FREE 2019 Calendar Photoshop Action and FREE 2019 Lightroom Preset/Templates

We finished our calendars a couple of days ago. Printed them on Red River 60lb. Polar Matte and had them spiral bound at Office Depot using their ‘report’ covers. I broke out our heavy-duty commercial paper punch and they are ready to go.

In case you have the urge to create your own calendars, here are a couple of links.

Photoshop Action

Download and read the ReadMe file. Pretty easy peasy– see sample at the end of the post

For those of you that like to play in Lightroom

A photographer named Ed Weaver has been making template/presets for use in Lightroom for several years. Matt Kloskowski has a video tutorial on how to set up the templates for use in Lightroom– read the text on the download page for the link to the video

Looks pretty easy for those of you that play in Lightroom–

Here is a sample off of this years calendar– a Bosque del Apache mallard no less with a gorgeous blue mountain background– 8.5 x 11

Bosque images are being edited– got a ton of them so be patient LOL

The road to Socorro

Thursday,November 29th, Paul Fisher and I embarked on a photo “safari” to Bosque Del Apache (Woods of the Apache). The goals were to test out Paul’s “new” camera and his existing lens, bird and bird in flight photography and generally photograph anything that would allow us to photograph it.

Betty (Paul’s wife) and Molly acted as the quartermasters. I am not sure if we had enough snacks,soda, green tea and water to circumnavigate the globe, but anywhere in North America was certainly covered. Being amply supplied, Paul and I were able to drive for extended periods with pit stops for gas and other reasons.

Twelve hours after leaving New Haven, we arrived in Amarillo and spent the night there. Next morning we headed to Socorro. We were hoping to beat a winter storm forecast. While on the road, we saw an isolated snow storm falling about 3 miles off Hwy 40. White from cloud to the ground. The rest of the area was untouched. Quite the sight….and no, we didn’t stop to photograph it. Sometimes the memories can’t really be captured with a camera. This was a recurring lesson on this trip. How do you capture that landscape and do it justice? We measured our trip in hours and not miles.

To paraphrase Robert Frost–we had miles to go before we sleep.

I am still thinking of how vast the country is from Oklahoma City and the Short Grass Prairie to the Mountains and the desert scrub of New Mexico. While not “The Road Goes On Forever” by  Robert  Earl Keen the vistas do bring to mind The Allman Brothers “Midnight Rider”. Poets and photographers, what a mix this trip would be.

Next post– Arrival and our first afternoon.

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