This is one interpretation of this picture of the sunset viewed from the stunning Meeru Island Resort in the wonderful Maldives.
The processing was mainly in the basic panel, with a bit of tweaking of the colours in the HSL panel.
The biggest problem I encountered was getting the white balance correct, as this is a very long exposure, a whopping 150 seconds at F8 with an ISO of 50.
This is why I enjoy travel photography so much. I get to take photographs like this!
I am going to post a couple of alternative edits of this picture of a Maldives sunset. One a variation in colours and tones, and the last image for today a black and white version.
If in doubt, leave it out.
Rick McEvoy Photography
These are my initial thoughts on the content of my photography blog going forwards from here.
Web page update - essential to keep the momentum going with the updating of all the pages on my website.
A general photography post - a bit longer about something photography related currently on my mind.
Stock – this includes actually getting my stuff out onto the stock markets. Photos and videos.
Gear - each week I am going to write about a piece of photography gear/ non-photography gear/ something of interest.
- New images – Building
- New images – Travel
- New images – Dorset
- New images – Hampshire
- Fifth feed - to be decided.
These 5 new images will form the output to all my social media channels
Image of the Week
Video - after the success of the videos of the Red Arrows at the Bournemouth Air Festival 2017 I am going to add more videos to my You Tube channel. And also add my 4K videos to Adobe Stock. I will explain - trust me it will make sense.
- Top 10s. I like top 10s. And they are great as pieces of content that work SEO wise.
- Talking of which - SEO - I will write about that on a monthly basis.
- Luminar - I want to get into this new software for the PC. Gently.
- Luminosity Masks - I need to give these a go.
- Photoshop - something new/ useful/ interesting.
- Lightroom- something new/ useful/ interesting.
- You Tube - my You Tube Channel
- Website - news on what is on my website. What I like. What I don't like. WHat I need to do.
- News - just any photography news that took my interest.
- On location - pictures of a location where I have taken some pictures. Great to show my photography gear in action.
- Plotagraph - what I have come up with in Plotagraph this month on my iPad Pro.
I am going to play around with this over the month of September and then 1st October have a new plan.
And no I have not forgotten those pictures of Santorini.
And another thing I need to do is publish everything in the draft folder on my blog - prepare for a week of completely random posts at the end of September.
Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP - Photographer, blogger, all round good chap.
Google can't read photos. Without all that metadata an image will have little or no contribution to people finding my images and me online.
And as photos are obviously a significant part of what I do this is quite important.
Add relevant metadata and your image works for you. And your image has the metadata embedded in the image proving it is yours and that the copyright is yours.
Quite important then.
I did not relise this in my early days learning digital photography. And I now have a Lightroom Catalogue with over 50,000 images.
So what to do?
I have tried setting aside time to go through my images and add metadata. But this never works - too many images - not enough time. I have tried this many many times but know I will never get to the end of this mammoth task.
So why bother? I do not need to do this for images sat on my hard drive. It is the ones that leave my hard drive that I am interesteed in.
Once I realised that, and accepted what is done is done, the problem became a much easier one to deal with.
And this is what I now do to every image that is issued to clients/ potential clients/ publications/ social media/ my website/ posted anywhere online.
Basically every image that leaves my hard drive.
OK - there is one big exception to this - pictures from my iPhone. But apart from them....
I add the following metadata in Lightroom in the Metadata fields in the Library Module.
- Filename - I rename the file to something relevant including a relevant keyword.
- Keywords - I add relevant keywords describing the content of the image. I add important ones like "no people" and "copy space".
- Title - I add a title to the image. This includes that same single keyword from the filename.
- Caption - this is a full text description of the image. I try to write something so Google can make out what the image is all about from the words. I add the keyword from the filename within the text. As well as the location. And my name.
This might seem like a lot of work, but it is not as bad as it sounds. It is an essential part of my workflow now. Just something I do.
For client work it is essential to me - once images have been issued to a client I have no idea where they might go so having all that stuff about the images and me is a good thing.
And once this is done in Lightroom the metadata stays with the image - I only have to do this once.
And as I am going to upping my game in the stock photography market this winter it is work I would have to do anyway.
Rick McEvoy - Photographer in Hampshire
OK. I have to confess. I have let the amount of content on my blog get out of hand.
How did I realise this?
"4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich." By Tim Ferriss.
And each time I listen another nugget of gold goes into my head and every now and then a positive action comes out of it.
Now I am nowhere near taking regular short retirements, but there is some great stuff in there.
I am listening to this book whilst driving.
And I got back to my office one day and thought - I have let my blog drive the photography work I do - (I have to qualify this to being the photography work I do in addition to other work).
The idea of my photgoraphy blog was to write about what I am doing. It was meant to be a natural extension of me pushing my photography skills and knowledge.
But recently I feel that my blog has been in the driving seat.
Now that I have realised this it is time to put my blog back where it should be - the output of the things I need to do to make my photography better.
My photography blog is going to be less structured in the future, around a range of things I want to talk about each month, but also aligned with my business priorities going forward.
Hopefully you will find the content more interesting, more spontaneous, more fun. And definitely more varied.
Rick McEvoy Photography - living the dream - well working on it
Portland Bill Lighthouse by Rick McEvoy Dorset Photographer
This is the original edit of the picture of Portland Bill Lighthouse, the famous Dorset landmark.
This image was captured on my Canon 6D, and was processed in Lightroom and Photoshop to produce this nice subtle image with pleasing tones and a feeling of calm. Not always the case at the foot of Portland I can assure you.
I am going to produce four alternative edits of this picture of the famous lighthouse - let me know what you think of the various images I post today.
No more words from me - just images.
Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP - Dorset Photographer
I enjoyed posting those alternative edits. Here is one more before I get back to the serious stuff. Well not too sreious I hope.
Portland Bill Lighthouse - four edits of one picture.
Rick McEvoy - Dorset Photographer