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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.


Photo friday: BRRRRRRRR

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by bayouphoto

With the recent heat wave and the stifling humidity, of the deep south, I thought some might like a reminder of winter.

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Photo Friday: Crimson in clover

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by bayouphoto

Yes, I am old enough to remember the title song by Tommy James and the Shondells, however this is a photo blog and not a music one.

I saw this field, midday, and knew I had to be back as the sun went down. The highway road ditch is quite deep so when I set my tripod in it I gained this low perspective. Using a wide angle lens made the field seem larger. I used a 2 stop graduated Cokin filter and shot one exposure.

After importing into Lightroom I made my basic adjustments and I increased the warmth.Sending it to Nik filters Color Efex Pro 3 for tonal contrast and glamour glow I achieved this almost Orton effect. I have received many favorable comments and some asking if it was HDR.

Photo Friday: HDR truck

Posted in HDR, Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by bayouphoto

I once read that every photograph should tell a story. Whether to the viewer or the photographer. This photo did not reveal it’s story until I was processing it. I didn’t intentionally try to make this photo story, I took other views, but it was the one I was drawn too.

It is an old Ford truck that was destined for the scrap pile till the owner of the yard pulled it to the side. In these 5 exposure photos, processed in Nik filters HDR Efex Pro, I see the saved vehicle viewing what could have been it’s fate except for the saving grace.Seeing it through the trucks eyes.

There, but by the grace of God, go I

B&W Friday

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by bayouphoto

I was reading the current issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and came across an article on B&W . It was about Montana photographer Jay Wesler and titled Under the Big Sky. What struck me was the use of the deep red filter to make the skies go black. This really added drama especially with white clouds. When using a red filter, blues become darker and shades of red becomes lighter.

I thought about some of the fall foliage photos from the Smoky mountains. I pulled up that trip on Lightroom and proceeded to export them to Silver Efex Pro.

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The first one was a clear blue sky off Hwy 64 next to the Ocoee river. It just did not have the drama. I didn’t catch on at first.I thought about one with more fall foliage and this worked better. I did notice how the cloud stood out and I thought ” Ahh ha it is the white puffy clouds that drew me to Jay’s photos. I searched for one with just the right clouds and fall foliage.Now this was more like it. Anywhere there is a blue cast, as in shadows, turns darker.I tried one with more fall foliage but a more overcast sky and it just doesn’t have the oomph that the blue sky and white clouds.This one just didn’t have enough of the dark sky. It also exposes a problem with a polarizer filter and a wide angle lens. The effect of the lens is inconsistent across the photo.I chose this one not only for the even sky and clouds but the fact that a Texaco sign is red and you can see the way the filter reacts to it.Then I came across a couple of HDR photos I had done and VOILA there it was.

You may not like this effect and it doesn’t work in all cases. I, however, find it appealing and art is subjective. Afterall, that is what it is all about. If the creator is happy what else matters.

Photo Friday: Smoke gets in your eyes

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by bayouphoto

I was out raking and burning leaves when I looked up at the smoke going through the trees. I shot 6 frames and liked this one the best. I opened it in Lightroom 3 and adjusted then sent it to Silver efex for the B&W conversion.

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Photo Friday: Autumn’s path

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by bayouphoto

Of all the trails that I walked, while in the Smoky Mountains, I think I like the one at Deep Creek the best. I starts right out of the parking lot or out of the campground. It is wide, smooth and well compacted. For the first bit alongside Deep Creek and the falls on Tom’s branch it is level and straight, There are many benches to sit and relax and even a small picturesque bridge. If you stay at Deep Creek you must walk at least part of this trail.

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