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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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Some quick updates to post here regarding my status on my 52 weeks project, my course and upcoming posts.

1) 52 weeks. I have week 7 shot from last weekend. We went out to Heritage Acres for a photoshoot location after my last Image Expressions course. I got some shots worth sharing here as my photowalk for week 7. I hope to have a couple edited and uploaded tonight while we watch TV. Next photowalk will be this Sunday, also during our Image Expressions class.

As an addendum, I really like having these free weeks of forced photowalks – they make the project easier to get rolling by building a schedule – I go out and shoot from 2-4/5ish on Sundays. Perhaps keeping that schedule afterwords will be awesome. We shall see.

2) Image Expressions.
This is a 6 week class plus 4 workshops course that I am taking from one of the local photographers I really admire. Tineke of Northern Persona Photography has become a sort of mentor to me in my photography. She seems to think more of my work and technical ability than I do – but it’s nice to have someone I admire also like what I’m doing – it’s a validation of sorts. My family has to like what I do. (Or at least say they do…. *grin*) Having an independent source also like my work is a nice uplifting experience.

3) Upcoming posts.
Photowalk 7 of 52 upcoming, as well as 8 of 52 being shot this weekend. I also have a post I’m working on regarding calibration and colour and my computer. I’m having an issue with photoshop/lightroom that when I export photos they look great to me, and viewing them in firefox after being uploaded they look awesome. However, if you look at them in Internet Explorer they look, frankly, like ass. I think it has something to do with ICC Profiles and the fact that I export everything, I think, in AdobeRGB2. That might be my issues. Also, different printers will print my photos differently depending on who I send them to. I need to send them to a calibrated lab and see what results – then I can more closely calibrate my monitor etc. So – post to come with screenshots etc as to the difference. If you have any updates please feel free to comment or email me. For a quick preview open up the two browsers I mentioned and look at my flickr stream (linked on the right). The different versions of the “knife” photo and “Sam with red apple” should be pretty apparent.

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