Believe in raw

I've loved mobile photography (aka mobilography) for a long time. Before that I loved shooting with my super basic DSLR, and before that I loved shooting with a digital point and shoot. Go back ever further, to a time without digital cameras, and you'll find me using up rolls of my mom's film taking pictures of dirt and rocks. It's been an enormously fulfilling hobby.

I've been shooting my images in RAW for a while now, but never really taken advantage of the format. Until now! I am taking a course from and learning all about how to edit raw images. It is SO much fun. I haven't had much success yet because I still have so much to learn and so much practice ahead of me. That said, I'd like to present to you the first edited raw image that turned out pleasingly.

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I added this to my New York City post since I took it on that trip. For some perspective, here is the original, unedited photo.

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Nothing really incredible to see here. I find that I enjoy the process of editing the photo almost more than viewing the final product. Sure, the one I picked to show you is a nice black and white image, but I got to experience the image in many versions of black and white as I worked. It's just amazing what light can do when captured, digitized, displayed, and tweaked. What a remarkable medium, digital photography.

Holiday Note

I saw these balloons in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm not really sure what they reference, and maybe it's left up to the viewer. I wouldn't be surprised if they want you to believe in Santa Clause or the magic spirit of the season.

I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe He wants me to love and appreciate everyone I meet in this world and to treat them with kindness. Whatever you believe, I hope this holiday season is filled with light and peace for you and yours.


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