If so, don’t forget to send them a Valentine wish! (You’ve got two days left).
When Prickly Pear cactus become severely dehydrated, they often take on colors like yellow, red and purple. I shot this one at the very end of our hike yesterday. I need to go back with my macro lens and work this!
Also…a repeat of yesterday’s photo. With no sun, it wasn’t a great exposure to begin with. I did a quick Photomatix HDR which I didn’t particularly care for it so I worked on a single image this time turning it B/W with a hint of color. Much better, I think.
Yesterday, I worked on a recent desert landscape and came up with three renditions.
HDR – three exposures blended using Photomatix
Black and White – I used Photoshop’s B/W adjustment layer and Topaz Ajust for contrast
High Key (sort of) – I used various Topaz filters on this one
Also…a correction to what I said yesterday regarding our rain storms. The worst is yet to come! It’s starting tomorrow afternoon and continuing through Friday. I always get Tu and Thu mixed up 🙂
One of my shooting buddies, Barry White, just started a blog. I’ve been giving him a hard time about it for several years so it’s about time! Welcome Barry 🙂
His photo today is very similar to my first shot of Balanced Rock so I thought I’d post mine. My shot was taken on October 7th, 2003. (I like Barry’s shooting angle better than mine). I was with him when he shot his (2009) so I know he did an HDR. Mine is just a single shot but I did “Topaz it Up” a bit 🙂
Our images remind me of a favorite “What the Duck” strip.
One of the best ways to improve your photography is to learn about depth of field (DOF).
It can make ordinary subjects stand out. I shot this dried Thistle last Friday in Flagstaff.
Knowing how to control the DOF, I was able to cause a very busy background to become
a beautiful blur. The color in the background is simply grasses and other weeds.
Here’s a link to a YouTube video with an excellent description of depth of field:
Understanding Depth of Field
Note: You’ll have more success achieving Depth of Field (DOF) with a single reflex camera (SLR).
It’s difficult to control in a compact camera because they tend to be sharp at all f/stop settings.
As I was trying to think what to post this morning, Whattheduck .net came to mind. Below is a very funny photoshop related strip which inspired my work this morning 🙂
Original link: 50 CC’s of Undo….Stat!
The Monsoon gives hope of rain almost every afternoon but so far not a drop. This quick shot from last night (Canon S5 ) needed a lot of help so I opened it in ACR, converted it to 16bit and opened it as a smart object. I then manipulated the heck out of it to give it more of an impending rain look 🙂
Here is the original.
This aisle of sport drinks made me think of photoshop marbles. I used my Canon S5 (set on the smallest aperture) and walked very quickly to get the blur. I then applied a Flaming Pear filter called Flexify2 .