Category Archives: Photography

The No-Tulip Festival

This year we once again went to the Skagit County Tulip Festival. However, we were in a bit of surprise: the fields are yet to bloom due to the colder-than-usual winter.

Instead of driving around and watch the disappointing fields, we decided to visit the Roozengaarde and enjoyed their spectacular tulip patches. I took most of my photos in this garden.

Although the festival was about tulips, I managed to take a couple of shots of the dafodils, which are underrated in my opinion.

Here is a short video I took that day, just to test drive my Kodak Zi6 pocket HD camcorder.

For more pictures I took that day, visit my gallery.

Add The Mood Part Two

In my previous post, I turned one of my picture into old faded photo to convey the mood. Not wanting to stop there, I kept going with another picture. Upon visiting the Kayak Point Park, I walked by one of the Yuks–round tents. The air at that time was erie, even for day time. However, the picture does not deliver that atmosphere I want.
After cropping the picture, I use Lightroom’s Selenium Tone preset to turn it into a cold and erie monotone picture that could scare anyone with a weak heart.
In summary, if you are not happy with your picture’s mood, switching to mono tone could help.

Add the Mood to Your Picture

I was walking around downtown Seattle when I spotted this little girl playing a violin on the street. I tried to take a close-up shot of her, but my 17-55mm lens did not offer the zoom power I was looking for. I did not want to walk up close to her for fear of ruining her wonderful concentration and expression. So I thought to myself, “Hai, just take the shot and crop it later.” So, that was what I did. Below is the original picture I took that day:After cropping the picture, I was not entirely pleased because it have not expressed the mood that goes with her music. After a few tries, I finally found the fix by turning it into an old photo. What a difference! The mood is there, the facial expression is there, even her dog seemed to be at the right place and did the right thing.

Explore Your Photos with Lightroom’s Metadata Browser

Have you ever tried to look for a particular photo that was taken on a specific date, or by a specific camera? Lightroom’s Metadata Browser can help you to locate such a photo and more.

Last weekend, I had an out-of-state visitor and we talked about photography in general. When he asked me to show him some sample of a particular lens, in this case, my Nikkor AF 50mm f1.8D, I had no problem locating it under the Lens section of the Metadata Browser. The visitor was at awe of easy and speedy it was to pinpoint such information and thought that feature alone worth Lightroom’s full price.

To use the Metadata Browser, you must first switch to the Library module. You can do this in Lightroom by clicking on the “Library” module at the top right corner of the screen, or type ‘g’. Next, locate the “Metadata Browser” section in the left pane and click the disclose triangle to expand its sub-sections. Here, you can browser your photos by camera type, lens, file type, aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed rating, date, location, creator, and label.

I often find the camera type useful when I am trying to locate photos taken by a particular camera. For example, most of photos taken with my camera phone is for note-taking purpose. Therefore, by locating these pictures, I can browse through my notes. You can also browser by date to locate pictures you took on a specific date (birthdays, picnic, …) Even the lens browser is interesting: By looking at the lenses and the number of photos taken by each, I can have a general idea which lens is my “pet” lens (current, the 18-200mm) and which is not (my 12-24mm).

I am confident that you will find even more uses for this feature. Go to the library and use the Metadata Browser. Soon you, will find yourself hooked.