Archive for water

Dancing water

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by bayouphoto

The Shreveport river walk water feature.

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Topaz Detail, Nik filters Silver Efex Pro 2 and Define 2

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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

Thirsty Thursday: North Carolina creek

Posted in Thirsty Thursday with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by bayouphoto

Taken last fall  on my camping trip

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Thirsty Thursday: Swamp

Posted in Thirsty Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by bayouphoto

Thursdays feature photo with water in them. This is from a recent trip to Lake Charles and the Calcasieu river.

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Depth of focus controlled with Topaz Labs Lens Effects and converted with Nik Softwares Silver Efex Pro 2

When IS enough, enough

Posted in General, Rants, Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by bayouphoto

I was reading a post by Matt Koslowski and it got me to thinking about what is enough, for me. How do I determine when enough is enough? I start the process when taking photos. I usually have a clear idea what I want to achieve. Once I import to Lightroom I then closely check all photos and delete the out of focus, badly under or over exposed, or just technically wrong. Then I start to run the remaining through the develop module. After that it is time to rate the ones I really want to spend time on and to see what must be done, to achieve my goal for that photo. I have used Photoshop, Lightroom and my various plug-ins to now know what each is capable of and which one will best achieve my goal. I tend to use Lightroom and the various plug-ins that work right from it more. My small road trip netbook runs Lightroom way better than Photoshop, so I am limited when on the road.

Then it is just a matter of applying the correct adjustments to the image. Most people will tend to develop a style over time. I tend toward crisp sharp details for my landscape and nature and more of a soft effect for people and portraits.

Here is an example of what I like to achieve with my landscape images.

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Nice saturated colors, pure whites and crisp detail in the rocks.

I want to address a misconception I am hearing a lot with the advent of networking and social networking sites. It is the myth that if you post great photos you must have a “really good camera” That is like telling Emeril Lougasi he must have a really good oven, or Michael Angelo had a really good chisel. It is not the tools but how they are used. When I shot competitive 3D  archery I used to tell the young guys, that thought they could win if they just had the latest and greatest bow. ” I can take your bow and beat you but you can’t take my bow and beat me”

Yes I have a decent camera but I work within its limitations and do everything I can to make it the best, BEFORE I post it.

As an example here is the straight out of the camera.And here they are side by side so you can compare better.

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The next time you see a great photo think about what probably went into actually creating it.

Photo Friday: Orton Effect

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by bayouphoto

I have been meaning to play with this effect for awhile. To find out more about the Orton Effect click here

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I will run a tutorial on it next week