5 Pictures: My Favorite Pictures of the USA

5 Pictures: My Favorite Pictures of the USA

This week I’ve been sharing little posts with my five favorite pictures from certain areas. Today we conclude that little post series with: my five favorite pictures from the USA. I’m an American and I love my country, over the past few years as I’ve begun to take photography more and more seriously I’ve enjoyed looking at my country from that perspective. America isn’t perfect by any stretch but it has some truly world-class sites, so let’s get to it!

Andy’s Favorite Places in Dallas

Andy’s Favorite Places in Dallas

I’m a semi-proud resident of Dallas, in that there’s a lot that annoys me about this town but, after living here for 11 years, I guess I’m from here. So let’s talk about my favorite places in Dallas. This is in no way a comprehensive guidebook about Dallas, moreso just to tell you the places I find myself at over and over again, should you visit sometime soon.

How I edited the Picture of the Week using the Adobe Lightroom mobile app

How I edited the Picture of the Week using the Adobe Lightroom mobile app

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Picture of the Week. I shot a little video of how I took the shot and then how I edited it in Adobe’s Lightroom mobile app. There’s some new functionality in the Lightroom app which allows you to edit RAW images, which is wonderful for people like me who like editing and posting on the go. It requires (at least for my iPhone) an SD card adapter, which you can buy from Apple.

This will be mainly for you photographers who like utilizing your own workflow instead of using Instagram or Facebook filters, but hopefully you appreciate the demo either way!

[click through for the video!]

Picture of the Week: The Traveling Man Sculpture in Dallas

Picture of the Week: The Traveling Man Sculpture in Dallas

Hello everyone! I was just out in Deep Ellum, just east of downtown Dallas, Texas, taking this picture. Deep Ellum is an arts district that has recently undergone a nice revitalization but has maintained its gritty roots. In Deep Ellum you’ll find great restaurants, concert venues, and wonderful art installations and graffiti walls. Two statues buttress the entrance to Deep Ellum when heading south on Good Latimer Expressway. These status are of the same character: the Traveling Man. The DART train runs down the middle of Good Latimer Expressway and the Traveling Man relaxes across the street from the tracks, playing his guitar and waiting for his train.

I’ve always meant to take a picture of the Traveling Man and finally made time to do it tonight. As part of shooting the picture I also came up with a challenge: edit the Picture of the Week entirely on my iPhone using Adobe Lightroom Mobile’s new RAW editing capabilities. Without getting too lost in the weeds, this enables me to edit RAW images to the level of quality I would normally only achieve when back home or at the hotel with the full Adobe Lightroom version on my various Macs. In fact, I put together a little video about the challenge, so stay tuned for that!

Anyway, here it is, Deep Ellum’s Traveling Man! (click through for the picture!)

My Amazing Day Trip to Zion National Park

My Amazing Day Trip to Zion National Park

Most people would take a day trip to Zion National Park in Utah on their way through the American Southwest, maybe on their way to Bryce National Park or even Antelope Canyon in Arizona. I’m kind of insane, so my day trip was a little different. At 6am in Dallas I found a decent deal on a nonstop flight to Las Vegas that left at 9am Dallas time and returned at 6am the next morning (long-time readers are now rolling their eyes because they know what’s coming next). I thought to myself, “well why not?” and booked the flight, having no idea what I would do for a day in Vegas.

I went to Zion National Park after a wedding in Vegas last year and remembered that it was not too far of a drive from Las Vegas so I decided to return. But just for a few hours, then I’d have to turn around and get back to Vegas to catch my flight back home. If I had time I wanted to hike to Angel’s Landing again, so that was the plan.

Click through to read how the trip went!

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