Longing for the Ocean

Just really missing the beach right now… especially Montaña de Oro.

I took these images back in February while we were on vacation, staying with a relative in San Luis Obispo.

I absolutely love it there. Pismo was one of my favorite beaches when I was little, and Morro Bay is always gorgeous… but this little beach and park, accessible by a lovely drive through a forest, has got to be my favorite place in the world (other than Disneyland, of course).

I cannot wait to go back. We might be spending our anniversary in a couple months up there instead of Disneyland this year.



Photo Post – World of Color

Some creative cropping and what were fairly mediocre shots during World of Color are now slightly more interesting.

I took my tripod wanting to get some longer exposures, but we got a spot that didn’t really offer a good frame (that lighting stand is the bane of my existence). Plus the people in front of me were idiots (sorry its the truth, even in Disneyland you run into people who just don’t give a damn). So instead of risking my camera getting introduced to the cement I opted to just hold it.

I need more practice reducing handheld shake as much as possible anyway.

Cross processing in Photoshop

Just a little update.

I recently learned how to create the neat cross processing effect on digital photos in Photoshop.
For those who don’t know, cross processing is a technique originally developed in the darkroom (no pun intended! I swear!). Photographers would process color film in the wrong chemicals in order to get more interesting colors and contrast.

The effect became popular again around the ’90s, often appearing in fashion magazines. It is still widely used in all types of photography, from fashion to portraits to events.

Many online photo editing sites offer this effect as one of the core artistic filters. Even most photo apps on smartphones have it available for free.

Some offer more control over the effect than others, but being the way I am I wanted even more control.
After reading several tutorials and researching the effect I dove into Photoshop to try this on some images from a recent shoot with my local photography group.

Here is the original image with only some basic edits.

And here is the image after several hours of trial and error.

Personally I like both versions, but the cross processing gives that little something extra to an otherwise semi-decent simple image.

The effect isn’t right for just any image, but it sure is fun to play with and will definitely entertain if you have a few hours to kill.

I’d also like to learn how to apply the Lomo effect in Photoshop, but I feel like I should tweak with this some more before I move on to something new.

Do you have any tips for cross processing in Photoshop? I’m always happy to hear constructive critiques to help me improve!