As some of you may know, I try to do only minimal post- processing on my photos. I normally crop them to my taste, adjust the levels, and maybe sharpen the subject of the photo a little – thats it. During my trip to New Mexico I had the opportunity to photograph some wild horses with a professional photographer, Lynne Pomeranz (if you’re ever in NM and would like to go see the wild horses, I highly recommend you give her a call). Anyway, during lunch we went through some of the things that she does for her work to get it ready for commercial galleries. She is a photoshop user and she also shared some work from a friend of hers who is another great photographer and a certified photoshop expert. In talking to both of them, I think it is probably time learn how to use more of the postprocessing tools to get the most out of my photos. All that being said, I probably will still use most of the tools very sparingly. For the past week or so I’ve been using a trial version of the software and just trying things to see how they work. You can do some interesting things so I thought I’d share one of my experiments. One of the things that you can do is “layer” photos on top of each other and pick out specific parts of the photos that you want to remain visible. Here’s my first experiment with that process – the background of the this photo was a sunset photo of the reserve showing one of the ponds with sandhill cranes resting for the evening. The foreground was a separate photo of a snow goose landing that I took about two hours before the sunset photo. I think it makes a nice composite and captures two great experiences of the Bosque – the sunsets as well as the wildlife. What do you think??