Calm water, fog… ahhh. I had dreamed, planned to go to the Ferry Building in San Francisco months before I arrived. For sunrise. I wasn’t sure how in the hell I was going to wake up that early on a vacation, with no car, and get down there (taxi worked well, btw), but I was going to do it. And I actually followed through. I think that I am more apt to do hard work for art that I love, than for myself. Just an observation- maybe my own moment of zen.
Often my photos end up on my website- http://www.kelleybard.com. I also have flickr, facebook and google+ accts where I post photos. Flickr and Facebook are under “Kelley Bard Photography”, google+ is under Kelley Bard. Look me up in those places if you wish, oftentimes there is overlap, but sometimes I post a photo just to one area, or observations/thoughts/fun stuff.
This shot is an HDR taken looking up one of the main towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. The HDR caught some of the grungy metal texture and amplified it, and the color, etc was finished in Photoshop. I also used Topaz Adjust in this one, which I don’t use much anymore. But it gave some startling detail to the image.
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Enjoy… and if this makes you think of a certain two towers in New York City… well, I can’t say that they weren’t in the back of my mind when I finished this photo.
Being in San Francisco is such an utter joy for me. This trip, I found myself noticing a lot of random, abstract-type things around the city. You will see a lot of them come out in the near future, like this image. Just a subtle reminder of how much of the Golden Gate Bridge ISN’T in this photo…
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Does anyone else follow Stuck In Customs (Trey Ratcliff) with his amazing photography? He put out a series of suggestions for HDR images this last week, along with Rick Sammon (another amazing HDR artist). One of the tips was to explore using single shots for HDR through converting raw images into pseudo-HDR images. Photomatix does a good job at that and it really does bring out some incredible details and looks in a photo. So… for today, we have a single raw exposure converted into HDR in “Wet Bridge and Mans Best Friend”.
I think the best part of this is the reflection in the wetness on the bridge… and how the trees came out in the HDR process… and how the detail in the wood really comes out with HDR… ok, I like a lot about this.
I used Photomatix 4 for the HDR, Photoshop for the playing field, Topaz DeNoise to clean up the digital noise, and Topaz Adjust to get the “crisp” look. I also desaturated it a bit, in Photomatix and in Photoshop. But I like how the greens are still pretty strong.
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You know how many photographers have to decide on whether or not to create a croppable image or not, since most of the prints will come out cropped? I’m still not sure what my policy is on this, but mostly I create images while keeping it in mind that I should look for “good 8×10″ness in the photo. My images are made for the whole frame, though, and should be enjoyed that way (although 95% will crop well)… so this month, the deal is 25% off full frame prints (not counting 4×6’s, sorry). That is 8×12 or 16×24 prints of any kind- classic, canvas wraps, giclee prints.. all 25% off. The purchase must be done on my website http://www.kelleybard.com… and the best part is, as long as you have a full frame image in there, you get the discount on EVERYTHING you buy. Coupon code is mar2011. Good through the end of the month. Come by and enjoy the photos as they are meant to be enjoyed- full frame!
I did some major travelling for family trips at the beginning of this month, and I will be doing some more at the end… hence my spotty record with the “daily” photos! But while I’m at home with computer usage I will stay on target….
This photo came about while wandering the San Antonio, TX Riverwalk on a nice, cloudy day. I saw these umbrellas from across the way and couldn’t help stopping for a quick bracketed set of photos- handheld, so I didn’t know if I would be able to process them as an HDR or not. Luckily, they came together well in the software processing (Photomatix) and it even cleared up a lot of ghosting from the moving people outside the restaurant! I was able to clean up the minor problems left over (halos, mixed water issues, etc) by combining the HDR image with the original ones in photoshop and mixing and matching sections. I really made this vibrant, which is not my usual way to deal with HDR’s, but I LOVE how the bright flowers, the umbrellas, and the reflections of the umbrellas all come together in the photo. Also, if you notice the slightly “strange” texture to the stone bridge, it is a result of double tone-processing the photo in Photomatix…. something that doesn’t always add to a photo, but in this case I liked the results.
My favorite thing lately about photography and especially the post-processing of photos, is that each photo is clearly unique and is begging for a different result. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m glad that my photos don’t tend to have a uniform look. At least, I haven’t noticed it. When an image looks better as an HDR, I will process it that way. If it will look better desaturated, or vibrant, or with blur added, I will play with it until I like it. I am also sure that any photo could be processed in 10+ different ways and still look better than the original, which is part of the fun. It’s a joy to find where and how a photo can be worked on!
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