Skywatch Friday – Crossroads Sunset

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Logan has a friend who lives out south of town in the middle of nowhere. I don’t mind taking him for a visit because there almost always good photo ops at various places on the way including this crossroads where the main road turns. For some reason I like to take pics of the sunset with car headlights. It seems to me that it adds a little bit of motion to a set piece. I’m just a lowly picture taker so what do I know

I’m still learning how use Lightroom and Photoshop and I am definitely in the “Why had I not done this earlier?” mode. I really like how the various parts interact. I can open up and do basic edits in LIghtroom and then pass it easily to PhotoShop where I can send it to a Topaz filter. And like magic it sends to the Topaz edits back to Photoshop and Photoshop sends them Lightroom and in Lightroom I can publish directly to Flickr. It works so smoothly it is almost scary.

Next I’m going to learn layers in PhotoShop. I’m interested in layering images on top of each other. Just of the heck of it at first but I also want to see what I can do creatively with the techniques.

Oh well, enough for all that. I’m linking with Skywatch Friday.

24 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Crossroads Sunset

  1. Hootin' Anni

    Beautiful Yogi…and I must be honest with you, at first I didn’t see the headlights/car until I read your narration…now that I found ’em…I have to change the word ‘beautiful’ to exceptional!!!!

  2. Driller's Place

    Very nice image Yogi. Including the headlights into the image gives the image a whole different perspective. It places the human element and gives the scene scale. The whole scene is no longer dark and lonely, but a place that is traveled to and from by others. No, sir, you have not been a regular picture taker for quite some time. You have just been a photographer in denial. Have a blessed week.

  3. Peter B

    Pretty shot, and nice composition with the car and headlights. When I learned how to use layers and textures in PS, it was like my head exploded!! So many fun things you can do. Fortunately, there are a ton of good YouTube “how to” videos. Let me know if you need any help!

  4. Bellybytes

    Wow! Learning photoshop. That’s quite something. I’m all at sea when it comes to photshop etc and have just about learnt to handle Snapseed and Ripl. I know these are very plebian for a committed photographer but for an amateur like me, it’s great fun.

  5. Pat

    Beautiful sunset and yes, I do believe the car in the photo gives it perspective.

    I do not have lightroom or photoshop. I edit my photos through the now defunct google Picasa. It still works but google is not updating it any longer. Their new “Google Photos” works much like Instagram with instant filters–I do not like it at all. Maybe one day I’ll invest in a better editing program–which one do you like better?

    Hope you enjoy your visit with your Dad! Safe travels!

  6. Cathy Kennedy

    Alan, the colors are beautiful in the sunset and perhaps the headlights add that human factor to your photos. Sometimes I wish I did more of that because it does breathe life into your images. I like playing with photo-editing software and consider myself a novice. If I force myself to take tutorials then perhaps I’d know how to do fancier things than I do but for now, I’m content with the end results. BTW, you’ll now find my SWF contributions now on Thursdays, here, and of course, if you want to some more laughs you can check out Friday Sillies. Have a blessed, happy new year, my friend!

  7. Alana

    I never noticed the car – I was too intent on that beautiful blue sky. I have a lot of mixed feelings about editing software, although I will use Snapseed or PS Express to crop photos and sometimes “correct them.” I really need to learn to use both of them, though.

  8. Gaelyn

    It’s a gorgeous sky. How would we know it’s a cross road if there wasn’t a car. Hats off to you for learning Photoshop. When you figure out that layers thing let me know.

  9. Andrea

    That is lovely in more intense blue! I envy how people do editing in PS, lightroom, etc. I peeped once in PS and just looking at the so many things to tinker on i immediately said it is not for me. I might not be able to follow those things, difficult to remember and understand, hahaha!

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