Random Challenge 12/15/11


I have put a new twist on my Random Challenges! I have made them a video tutorial so you can watch and learn from how I process my images.
In today’s challenge I take this image of a Tibetan dancer
And turn it into this image

Enjoy the tutorial and let me know what you think of the new format.

When watching the video click on the YouTube icon in lower right and on YouTube click the Large Player option  (the middle of the 3 screen sizes in bottom right)



 Take care,




Random Challenge #2







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 Before                                                                           After
I guess some Random Challenges are going to be easier than others. This one turned out to be fairly easy. I spun through my Lightroom library and ended up in Tibet 2010! Interesting enough it was a group of images that I hadn’t done much with before. So I picked this image of a man plowing a field with his horse. It was pleasant enough but I wanted to add a bit more impact. So the first step taken was to crop the image and remove the distracting rock wall behind the horse. Then I enabled the lens profile, which corrected for a bit of distortion (not sure why that didn’t happen automatically since it is in my Develop Preset). The next step was to use a little Luminance Noise reduction since it was shot at 1000 ISO. The next step was to go into the HSL panel and add a little saturation to the Yellows and Greens and some luminance to the Yellows. This helped a lot with the color. My last step was to use the adjustment brush to lighten up the horse a bit and to darken the foreground dirt and add a bit of a vignette to the image. And that’s all there was to that image!
Have a great Thanksgiving,


Dawn, The Makalu, Lhotse, Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu from Pang La, Tibet


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Pang La Pre-Sunrise


Just a quick entry today! Two more from the latest trip to Tibet. Both taken at Pang La, a mountain pass. The Himalaya Range is looking south. You can see 4 of the 6 highest peaks in the world - the Makalu (8.462 m), Lhotse (8.516 m), Everest (8.848 m) and Cho Oyu (8.201 m). The pano is made of 9 vertical images taken with my Canon 1Ds Mark 3 and my 100-400mm L lens at 115mm. Exposures were .6 sec at f/14, ISO 100, mounted on Feisol 3372 Tripod and Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead. Stitched together in Photoshop.
The second shot is facing north with prayer flags and stars. I lit the prayer flags with my flashlight. Same camera, 24-105mm L lens, exposure was 20 sec at f/6.3 at ISO 1600, same tripod setup.





Sunrise on the Himalaya Range with Mt. Everest including 4 of the 6 highest peaks in the world!

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Sunrise, Potala Palce from Palubuk Monastery

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Tibet 2011 Part 2


What a great morning! I took the group out in the dark, early one morning to get to this vantage point, giving us a different look at one of the most famous icons in Tibet, the Potala Palace. After being in all the “standard” tourist locations crowded with Chinese tourists, it was nice to be the only ones at this location! We had a great morning with wonderful light before sunrise (see previous blog). And once the sun came up we were treated to another magnificent display of light.
This image is a HDR image created from 5 exposures taken at one-stop increments on Aperture Priority at f/14. I used my Canon 1Ds Mark3, a 24-105L lens, a Feisol CT-3372 tripod with LB-7572 Leveling Base, and a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head. The images were processed with Photomatix Pro to create the HDR image.
As you can see the light makes all the difference in the world and fortunately we had great light!  


Dancers, Tibetan Opera, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet

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Monk walking the Kora, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet

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Monks watching Cham Festival, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet

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