Waikiki Moonrise

Aloha, Waikiki! There wasn’t much to do – just intensify the colors and provide a little more contrast. I increased the contrast and clarity, vibrance and saturation. I had to decrease the noise quite a bit because I think I took this with my phone. I did a mixture of adjusting the highlights, shadows, blacks,Continue reading “Waikiki Moonrise”

Painted Eucalyptus – an ant’s-eye view

They’re so fascinating. As the bark peels off, the different layers are different colors. This is a tree I could hug. The original was kind of flat and dull. I increased the vibrance and saturation and used several different adjustment filters – two for the tree and one for the background. I took away theContinue reading “Painted Eucalyptus – an ant’s-eye view”

Painted Eucalyptus

The painted eucalyptus trees grow on the side of the road in Maui. Take the Road to Hana and you’ll pass by this grove. I wanted to crop in to get the scale of the girls and the trees. Changing the orientation from landscape to portrait helps, I think. I also worked with the settingsContinue reading “Painted Eucalyptus”

Strangled Palm

I took this picture because I was fascinated by the vines twisting and climbing their way up the palm tree. I knew it would look good in black and white. The lines are awesome, too. Twisty and curvy up the trunk and linear on the branches. The original wasn’t very impressive (other than the light,Continue reading “Strangled Palm”

Pearl Harbor

When you’re at the memorial and look down in the water, you can still see oil seeping up from the USS Arizona. The edit for this picture was mostly stylistic. I cropped to remove some of the foreground plants and to use the rule of thirds to place the memorial in the picture. I sharpenedContinue reading “Pearl Harbor”

Let’s go surfin’ now. . .

Everybody’s learning how. . . in Waikiki I wanted a touch of a vintage look. I picked a preset that I liked and tried to mimic it, instead of using it. I cropped in a little and healed out the falling, yellow leaf in front of one of the boards. I warmed the temp andContinue reading “Let’s go surfin’ now. . .”