I took the original image and edited it to the appropriate size in Photoshop, and since it was already a large enough photo it did not have any affect on the quality. I also brightened up the exposure, and lowered the shadows (it may look a little bright on your screen, but will not look so bright when printed) so that the image did not appear too dark when printed. I adjusted the yellows in the pine needles to appear more green with a selective color adjustment layer. I also used a selective color adjustment to make the whites more white rather than a musty gray. I the smart sharpen tool on a copy of all of the layers and then used a mask to show only the sharpening on the sharp parts of the photo. Lastly I saved the photo as a high quality JPEG and took it to Quick Ship n’ Copy to have it printed.
I took these photos of stairs at Bannack Ghost Town State Park, Montana. I kept in mind principles of good composition while capturing these shots. I then took these photos into Photoshop and cropped and edited the color on these photos as necessary. After I was happy with the photos appearance, I began planning out the text to add. I used the san-serif font Helvetica Bold for the title, and the font Times New Roman, a serif font, for the subtitle and paragraph body copy. I tried to arrange the text in a couple of the photos to it would look like the steps of stairs to add to the theme.
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5 Reasons You Should Care About
Imagine a world without Ski resorts…
1. The amount of ski resorts in the United states has depleted from 546 to 470 in the last two decades. That’s nearly fifteen percent! Your favorite resort could be next.
2. More than 600 ski areas have closed due to decreased snowfall since 1950. Since then, only 302 new ski areas have opened. That’s 298 ski areas lost in only 67 years.
3. In the last fifty years, the average length of ski season has decreased by a full week. And it is only predicted to continue decreasing and at a more rapid rate. We can’t afford to lose any more of our favorite season!
4. Worldwide, ninety-five percent of ski resorts utilize snowmaking to counteract the scarcity of natural snow received. Snowmaking may be keeping our large resorts open, but is extremely expensive and the smaller resorts cannot afford it. Not to mention, we all know it isn’t nearly as good as the real stuff!
5. Not only are our precious ski resorts having to adapt in order to fight to survive due to climate change, our animals are too. We as society can adapt to keep them both alive. Save our snow, to save their snow.
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Process: To capture these macro shots I used a zoom lens (70mm to 300 mm), a 4+ macro filter on the lens, auxiliary lighting, and a Canon T5i camera. First I chose areas where the water drops were placed nicely, or where I could see a nice composition. Then, I captured the clear images by playing around with the amount of zoom and my bodies distance from the subject until the object became clear, I then pressed have way on the button to finalize the focus and then captured the image. I zoomed in on the subjects usually between the range of 80 to 95 mm. I also used auto focus to assure good focus on each of the subjects. After capturing the shots, I took them into Photoshop and added a levels adjustment layer and sharpened the focal points of the images.
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Macro Images (no water drops):