Today was the first day in quite some a while where I found myself with a good chunk of time to devote to editing photos. I decided to focus on some images taken last week in Yosemite National Park with Amy and Tran. While the company was fantastic, I wish I could say the same for the sky. Alas, it was pure blue and very deflating. I had already posted a black and white photo of the area last week and I wanted to try something different.

So, I let myself ignore most of the failsafes that I usually have in place and just let myself have fun with the editing. To start, I blew away the pure blue sky. That, in and of itself, was very cathartic. I genuinely don’t care for blue skies. I love me some clouds. So that’s what I decided to composite in. Nicole was nice enough to give me her collection of stock cloud shots to peruse through.

Once I found one that fit my needs, I comped it in and applied a slight radial blur in Photoshop to give the clouds a sense of motion. With that done, I did a bit of stylization to bring out the local contrast in the mid-tones and warmed up the color temp of the lit rock face while cooling off the sky a bit. Both the masking of the sky and the stylization were done in onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8.1. Admittedly, it has been a while since I used these products but I was extremely impressed and am already looking forward to experimenting some more.

In any case, the morale of the story here is that sometimes, you just need to stop worrying so much about what you should or shouldn’t do with your images and just enjoy doing what you want to do with them. Some people will enjoy it. Some won’t. Neither should affect you so long as your bottom line is that you enjoy it.

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