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Last Post of 2014

by on Dec.24, 2014, under Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing

No Birds but Lots of Chicks

I was hoping to post a few sandhill crane photos from Whitewater Draw but it was a total bust. As I explained in a previous post, the conditions at WD were absolutely perfect but someone forgot to invite the cranes. There should have been 15,000 to 20,000 cranes there but I didn’t see more than 5000. Every crane was on the west side of the impoundment pond, at least 1/4 mile away from the observation decks. The rookery on the east side had fewer than 200 birds and the background was really ugly. Bottom line, I decided not to post any ugly photos. I’m hoping I might have another chance at WD in Feb if more cranes show up.

The only other unprocessed files I had left at this time were from the Arizona Shootout in November. After thinking about it, I decided nude photos were a bit much for this site so I cropped tight and demonstrated how Portrait Professional can make even young, attractive models look better. All the following photos were made with a Canon 5D MkII with a 24-105/4L USM and processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and Portrait Professional. BTW, PortraitPro is running a 10% discount on upgrades right now. At least, that’s what shows up on my screen when I go to the PP Upgrade page.

Brianna    Brianna

Elizabeth & Amelia    Elizabeth & Amelia

Mia    Mia

Jenny Marie    Jenny Marie

The order is mixed up so Before & After aren’t always in the same order. However, you should be able to easily see the difference after I ran each photo through Portrait Professional. If you can’t, you’re looking at the wrong parts!

BTW, registration is open for the April Arizona Shootout. If it’s anything like the one I attended in Nov, it should be a fun shoot with lots of glamour models including Playboy and Penthouse centerfolds. If you can’t find their site, drop me a line.

This is my last post for 2014. I wish all my readers a Merry, Merry and a Happy, Happy! I’ll see you on the flip side with more photos and more photographic tips & techniques.

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