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Magical Memories – #6 – Miami 2013

Palm trees before a storm is my favorite photo from a trip to Miami in April 2013. I had my DSLR for about 4 months and didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I was still using it in Automatic mode like a point & shoot camera and only shooting JPEGs, not in RAW. I didn’t know much about photo composition either, but as an artist and graphic designer I suppose it was innate. Nevertheless, looking at this photo today I can see if I had moved around a little I could have done a better job positioning the buildings. I had it printed on canvas and hung it in the bathroom where I still enjoy looking at it. 

You can view the original posts (4 of them) with more photos by starting here: https://onegoodlifetravels.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/miami-an-unexpected-love-affair-part-one/


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Link to Miami – an unexpected love affair – Part Three

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Click here for Part Three of my trip to Miami in April.

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Introducing One Good Life Travels… and my struggle with Lightroom

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I visited Miami in April, 2013. Here we are in October and I still had not posted any of the photos. Part of the reason is because my main blog is called One Good Life in Los Angeles and whenever I create a blog post about a trip outside of southern California, it doesn’t seem right.

So, I decided to start a new blog called One Good Life Travels. Some of my photos of Miami are now posted at http://onegoodlifetravels.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/miami-an-unexpected-love-affair-part-one/. I’m having a few issues with missing widgets but hopefully I can get this all sorted out.

The other obstacle has been my attempt to learn Adobe Lightroom. I have a pretty good workflow set up with Bridge and Photoshop and it’s been very hard for me to get past that. Sadly, I have an acute lack of time for working on anything that requires learning something new. It’s just faster to do something that I am familiar with.

But I needed a better way to catalog and keyword my photos, not to mention embedding copyright information and other metadata. And, of course, probably most  important, Photoshop doesn’t read RAW images. So as it seems Lightroom is the industry standard, especially for Photoshop users, I decided to hang in there. (Other people I talked to recommended “easier” programs but I didn’t want to go lurching off in another direction.)

After two years of “trying” I finally decided it was make it or break it time. I had to get my head around this program. And last week I had a breakthrough. I was able to plow through my mental block. I still start out in Bridge for uploading and batch naming my photos. Then I add those folders to the Lightroom catalog and get to work.

Lightroom is not intuitive for me and I have to force myself to stay out of Photoshop for the time being until I have seen everything that it can do for me. And I am sure I am using Lightoom in inappropriate ways. But at this point in time I am happy to be using it after having it sitting on my computer all this time.

So I hope having a separate blog for my travel photos will work out and not turn into one more thing I don’t have time for!

All photos and content copyright roslyn m wilkins. Please feel free to pass along this post via email or social media, but if you wish to use some of our images or text outside of the context of this blog, either give full credit to myself and link to One Good Life in Los Angeles, or contact us for proper usage. Thanks!

 


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Self-portrait in Miami

miami self protrait Roaming around the Bayside Walk in downtown Miami I found this polished chrome sculpture. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of myself taking a photo.
Are you confused?

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This is another photo of the same sculpture at a different angle. Now I wish I had taken more photos!

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Unattended children in South Beach, Miami

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Loved this sign I saw in a store in South Beach, Miami on my trip in April. But I think it’s rather unfair to the kitten.

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Away from home in Miami

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I was in Miami attending a conference for a week.

This was the view from my hotel room taken through the window. Although, as you can see, there is a balcony, the sliding glass door is permanently locked. So what is the point? Maybe they are afraid of people jumping off?

The black paved area on the bridge is where the bridge raises up when large boats pass through.

I loved my time in Miami and when I have the time I’ll post some more photos of the city.

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