Archive for May, 2012


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These are the best images i think i was able to capture on our field trip to the ghost town of Bannack Montana. The experience will stay with my whole life, it was a very eerie place which left me with a feeling of sombre awe. I felt the lives of the people who lived there so long ago, and i appreciate the scarifies they have made to help me be more grateful for the life of technology and convenience that i lead today. May they rest in peace.

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
For this picture i brought two images into photshop and composited Sarah on the stairway image. I burned the edges and brought the saturation dawn to give the whole image a gloomy dead feel. Then i simple clone stamped her onto it and faded the opacity in gradually.

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
This shot stood out to me as i was walking by it. It just looked like a small tree stuck in a window. I though of a bonsai or something when i saw it.
I ran it through the HDR process to bring out the details of the wood and tree.

HDR shot, multiple exposure and shutter speeds.Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
I LOVE this picture, i think it might be my favorite picture so far. The colors and the sky are amazing. The wood of the house stands out so amazingly against the backdrop of the sky that HDR has become my new favorite medium for photo editing.

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
The lighting of this picture was PERFECT! my baby, Keenan, was running around everywhere and i had to chase him around like crazy to get the right angle and the right amount of light on him to create this portrait type image. The background was perfect for his little outfit and everything about this was ideal. i couldn’t duplicate this again if i tried!

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
This is one of the few pictures i was able to get of Sarah in her red dress that turned out ok. She was in the right light with a fill light on one side. I added a burned edge to create some focus and didn’t crop the door out because i really liked the side shot effect it made.

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
This shot was cool. I had experimented with the doorknob in the way before Sarah got there and i really wanted to keep it in a shot with her. I took the picture and after looking at it later, i realized that this would make a really cool ghost shot. So i cropped it a bit and made it a really stand out with a vignette and brought down the saturation to show the drabness of it all.

HDR image with multiple exposures and shutter speeds.Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
This was a shot of the old school house. The clouds are my favorite part of this one. I went to the eye catching effect when i processed this one to bring out the brightness of the school and the contrast of the clouds

HDR image with multiple exposures and shutter speeds.Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
This shot ended up being my second favorite HDR because of the creamy smooth effect that it leaves you with. Like the other house, the colors are vibrant enough to make the ordinary extraordinary. The highlights and lowlights in this picture make me happy! i want a stairwell like this when i get a house!

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
This shot was a great moment. I told Sarah to look as if she’d been waiting there for a while. She did a good job of that! lol, i overlaid this image with a rusted car door shot and it gives everything a sort of scaly, reptilian look to it, which i ended up liking a lot.

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
Sarah got into this dress and just worked it! the background of the browns against the greens really pulls us into the image with its contrast.

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
For this picture the lighting was just that i really didn’t need to do much to do Zoe’s face justice. The vibrancy of the red dress really stood out against the brown stairwell. initially i wanted one of the ones with her and a suitcase, (P.S. for all those that got awesome pictures of her with it, i was the one who gave that to her! lol)
But i loved the lighting on her far e in this pone so much that i decided to change it to one!

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Taken in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana 5/24/12
THis is Thane. He is awesome. the end! lol. anyway, i changed some things up in camera raw. I wanted the old vintage look to go along with the period costume and gun. I added a lot of grain to make that clear.

A combination of Three exposures and camera settings.
Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

A single image that was underexposed initially, but when run through the HDR process it took on highlights that were once low lights and brought out a vibrancy that really takes you eye for a ride!

These are the first of many HDR photo i will take in my life. it is so amazing what colors the program will pull out of shadowy dark areas. The photo information disappears as HDR does it’s work to create it’s own lights and exposures.

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

 

These photos were all blended together to create a textured look that i felt kind of gave the image a splattered paint effect. The rusted car door in the field was blend together with the rusted door of another car in Bannack to create this image.

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

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These pictures were shot with a Nikon, as my camera battery died on me Before shooting was finished in Bannack, so they are definitely in need of better focus. I was unfamiliar with Sister Esplin’s camera and so by the time i got home, it was too late! Anyway, the principle was easy enough to master, but i realized that it doesn’t matter how much photoshop you try to do, if the image is out of focus, your screwed!

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

These “Ghosty” shots were taken on the merry-go-round outside of the Bannack school house. I brightened these images up a bit and that was it. These are pretty basic shots, but it fulfills the assignment requirements to bring out blur and frozen action in two similar shots. It took me a while to figure it out, but i eventually got the settings right for the frozen motion again after bringing them to opposite directions for the blur.

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

 

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Bannack Ghost Town, Montana on 5/24/12

 

With these two photo’s i edited a vast majority within Camera Raw. The lighting in both was natural, no flash. the cowgirl was on a tripod ┬áinside of the farmer supply shed with the awesome barber/torture victim chair. Sarah’s picture was outside with a great $4 dress i found!! The cowgirl was edited by using some airbrush and spot healing. A brought out her highlights with a dodge in Photo shop and sharpened her eyes. Also i cropped the image to concentrate focus. Sarah’s picture was similarly edited.

Portraits and Enhancements

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A before picture of Sarah used for editing

I added a creative filter called cutout for the background to blur it out a bit and i airbrushed Sarah’s face to remove blemishes. I sharpened the eyes and burned the hair.

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FOr this photo i used the brush tool to remove blemishes and i added a red tinge to the lips to appear as though they had lipstick on them, which they didn’t. I brought out the shadows of the face and burned the hair, and then gave it some highlights. THis was fun to do!

A second example of the color replacement.
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Now it’s a red ball!

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This was the before image of the color replacement assignment.

I changed the logo on the sweater from blue to red.

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5/20/2012*-

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Julia getting ready for some photos

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Weston and Sabrina having fun on a pole

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Weston helping his brother go on a walk up hill

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Thise was a dreamy kind of picture, so i thought i would give it a hazy, almost sepia look using the picture below as a color match source.
5/20/2012

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Picture of Sarah’s Eye as a source of color for my effect

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Julia’s costume for her ballet show

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Sabrina’s ballet costume shot in the BYU-I gardens

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Sabrina posing like the sculpture looking away form the camera

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Keenan Discovering ladybirds

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added a dodge to the foreground and a burn to the background and sharpened the eyes. This image is not my edit post

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Tripod and delayed snapshot worked for this photo.

Camera Raw/ Panoramic shots

This is the after shot of the Tulip once editing in camera raw was complete, i changed the colour using the hues and and upped the sharpness and clarity. I then added a vingette to give it focus.

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This is just a tulip i shot outside of my house. before editing it in camera Raw

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Taken on monday 14th of may, 2012

THis was shot just off the 20 fwy in Idaho and i though it would be a great opportunity to shoot the panoramic shot. I added vibrancy and saturation to bring out the pop of color that we see in the water and trees.

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Taken on may 14th, around sunset off the 20 fwy in Idaho.

Again, the way this old train bridge looks as we stare down the corridor, we feel a sense of verigo, i feel like this panoramic shot really helps to bring that our. I added some saturation to it and contrast.

So this was one of a pair of birds that were catching a break by a river near Rexburg. This one was checking his hair in the reflection of the water!! as i said in the other post, these birds looked out of place with their vibrant yellow breast, so i wanted to emphasize that and so i desaturated the rest of the picture. Amazing.
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At about 11 am on 5/4/12

I had about three adjustment layer in action here, with smart filters. I had masked out the desert after adding depth and contrast back into the sky. Then brought back the color and light into the foreground with another layer.
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