Archive for March, 2010

Custom Bagger

Posted in Biker stuff with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by bayouphoto

Spot just finished a custom bagger for friend Moose. It started life as a wrecked 2003 Ultra Classic.

After replacing the wrecked parts. spot started on the 88 TC. 95″ jugs and High compression Wiseco pistons. Andrews Torque cam. Vance and Hines fuel pak all completed the engine rebuild.

Then a stretched tank shell, wide rear fender and Frenched tailight and front turn signals from Bad Dad

Since Moose owns a body shop he did the paint and graphics covered with 9 coats of clear. A set of Vance and Hines Big Radius II ceramic exhaust completed the transformation.

Spot took it out and said it would do 118 with his light weight butt. Hopefully 95 with Moose on it.Spot adjusting on it.

Returning from the test run.

If you are anywhere near NE La. and need motorcycle work. Spot is the solution. 240 Hwy 578 Crowville, La.

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Tech Tuesday: Portraiture 2

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by bayouphoto

Since I do a lot of portraits, senior portraits and model photography, and I rarely have the benefit of a makeup artist, I tend to have to do a lot of post processing, on the photos. Especially if there is a skin problem.

This used to involve, blurs, masking and numerous other tedious and boring routines, in photoshop.

Now, that I Use Portraiture 2 by imaginomics my life is a lot easier. You can learn more and download a free trial at the website.

Let’s begin with the workflow. I am using a photo of my friend Red. Though her skin is not bad she had no makeup this day.Here I have selected the photo in Lightroom.

I do all adjustments, such as levels, Hue/saturation and fix any large blemishes, first.Then from the filter menu I go to Imaginomics> portraiture.

It will open in a new interface, much more user-friendly than version 1

Now the easy part. To select just the skin, use the eye dropper to move around till you get the most of the skin with the least of the other things. You can then refine the mask by using the sliders on the left. after you have the best mask you can adjust theĀ  Detail smoothing and the enhancement sliders. Since you made a mask these adjustments will only affect the selected area.Here I have zoomed in to show the effect. Even though I left the skin structure, in tact. I smoothed out the overall tone, diminished the small blemishes. I left a few of the freckles.

Here it is before adjustmentsOnce you are satisfied click OK and it will return you to Photoshop and process on a new layerAnd, here it is with the new layer turned off.

Full size BeforeFull size after.

As always, click to see a larger version

If you shoot portraits, senior portraits, weddings, models or any facial close-ups, you owe it to yourself to try this software. it has made my life a lot easier.

Tomorrow I will follow this post with a complete workflow of makeover workflow of glamour enhancements

Quote of the day: Pledge of resistance

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , on March 29, 2010 by bayouphoto

“I pledge resistance, to the Czar, of the Divided States of America, and to the Communism for which he stands. One socialist, without God, divisible, with health care and welfare for all.”

Photo of the week: Louisiana lobster

Posted in General, photo of the week with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by bayouphoto

Starting in late February, Louisianan’s share in a tradition of the states bounty. One of ours is seafood and gatherings. We don’t need much of an excuse, for a party, but mudbugs, Louisiana lobster or crawfish is a major one.

For years they were just a local delicacy and quite cheap. Most people went and gathered their own. Now with the cultivation and farming they have been commercialized and gotten quite expensive,

I usually wait till May, when the price comes down. However yesterday my good friend, Johnny McDaniel, sent me a good batch along with boiled corn and potatoes. I sat out in the yard swing and had a feast.

I thought I would post a couple photos for you. Not that the photos are great but the eating sure was good!

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Ya’ll come down and we will put a big batch on to boil, Some crab boil, red pepper, and Tony’s seasoning with a little vegetable oil to make them peel easily. I’ll have you “Pinchin’ tail and suckin’ heads” before you can say ” slap yo momma” Les se le bon temp roulette

A cool biker photographer

Posted in Biker stuff with tags , , , on March 28, 2010 by bayouphoto

I stumbled upon this video and it is so cool. never seen anyone could shoot and ride like this

Cedar waxwings

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by bayouphoto

Every year, when the ash trees bud, these birds return. They only stay one or two days before moving on.

We have two ash trees but for some reason they will only feed in one of them. The same one every year.

I had just commented, the other day, that I hadn’t seen them yet. While I was in Monroe, the cell phone rang. It was my sister to tell me the tree was full. I hurried home. I was able to shoot yesterday afternoon, then again this morning. This afternoon they did not return. They may be gone.

As always, click for a larger version

Canon 20D

Sigma 400 f5.6

Tip Thursday: photographing flowers

Posted in Nature and wildlife, Tip Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by bayouphoto

Since it is spring, and a time when the flowers are a bloom, I thought a few tips on how to photograph them would be appropriate.

When you have just one or two flowers, such as Iris or gladioli, I like to isolate them from the background. Get down on the level of the plant and shoot straight on. Flowers tend to look the best from the side. I use a 100mm macro lens or a 70-200 to focus on just one plant and blur the background.

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In this photo I used the 100mm macro and positioned the camera with no other plants. By getting close this throws the rest out of focus.Here I used the 70-200 and the side of the building to create a background. I have also been known to use pieces of cardboard either painted or fabric covered as a background,

Do not go out in mid day sun to photograph. besides being hot the light is flat and harsh. either early or morning and try to use open shade. I have blocked the direct sun with either my body or a piece of cardboard.

Now, how about when presented with a sea of flowers or a field of wildflowers.

Most people tend to stand up, use a wide-angle, to get the most in the photo. Why not get lower and focus more on the front plants.In this example I was at a higher angle, to show the curve of the bed, I used a large aperture, f16, for maximum depth of field. and I got really close to the front plants and used a 20-35 lens. Notice how the line of the row draws your eye to the back and the fence.

Here I again got low, focused on the front plants and let the rest become a blur of color.Here I got low and shot upwards, this tends to make tall plants look taller. the inverse is if you shoot down, flowers and children look smaller. Note how once again the brighter, closer plants grab your eye and the line leads you upward.

Here again I got a little higher but allowed the line to draw your eye through the photo. Instead of shooting straight on I made a diagonal.

Here I got very close, focused on the front two flowers to make a virtual sea of color.

I hope this inspires you to try different angles and ideas for photographing flowers. There is no wrong way end the end it is to please your eye.