Sagebrush and Diamonds

sagebrush and snow

Telephoto macro shot from the Rift Valley Trail

For behold, the wealth of Nature lying at your—er, my—feet. I took this last Wednesday at Taos Valley Overlook on a fairly muddy walk. Haven’t been out since. In the next 48 hours, we should get another dose of snow and single-digit lows. That may freeze the ground good and hard so I can hike without leaving at dawn. Not that I have, but that’s what it would take to avoid the mud.

This is also the first photo I’ve cropped and tweaked using Photoshop CC, which stands for Creative Cloud. It’s a $9.99 per month subscription for Photoshop—and that’s a special price—which is how Adobe does it these days. I decided to try this for a year in order to try out the latest features. You can’t buy the software separately any more in any case. So far, I think the app is great. The cropping tool functions in a completely different way than before and works much better. That’s a good thing, since cropping is such an essential practice in photography. I almost never don’t crop an image, so you see what I mean.

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  • terri December 4, 2013, 5:04 PM

    hey John, beautiful shot! News: You can still buy Adobe Creative Suite that includes Photoshop–it’s still out there as a software package. ebay has it but so do regular vendors…and stores. In fact I saw the recent CS in an Apple store here in ABQ a couple weeks ago…

    • JHF December 4, 2013, 10:05 PM

      Right. You can still buy Creative Suite 6 as well as Photoshop CS6 separately, the whole thing or as an upgrade to earlier versions. I have Creative Suite CS5, and if I wanted, I could upgrade the Photoshop component to Photoshop CS6 for about $250, I think. Adobe will keep selling it for a while but won’t update it. Photoshop CC will be continuously updated and already has features absent in CS6. At some point in the not-too-distant future, CS6 will be something you can’t use on the latest hardware.

      I argued with myself for a long time about this. There are other image editing apps, obviously. But I decided to give the subscription a try because the lure of having the Very Latest Photoshop (all the time) was too great. Also the subscription is half-price. So I’ll give it a go for a year and see what I think next December. 🙂

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