A housebound escape

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This doesn’t have anything to do with reading.

Even though reading is the best escape I can take without leaving the house.

No, this is about losing myself on my laptop in a way that doesn’t involve writing.

I’ve been learning how to use Photoshop, trying to get better at this art called photography. Back in May, I spent a day on the Palouse with a helluva photographer named Chip Phillips. He taught me about exposure bracketing and left me with a video that teaches how to merge two or more frames for a high-dynamic range photo (HDR).

Yeah, yeah … if you’ve ever seen me rant on Twitter about bad HDR photography, you’re shaking your head. No, really, click that link and see how bad it can get.

Hence my nervousness when I asked a new, local friend to show me how she does it. I can watch all the videos in the world but, unless someone is doing it step by step in front of me while I write those steps down, I don’t quite absorb it.

Like a good book.

She helped me create the above photo that Chip helped me take.

A lunch escape

My friend taught me photo-editing software has gotten so much better at helping us create HDR that it’s fairly easy.

Sure, tell that to my dog-tired eyes after I spent five hours working on one image yesterday, starting over twice.

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The learning has inspired me to get out more often with my camera, hauling my gear to the office and heading out to beautiful spots nearby.

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