Time To Relax, Reflect, and Recharge!
October 27, 2014 § 10 Comments
One of my favorite things to do is walk around and shoot pictures. It doesn’t matter if it’s rural, urban, with people or without, but heading out of the studio, sans lights, stands, reflectors etc. is a great way for me to “relax, reflect, and recharge”. Shooting scenics, especially in the fall with all of those gorgeous colors has always been a favorite of mine…and I’m sure I’m not alone. My last blog was about trying to achieve a “painterly” look, and although it’s nice to have tools at hand that can help me achieve that look, if that’s what a client wants, I’m a photographer and not a painter. A number of comments I got, were from photographers that said I should “get it right, in the camera”. I used to do that when I shot transparencies with my old film cameras, actually, you really didn’t have a choice…if you didn’t get it in the camera, you didn’t get it. Transparencies were pretty unforgiving. You could bracket your butt off, but film and processing cost a lot of money, so you had to be right on when your film came back from the lab. With digital, I can set my camera so I get perfect color, sharpness, tones, and exposure…at least perfect according to the camera, but I shoot raw and make those decisions myself back at my “digital darkroom”, namely my computer. I like to sit in front of my computer and decide what I want the finished image to look like. Some people may love what I do, some may hate it, but as long as I’m happy with my results, I consider the image a success. As far as these images are concerned, I used Photoshop on all of them, and some tools from OnOne and Topaz on all of them as well. A couple such as the 1st image of the walking bridge, and the 2 water scences, I shot multiple images and combined them in Photomatix for a tone mapping effect. On the walking bridge, when I exposed for the grass and trees, part of the bridge went black, and if I exposed for the bridge and the area where I was standing, the far grassy area got washed out. On the water scenes, the sun was really glaring off the water, and some of the land areas would ge black if I exposed for the water, so again, tone mapping let me get some of everything. I do re-introduce some shadows back into the image, because shadows do exist in real life…it’s just that our eyes just seamlessly compensate which a camera can’t do in one shot. I included a couple of the original “out of the camera” images so you can get a before and after idea. Enough talk, let’s look at some pictures!
I’ll finish off with a couple more “processed” images
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