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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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • 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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