Photo for #Lr_CoolTones by @nphiker || This is Badwater Basin in Death Valley – the lowest point in North America. The vastness of the landscape is almost unreal, like something out of a sci-fi novel. You could drive 100 miles in one direction and still be in Death Valley National Park, still seeing new sights each step of the way. When we arrived at Badwater Basin and looked out at the expanse before us, it made me wonder how I would capture the scale and beauty of this spot. Looking back on not only this shot, but on all of the photos we took, it makes me want to return and see what other surprises Death Valley has in store.
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Photo for #Lr_CoolTones by @lukasfilms || I woke up at 5:00am on an icey morning in Jasper National Park. Although it was -25°C that morning, I was determined to grab the perfect sunrise photo at Maligne Lake. When I arrived at the lake, I was sad to see that it had completely frozen over in the night and was already covered by a blanket of fresh snow.
Disappointed, I began driving back down Maligne Road, still eager to capture the rest of Jasper National Park. After driving for about ten minutes, a moose calve wandered out onto the road followed by her mother. I immediately stopped the car, grabbed my camera and long lens, and jumped out the car. As they were licking salt off of the road, I was busy firing away with my camera. I probably took around 1,000 photos of the two. Eventually though, they decided that they had licked up enough sodium for one day, and they slowly retreated back into the deep, dark forest from where they came. That was definitely a moment I will never forget.
Photo for #Lr_CoolTones by @andy_mann || A Weddell seal strikes a quick pose for me before falling back asleep during a sunset walk on the Antarctica Peninsula. This is one of those evenings that forever etches itself into the mind.
These seals are commonly found on ice that is fastened to land. They communicate with each other through different “trills” or songs, which are often the soundtrack to this frozen wonderland. When they are not lying about or singing, these top predators in the Antarctic can be found hunting for krill and fish while avoiding their two main predators, Orcas and Leopard Seals. Unfortunately, the rising global temperatures and in-shore commercial fishing have begun to affect their extremely sensitive habitat.
Now it’s your turn! Share your own icy images with this month’s theme, #Lr_CoolTones, for a chance to be featured on the Lightroom Instagram page.
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Photo by @andy_mann || I'll never forget this moment when I slipped into heavy seas off the Azores and drifted quietly into a dream.
The current slowly pulled me into the middle of a sperm whale aggregation, and I quickly found myself eye-to-eye with our planets largest carnivore, the sperm whale. It was slightly unnerving when we realized there were several calves in the pod, but the gentle giants gave no bother, and the moment disappeared as quickly as it arrived. I am eternally humbled and grateful for the experiences given to me by the ocean. It continues to drive my passion for conservation.
The murky and cloudy waters make for tough editing scenarios and I often rely heavily on contrast tools to pull out my subjects. See my edits in today’s Instagram Stories!
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Photo by @andy_mann || While out searching for a new dive, we stumbled upon this amazing wave near Selvagem Pequena Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The wave had a mind of its own: one moment, glass calm and the next it's a true sea monster, rising from the deep. I've never seen anything like it.
We decided to have a look under it and found an amazing reef full of life. Jacques-Yves Cousteau once found what he believed to be "the cleanest waters in the world" around this minor archipelago. Always expect the unexpected out in the deep blue.
For more on how I created this photograph, see today’s Instagram Stories!
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Photo by @andy_mann || Female polar bears give birth to their cubs inside of snow caves and the cubs will usually remain with their mother until they are two years old. A polar bear’s diet in this region consists mainly of ringed seal and they will swim more than 200 kilometers without rest in search of their food.
Nipping at mama’s heels as they travel across sea ice, this polar bear cub was all play and no work. I can relate. If you wait patiently enough there is always a little moment that makes an image stand out amongst the others. If I’m smiling behind the camera, that’s usually it.
Balancing the highlights and textures of sea ice can be tricky at times, so sometimes a high-key approach is a good, artistic alternative. See how I edited this photograph in today’s Instagram Stories!
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Photo by @bee.elle.wildlife || For Wildlife Conservation Day, we sat down with wildlife photographer and advocate Bee Elle to talk about some of the issues facing our planet, from massive habitat destruction through deforestation to poaching elephants for their ivory.
Read on at the link in our bio to see what you can do to make an impact, and let us know in the comments what steps you take to protect the world’s wildlife!
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Photo by @andy_mann || Hi all! I’m Andy Mann, and I’m excited to be taking over the @Lightroom Instagram this week!
Tabular icebergs act as colossal gateways to the Antarctic. Their nearly vertical sides and flat plateau top characterize these frozen spectacles, giving them their second name, ice islands. These monolithic slabs of ice are formed by breaking off of ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula. But they are retreating rapidly due to the warming ocean currents thinning them from below. The natural, icy blue tones from this part of the world make for fun, crunchy processing.
Watch today’s Instagram Stories to see how I created this image.
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Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here! Welcome back to #LightroomLessons. If you post photos to Instagram a lot, you might be tempted to set your camera app to capture pictures in a square format. Don’t do it! There’s a very good reason to crop your photos to square in Lightroom after the fact, rather than capturing them as square originally. Swipe through to find out why, and to learn some tips and tricks for the Lightroom crop tool!
If you set your camera to capture square photos, it’s cropping off the edges of the photo to make a square, and you can never get that part of the picture back. But cropping in Lightroom is non-destructive, like all the editing in Lightroom. This means that if you change your mind later, you can always go back and edit the crop at any time, you never lose anything. To access the crop tool, make sure you’re in Edit mode…
…and then tap on the Crop icon.
Here’s what this photo looked like before I cropped it. Since I want to send it to Instagram, the first thing I want to do is make it square. To specify a particular aspect ratio, tap the Aspect Ratio icon.
From the pop-up menu, select the aspect ratio you want, in this case “1 x 1 Square”.
For this photo, I also want to crop out the window frame, so I tap and drag on the crop border until the crop looks the way I want. You can tap and drag on any side, or corner, of the crop border to resize the crop.
I also wanted to rotate this photo slightly. To rotate the photo, tap and drag anywhere outside of the crop border.
When you’re done cropping, tap the checkbox. Nothing ever gets thrown away, you can always reenter the crop tool later to change the crop again.
Bonus Tip 1:
To completely reset the crop, just double-tap anywhere on the crop border.
Bonus Tip 2:
If your photo has a clear horizon line you can just tap on the Straighten icon to straighten the picture automatically.
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Take a walk with us through Melbourne’s art scene in our latest installment of Creative Layover. On this tour, we explore the works of three local artists! Link in bio. Image by @waynequilliam.
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Photo for #Lr_Portrait by @ev8pix || I was standing right in the middle of the doorway to Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, Austria. This noble-looking couple came into my sight and walked towards me from afar like they were a king and queen. Everyone was staring at them. As they eventually came my way, I asked if I could take their picture, right there, in Mozart's doorway! They posed, proud of their identity, proud to be from Salzburg, proud of their culture, of what and who they are. You can see it in their faces. After I took their picture, they gave me a simple nod, and they continued on their way.
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Photo for #Lr_Portrait by @iamtajavas || This is a photograph of my five-year-old son, Ikhwezi. I caught him staring out the window, looking at the birds on the power lines. He is so fascinated by birds. He often asks me why the birds always fly away when he wants to play with them. While standing at the window, he said, “When I'm here, I can look at them nicely without them flying away.”
After I heard those words, I reached for my camera to capture that moment of fascination and wonder in his eyes. One of the reasons I love photography so much is because it grants us the ability to capture any moment in its purest form.
A week later I took my son to a bird park, and I've never seen him that happy.