The Adventurer

This is a photo of my wife on one of our adventures. This photo was taken on our hike to Vernal Falls in the Yosemite Valley.

I did a ton of processing on this one. Adding fake light leaks and lens flares by painting on warm or cool tones on a new layer in Photoshop then setting the blending mode to Hard Light. Seems to work pretty well as long as there is a strong light source already in the image. I then did the final color in Lightroom using my Retro Collection Presets.

Here is the raw photo

Yumiko at Vernal Falls Yosemite

Here is another look I liked a lot

Yumiko at Vernal Falls Yosemite Another Look

I have a lot of fun processing my images like this. It’s fun exploring various looks and seeing what I can come up with. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to my photoshop. Getting the colors right is tricky.

Like mentioned, I’ve been using my Lightroom 4 Retro Collection Preset Pack. I really really like what I’ve done with them and use them as a starting look on almost every photo I do. Plus I spent forever building them. Months.

I decided to start selling them and right I’m offering them for $2.00, since I am still testing them and working out any bugs that might be in paypal. If you want to see what a lot of the looks are, you can check out my Foods of Japan Flickr set. I used only my retro presets for all those photos. Be sure to let me know if there are any problems installing them or buying them. You can email me directly at

Today’s Photo – The Adventurer

The Adventurer at Vernal Falls