Photo Editing with Luminar 2018

When I’m taking photos with my DSLR, I always shoot in Camera Raw and use  manual setting. This means that I always need to do some editing of my photos, but I want to have that extra control and get the final version just the way I want.  I want to control the brightness, saturation,…

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Refugio Paz de las Aves

Many years before I visited Ecuador, I had heard about Refugio Paz de Las Aves, and its owner, Angel Paz, the “Antpitta whisperer”. You are probably wondering “And what exactly is an ant pitta?”  Antpittas are forest birds that feed on ants and other insects on or near the ground. They are dull-colored birds with…

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Boxed in by Landslides

Here’s the landslide at our lodge! Luckily no one was injured, and there were generators in the dining area so we were able to have normal meals. The lack of electricity in our rooms wasn’t too much of an issue since we were basically only there to sleep.  Another landslide in the other direction down…

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Dodging Landslides

To find more of the Choco endemics, we left our lodge very early one morning for a two-hour drive to the Mashpi-Amagusa Reserve. The specific location of this forest makes it special since this area is the last foothill-forest that directly connects to the lower subtropical western forest of Ecuador, and the change in altitude…

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Ecuador Birding Bonus

Once I decided on a trip to the Galapagos, I knew I also wanted to add at least a few days to bird and photograph on the mainland of Ecuador. I had heard about great birding in the cloud forests not too far from Quito, and after just little bit of research, I decided that…

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Learning about Boobies – Blue-footed, that is…

I must admit that the one bird I was most eager to see in the Galapagos was the Blue-Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii). It’s brightly colored blue feet, to say nothing of its name, have made it an iconic symbol of the islands, but unlike many other species found here, it is not endemic. Blue-footed boobies…

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Double those exposures!

Here’s the promised tutorial for creating blended images with the Enlight App for the iPad. First select your two images. The first should be a landscape image that  has a lot of detail. The second should be a portrait of an animal or a person.  It helps if the background of the portrait isn’t too…

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“Urbanize” your images for a new look – Enlight Tutorial

Here are step-by-step instructions for two of the examples I showed in yesterday’s post. Rather than a complete overview of the app, this shows how the Artistic/Urbanize options can transform your photos in a  few easy steps. The original butterfly photo had been edited in Photoshop including a texture layer to achieve this current look.…

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Be “Enlightened”

I have a whole collection of Photography apps on my iPads. Typically, I download one, experiment with it for awhile, then mostly forget about it.  So when I saw a new Photo app called “Enlight” in the App Store, I almost ignored it, even though it was listed as one of the “Best New Apps”. …

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