attempts at finding all my archived photos (what a mess!) but after that it's been great seeing how logical and amazing Lightroom is.

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  7. This is fun that could make one forget the hours. My kind of fun :) That's beautiful art you came up with. Wish I could do that too one of these days.

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    1. Thanks Hazel. It really is a lot of fun. Just pick up a camera, get some editing software and start playing. You'll love it!

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  8. Great post. You might think about linking to "orange you glad it's Friday" too (http://www.hoodphotography.com/).

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    1. Thanks. And yes, I guess I could couldn't I.

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  9. Linda, I love your image. It looks like you've been using lightroom for ages. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Nikki. It sure is a great bit of software!

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  10. Wonderful photo and love the quote ~ so true ~

    Carol of A Creative Harbor ^_^

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  11. You just never know what gem you will get when you juxtapose unrelated elements together. Great work. Glad to hear you are enjoying - should I say - conquering Lightroom!

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    1. Thanks so much Bonnie. I'm having fun playing with next week's challenge too!

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  12. nicely done....I need to check this 'Lightroom' out...

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    1. Thanks! Lightroom is a bit intimidating at first, but it is so incredible. Kim Klassen's Round Trip class is awesome for getting you into Lightroom with ease.

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  13. Very impressed by the organising of all your photos. Maybe I need to take a leaf out of your book and learn how to do it!

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    1. Thanks. I can't say enough about how great Lightroom is. I wish I got a kickback for giving them so much praise, but it truly is amazing!

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  14. you bring such a sense of fun and artistry to everything, Linda. I always pay close attention to your posts which opens my mind to new and different ideas.

    I DO love the frog's face. just makes me happy.

    p.s. I am so glad you've shared the past couple of weeks about Lightroom as I thought it was a "great big hairy brown bear" of a program... that is until your birthday post when I discovered it really is an adjunct to PSE. I appreciate knowing though it's all quite BEyond my reach. in fact, it has inspired me to BEgin organising things more deliberately and think BEforehand about just lumping stuff into a folder. so many thanks!!

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    1. Thank you so much Currie. You always make me blush with your sweet comments! If you do decide to get Lightroom, I recommend taking Kim Klassen's Round Trip e-course. It's fabulous and makes getting in to Lightroom, and using it seamlessly with PSE so straight forward. I am so glad I finally went for it (I've been riding the fence for such a long time!).

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  15. I love Lightroom as well. What a wonderful tool to have, isn't it.

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  16. What a fun edit. I really like how the orange just "pops" in this piece and that quote works so well.

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    1. Thanks Ida. I thought the quote was sort of fun with the image.

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  17. I love this! It's kind of cheeky, and a happy picture... Love the attitude!

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    1. Thanks. It's fun to just goof around and sometimes you get something worth processing. :o)

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  18. Somehow that frog makes total sense...for a blog HOP♫♪ Here's my Orange effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/curve-here.html

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    1. That's too funny, but yes, I guess he does. Thanks!

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