The thing about Point Bonita Lighthouse is that you can only get to it between 12:30 and 3:30, making any sort of golden hour, let alone, blue hour, photos impossible. So I’m left with images that I feel require a lot of work, particularly given the conditions—overcast and super windy—when both spare batteries were dead.
All I can think of after three hours of playing around in Zoner 15 is “franken-photo.” What I did to these images was not natural.
But it’s all I can do with limited talent.
I should probably go eat something for dinner now.
It may have taken me all morning, and the results may be complete and total shite, but I finally used something other than Picasa to process photos. The foggy and overcast conditions (and total lack of skill) simply called for more power and flexibility. And even though I have Raw Therapee and GIMP, I have never warmed to those programs.
Yet, unwilling to pay for Lightroom—because, let’s face it, how embarrassing is it to pay for software and not really know how to use it to full advantage?—I was left with few options.
And then, lo and behold, Zoner Software was offering its deprecated version of Zoner Studio for free! I’d never heard of it before, but ok, it was free! And it has masks! Do you know how long I’ve wished that Picasa had masks? Or the ability to work on certain parts of an image like Snapseed? A really long time. Do you hear that google?
So strap on your safety belts, folks, ‘cause its going to get a little wild here with backgrounds and foregrounds doing things that they probably shouldn’t be doing. I’m like a kid in a candy store; with no taste.