First “S” stories voting reminder . . . and Luminar 4 post-processing

This is the second day of the Alphabet Challenge “S” Stories voting round. Given all that’s going on in the world, I’ll be happy to get any readers and voters at all to stop by.  

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge S-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on November 8th.

I know the voting post is a bit of a mess, what will all the warnings and colors and stuff . . . but, the poll works (as far as I know) and a few votes have been cast.

And now, onto a few photos that were processed using Luminar 4 . . .

John Deere Model "B" TractorThat’s a John Deere Model “B” tractor<<link that has graced these digital pages before.

So, you might wonder what’s so special about using Luminar 4. I mean, it’s not like that post-processing has made the shot amazing . . . well, I’ll have the original in the gallery at the end, but . . . .

. . . what might make Luminar 4 of interest to people who post photos on blogs is the ease of use. The interface is intuitive, there are a ton of presets (each of which can be tweaked), and overall it seems to me one of the easier programs for a person just beginning to dabble in post-processing to master. 

The downside is that it has no integrated organizer, and even what it has is fairly primitive. Also, if you are like me and have tens of thousands of photos, it can be a little slow to load.

Then again, I don’t load all my photos in one big Lightroom catalog, but that’s the point . . . I don’t see an easy way to group photos and swap groups in and out of the editing mode.

But, the amount of time to produce these photos was minimal. of course, I then imported them into Lightroom because I like to do multiple exports and because I wanted a frame and because I put my URL on the photos as a watermark of sorts.

Those are all things that Luminar 4 might be able to do . . . but if it has those options, they are well hidden and the opposite of intuitive.

Still, to be fair, most of the post-processed photos I work with ultimately pass through Lightroom regardless of where I edit them. Again, it’s because I want the border and the watermark on the photos. .

Anyway, as mentioned, this is a relatively cheap offering considering the numbers of canned “looks” and all the way they can be tweaked. Remember also that this is the program that will do sky replacement.

Photoshop just added that option, but Luminar is still the easiest way to replace the sky on a photo. I did a post on that HERE<<link.

Anyway, here’s a gallery of the originals plus processed versions of the above photos. They are not exact matches because I like to crop my photos.

The Gallery for these and other photos from “reminder posts” is HERE<<<link. The photos are the same size as if you click on the above, but the details — and quality — are better in SmugMug than here.

Some folks might be missing my longer offerings and be tired all of the photos . . . what they want, is writing. Just writing . . . about writing . . . like HERE.<<link That links to a post where I discuss feedback I received about one of my books (Gin’s War, one of my NaNoWriMo novels). Obviously, if you intend to read the book, I would hold off reading the post discussing said book.

I’ll not have any takers, but if any of my subscribers are foolish enough to ask me, I’ll send them the password to the post with the book as written. HERE‘s<<link that protected post.

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