Swan Cabin

Happy November! This post is brought to you by my lingering sugar high from one-too-many candy corns 😛

Can’t stop won’t stop.

A couple weeks ago, Nick and I visited our friends’ cabin in the North Cascades of Washington, by Mount Baker. Demitri and Roxanne live in Seattle, near us, but recently took the real-estate plunge on a cabin in the woods.

It’s beautiful. A two-bedroom with a hot tub and sauna to boot!

Today, I offer you very little in the way of words. Instead, scroll down for a selection of dreamy cabin photos and rustic outdoorsy scenes shot with my beloved (aka my new camera).

I really need to name her!

Yes, she’s a she.

Speaking of, I finally took the plunge and signed up for the Adobe suite (for photographers), which means I get Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge for $9.99/month.

Now I’m obsessed with learning all the ins and outs of photo editing.

To quote Ansel Adams:

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
– Ansel Adams

And this is an important idea to think about.

I used to believe 90% of a great photo happens before editing. Now, I’m realizing it’s more like 40% before editing and 60% after. Composing the shot and taking a technically good photo (with good exposure, a balance of lights and darks, etc.) is a huge part of the first stage and shouldn’t be ignored. But there is so much magic and opportunity for creativity during the editing process.

My newest love is the Tone Curve feature in Lightroom because it allows for SO MUCH creative control. Compare these two versions of the same photo and see for yourself:

Photo 1: No tone curve adjustments.
Photo 2: With tone curve adjustments.

I’ve only scratched the surface, and I’m building a playlist of valuable photo-editing tutorials on Youtube. Maybe one day I’ll start making my own videos, who knows?

Anyway, before I get carried away with this ^ stuff, here are the photos I’ve promised from Swan Cabin:

Swan Cabin, October 2017

Swan Cabin