A random journal of thoughts and recent images.

Luminar AI and Presets

The recent introduction of Luminar AI has resulted in several articles. Two, in particular, on PhotoPXL caught my eye. Both touch on the idea of using presets when developing your images. There are many presets to choose from. The image below shows the number available for Lightroom according to Google. For more about this, see here.

Aquatic Park

On a cloudy day that threatened rain, I spent an hour at San Francisco's Aquatic Park. I find that area to be interesting especially the Maritime National Historical Park. Unfortunately, the Park is closed because of the Covid19 restrictions so I just walked around the surrounding area. I was using my "street photography" setup - Fuji X-T1 with the XC35mm lens. (See here for some more example XC35 images.) I may become an advocate of prime lenses yet. You can see the other shots from the day here.

The Fishmonger

This sales person was trying to interest people in the fish market. His technique was to wave the live fish at folks as they walked by the shop. For a change, I asked if I could take his picture; he had no problem with that.

Sky Replacement

In the most recent version, Photoshop introduced “Sky Replacement.” Skylum’s Luminar 4 has Sky Replacement also. I thought it would ‘fun’ to compare the two. Since we’re Sheltering-In-Place, it seemed like a reasonable project to help pass the time. My test image is on the right. For the details of how it went, see here.

Rainy Day in Chinatown

Crossing umbrellas on a rainy day in San Francisco's Chinatown.

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