Mexico Trip! (18 pics, DIAL UP WARNING!)

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  1. RKW3

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    My dad, my mom, and I went to Mexico for a weekend trip (only takes a 2 hour drive to Tecate from where we live).

    We were there in the beginning of this month (March) and we only stayed Saturday and half of Sunday, so we crammed a lot of activities into that time frame.

    Here are some pics from the trip. To view the whole, 24 photo set please view my gallery here.

    1) A view of Mexico.
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    2) My dad talking to a local.
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    3) Cattle on the fields alongside the roads.
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    4) A cool abandoned lot we found.
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    5) Old chicken coop?
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    6) Close up of an old, rusting car.
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    7) Ostriches! Not something I see everyday.
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    8) Grape fields, not the right type of season yet though.
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    9) Sea Lions! We saw these from a boat ride we got in Ensenada.
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    10) Old, rusting boats out in the Ensenada harbor. And look, sea lions!
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    11) Hey Sea Lions!
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    12) As you can see this is where they like to hang out.
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    13) Cool view from the boat at sunset.
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    14) City of 'La Bufadora'
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    15) Eye of the storm :)
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    16) World famous blow hole.
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    17) Yup, this is Mexico alright.
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    18) One of the MANY guys trying to sell you stuff as you leave Tijuana.
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    Sorry for having so many pics, I didn't know which pics to choose from.

    Thanks for coming, comments or criticism is welcome. :biggrin:
     
  2. Arch

    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Excellent shots, i enjoyed them all :thumbup:
     
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    i am amazed with the colors. do all of your pictures come out like this or did you just pick these the best?
     
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    Great shots

    I like how with the last one you only desaturated the backround as opposed to just black and white.
     
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    invisible Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: Impressive set! I especially enjoyed #5.

    I assume most (all?) of these are HDR, no?
     
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    Thanks Arch!

    mdc, in post processing a lot of my colors "came alive", thanks for the comment.

    Thanks Jimmy, yeah I prefer to desaturate backgrounds instead of make them complete b&w. Number 6 is also done with the same technique.

    Invisible, none of them are hdr. I didn't have a tripod on this trip :confused:. Thanks for the comment!
     
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    Wow, great shots. My faves are #1, 2, 3, 5, 17 and 18.

    I don't think they're all HDRs but it definitely looks like there's a few, like #5 I think?

    Other than that, did you do a lot of PP? The colors and lighting are fantastic, I'm just wondering how much of that is PP?
     
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    RKW3 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for your interest. In fact I did do a lot of PP on most of these, but shooting in raw was pretty much necessary. In PP I lightened the shadows a lot, then darkened the blacks, and then I did Levels adjustments and I added some unsharp mask for contrast. Another thing I did was use the selective color feature, ie. to make my skies bluer, reds redder, etc.. Basically I just randomly did things until I thought it looked good :biggrin:.
     
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    Great series!

    My personal favourite is 12, because the first thing I thought was, "Whoa!"

    You really got "up close and personal" (with a zoom lens, no doubt! :lol:)

    Could you give an abridged version of your PP process?
     
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    Great shots!! I enjoy all of them, I really like the colour in #10
     
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    RKW3 TPF Noob!

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    Actually we really were that close, the fisherman who was driving the boat let us get near. ;)

    I can't really explain my pp process anymore than what I did in the earlier posts of this thread, I kind of do random things and I just keep messing with stuff until I think it looks good.. haha


    wing352, thanks!
     
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    Great shots. Seems like a nice trip to take.
     

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