WHAT IS THIS??

•August 3, 2016 • 2 Comments

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?

COLOR FANTASIA

 

CALIFORNIA COAST (DAY -1834)

•August 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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.

BIXBY BRIDGE

NEED TO RELAX??

•July 28, 2016 • 3 Comments

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.

HUNTINGTON BEACH AT NIGHT

CALIFORNIA COAST – DAY 2

•July 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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

ABANDONED

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP #26 – JUST A CASUAL SHOT…

•July 18, 2016 • 4 Comments

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.

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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.

PORTRAIT SALVAGE

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.

Version 2

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.

THE BEST PART OF LAKE TAHOE…

•July 13, 2016 • 2 Comments

FAMILY!

I think the title of this image says it all…

“Leaving the Fishing Hole”

LEAVING THE FISHING HOLE

BACK TO TAHOE

•July 12, 2016 • 3 Comments

Since the marine layer essentially shut me out for my trip up the California coast, I thought I might journey back to Lake Tahoe for a few more images.  This image is taken from the boardwalk at Pope Beach.

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And of course, my previous captures from Lake Tahoe.

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TAHOE SETTING SUN