27 Dresses

is a movie I will never see. I don’t like Katherine Heigl. But enough about my countdown, tonight I have a bunch of photos from my vacation in Amsterdam last year. Before I get into the content of the photos I should say that I’ve been using a new program to organize and do some interesting new things with my photos. I tried it months ago but didn’t understand why I needed it or how it would be any different from Photoshop, now I know it’s a big deal.

Adobe Lightroom has become the new hotness in my life. The short version is that I can organize, rate and edit photos in huge batches without having to painstakingly edit each photo. I also have a pretty sweet collection of filters, treatments and effects to play around with which is why all the photos from this “30 posts in 30 days” looks so much different from the types of photos I would post months ago. This has allowed me to try out some very different looks to whole swathes of photos I didn’t know what to do with and the result is some pretty spectacular shots from Amsterdam in the daytime. For example the vintage look to the fox hunt photos, the bleach-process to the cliff diving competition and last night’s black and white treatment.

Originally I was psyched that I had so many great night scenes from my trip to Amsterdam but I was disappointed at the heavy gray days and constant drizzle. Now I’ve found the perfect look for these shots that really showcase how amazing the architecture looks in Amsterdam. Enough chatter, let’s get to the good stuff.

29 and counting

Tonight’s post features some more photos from that strange Saturday. From fox hunting in the morning to some cliff diving in the afternoon. This past weekend the ICA hosted the Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition where divers from around the world willingly jumped off a museum into the harbor 93 feet below.

There was also this guy who parachuted into the harbor in a kayak.

And this photo is more of a proof of concept for this editing style. It’s not one of my strongest photos seeing as the landing is hidden behind the cars but I was happy with how the progression of the dive is visible.

 

 

30 in 30

Tonight marks the first post of my next challenge: 30 posts in 30 days. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes getting my new site up and running and it’s been my goal to have it up and running by the end of the month. On top of that, I really need to finish my business cards. The trap I keep falling into is part of the dilemma of digital photography. Every month I feel like my skills at editing and manipulating the photos is growing and to put something up for sale feels very final. The idea of putting something out into the world and saying “here, it’s done” becomes one thousand times more difficult for me when I know in another month I might be able to realize the vision in my mind that much better.

This has been the most exciting summer I’ve had in a long time with some very unique moments. For example, my parents have been staying at this estate in Hamilton while their home in Marblehead is being renovated.

And over last weekend the family who owns the estate was host to a fox hunt. This was a call I never expected to get but I’m very glad I did.