Posts Tagged ‘photography’

I need your help. See – I’m really indecisive – I guess it’s part of being a Libra.

I’m entering the Photolife Emerging Photographer of the Year contest – open to Canadian photographers only. I’m going to need to submit 3 of my photographs for judging – they of course, should be my “best of the best”.

I’m thinking of using my photograph “Trust – Split Toned” as one of my submissions. “Frostflowers” has gotten good reviews as well, it’s my photograph that has been published in Snapixel Magazine.

I’m torn for what my 3rd choice should be. Any suggestions?

While you’re at it, feel free to suggest any of my other photographs for my first two submissions as well – these are not set in stone yet.




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I found a split-toning tutorial tonight on one of my favourite websites, Digital Photography School. I quickly knocked out 3 images that I had from our recent schoolyard picnic – as this technique works best with silhouettes. Here are my attempts, you can scroll down to my last photowalk to see and compare the originals.

Halo - Split Toned
Halo – Split Toned. Split tone takes the highlights and makes them one colour, and the shadows and makes them a different colour. Black still renders as black, so silhouettes are best suited to this technique.

Trust - Split Toned
Trust – Split Toned

Rocket - Split Toned

Overall, I had fun. I got some photos out of this that I think look fantastic, and I added a new skill to my repertoire. This isn’t something I’d use all the time, but it is a neat trick to know how to pull out every once in a while.

Query. Which one do you prefer out of the three? Or do you like the originals better? My favourite is “Trust” – the super bright colours draw me in. I like the blues as well, and the first one, but the super saturated colours are really where it’s at for me. I’d like your insights as well though.

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One of my photos from my portfolio website, Snapixel.com, was chosen for the latest issue of the Snapixel Magazine. Issue 2 is about landscapes.

When you think of a landscape, what do you imagine? Mountain ranges and burnt red rocks? Sandy coastlines and splashing waves? Perhaps you see lightning, heavy flakes of snow or bustling cityscapes. In the following pages, you’ll experience the stunning diversity and beauty of our planet through the eyes of photographers from across the globe. Saturated in color and vitality, these are images not to be missed.

You can view the whole magazine online – and there is some great photography in it, if I do say so myself. Quite honestly, I’m very proud to be featured beside the other great photographers in the magazine. I guess we’re all our own harshest critics.

Soon it will be available for on-demand print publishing – so when it is, feel free to go ahead and pick up a copy for yourself.

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On the 15th I spent some time at Sam’s parents and as it was soooo super nice out I decided to bring out my camera and see what I could do.

I got Roarke to do some posing for me (mostly jumping over me) and it was nice and sunny so I was able to get fast exposure times. I imported these photos and played with them in Lightroom. I managed to find some cool things (adjustment brush for eyes = awesome. I need to edit it for teeth though, tell me where you see me using it) For those following along at home who edit photos, most of these are just simple tone curve adjustments (closer to an ‘S’ shape) and some adjustment brushes in Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta 1.

I decided to make some silly captions for these photos and put them together as a sort of non-sensical “photo poetry” called “The Ides of March”.

I hope you enjoy my little experiment.

and so he spread his wings and soared
“And so he spread his wings and soared”

he dreamed and he swung
“He dreamed and he swung”

tumbling jesters capered for her enjoyment
“Tumbling Jesters capered for her enjoyment”

the players were met as the golden sun set
“The players were met as the golden sun set”

her smile cracked the world and the world smiled with her
“Her smile cracked the world and the world smiled with her”

the world shifted for her pleasure
“the world shifted for her pleasure”

what food is this queried the queen
“What food is this?, queried the queen”

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Yesterday inspired me. My mind has been roiling today because I love one of my shots from yesterday so much. I cannot wait to see what the other members of the class came away with, as for me, it was a landmark day.

Our minishoot during class was to imply motion with a slow shutter speed. Tineke gave us an extra challenge – shoot a promo shot for her to choose from with her still and people around her moving. We all got to be the photographer and direct our own shoot, and she was the model. Everyone else subbed as extras for the shoot during each persons turn.

I had three distinct things I wanted to do.

1) Tineke lying on the ground with people moving around her. I did this with feet and her against a brick background.

2) Tineke in a street/plaza leaning on something with people moving past. (for the record, this one failed on every shot due to camera shake.)

3) Tineke on a street, against a wall, high fashion style. People walking past. (My keeper is from here.)

Additionally I did a shot of her on some stairs with people walking below. It’s not my favourite but it’s technically ok, so I’ve kept it. I just don’t know what to do with it or how to crop it due to my poor framing.

I had fun – here are my shots for week 10 – let me know what you think.

Tineke Street Photog
This is my absolute favourite. High contrast and a little bit of post processing and tone mapping to enhance contrast and colour.

Tineke Stairs
Stairs. Kind of blah. My fault for framing poorly. It’s still a worthwhile photo, just not tops.

Tineke Laying 2
A vibrance/saturation enhanced version of Tineke on the ground shooting up. I like it, but I don’t love it.

Tineke Laying 1
Almost the same as before, not as saturated. I need to play with PP and cropping on these to see if I can make something better.

In case you missed it – I had FUN doing these. They left me so darn INSPIRED that my head has not stopped buzzing all day. I’m happy with week 10. Very happy. And I hope you enjoyed.

PS – get out and shoot. “Just do it”, as Nike says. Sometimes you have a day like I did, and you feel so much more awesome for doing it.

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For photowalk 4 of 52 we decided to take the kids to a park.  We live in central BC, Canada so this time of year is pretty chilly. (It’s actually been unseasonably warm these last two weeks and just got down closer to average temperature just before we went on this outing.)  The temperature was about -11C, which works out to 12F.

We bundled the kids up in their outdoor clothes, brought along the new puppy and went to play on the equipment.  The photos below are the first 4 keepers, I have about 4 more to do editing on.  They will go on my flickr, and may make up a second post on here.

The reason I decided to shoot the kids for this one is that I have the most trouble with kid photography. I love the idea, and want to do it, but the images never work out in real life the way they do in my mind. This day was a success for me, and I’m very happy with the pictures I have of my kids from it.

Again I’ve been using a new post processing workflow.  First I edit in lightroom for exposure etc.  Then I open the image in a .TIFF in photoshop and play around with that, mostly still using the actions from mcpactions.com  Touch of Light/Dark and the free Gallery Frames are my go-to for this – I may have to invest in a couple of her actions in the near future.

This first one of Dylan is my favourite of the day so far. This was a challenging post production shot because of the high contrast of sunny spots on her face etc. I used lots of touch of light to lighten the shadowed parts of her face and coat, and lots of touch of dark to darken the sunny spots and background to bring everything just a little closer together contrast wise.
Walk4of52 - DylanPeek

My second favourite of the day is Ivy climbing down the cable net. This one got a strong vignette when I was done, as well as lots of touch of light on her coat to really make it pop. The rest of the image got treated to touch of dark – mostly to highten the contrast of the pink jacket against the background.
Walk4of52 - IvyClimb

This one of Dylan I cleaned up her face lots – to my eye it looks pretty good, but to someone more discerning perhaps my stamp skills are not as good. It’s something I’m working on. Otherwise, a little lightening, but most of the PP was just to clean her face up.
Walk4of52 - DylanSwing

And last but not least is Ivy on the slide. It’s my least favourite of the completed shots, but I was most excited while taking it. I’m not sure why, it just didn’t turn out in my mind the way I’d have liked it to. It’s still good enough to share however.
Walk4of52 - IvySlide

And there we go – the first batch from photowalk 4. This is the first photowalk that I’ve had so many keeper images from – and it’s one of the most challenging things for me to shoot – kids. They just move so fast!

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