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The Magic of Editing


Yes, this is a silly blog title! But it really does sum up what editing is for me…magic! Different photographers have different things they hope to achieve in their images. Some want to document the moment exactly as it is (like a new image), others want to create images that bring out an old world romantic feeling in their images. For me, I like things to be happy and playful. I like to surround myself with little things that make me smile….glitter, kittens, rainbows, smiling sushi kitchen towels (yes, they exist), kittens, sunshine, hot pink shirts and of course kittens. So for me photography is my way to capture or create a happy place with some of the things I love. I am happy that it seems I have some fans that enjoy my work (shout out to my fans…You two rock!), but I create for myself first to get away from the stresses, drama and sadness of the “real world”. I am sure there will be some that that see these before and afters, and prefer the before images, and that is cool. Some photographers may look at these and say they aren’t pure since I did so much editing, and that is fine too. But I wouldn’t change it. These are for me. Also sometimes I am bad about wishing for perfect lighting, perfect backgrounds, etc….so for me editing helped me to achieve the things I wished for.

All the images below were shot with my Sony A7rII and either my Canon 85 1.2II or my Zeiss 135 1.8. In these first images I used Chasing Light Action’s new Floral Overlays to add some color to the backgrounds of these images. I am having issues uploading images since WordPress’ new update and had to greatly reduce the size of these images, so I apologize for quality.

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For these other images I didn’t use overlays, just typical editing. They were also taken with either the Canon 85 or Zeiss 135 lenses. BA-2 BA-4 BA-2

These two were taken with the new Sony 24-70 2.8 GM.

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I did a lot of hand edits on these in Photoshop. As always the actions used were mainly from Chasing Light… I am addicted to them all!

The Light Overlays in many of the images were from Paint The Moon. I also used the Greater Than Gatsby Editorial actions.

The collar shown on my Dobie is from Sexy Beast.

Once again I apologize for rambling as well as for the image quality. Feel free to ask any questions! 🙂

Lomography Petzval 85

I want to start this post by stating that this is not a fancy gear review. I simply think this is a very interesting lens and I wanted to share some images and my thoughts during my time I rented it. I was also dealing with a neck injury during the rental time, so I wasn’t able to use it as much as I hoped.

First, isn’t it such a pretty lens? Photo by Lomography…


There is nothing scientific about these images, and yes, I shot handheld. I wanted to use this lens like I do my others with my everyday shooting, or how I would use it when I toss it in my purse on my way out the door to the park. Yes, if I had it longer I would have done more with a tripod as I am not an expert at manual focusing and it has been years since I have shot all manual. Funny side story, when I was a newbie, I read in a forum where several photographers said that anyone who uses auto focus was not a real photographer and had no idea what they were doing. Not having any professional photographer friends at the time to tell me differently, I only used manual focusing for quite some time. Trying to photograph kittens and kids using manual focus is a very interesting challenge to say the least! Anyway, back to the Petzval lens…

These are shots using different aperture plates from f/2.2 to f/16. They have not have noise reduction, sharpening, or any correction for vignette. And yes, a tripod would have been handy…but honestly if you are a pet, wildlife, or child photographer, you model isn’t going to be exactly the same each frame either…well, other then the times I photograph my own fat cat ;). At f/2.2 it is very hard to nail focus even using Sony’s very handy “Focus Assist” feature for manual focusing.

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Now I thought I would post a couple of before and after images that I have edited…since in the real world the finished image and how happy we are with it is really the main goal!

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A few more photos I haven’t had a chance to edit other then basic adjustments, but thought they showed the how the len’s swirl effect depends on the distance from the subject, as well as the distance from the subject to the background…

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And just for fun I wanted to try comparing the Petzval 85 to the Canon 85 1.2 II shooting wide open with a somewhat more calm model. The Petzal 85 is the first image. Both images are unedited.

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So to sum it up, this lens was a lot of fun to use! I have read in other reviews that it is not an “everyday” lens, but part of me feels that is exactly what it is. Would I use this for an entire session with a client? Absolutely not! Would I pull it out at the end of a session for a couple of unique images? Yes! And I bet if your client is the artsy fartsy type, they would love it! I have to admit that I am obsessed with sharpness. I love for my images to be so sharp straight out of my camera that I could cut myself on them…this is definitely not a cracking sharp lens. But I found myself smiling and wanting to keep playing with it. I read recently in a forum where a film photographer said they would switch to digital only when a camera with a soul was created. I laughed. But while using this lens I found myself wanting to coax it to give me exactly what I wanted. It is definitely a lens with character! Keep in mind the images above are not my best work by a long shot! As I said I was dealing with a neck injury and my hands were not as steady as they normally are. I nearly purchased this lens and actually had it in my cart three times….but in the end I decided to go with the Lomography 58mm. I really love my Canon 85 1.2 II, so I decided the 58mm with Bokeh Control would fit my needs (or wants..haha) better. It arrives this afternoon and I am beginning to feel like a creeper from stalking my Fedex guy.

Click HERE to read more about the Lomography Petzval 85. To see more reviews and information about ordering please check with B&H or Lomography. I personally used the Canon mount on my Sony a7R II with a Metabones Adapter.

A final image and thanks for reading my ramblings!