Climbing Old Mountains

This is an image I scanned from an old Kodak print I found in my old photographs. Click to embiggen!

When I was younger I decided I'd try to make a go of it in my place of birth. Without going into the gory details, it was less than productive, and - finding I had neither the passion nor tools to make it work - I saved up enough money to skip and leap away from there.

However I did have some fun whilst there, and met some wonderful people. One of which was a rock-climber that took me out to climb a rock-stack in Joshua Tree National Park, also known as Yucca Valley. I'd done some climbing in my youth, and really enjoyed it. This experience was so amazing and I'm so grateful that I was able to have it.

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Joshua Tree

This is the view from the top of the rock stack. Unforgetable.

I recently found the old photographs from that time, and decided to scan them into the computer. Since I'd lost or thrown out the negatives years before, these are the only record of my time there.

One thing I really love is this image editing software called Luminar, that recently was ported to Windows. It still has some bugs, but for the most part it is a very powerful, non-destructive image editor. I've been using it for all of my photography since I found it about 2 months ago, and without it I don't think I would have bothered to even process and post my images.

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Luminar Rocks

On the left is the image I scanned from an old photograph. On the right, is the image after being processed in Luminar. Note the 4 different layers I had to use to save this image.

Many people seem to use Adobe products only, or perhaps that's just a perception. I know they seem to be the so-called industry standard, but is that because they really are incomparable, or is it that they simply have the market share? What do you use, let me know below!