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3 Doors 1 Drawer

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"3 Doors 1 Drawer" is another from the portfolio  " Beautiful Decay". It's been processed as a color image and black and white. I can't say for sure which one I like best. Take a look, let me know what you think. I'd be grateful for anyone who would take a moment to register, sign in and make a comment.

Beautiful Decay

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 While some may find this scene decrepit, I consider it "Beautiful Decay" . The textures and colors accentuated by the  side light create an image that I like a lot. Natures forces crafted the pallet used here. Water and sun have transformed an ordinary inside scene into one with a much greater depth of texture and color.

" Beautiful Decay" is a 3 shot panorama stitched together in Autopano Pro 2.0. The camera was moved 3 times to different positions parallel to the wall. A series of 5 bracketed images was taken in each position. Moving the camera this way minimized the distortion created by the 24mm lens used. The bracketed images were used to create HDR images, expanding dynamic range allowing detail in both the shadows and highlights.  As a finishing touch " Beautiful Decay"  was mirrored horizontally because I thought it did a better job of leading the viewer into it.

Wonderland Beach

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Wonderland-Beach.jpgLook one direction and the scene  "Wonderland Beach" presents itself and in the other "Ominous"  The drama at Wonderland was what nature provided, and the drama of photographer working franticly. Often the opportunity nature provides is fleeting and working the scene quickly while the best conditions exist is intense. Opportunities like this challenge your skill as a photographer to make the most of it.

I've chosen to leave "Wonderland Beach" a color image. The pink granite and yellow-green seaweed are a rich component of the image and of the nature of Wonderland and Acadia itself.

Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures

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"Ominous"  was taken in Wonderland, part of Acadia National Park, fall 2009. You may not be able to tell from this photo but I was there in search of fall colors. I was happy to have a bit of "bad" weather while there. Bad weather provides opportunities to make great pictures. As a photographer being prepared and willing to be out in all conditions allows you to be in that special place as the drama unfolds.

Like all my images in the last 3 years "Ominous" was taken as a color digital image. To be more specific it was a series of three bracketed exposures merged to create and HDR image. The color HDR image was converted to black and white  and "developed" in Photoshop. To "develop" the image Levels and Curves Adjustment Layers are used in Photoshop to locally adjust the brightness and contrast on areas of the image. The result is my artistic interpretation of the ominous and beautiful scene at Wonderland.  You may also be interested to see the color version of this image.

Adjustment Layers in Photoshop are "non-destructive" and essential to photographers who use this application. The Adobe website and many other web resources are available to teach the use of all the types of Adjustment Layers that are available. FYI, my goal is not to sell Photoshop, only to share with you a little bit of how I work.  

 

I Love Detail

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Breaker-Boxes.jpgIf you've taken a look through my galleries you'll see that  I like to make images of a broad range of subjects. One of the most common themes used in them is the use of detail.   Detail by itself doesn't make an image, other compositional tools need to be used as well. In "Breaker Boxes"  I have  attempted  to use light. color, leading lines, and location to make the image interesting.

One of the tools I constantly use to emphasize texture, detail  and color is HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.   The "Breaker Boxes" image is an example. Currently Photomatix is the tool I use to create HDR images.