Moving the light

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Often you’ll come home with under-exposed images like the one on the left here.  Most image editors can improve this to a degree such as shown in the second version.  (Click on the first one to see them in a larger slideshow view).

But, Lightroom and Photoshop can do so much more.  Except for two things.  The first is the technical knowledge of the artist.  The second is the vision.  And they will always be there to challenge us.

In the third version of this scene, I’ve moved the light to where it looked good to me.  I’m happy with the outcome.  At least the image is no longer a dud.  But, it always intrigues me to think that another artist might have done something quite different.

As always, it is technique and vision that will set us apart

 

Unhappy Clowns

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This was a bit of fun.  Last night at NCP, we had an assigned topic called ‘e-motion’.  The wide range of contributions showed just how imaginatively a single topic can be interpreted.

There were a number of animated gifs and this was mine.  There was no judging so I didn’t get another book 🙂

P.S. This version is actually a YouTube link.  It doesn’t loop like the gif does but you’ll still get the idea.

 

Serendipity

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Black-Bird-5

On a recent camera club outing a bird flew past and I took his picture.  Last night we all exhibited our best shots from that outing.  There were some lovely sunrises, rock formations, passing boats, breaking waves and illuminated buildings.  Plus one shot of a bird.

The very astute judge said she was ‘blown away by the bird picture.’  I got a book (on photography of course) and shook the President’s hand.

Funny how things turn out.

Work-in-Progress

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segway riders

Here’s a shot I’m quite happy with.  Except that it’s not finished.  It’s a photo of some people riding Segways down the road.  It was the middle of the day and the only thing I liked about the RAW image was the basic composition.  Then I had the idea to make a night scene.

Well a whole bunch of Photoshop (PS) stuff led to this.  Not too bad.  I called it ‘Segway To The Night’.  Very cute.  For a while I thought I was finished.  But a few helpful souls pointed out that I had a rather large black area begging for something to be done with it.  “But that’s the night,” was my first defensive reaction.  Yeh…well…maybe.  Try again.

So, that’s the work in progress