Have you ever latched onto a word with unusual fascination? When I first read or heard certain words, there was an undue fascination that I got for them, one of those was “singed”… No, it has nothing to do with singing, so no funny quips about that :-) Another one was “chaos”, that one was simply because I’d read it in a book and had formed this pronounciation in my head that turned out to be completely wrong.
So… back to “singed”
It was the first week of 2014, and I was walking the seawall looking for a few photographs when I came across the piece of singed wood… it was laying across another piece of wood forming a cruciform shape, the harsh midday sun cast a strong shadow and I decided that it might make a decent photograph :-)
I also took the opportunity to try out LightZone to process it from start to end… I finally found how to straighten the horizon in it… using the crop tool just like in LightRoom (silly me couldn’t find it the first time I was processing an image in it). I must say, that while there are some things I miss from this piece of software, it is a very powerful application, and the integration of the changes into the saved file (JPG or TIF) makes it easy to go back and adjust the processing.
LightZone also professes to be able to work as a plugin to LightRoom, so if you just want some of the neat features in LZ, you can try it as a plugin. For an OpenSource (read that as FREE) software, it is powerful and user-friendly, this is not a stripped down software, but a full fledged product for RAW image processing.
Now… to the image. It probably won’t rank as a great photograph, but I liked it and it gave me a good opportunity to try out LightZone
Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 10-20mm | 1/160s, f/9, 10mm, ISO 100
Click on the image to see it in the Gallery along with other images in the Black and White collection