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Another Big Day of Visitors! And, Finally… a Warm Picture (Candle, Head-On)

Thanks to all the visitors today! It’s always nice to log on and have a nice surprise waiting!

I finished my series of images on ice crystals yesterday, and felt particularly Photoshoppy last night, so I created a poster with the 2 best reviewed images from the group.  I’ll post that directly after this discussion about the candle shot.

I took this image a week ago or so, during the night shots I was doing, playing with lighting (See “Child Holding Light” or some similar name from the recent posts).  I tried to get the flame head on.  In processing, I realized that the smooth wax was a bit boring, so I spruced up the saturation and added some textures. Do you feel like I do, that smooth, non detailed surfaces are HORRID in photography?? Like blue skies. I have always loved a nice, blue sky, but now it’s the worst punishment for me. Or, on the bright side, it’s a chance to be creative with my images for the day. Nah, it’s a punishment.

Anyways, it’s nice to put together a warm image after the past 4 days of ice! 🙂

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Here’s the poster from the past 4 days series…  Enjoy.


Child Holding Candle and New Inspirations!

Today was a great day for a photographer… not that I had the best light, the best sky, or even tons of time, but I had the joy of taking photos again. I have been feeling very experimental and open with ideas lately, and this photo expresses that learning feeling that I have inside. It’s a good place to be, to be willing to listen and learn and search for answers.  I saw several amazing images on another photographers site (Chris Giles at http://www.chrisgilesphoto.com), and they (along with other spots) started me on the path to learning again.  So I’m glad that I took a few precious moments in the last few days to try new techniques and think about composition and work out some problems in my photography.

This is just one of those experimental photos, but I was wondering how candle light worked in photos, and what f-stops and such I would need to use, and decided to test it.  It was fun and came up with a nice result… and I’m happy I did it.  I also did some frost photos today which I’ve been dying to take (I’ll post some in a later blog posting) and a professional portrait for a friend and his animal… which was a first.  So lots of new ideas floating around.

Feel free to stop by again and see my learning curve keep growing as I experiment more with this great art form!

Posted also to my facebook, flickr and website pages (direct links on the top left of this page).  Enjoy!

Bohanan’s- Bar Candle Against Glass and Chandelier

Here are two photos taken at the Bohanan’s bar in San Antonio, TX.  I have developed 7 photos from this photo shoot, I’ll be posting the rest in the next few days.  I had a wonderful time exploring the streets and spaces around San Antonio, and finding Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood was a great experience.  They had many beautiful accents to their restaurant upstairs and bar downstairs.

The top photo, “Bohanans Bar Candle Against Glass” is a single exposure which I worked on in Photoshop for a while to bring out all the details.  I am trying Topaz Adjust, just got the trial this morning and I’m already 90% sure that I’ll be purchasing the plug in.  It has a lot of options to create different looks with the images.  I used Topaz for both of these photos, and I’ll be displaying a few other images that use various Topaz settings.  The default settings give a great starting point for developing photos.  Anyways, the top photo, when put through Topaz, really clarified the details in the glass and the candle holder.  Some color removal and other minor details worked on in Lightroom and Photoshop and I was happy with the image!

The lower image, “Bohanans Chandelier” is a fun one, an HDR image from 3 exposures which I really played with in Photoshop.  I like how the Topaz settings I used let the wood details and the neat wallpaper really come out.  The chandelier is amazingly beautiful and it came out well.  Photomatix did well with combining the images, and there are only a few minor spots of ghosting around the final photo- enjoy finding them.  I also love how the mirror has many minor distortions and imperfections.  A future picture to be posted will be showing more of this delightful mirror!

I will be posting more San Antonio photos in the next few weeks, I really enjoyed taking photos there and I’m looking forward to my next photo trip!

Bohanan’s is located on the web at www.bohanans.com.  They really have an amazing restaurant… if you are in San Antonio, you should consider spending a meal or two there.

All of these images will be posted soon at my website, www.kelleybard.com.  I have a variety of work shown there- as you can see from my blog, I like many different types of images!  Challenging myself with different styles of photography is really fun and enjoyable.

Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon!