Several weeks ago when I posted the after image of the Cabo Fisherman on a weekly challenge, I wanted to send it to Visual Venturing for ABFriday since it has become one of my favorite images. I missed the window of opportunity but wanted to send it this week anyway. I did several changes to the image but the most noticeable were to straighten the skyline after reading and change to a golden color tone. Stop by Stacy’s Visual Venturing and take a peak at other ABF creations.

 

Cabo Fisherman After
Cabo Fisherman After
Cabo Fisherman Before - Original
Cabo Fisherman Before – Original

 

 

Here is more on what was done.

Lightroom Beginning Step One in Basics:  Adjusted temperature, tones, clarity and vibrance.
Lightroom 5 Beginning Step One in Basics: Adjusted temperature, tones, clarity and vibrance.
Step 2 Detail Tab: A little sharpening and noice reduction.
Step 2 in Detail: A little sharpening and noice reduction.
Step 3 in Lightroom adjusting Shadows a bit and adding a vignette
Step 3 in Lightroom adjusting Shadows a bit and adding a vignette
Back to Basics in Step 4:  Adjustments to tones and Presence.  Increased highlights, Shadows and Whites while decreasing blacks.  Upped Clarity and Vibrance.
Back to Basics in Step 4: Adjustments to tones and Presence. Increased highlights, Shadows and Whites while decreasing blacks. Upped Clarity and Vibrance.
Last Touches in LR:  Eliminated the last of the over exposed whites and final on cropping.
Last Touches in LR: Eliminated the last of the over exposed whites and final on cropping.
Finishing Touches in Photoshop CC2014:  Further straighten of skyline and took skyline off-center.  Used burn tool the line where the last of the wave met the beach.
Finishing Touches in Photoshop CC2014: Further straighten of skyline and took skyline off-center. Used burn tool the line where the last of the wave met the beach. Somehow managed to take all of the vibrant color away but didn’t notice it had happened.

After seeing the various stages as screen prints myself I sometimes wonder why the image changes so much when taken into Photoshop. The colors were much more vibrant in Lightroom and the final image seems dulled out. Second guessing myself.

Run Forrest Run
Run Forrest Run

The rain was pouring down upon us in Cancun, so we ran as drops pelted us into our desired stop at Bubba Gumps for crab legs.  I love crab legs.  Just so you know…  Bubba Gumps does not have crab legs.  I was having a craving for crab legs!  Instead I got a very expensive glass of Margarita that was on 50% off.  It was a good Margarita but when the bill arrived it was not 50% off.  But, they were going to give me a lovely jar glass to take home in my carry-on luggage.  I didn’t want the glass.  I wanted my 50% off.  I can be a bit of a bbb… brat…. so when I told the waiter that if he didn’t get me the 50% off he sold me then he could pay for it out of his tip and keep the cute “collector” glass.  Somehow he was now able to get me a discount.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge Signs

Negative Edge Pool Westin Cancun
Negative Edge Pool Westin Cancun

Make sure to do ample research before you book your holiday destination. Don’t rely on their website or pictures. We thought we would be at the far end of hotel strip in Cancun. We are at a little quiet resort on Pok-Ta-Pok  Ave which is roughly a 20 minute taxi. This picture is at the Westin. Wish I were there. But in defense of our little resort…
The room is nice. Pool is clean. Everything is very clean. The staff is friendly. And the F&B prices very reasonable. Coral Mar is perfect for a quiet get away. It all depends on what you are looking for. Each night at Coral Mar, the guest gather around the bar for happy hour 2 times a day and share good times with each other. You may not find these same pleasantries at the Westin. It just depends on what you are looking for and what makes you happy.

Personally, we would have enjoyed the Westin more, but the camaraderie with the staff and tourist at Coral Mar were not to be taken lightly. Say hi to Silver at the restaurant and bar during daytime hours and to Eduardo during the evening hours.

Coral Mar Resort
Coral Mar Resort

All pictures taken with my iPhone 5S.

This outdoor kitchen that I found in Acapulco signifies endurance in so many ways.  Tolerance of the smoke in your eyes.  Patience as you attempted to control the cooking heat.  I wouldn’t trade my kitchen any day.  I found this kitchen to be fascinating yet archaic.

We stopped here as part of a swamp tour excursion that we took while in Acapulco, Mexico.  They actually cook and serve meals from the kitchen.  We only had a short visit so there was not enough time to sample the local cuisine from this restaurant.  I bet it would have been a treat to be remembered.

What's for Dinner
What’s for Dinner

We did have time to sample their home-brew of local mescal…  I didn’t partake but did take many photos as my friends indulged, screwing up their faces in grimace… which would be another fun post.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Endurance

en·dur·ance

enˈd(y)o͝orəns/
noun
  • the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
  • “she was close to the limit of her endurance”  – See the kitchen!
  • synonyms:  toleration, tolerance, sufferance, forbearance, patience, acceptance, resignation.
  • the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

Everywhere we venture humanity presents a vast array of vivid color and saturates the world with its richness.   Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity