Evanescent — Morning Fog in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Morning fog breaking up, Looking South, Monte Bello Preserve, Palo Alto, 2017

Evanescent— The Sun is breaking through the high fog over the mountains to highlight the hill tops. “Evanescent” is not a word I use often, if ever, but this is the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge where unusual words are used to try to inspire us bloggers to pull out unusual photos from our catalog.

This photo was taken at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve as the Sun started breaking through the morning clouds. I processed the photo in Develop Module of Lightroom CC, and finished with the Google Nik Collection HDR Efex 4. The high contrast interpretation of the view seems to fit the moment.

After taking the shot above, I turned northward and noticed that the fog was disappearing, which created another evanescent moment. Wow, two in one day!

Fog burning off, Monte Bello Preserve, Palo Alto, 2017

This photo was processed in the Lightroom CC Develop module (colors adjusted with the HSL Tab). Please click on the images to bring up a higher resolution view.

Cheers, Carto

The Weekly Photo Challenge is sponsored by WordPress. The entries can be perused, here.


Looking South — With an iPhone 7+ and Lr Mobil

Spring Flowers and Dry Grass, Looking South toward Skyline Amphitheater , 2017

Presented above is an iPhone 7plus image taken in full mid-day sun from the Palo Alto Baylands (looking South toward Skyline Amphitheater and Mt. Umunhum). The original photo was imported into Lr Mobile from the Camera Roll and synchronized to Lr on my MacBook Air desktop. The photo was cropped, straightened, and toned in the basic panel and some spots removed and, finally, spring flowers were blended into the lower left corner to make the final composite. The image was exported to the desktop and then uploaded to this blog.

Lr Mobil is an efficient way to quickly process photos from the iPhone. In a previous blog I used the Lr Mix and Lr Fix to process on the phone, and, in this test, I processed on the desktop. The two workflows seem equivalent for low-resolution photos for the www. Either workflow will produce good resolution, square-cropped images for my Instagram feed, here.

While doing this test, I noticed that my other desktop ( a MacBook Pro) was synchronized to a copy of the same Lr Catalog as my MacBook Air — the iPhone photos upload to both desktops (Is that a side effect, Adobe?). The edits on the MacBook Air did not synchronize to the MacBook desktops. I created a synchronized collection with the edited, virtual copies of the originals, which downloaded to the iPhone.

The gallery above shows the original iPhone image, the virtual copy toned and adjusted in Lr and Photoshop CC, and a square cropped version suitable for Instagram. The latter image has Spring flowers blended into the lower left corner using PS CC. Click on the gallery to enlarge the photos.

Cheers, Carto

Note: U2 played at the Shoreline Amphitheater last night, and

It’s official — The Grateful Dead & Company with John Mayer are on their Summer Tour and play concerts across the United States.  June 3 & 4 at Shoreline.
— Dead & Company

AM Moon — A Color Interpretation

Moon in Sunrise Fog, Palo Alto, 2017

Presented above is a second edit of “Moon in Clouds, Early Morning”.   

The original photo that was imported into Lr Mobile, was in the synchronized folder on my MacBook Pro. Today, I processed a color version, converting the original color photo to a bi-color version using Color Efex Pro 4. I also used the LR Develop module to quickly remove some power lines, and then exported the file to the Mac desktop after adding my logo and resizing to 1,200px.

I re-imported the desktop photo into LR and added it to my Lr Mobil synchronized collection, which downloaded automatically to my iPhone. As an aside, I edited the synchronized LrMobile photo, replacing  the original in the Lr Mobil catalog. You might not want that result.

After this test, I had a camera roll with the original photo taken by the camera, and, in my Lr Mobil Catalog are two photos: COx-Moon2-IMG_3883.jpb (807kb with logo) and IMG_3883.jpg (edited 1.3mb w/o logo).

Somewhat convoluted workflow, but it seems to work. The Adobe engineers deserve a lot of credit for making this possible. I’m getting to like this product.

Cheers, Carto

Moon in Clouds, Early Morning

Moon in Clouds, IPhone 7+ portrait lens, early am, Palo Alto, 2017

Early morning in Palo Alto with moon visible. Photo taken with my iPhone 7+ and processed in Lr Mobil, LR CC, SilverEfx Pro 4, and PS CC. Just playing around.

The same photo was processed on the iPhone and shared to Instagram with this workflow:

Open Lr Mobile and select photo from Camera Roll.
Upload (Ps Fix at Max Size) – Square crop & Tone.
Upload (Copy to Instagram) – Next/Next (to skip editing),
Write a Caption & Share

The whole effort on Instagram took less than 15 minutes.


Getting Started — Carto’s Ox

Oxen skidding redwood logs, historical photo, Redwood City, CA

A word about Oxen: they were used to haul supplies during the Gold Rush in California, and also played a role in the lumber industry that cut down most of California’s original growth redwoods to build Gold Rush San Francisco.

This site is named after the Ox.

As a representative of the bovine family, the Brahma is an Ox that is common in the western United States and South America. It was originally bred from cattle imported from India, and is important today in the meat processing industry.

A photo of a Brahma, cropped to 260 x 260 pixels, as the logo for this site.

Brahma, wikipedia

WordPress makes it easy for registered bloggers to start a new blog. I am registered with WordPress as Carto’s Library, which is my primary blog. I have a secondary blog called Carto’s Logbook.

When I launch WordPress.com, I see a site with two tabs — Reader and My Sites. Reader displays posts from blogger that I follow; My Sites provides a list of my blogs, and at the bottom of the list is a link labeled Add New Site. Click the link to open a dialog that will create a new site on your WordPress account.

The new site dialog will ask for a domain name, a style, and a logo image. I chose Carto’s Ox, Cartosox.wordpress.com, which is a free domain, Echo, a free style good for display of photos, and I uploaded an image of a Brahma (from wikipedia) for the site logo.

That’s about it.

Cheers, Carto

My main blog is Carto’s Library, a blog about books.
I also blog at Carto’s Logbook, which is mostly photos.
Carto’s Logbook is echoed on Tumbler as Cartoslogbook.

Note: If you launch wordpress dot com, you will, of course, see a different page than I!