I just returned from an amazing seven-day road trip/photo adventure a couple days ago and I’m here to share a few photos with you over the next week or so. I’ll be keeping it pretty short and will be sharing the photos that I consider to be “keepers” due to time constraints — today is the last day of my vacation and I still have a ton of editing to catch up on from all the photos I took on the trip.
I’ve gained a strong passion for traveling. Perhaps that passion came from the many times I explored places with my dad, or maybe it came from the times I traveled to Georgia with my family. Either way, I always seem to have an urge to see new things and explore new places. Time for another photo adventure! This time around, the East Coast was the destination.
Day One, March 13th, 2011
The first day was spent traveling by car to Virginia where I spent the night. No good photos were taken unfortunately.
Day Two, March 14th, 2011
After waking up at 5 a.m., we were back on our way to North Carolina. We traveled through the rest of Virginia on numerous scenic back-roads and highways. The weather was a bit disappointing and not what I had hoped for — it was chilly with no sun and very, very gloomy. However, just because the weather stunk doesn’t mean photo opportunities don’t exist! An old, decaying garage with a decrepit pickup truck was conveniently placed on a narrow road. I jumped out of the car, snapped a few photos and got back in before a garbage truck caught up. This is one of the results straight from the camera:
Not too appealing if you ask me. I really wanted to capture the gloominess I felt, but unfortunately I failed to do so in-camera. Lightroom 3 to the rescue!
There’s so many little settings I tweaked within Lightroom, that it would take me a whole day to do a write-up on it. So instead, I’ll supply you with the original raw NEF (download – Right click “Save As”) straight from my Nikon D300s along with the Lightroom Preset (download) I made for this image so you guys can see the before-and-after yourself within lightroom, and also gain better knowledge on how it was created.
If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below. And remember, I’ll be posting more from the photo adventure in the upcoming week!
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