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Cow Herd Colorado

I came across this vast field in the middle of Colorado, heading north towards Saguache, CO. That whole area is beautiful plains surrounded by this mountain range on one side. I saw how interesting the clouds were and decided that I needed to take a photo. The cows and tree made the image that much better, I think.

I read somewhere lately how “contemporary” photographers often create black and whites but warm them with filters or lightroom highlight and shadow colors. I’m definitely noticing that I often want to do that. I’m not sure if it’s because the photos are often “old-westy” and I want to add a sepia look, or what. But I love this type of image. It also looks great with people portraits (case in point, yesterdays child portrait). The warmth really shows through the image.

Anyone else out there find this to be true with their photos?

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Enjoy and have a good day!


Antique Car in Field

An interesting find along an unknown road near my home… 3 similar cars, all half-car, half man’s creation with wood and wire and such. I really had to take a photo- not the best time of day, it was very bright out but I played extensively in Photoshop and with some cool tweaks (fill lighting to get into the shadows, and a black and white conversion into infrared which really darkened the sky and lightened the plants) I think it turned out well. I remembered a black and white conversion I saw on PhotoVision a few nights ago (great set of DVDs with various photographers going through their workflow and day to day experiences), on this one the photographer suggested warming up a black and white with a bare hint of white balance shift, and I did that here. It really helped, I think.

I will probably try to get back to this site at a more photo friendly time of day. I’m excited to see how else I can show off this and the other great cars!

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Towards Telluride

This was from a series of exposures I took overlooking this field… I took the photos while driving up to Telluride, CO in early fall last year. I just thought that it was a beautiful field, all golden, with the incredible mountains in the back. Too cool. I put the images through Photomatix early on, planning to create a classic HDR from them. There were some problems, though (waving grasses made some blurs and issues in the field, etc) and I just know more about Photomatix now than 6 months ago. I never completed the image then. So I decided to use a single image now and see if I could get the image I dreamed of. I still had to do quite a bit of photoshopping, but overall I’m happy with the photo. What needed to get photoshopped? Well, with a single image HDR (a pseudo-HDR, really) you get a lot more noise it seems. So I had to do the noiseware dance- you know, when you are trying to remove noise but not detail? I put the photo through Topaz DeNoise twice, each time masking back in some of the details that were smoothed over with the noiseware. The second time I removed more blur and saved more detail through the sliders, but still… there was some of that detail-less look that bugs me, so masking was needed. I also brought out the greens (it IS St. Patrick’s Day, after all) with a green filter (and you know you can put that on with different lighting!?). This was overlay, I believe, but it’s amazing all the options you have in Photoshop. I will spend the rest of my life exploring it, I’m sure!

I’m not sure if the grass is the best possible look, I do love that HDR-ishness to it but it’s a bit noisy and crazy, too.

Lastly, I’m not convinced that I shouldn’t crop off the right side and the bottom, to get the red mountains more over to the right. I would lose the best pines and the foreground grasses, though, both of which I like a lot!

Love opinions and thoughts on these questions, thoughts and meanders. Have a glorious St. Patricks Day, everyone.

See more of my work on my website, www.kelleybard.com, or flickr or facebook (great discussion going on with yesterdays image on facebook right now- about HDR and if it’s photography or not. Check my page (link to right) if you want to weigh in.

Curbex (new word?- Country Urban Exploration) ‘Enjoy The View’, Plus Photovision discussion

I came across this gloriously ratty seat when I was chasing down the bald eagle in yesterdays post. I’ve actually been to this site before, it’s an abandoned shack and field off the main road into Durango, CO, I pass it whenever I go into town. The chair is new, though, as are several piles of dumped trash in the field to the right of this image. Sigh. But back to the image… I fell in love with this chair at first sight. Not enough to sit on it and get wet, mildewy or scabies, but as a photographer who has a secret urbex fantasy (I really, really love urbex photos and wish that I was in a place where I could take more of them), this seemed like a good mix of urbex and country landscapes. Hence, curbex. Which has probably been used before, but I will swear forever now that I invented it.

I watched my first episode of Photovision 2010 last night, and for a set of DVD’s that cost me $30, it was well worth it. I think if I lived in a place where there were lots of photo workshops and such, it wouldn’t be quite as helpful. But I learned several things, including several handy Photoshop tips that I am super glad of using. One I used in last nights image- making a layer, turning it black and white with gradient map (photoshop menu Images–> Adjustments –> Gradient Map) and then I lowered the opacity to around 50%. It gave a darkened, moody, desaturated feeling to the image. Another handy photoshop tip was to create a layer and change it from normal to hard light- it gave an amazing strong look to the photo (also lowered in opacity, it would have been too intense). I use the lighting in layers a lot with textures, but hadn’t even thought to use it in an image! It made the photo (an HDR from 3 exposures) look a bit more edgy. Hopefully not too edgy, but it needed that look. Once I see the whole set, I’ll make more of a comment. But, halfway through the first DVD, it’s already worth it to me.

Lots of little details worked on here, but I’m glad that I did them. I really liked this image, as soon as I saw it in real life and could imagine what the final photo could look like… yay!

For more urbex, I’ll gush in the near future about Scott Frederick Photography, but you can check out his blog here right now! He is a steady contributor to HDRspotting.com, as am I, and I really respect his work.

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Road Less Travelled, Red Tent Opening News

This photo was a long time coming… and I’m still not 100% sure that I’m done messing with it! I came across this field on a sunset drive through the country near my house. I loved, loved the tracks through the field, and wanted to document them. I took many photos, trying different looks. Finally I settled on this single image, after trying HDR’s, textures, etc… the original was very warm, sunsety light and I wanted to keep it but it just didn’t show the tracks well enough, so I went to black and white and made it very contrasty. Love to hear comments from others, I’m still not feeling the total love from this one. But it may grow on me…

Like my work? My website has been busy lately, at http://www.kelleybard.com. Here you get a photo a day plus a bit of a story about the image and/or news of upcoming events; on flickr you can see all my recent stuff, in order (and comments from others, which is nice); and on facebook you can choose to peruse news OR photos of mine! Links are to the right, on this page. Plus if you “fan” me on facebook (hell, even on twitter as “kelleybard”) you get deals as well as news- and I don’t spam (unless you consider a photo a day spamming).

HEY! For those unable to attend the opening of The Red Tent Healing Women’s Center in Durango, CO last night, you missed my art… but it will be up for the next 2 MONTHS so feel free to come check it out! I have 3 large prints and a canvas wrap up, and there is talk of a possible gallery style opening in March… stay tuned for news on that! Check www.redtentwellness.com for info!

Fall Sunset on a Colorado Farm- 2 Views and Silver Efex Pro Testing

Fall Sunset on a Colorado Farm- Color Version

Fall Sunset on a Colorado Farm- B&W Version

Here are two different versions of the same photo, a fabulous sunset that I saw yesterday while driving home through the fallow fields. ┬áI stopped because I saw a hawk poised in the top branches of the tallest tree and couldn’t resist taking a few photos. ┬áI ended up taking over 40 shots, close up, far away, with the bird, without the bird… ┬áThe first few shots had the sun directly behind the tree, and I was waiting somewhat impatiently for the sun to drop enough to get this shot. ┬áI LOVE how the sun rays look, and was glad that the atmosphere made them visible. ┬áOtherwise the sky would be blah and I would be making this a panoramic shot (lol).

This was processed as a 3 exposure HDR in Photomatix, with lots of Photoshop trials and errors along the way. ┬áI used Topaz Adjust, Noiseware Professional and lots of masking in Photoshop. The black and white version was made with Nik Silver Efex Pro. ┬áI added in some graininess to the photo purposefully, to give it a feeling of film. ┬áIn my version of Photoshop, the color version has a bit of a color break in the sky, not a smooth transition but more of a splotch of blue, surrounded by slightly darker blue, surrounded itself by slightly darker blue… anyone else ever have this experience? ┬áI’m sure I will have to print it to see if it shows on paper. ┬áI did the black and white for two reasons- to test Nik Silver Efex Pro with another image (and, although I don’t think B&W is the best for this image, I do like this view a lot), and to see if I could remove that splotchiness. ┬áI found that by adding in grain with the software, I removed the color problems. ┬áNow I will have to print both versions to see what they look like in reality! ┬áIf anyone has a good suggestion, I was wondering if I over-processed or over-smoothed the sky and that caused the initial color problems. ┬áAny ideas or experiences?

Photos are posted at www.kelleybard.com/places. ┬áI would LOVE to hear your views on these images and others, so don’t hesitate to comment on them! ┬áI also post 90% of what ends up here on flickr, click on the link and it will take you to my page. ┬áI get lots of comments there, and helpful tips.

Sweetpeas and Dew

Sweetpeas and Dew

I have gotten into a bit of a rut, sorry…. I keep posting photos from my recent drive through Colorado’s center. ┬áI will try try try to post other images, I swear I have some. ┬áReally. ┬áI do!!

This, though, is another photo from this drive- the morning that I headed home I set off early, almost before sunrise. ┬áThis was a field that I passed as I was driving, not far southwest from Carbondale. ┬áThe sun wasn’t very high and I shot facing right into the sun. ┬áI got lucky not getting any sunflares or spots. ┬áI guess it was just high enough to do that! ┬áThe light through the plants and the dew was so beautiful, that literally I saw this field as I drove by, braked about 50 feet further on, and backed up to pull onto the side of the road. ┬áIt caught my eye and I knew I had to capture it with my camera, or try to.

I ended up kneeling in the wetness, trying for the best image. ┬áI thought this might be a good candidate for an HDR image, but when I processed it, there wasn’t much difference. ┬áI needed a single image shot tonight, something without heavy Photoshop processing, so I decided to finish a single image instead. ┬áThis was quite a simple processing, which is nice. ┬áI added some clarity and enhanced the colors and vibrancy, but was able to do everything in Lightroom. ┬áI cropped slightly and that was it.

I included this photo into my flowers gallery on www.kelleybard.com.  Lately I have been getting more hits on my site- not sure if it is from here, from my popular photos on HDRspotting.com, from my flickr page, or from facebook or twitter, but I love it!  I am in the process of reworking my website, so feel free to stop by here for my daily photo entry, or there to see what I have done with my portfolio.