The Photograph That Changed It All…

I was editing a photograph, I took in Put-in Bay, in Lightroom 6. However hard I may try using the spot healing brush in LR 6 I was not able to get rid of the ugly power lines cutting across the center right hand side of the photograph and ruining the look and feel. Then I was reminded of Rajan Parrikar‘s words from his post ‘Chamundeshwari of Pilgaon‘ on his blog:

Enter Miss Photoshop. Eliminating the intruding lines is now trivial: trace a path, then stroke it with the spot healing brush in “content-aware fill” mode and voila!

And I decided to give Miss Photoshop a chance. And from that day on there has been no looking back. Today my default workflow involves basic adjustments in Lightroom and then finer and more refined adjustments in Photoshop using the NIK plugins, now acquired by DxO. Thanks Adobe and team for this incredible tool that you have given us!

Presented below are the straight-out-of-camera and the edited versions of the aforementioned photograph:

Straight-out-of-camera Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Straight-out-of-camera
Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

After Editing Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

After Editing
Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

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Paleobotany

Once thought to be extinct, the Wollemi Pine is one of the oldest and rarest trees in the world dating back 90 million years to the age of dinosaurs. This “living fossil” was discovered in Australia’s Wollemi National Park in 1994 where fewer than 100 adult trees remain. The Wollemi pine is classified as Critically Endangered (CR) and is legally protected in Australia.

Wollemi is an Aboriginal word meaning “look around you, keep your eyes open and watch out”. For getting this photograph I neither had to go to Australia nor all the way back to the Jurassic age. I simply went to 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, OH.

Wollemi Pine Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Wollemi Pine
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L