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Facebook Cover Photo Just For You

June 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hi all!

I recently created a new cover photo for my Facebook page Holly Davison Photography. I love how it turned out, and have decided to make more of these to change out every so often. Then, I thought how fun it would be to share these images with you. Feel free to download the image and uploaded to Facebook to use as your cover photo. Feel free to share this blog with your friends so they can have one too. :) Enjoy!

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Northern Lights return to Whidbey Island

June 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Northern Lights returned to Whidbey Island over the weekend with a breath taking display of dancing light. This time I decided to try to time lapse the show from a couple of different perspectives. The first time lapse was captured with a 14mm lens on a full frame camera while the second was taken on a crop frame camera giving the viewer the equivalent of a 36mm view. Enjoy the show!

14mm View

36 mm View

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A Whidbey Island Sunset

May 05, 2017  •  2 Comments

Thunder and lightning rocked Western Washington yesterday. I did a little bit of lightning chasing after dark. However between the storms we had a peaceful sunset along the shores of Maxwelton Beach. Here is a brief time lapse of the setting sun. Then scroll down and see my favorite lightning capture from my late night storm chasing.


Shhhh...I shoot weddings!

April 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Shhhh...I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I shoot weddings. Kind of. Sometimes. Ok, so here's the deal. I'm blessed with a big, close family. And, my cousins went and had a bunch of kids. Girls to be exact. There are some boys mixed in, but girls rule. Seventeen of them if I am counting correctly, and those are just the second cousins. I'm not shooting 17 weddings. Right now I on the books for two. Don't worry I'm not giving up landscape photography. My astrophotography is doing amazingly well at the Whidbey Art Gallery, I just scored the cover of Whidbey Life Magazine, and five of my images were chosen to grace the halls of the new wing of WhidbeyHealth, our local hospital. Landscape photography is my passion. Though it is no secret that I enjoy documentary photography and it is my second passion. Anytime I can combine the two creating environmental portraits I am a happy camper. Weddings are a totally different animal. They are fast pace, stressful, and crazy. A stark contrast from my peaceful wilderness experience. But you know what, I thrive on fast pace, stressful, and crazy. Maybe it stems from my previous life as an elementary special education teacher, but no matter where it comes from weddings push me as a photographer. I love stepping up to the challenge. So for now I am not actively pursuing weddings, but if you dig my style message me. We should chat.

 

 


Through the Woods: A Review of Sleeklens Presets

April 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Presets? Do you use them? I'm not a preset user. I sit down with each image as a blank canvas and slowly and methodically work through Lightroom making my adjustments and fine tuning my image trying to bring out the splendor of the scene from those lack luster RAW files. RAW files are great, don't get me wrong, as they capture all the data. However, by capturing it all, the scene becomes bland and dull and needs to be processed just as one would do with a negative. So when I had the opportunity to review landscape presets by Sleeklens I was curious to how clicking a preset "recipe" of sorts would work. I worked with the "Through the Woods" preset package. They are broken up into 6 categories. The first are to be used as All-in-Ones making a host of adjustments with one click to achieve an overall look. The next five are made to be used in sequence. Starting with number 1 and working your way to 5 making selections the bring you to a final product. I was intrigued to see the adjustments Sleeklens made with each preset. They varied greatly from my normal editing techniques. (I am a huge fan of Lightroom and for me this is just another occasion that shows how powerful of a program Lightroom is.) I found through this experience that I am too much of a button pusher (I guess in Lightroom it maybe a slider glider.) to save time using presets (I still needed to touch everything!), but if you are new to editing or feel stuck with your current workflow these presets can be a fun and interesting way to give you some new ideas. Here are a few images that I processed using the "Through the Woods" presets and then adjusted slightly to achieve the final images.

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