My earlier post contained a link to a video from X-rite that goes into detail about how to use the X-rite ColorChecker Passport in Lightroom and ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).
This is just the quick steps to generate a profile in Lightroom 3
I could go on a photo safari, I could spend hours traveling someplace else. Or I could walk out on the back porch and see what is going on out there, ten feet from my cup of coffee. This bee is covered in little bits of pollen and someplace between one flower and the next doing his duty as a bee to spread a little plant love.
This was shot hand held from a few feet away at 1/400 f/2.8, iso 100. These settings result in a lot of out of focus shots as the bee moved in and out of focus and I tried to remain still.
So I gave up the iPhone 3Gs after the poor iOS 4 experience and picked up a Sprint Epic, AKA Samsung Galaxy S (with a keyboard) on Sprint. The rest of the carriers have Galaxy S variants as well (more on that here )
One thing to note: I am pretty well Googlized at this point with contacts, calendar, rss and tasks on Google, to name a few. I did this because synchronizing the various applications (Outlook, iTunes) and whatever phone I had always seemed to threaten data consistency one way or another. Now all I have to worry about is Google being evil.
Some of the apps I have added to make things a little better or replace defaults (all free).
You may recognize Cow in the Pasture at Sunset as the current header shot of this site. I was heading back from Yosemite about half way between where I was and where I was going when the sun was setting and I saw this cow. I pulled over onto the soft shoulder, unpacked my gear and spent about 20 minutes getting things just right.
After reviewing this picture, I decided I did not like the stand of trees on the horizon just above the cow. In the large print version there is less contrast between it and the clouds and you can see them clearly so it works. In this downsized web presentation it is just distracting.
To fix this took seconds in Lightroom 3. Going back to the full size image, I used the Spot Removal tool (also available in ACR), I just placed a spot about twice as big as the offending portion and use an area immediately adjacent on the horizon. Then I cropped, resized and saved it as a jpeg with an sRGB color space.