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06 Jun

Needles

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cactus needles

Borrego Springs, CA. - March, 2010

05 Jun

Posterize Edits with Lightroom 5

Editing on the wild side

Under the Hood of Tone Curve Posterization

I stumbled into this style of posterized Lightroom edits after doing a daily photo edit for a month and a half. Perhaps I was getting a little bored with my daily edit challenge. From the beginning I was hoping to discover something new, as outined here.

Funny thing though, this techinque really isn't new. I first learned how to posterize an image using the tone curve on a Scitex machine in the early 90's, before I knew anything about Photoshop. I hadn't thought about doing it with Lightroom until I ran out of Develop Module tools to explore.

I've created quite a few of these images, and I am still enjoying the process. That's probably because I'm still discovering new things about it. 

Crazy Color Edit

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

This image is where I really started to bend the rules and the tone curve. The circular color shapes are added with color balance adjustments in a radial filter, but the crazy colors start by bending theTone Curve.

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04 Jun

Santa Anita

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Santa Anita Palm Trees

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia Ca. - March, 2008

03 Jun

Space Odyssey

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Disneyland Space Mountain

Disneyland Space Mountain, Anaheim California - December, 2011

02 Jun

York Street Subway

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York Street Subway

New York, New York - July, 2013

For this edit I wanted to evoke something cold and impersonal without loosing the energy and eccentricities of the subway.

Did I succeed?

29 May

Cotton Candy Capitol

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United States Capitol

Washington DC - July, 2013

28 May

Minted Liberty

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Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island, New York - July, 2013

24 May

Yosemite Valley

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Yosemite Valley

Yosemite, Ca. - August, 2012

23 May

Golden Lincoln

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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC - July, 2014

This is my second attempt at a Lincoln image. I wasn't very happy with the first one. For this technique, I definitely think less is more. I really like how this one turned out.

22 May

California State Capitol

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California State Capitol, Sacramento, Ca. – April, 2014