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One of the downsides of the past 18+ months of the Pandemic is the fact that I really haven’t been able to get out and take any pictures. I have always been a bit of a shutterbug, and usually have a camera at hand, even if it is just my iPhone.

Alas, the last real trip to take pictures from was when we did a family gathering to Lake Shasta in fall of 2019.

Today, I have done some post processing. I have picked a few choice shots, and do some tweaking.

My signal path is pretty simple. I use some filters that I purchased from Topaz Labs, but the latest vintage of Photoshop and the Mac OS don’t support the old style plugins, but the ones I had bought allowed me to get their new Adjust AI tool. Adjust was the one that I used the most, and the new version is pretty slick.

Once I get it adjusted the way I like, into Photoshop it goes, and I do any extra adjustments, and sometimes add a border.

First up is a meadow shot at Lassen National Park. On the far side of the volcano, this was right off the road. This was late September 2019, and it was mid afternoon.

The before:

The before - a meadow from Mt Lassen NP
The before - a meadow from Mt Lassen NP

The after:

After the tweaking and adding a border
After the tweaking and adding a border

This is a pretty solid uplift in the image and how it pops.

The second shot was a sunrise shot, at Shasta lake. We were there visiting with Family, and one morning I grabbed this shot around the golden hour. I liked it, and decided to pimp it out.

The before:

Shasta Lake in the morning
Shasta Lake in the morning

The after:

Shasta Lake at sunrise, with processing

Looks pretty good to me.

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