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Air and Space Plane Head On & News of Studio Opening!!

This image has total insanely overkill written all over it… But I like it, still! This started off as a HDR image. I added some dark texture, then decided it needed overall darkening (serious plane vignetting). From there I just played. Sometimes I guess I need to act out in my photos… I’m wondering currently how this blog will be looking once I’m doing lots of portraits, and I think I’m just lost in the change of it all. But, back to this image, I have been staring at this for a year, loving the shot, and I’m glad to finally have done something about it. If you care to, check out the reflections under the wings… it’s one of my favorite things about the photo.


April 15th I’ll be opening my home studio doors! I’m so very very excited about it, I hope to get lots of clients and lots of photos done early on, so part of that is giving a “Welcome In!” photo shoot price. From April 15th-May 15th, I’ll be charging $10 for photo shoots. Anyone. Families, kids, infants, pregnant mothers, professionals… the more experience and the more time behind the camera the better! I’m already starting to fill up appointment slots, so give me a call and set up for a 2 hour slot with me in my new home studio! Other coupons don’t apply, and prints, disks of images, etc are their normal reduced price… but you are saving $45+ for the shoot!!


Korean War Statues

I really like the memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. I took this image (or set of images, as this is a cropped HDR from 3 exposures) in the late summer. This is part of the Korean War Memorial, which was something I stumbled across on a past trip… literally it is a section I had never visited before, and I was walking in the dusk when I came across these statues- in a line, coming out of the trees, apparently on guard for attack… I love the details, the placement, the idea… I was glad to get to take this photograph, and hopefully it is a worthy image of the statues. The original photos had a large chunk of burned out sky which was very boring and distracting. I tried to add textures but I still didn’t like the image much, it took so much away from these statues. I finally got the idea to crop it, and I like this much more. It loses a bit of the nice sunbeams, but overall I’m happier with it now.

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Lincoln Aged by Textures

I’m clearing out Lightroom, as I have a bad tendency in my life to hold onto unnecessary things (including old, badly done images, apparently). Here is one I came across that I always wanted to show but never got around to it. It’s an HDR image of the statue in the Lincoln Memorial, with many added textures to get the feeling of age. Enjoy!

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Hopefully I’ll be downloading new stuff soon and posting it for your viewing pleasure! I post a daily image with commentary so come back real soon…

Count the Gravestones… “Arlington Endless Graves”

This was taken on a sunny, warm day in fall, at Arlington National Cemetery.  I just find that place amazing… scary and overwhelmingly solemn, but amazing.

I used 3 photographs and created an HDR from them, to get the nice glow in the final photo.

While I liked the image, I wanted to further warm up the colors and to add some textures that might create additional depth.  I used textures with various designs, all with warm colors.  I especially like the vine texture which adds some interesting lines across the gravestones and the lawn.  Some other wall textures gave a deep, old look to the image.

Feel free to look at this and other photos at my website, http://www.kelleybard.com.

Lincolns Secret Door

I just found this door fascinating!  It was at the base of the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial, off to the side.  No big fancy lock, no sign saying what’s inside.  Maybe it’s Lincoln’s broom closet, who knows.  But it was beautiful, brilliant copper, set in this imposing wall… too fun.  I took several shots on my tripod (and let me tell you, tripods and Washington, D.C. memorials DO NOT go together, but if you are fast at taking shots and not right in the middle of the crowds, you can get away with it for a bit… although I was told it was a hefty fine if you get caught.  Why?  There are no signs saying no tripods… oh, but I digress).

I processed this as an HDR image, and then, for fun, double tone processed THAT, so it came out a bit unworldly.  I liked how the door looked, but had to work hard in Lightroom and Photoshop, playing with the exposure on the other sections of the photo, to bring it all together.  A surprising amount of time was put into the processing of this photo!  But I like the final image a lot, especially the door.  God that is an amazing shade that copper (+ photoshop and lightroom) can produce with waterstaining!

For anyone tired of my trip photos, I’ll be posting some other images soon…. but I still have LOTS of D.C. and San Antonio photos to finish, so expect a good sprinkling of them in the future!

Posted already on my website, www.kelleybard.com, where you can order prints if you so desire.