I Spy With My Little Eye...

A duck! I climbed, or rather walked up this interesting tree with an almost horizontal trunk leaning out over the lakeshore.

Just swimming by.

Another photo that is dodged and burned using Lightroom's adjustment brush and varying exposure. The shadowed areas of the tree are darkened and the bright spots of sunlight hitting the tree are brightened.

The Selfie at the Beach

I rarely take selfies, but I was in a good mood and in a beautiful place and time. I was perched atop a couple of rocks, very close to the surf, along with my tripod. The benefit of the rocks was to keep the tripod from sinking into the sand and to keep my shoes somewhat dry. 

This was taken with the new front facing Facetime camera on the iPhone 6 in a square crop. My arm was outstretched behind me. Funny thought occurred to me that I was probably emulating a pose from the Camera Sutra. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Camera, I think. Sexy.

Deep Blue Water

The water at Lake Solano is so still and the reflections so strong and the water has a deep blue color. This is looking upstream towards Lake Berryessa. Mostly Lake Solano is a wide deep area of the Putah creek, a reservoir artery of Solano County.   

The deep blue water.

Powerful Black & White Seascape

With the sun peeking in and out of the clouds around sunset, I had some color issues with this composition. I couldn't find a satisfying white balance. Well, why not go Black and White with it?

High contrast black and white - with dodging and burning.

So, some technical info about the photo: f/22, 2.5 seconds, ISO 160 with an ND filter. 

Lightroom basic panel settings

Lightroom basic panel settings

For basic processing, I dropped the highlights and raised the shadows, then set white and black points to bring back contrast. This spreads the histogram across the spectrum. Then I grabbed an adjustment brush to dodge and burn. I brushed the brighter parts of the rocks and surf, making them lighter, and darkened parts of the rocks.

Adjustment brush overlay

Adjustment brush overlay