Pandas At The Calgary Zoo

If you have not seen the Panda exhibit at the Calgary Zoo then I highly suggest that you go visit these furry friends. They’re so adorable and playful. There has been some controversy about our zoo over the last few years but I have some friends that have worked at the zoo or currently work at the zoo and they really do take great care of the animals at the zoo. Take a look at these cute furry guys and some of their fellow zoo mates.

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Photo Editing

Photo editing can vary from a basic filter (think Instagram), to in-depth photo manipulation with software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Photo editing is an art, because its all in the eyes of the photographer. I personally love photo editing. Yeah you can give me the best camera money can buy, or the best lens money can buy, but that can only go so far. Yes I’ll have more performance, but a photograph is made into a polished piece of digital / physical art with good photo editing software.

My software of choice is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. I’m a bit old school, as most people have moved on to Adobe Lightroom. I’ll explain why I’ve stuck with this tried and true method. Adobe Bridge is basically your Windows Explorer for all your photos. I create a folder for my photos in ISO date format (i.e. 2018-01-24 Calgary Zoo). Then I create a subfolder called RAW where I’ll dump all of my photos for that event. I’ll then boot up Adobe Bridge, where I’ll see a preview of all of my photos. I can open each photo I want to edit, apply the corrections, filters, adjustments that I want and then move on to the next. If I want to bulk apply adjustments to a photograph I can right click a photograph, copy settings, and then apply to all that I want to apply to. I find this quite quick and straight forward.

So why did I not move to Adobe Lightroom? Well I find the program pretty clunky, and a ton of real-estate space is taken up with the photo bar at the bottom, and the manipulating of the photo actually takes longer. It also seems to use quite a bit more resources. I’ve honestly given it a good go, but it’s just not for me.

So what kind of results can you get out of Adobe Photoshop? Well take a look at these two photos of a mom and baby gorilla. The first one is the basic image that comes out of the camera when you shoot in RAW… pretty boring and bland right? The second one is an image I spent a few minutes editing, and it really pops in comparison.

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Japan – Osaka

The next stop on my trip to Japan was Osaka. Osaka definitely feels a lot busier than Kyoto and has a completely different vibe as well. Osaka felt very westernized compared to Kyoto. I spent three days in Kyoto, including a side trip to a wonderful place called Mount Koya, a UNESCO world heritage site; more on that later.

Osaka was very different from Kyoto. I found the castle in Osaka to be better, and it was a more modern city, but my favorite of the two has to be Kyoto. Osaka had a great metro system, a great zoo, a super cool building called Umeda Sky Building, a great museum on the history of the city, and some really pretty temples. I also tried Sake for the first time here!

Stay tuned for the last installment of my Japan series where I visit the beautiful city of Hiroshima!

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