Desert Beauty

January 11, 2012

When I slow down and take a closer look at where we live, I’m often surprised to see a kind of wild beauty around me that I never expected in a place quite barren of moisture and green. The small details remind me of the life that’s really inside the desert – besides sand.

Jen Swedhin has been kind enough to Skype tutor me on how to use Lightroom, so now I’m just playing around with it. I edited 2 shots I took of one of the plants around here.

First up is a seed pod, taken with a 50mm, ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/4000 sec.

The original:


The second is the plant where the seed pod grew out of. It’s a bit off, but I still love it.

Taken with the 50mm, IS0 400, f/1.8, 2500 seconds.

The original:


Love the curls on that plant. And you couldn’t even really see them in person until I pulled up the pictures later.

Which one is your fave? What could be different next time? What’s your favorite program to edit in?

And if you’d like to link a favorite photo of yours in the comments to give me and others some inspiration, feel free to do that. Just grab the url to it and paste it in the comment box. I’ll come by to peek at it.


  • Jeanette

    January 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I love your photos! And since I had just laid down a book about the desert Fathers & Mothers they struck a chord.

    You can take a look at my photos of our cat enjoying an ocean-bluff view:

    I don’t have the skill with a camera that you have, but I do love the subject matter.

  • Mrs. MidAtlantic

    January 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I like the first of the seed pod. So neat to see the insides highlighted like that!

    I’m lucky to have PhotoShop CS2 on my work computer. I don’t even know half the tools it’s capable of, and I don’t usually take the time to edit photos… but if I wanted to, I could!

  • Noelle

    January 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Very cool. I’m loving all your pics!

  • Cindy

    January 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I also like the last one of the seed pod! I use photoshop to edit ;)! An off- centered version of the seed pod would also be awesome! Glad you are having fun!

  • Samantha

    January 11, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Love these! Great job with the editing. My favorite is the last one of the seed pod.

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