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Menacing Dead Sunflowers

In the spirit of October, I bring you…

A fun shot of a strangely sad scene… the dying field of sunflowers was so solemn, so strange to view, that I had to stop and take some photos of it. Usually they are the happiest of flowers, you know?

See more at http://www.kelleybard.com, if you wish!


2nd of 2 Versions of Image… Uprooted, 2 Toned

So, this is yesterdays image, but double tone mapped in Photomatix Pro 4 and without the warming filter applied to yesterdays shot. I just thought it would be nice to compare what double toning does… although it’s a bit different applied here rather than to a landscape or city shot, I think. Double toning seems to add more contrast, and to get a bit more of the other-worldly look to my images. I rarely do it, usually because it adds a ton more noise to deal with later. It adds nice texture to woods, and such, which is why I wanted to try it here. I can’t really explain my settings in tone mapping, because I change them with every image, but usually I have luminance up, micro contrast all the way up, I change around the smoothing but I often try to have micro smoothing as low as the image will take, and I play with all the other settings wildly. I always have the strength at 100, though. In double toning, I will bring the color saturation down a bit and usually go for more “normal” looking smoothing and micro smoothing (more to the right for both)- especially if I have already had it set low for the first time through Photomatix.

Here’s yesterdays shot:

Love to hear comments on these, and what you like/don’t like about either. I can’t decide which I like better, myself. See more of my work at http://www.kelleybard.com, or on flickr or facebook.


So exciting, this weekend has been the annual Snowdown celebration in my town and I’ve been out with my camera the past few days. In the next few days, I’ll show some fun shots from the light parade last night, and some images from the hot air balloon event today. I froze my butt off for those, so they better be good! I’ll also be posting my February deal on flickr, facebook and buzztown soon, so “like” Kelley Bard Photography there if you haven’t already to hear about it!

Enjoy a great weekend!

2 Versions of 1 HDR… First- Uprooted, 1 Toned

I saw this tree a week or so ago on the side of the road and swore that I would be back at some sunset to take photos of it. My original idea for the shot was to get very close to the roots and get them in focus with everything else out of focus. I need a wider lenses to make that shot happen, though- even at 24 mm I couldn’t make the image I liked. So I stepped back a bit and got this shot… which I really like as well.

HDR is High Dynamic Range imaging, a process where you take several images of the same scene at different exposures and combine them in a computer program. I use Photomatix Pro 4, but others are getting decent/good results out of Nik HDR Efex Pro and Photoshop CS5. I used it for this and for tomorrow’s image, to get depth and texture in the shadows, highlights, tree limbs, etc. I developed each image similarily, with only a few changes. This one was single toned, which means it was put through tone mapping one time (resulting in more natural look and less noise to clean up later). I also wanted to bring up the warmth of the day I shot this… late afternoon as the sun was setting, and I wanted that warm color here, too, so I added a warming photo filter. The image tomorrow is decidedly cooler, and a bit more otherworldly and dark as a result of the double toning. When it comes up, I would love to hear some comments on what you like/don’t like about each image!

Posted to my website (www.kelleybard.com) as well as flickr and facebook. Enjoy all my images and have a great weekend!

*Next week, I’ll be posting some images from my recent testing of OnOne Softwares PhotoTools 2.6… keep coming back to view them and judge for yourself whether it’s worth the use!*

Mother’s Gravestone

I had SO much fun in the short photo shoot I took in the Bayfield, CO cemetery!  This was another beautiful gravestone that I saw as I wandered around.  I set up the tripod, snapped off 3 bracketed exposures, and was so excited for the HDR that would come out of it.  Photomatix didn’t disappoint.  The sky in the background, the stone texture… I love it all.  I’m really grateful for getting such beautiful images and getting to play with them.  To the family of the unknown person whose grave this is, I’m very grateful to you too.

Often, to get a really overwhelming HDR image, I will use the tone mapping feature 2 or more times, really concentrating the HDR effect.  This image, though, only needed one trip through tone mapping to get this beautiful effect.  It’s neat to me when I get such strong results from a set of images.  Always learning, I guess!

See this image and more at www.kelleybard.com.

Daily Photo- Gravestone and Dandelions

I decided to upload a bit larger size image today, let me know what you think!  All images are viewable at full size on www.kelleybard.com as well, this one is in the “places” gallery.

Anyways, thanks for looking at my photos!  I went back into my files tonight and this one jumped out at me… I’m trying to mix and match my photos for this site, but so far I’ve posted a lot of HDR, and this is another.  I think I’m just so excited by the possibilities of HDR images lately!

BTW, I would have forgotten this photo, maybe forever, if I hadn’t been going back into the vault for photo post ideas, so thanks again for that.

Ok, this photo jumped out at me- sunny day, wandering around the Bayfield, CO cemetary after a great infant shoot (from birth to death, hmmm…), and I loved this composition.  The dandelions were almost that bright that day.  The gravestone was almost that worn (I REALLY love how stone and rocks look with HDR processing, so when I saw this, bells rang).  I tone mapped this a few times in Photomatix, so there was lots of noise and some halos around the flowers…. I was able to reduce a lot of it, but not all.

When walking around cemeteries it’s probably bad form to step on the graves.  That started to creep me out while I was exploring.  Luckily I didn’t have anyone else there to yell at me- and the dead didn’t talk, except through this image…. *cue scary fade-out music…*  Enjoy!

Fav pic of the week

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Playing with HDR lately, trying to learn it… this is the best pic I’ve made so far. It has problems but it makes me so happy- it’s exactly what I imagined, which is rare!