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Honest SleekLens Review

February 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

SleekLens gave me their Landscape "Through the Woods" Lightroom Preset Bundle, in exchange for an honest review of their product. This bundle comes with 51 presets and 31 brushes. I have been using Lightroom 4 to edit my photos for a few years, but I have not done much with presets before.

I love the ease of using presets. I can click one button and instantly change the look of my photograph. There are 12 all-in-one presets that change settings across the board. Most of these are a little too intense for my taste, but I do really like "Shine into the Sunset", as well as "Dawn Rising" and Heavenly Warmth" which I used in the examples below:

Before Before     After

Before     After

The other presets focus on individual settings where you can increase clarity, pop the colors, reduce highlights, add a vignette, etc... These are very handy in adjusting specific settings based on the photograph. In the photograph below I added a white vignette at the end of the editing process which helped to soften the image.

Before         After                                                   

While I probably won't use every all-in-one preset, the ease and quickness of the individual presets makes the editing process much easier and quicker. And I really appreciate how you can stack the presets, enabling you to make as many changes as you need. I highly recommend this preset bundle, as I feel it saves a lot of time and can easily take your photos to another level.

For more information, you can check out their website at: https://sleeklens.com/product/professional-photo-editing-service/ and https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets.

 

 


Let Your Beauty Unfurl

June 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Caught up in the whirl of your love,
The gentleness of the light dancing from your face
I discover that I am safe to unfurl the beauty
 you have placed within me
To unfurl the glory
you have woven within my being.
Safe to spread my billowing arms
Wide beneath your wind.
Safe to sparkle and dance on moonlit crescents
painted with yellow whispers of splendor and grace.
Safe to flow like silk,
spinning unabandoned  in the favor of your face.
Safe to unfurl my beauty before you.

 


Dreaming a New Dream

May 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

What dreams lie in your heart?
What stirs and excites you?
Take time to drink deeply of your passions.
Reflect on you daydreams
And watch them transform into reality.

"You are never too old to... dream a new dream." - C. S. Lewis


Unique

May 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

UniqueUniqueYou are original and rare,
Truly one-of-a-kind
Like the gnarled trunk of a cypress
Sculpted by the wind.
Celebrate your uniqueness.

Tomales Point Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

You are original and rare,
Truly one-of-a-kind
Like the gnarled trunk of a cypress
Sculpted by the wind.
Celebrate your uniqueness
For there is so much that you carry.


Winged Hope

May 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"Winged Hope"

Winged HopeWinged HopeStretch wide into all that is possible.
For the winter has past
Flowers appear on the earth
And the time for singing has come.
Do you see the new all around you?
Expand, stretch out
Make your home in hope.

Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, California

Stretch wide into all that is possible.

For the winter has past

Flowers appear on the earth

And the time for singing has come.

Do you see the new all around you?

Expand, stretch out

Make your home in hope.