Thursday, May 31, 2007

Photoshop Basics: Selective Color

by Melanie Crutchfield

Fine tuning is what makes the difference between a good print and a great print. But how do you fine-tune one section of your photograph without disturbing what's right in all the others?

The answer is to make a local change with a tool like Selective Color. With Selective Color, you can make changes to individual colors. Want to warm up those yellow fall leaves? Use Selective Color to add some red and magenta. Want to intensify a red wall without making everything else red, as well? Selective Color can do that, too!

Making such precise changes are easy once you know how. Just watch Photoshop Basics: Selective Color, and learn how!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Natural Lightscapes

Cool link of the day:

What are Natural Lightscapes?
A "Natural Lightscape" is a place or environment characterized by the natural rhythm of the sun and moon cycles, clean air, and of dark nights unperturbed by artificial light. Natural lightscapes, including dark night skies, are not only a resource unto themselves, but are an integral component of countless park experiences.

See how the National Park Service is working to perserve the lightscape:

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park

New Today
Yosemite News Release
May 9, 2007
For Immediate Release

Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Tollefson announced today that the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East through Yosemite National Park) will open for the season on May 11, 2007 at noon.

Services along the Tioga Road and in Tuolumne Meadows will be limited. The Tuolumne Meadows gas station will be open 24-hours a day for credit card use. The Tuolumne Meadows Store, Grill, and the Tuolumne Lodge are not currently open. All campgrounds along the Tioga Road corridor (including White Wolf, Tamarack Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Porcupine Flat) and the Tuolumne Meadows Campground will remain closed until further notice.

Hikers and backcountry users should be aware that many area trails are still covered in snow which may make route finding difficult. Additionally, hikers should be prepared for high water, which may make stream crossings difficult or impossible.

Although most of the snow has melted on the meadows, visitors are urged to avoid walking over meadows as increased water content has made them extremely fragile and subject to damage.

Current road and weather conditions are available 24 hours a day by calling 209/372-0200 or on the website at Information about backcountry camping and trail conditions can be found on the website or by calling the Wilderness Office at 209/372-0745.