I just felt like a little fireworks this morning…
Taken from Huntington Beach looking toward the Ruby’s Diner on the pier. Yes, that’s the moon to the lower right of the burst in the first image.
So far this week we’ve journeyed up the California coast, relaxed at Huntington Beach, paid tribute to “Red the Dragonfly” with his image in my header, and even faced a visual challenge (congratulations to “Allthoughtswork” for correctly guessing the image as a dandelion seed pod). Here’s the original:
And here is a black and white treatment of the same image:
I leave you with this image of Long Beach, California. This is one of our favorite beach bike rides, however this image was actually captured from the deck of the Queen Mary (you have to go there if you get the chance).
Have a good weekend everyone!
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you may know the answer to this question. But to all of you who are somewhat new, this one’s for you! And to those who have been here for a while, well…go ahead, give it a guess!
I call this “Color Fantasia.” But, what is it?
No clues…just yet. Thoughts? Guesses?
Now you may be asking, “I get California Coast – Day 2.” But what is this??
Well since the California coast was completely fogged in for the entire coastal trip this year, I decided to post my image from a trip we made 5 years ago. So, this would be California Coast Day -1834.
This is the famous Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.
Let me help you with this very surreal image of the Huntington Beach Pier. This image was captured following an evening storm. Because of that storm, the beach was eerily quiet and yet surprisingly soothing.
Don’t you think?
So if you need to relax, pull up a chair and listen to the gentle waves lapping at the shoreline.
I just had to keep trying! When I found the coast socked in with a summer marine layer of fog and haze, I decided to move inland. This derelict truck and trailer was spotted along a “less-traveled” road about 3-4 miles inland.
I call this one, Abandoned…
A few years ago I was shooting an event and happened to capture this image while taking a break from the action. Believe me, there was no prep or forethought given to this pose, as you can readily see.
However when I was downloading my images later that evening, I stopped because her expression and pose captured my attention. I had given no instructions, only pointed my camera and asked for a smile.
Of course the question becomes, “What do I do with this image?” I love the expression, but everything other than that is wrong: background clutter, flat lighting, distracting background color, and a number of other issues that seemed to render this image as unusable for anything other than a casual toss into the photo album pile. You know, that place where everyone puts all of the family pictures.
But, let’s try a few things and see what we can do. I began by editing the image as I would any portrait. Following that, I quickly moved to my “filter” section in Photoshop. Scanning down through my choices, I landed on lighting effects found in the render folder. I have used this filter before to create some subtle highlighting, but this time I wanted to do something far more dramatic. Using the “Omni” setting I increased the intensity level to +28, and adjusted the ambient level to -4. Next, I adjusted the edited area to cover only the circumference of her face. This created a somewhat extreme vignette that camouflaged the background clutter. I also centered the highlight on to her left cheek. This gave the left side of her face a slightly stronger highlight, somewhat compensating for the original flat lighting.
While this eliminated most of the issues I had from the original, I still wondered if more could be done. So for my final step, I simply used a square crop to fully eliminate the background clutter.
While this may not be something I would present to a client, it sure is an improvement from the original.
So even with a casual shot, there just may be the possibility for something more.