Archive for July, 2011

Sunny Sunday: Newfound Gap

Posted in Sunny Sunday with tags , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by bayouphoto

Great Smoky Mountains National park. Newfound Gap parking lot. Arrive early for a spot. Very popular and traffic gets heavy.

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Photo Friday: Artistic vision

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by bayouphoto

Creativity doesn’t end with the click of the shutter. Getting it right in the camera is just the first step towards beautiful images.

For you folks that think image manipulations only started with the digital darkroom, you should know Ansel Adams spent hours, in his darkroom, manipulating his negatives to achieve his artistic vision.

To me artistic vision is seeing a concept from capture all the way to print. Using the resources, that you have, to achieve that concept. Do not accept things, as they are, transform them to what you envisioned. Having the knowledge to use the tools to the best of your ability.

You can buy the most expensive camera around, but if you put it on the automatic green square, you might as well have a point and shoot. Buying all the latest editing software does no good if you can’t technically and artistically utilize it. Money will not transform a snapshot into a work of art but skill and vision can.

Case in point. Here is a photo straight from the camera. It is a point and shoot but a very versatile one. It will shoot RAW mode and in aperture priority.

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Just another snap shot of a motorcycle. Very low contrast, no pop, the bike should be purple, not blue. There is no pop to the photo. However with vision, skill and software I can transform it into what I envisioned. A detailed artistic closeup.

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If you are happy with letting the camera decide what your photo should look like, then that is well and good. But, if you want more maybe you need a little vision.

Thirsty Thursday: Dry Falls

Posted in Thirsty Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

Located on Hwy 64 between Franklin and Highlands, NC. No, it’s not an oxymoron, it is named dry falls because you can walk behind it and stay relatively dry.

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Hi Ho Silver

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2011 by bayouphoto

Well it did remind me of the old TV westerns.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Silver Efex Pro 2

Posted in Tutorial Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by bayouphoto

I am posting early as I will be unavailable tomorrow.

Blue Monday: Blue bikini

Posted in Blue Monday with tags , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by bayouphoto

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Sunny Sunday: Lake sunset

Posted in Sunny Sunday with tags , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

I was out in the middle of Poverty Point reservoir for this photoClick the photo to see it larger