The following is a crocodile that my family encountered on our River Wallace boat tour in Belize. I used this croc to play a bit more with the forthcoming texture pack by Karen Hutton and Tanya Wallis. I found a texture that contained a cool/warm tone split that conveniently ran along the same line as the fallen tree. I was going for a crocodile in Dagobah feel with this one.
Here is the croc as I processed it without adding textures. I used all the normal processing tools I normally use to try to enhance the texture of the croc’s scales.
Here is the croc as I added a two tone texture from Karen Hutton’s and Tanya Wallis’ forthcoming texture pack. The texture had a nice split tone from warm to cold that conveniently mimicked the line of the croc on the fallen tree. I like how the minty portion of the two-tone gave the background the Dagobah-like feel I was trying to suggest. I also cloned out the distracting branches on the left side. The warm center of the texture, coupled with the vignetting also helps draw the eye into the subject more.
In a year full of travels, it was always the greatest joy to come home to you, Michelle. It was an even greater joy when you travelled with me. I took this shot when we were on our walk in San Diego. Given your love for all things vintage, it seemed like the perfect image to process for your birthday.
The hummingbirds in Isla Roatan were so friendly. I spent about 30 minutes snapping photos and playing with settings. They would get close enough that I could use my 55mm lens. This let me open the aperture pretty wide to get some fast shutter speeds to try to freeze a little action. I love the combination of green and teal in these little ones.
I began the day teaching about the functions of religious cosmogonies, so I think it was entirely appropriate to end it by editing a photo of this Mayan pyramid from Kohunlich, near Costa Maya, Mexico.