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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…

Eternal Flame

This photo was taken at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C.  I first went to Arlington when I was 13 and was really struck by it.  Recently, a favorite photographer of mine posted some photos from Arlington and my desire to go again was rekindled.  On a convenient trip to visit family in N. Virginia, I took an afternoon and wandered with my camera and tripod.  The amount of graves there is really astounding, and the solemnity is impressive.  I will probably have more photos from this day to publish as the time goes on.  I happened to be there on the eve of some book being published about JFK’s death, so this area was more busy than usual, with CNN reporters and the like.  That was exciting, but I wanted to contemplate it quietly, so I waited until the area had thinned of people before shooting my image.  I could, also, have moved a bit to the side so the lines wouldn’t be diagonal, but I liked this view too.  I desaturated most everything except the flame, and increased the contrast a bunch on the background.

One thing- I rarely if ever add deliberate blur to photos.  To me, it just doesn’t look good in most situations.  For this, though, I thought and thought and finally added it… and liked it.  What do you think?  I tried my hardest to both keep the flame and base in focus, and to make it a smooth transition from blur to focus.  How did I do?  Love to get responses on that, or on your general take of blurred images.

I will also post this to flickr and facebook… depending on the responses there, I may post it to my website.


WWII Memorial Sunset

WWII Memorial Sunset

I took this photo at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  It was my first visit to this beautiful memorial and I was enjoying the crowds, the fountains, the sheer size of it all.  It really impresses you with how large the war was, how many countries, states and people were involved.  It was a solemn time, exploring the memorial, but not sad, as the crowd and the sunset were too exuberant to keep my spirits low.  I set up here where I could see the amazing sun rays from behind this cloud, and took 3 shots for the HDR image.

Processing was fairly simple- I took my time in Photomatix, to get the right approach to the photo.  I ended up with some blurred people but no ghosting.  I also had to mix one of the originals with the HDR shot in Photoshop, to remove the most glaring of the burned out cloud overhead.  Otherwise it was fairly easy.  I used Noiseware to smooth the clouds in the end, and had a light touch in Lightroom to finish it all.  I had been holding onto this photo for a while… feels good to finish it.

Enjoy my work at www.kelleybard.com.  I’ve posted this in the Washington, D.C. collection and also in “Places and Landscapes”.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another photo… I hope you will also return, to see more of my work.

Fall of the Roman Empire- 2 Views

I realize that I have started to primarily upload HDR and textured images here… they are definitely the most fascinating of my photos right now, I am having SO much fun exploring both mediums.  I try to branch out though, and when I return from this Hawaii trip I will have a bunch of different types of photos to share.  I have two 8 GB cards and one 4 GB card with me, and I’m rationing my photos AND considering getting another card before coming home… that is how many photos I’m taking!

This photo was one I processed a few days before coming home, and my reaction to it was so “YAY!” that I wanted to share it immediately.  Instead, I’ve had to wait over a week, due to problems getting to a computer here in Hawaii.  And laziness.  And being out TAKING pictures much more than wanting to write about them… sigh.

Anyways, this is a photo I took at sunset at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Always a favorite place for me, especially at sunset, so I wanted to do something special with this one.  Processing it as a 3 image HDR was fun, and it started to look more and more unreal and more and more creative, so I played with it accordingly.  Some aspects were moved or added to- the plane was going to be removed completely, but as I developed the picture, it seemed more and more… out of place so much that it needed to be in the photo.  Does that make sense?  Anyways, it got moved to a place of prominence and I had to work on it a bunch to get the edges to look natural.  I’m afraid that on a large print the cloud edges will still look a bit rough- that was one reason I started to look at adding textures.  I also wanted the warmth that yellowish or orange colored textures could add, so I played with the hues and really brought out the “burning down in a massive fire” look.  The clincher, and the reason for the title, was the woman who is taking a photo of one of the massive urn-shaped statues.  She looked like she was praying to the gods, and it all came together.

I deliberately left the people with ghosting and the metallic look that sometimes comes with movement through an HDR photo.  I thought it really fit with the airplane and the futuristic/distant past dichotomy.  I do know that I could have worked on the photo, masking in each person and made it look much more natural- or less jarring, at least.  This time, that didn’t appeal. 

On that note, I just picked up a postcard from Haleiwa, HI last night… beautiful sunset pic that looked stunning.  I immediately clued in that it was an HDR image and was really excited.  After looking at the picture for 30 seconds, though, I realized that the photographer had sharpened up some water reflections which had the jarring, needs to be masked in look already; while leaving the rest of the water soft focus.  Obviously this was done purposefully, but why???? When she could have fixed the photo properly.  I’ll find her name and do some research on her work… I had the righteous indignation last night, probably only mad because she had taken this great pic that had flaws and was still printed.  Well, here I’m doing the exact same thing with this image, deliberately leaving the same type of flaws…. LOL.

This photo is already being shown at www.kelleybard.com.  Cruise over there to see all of my pics.

Lincoln Memorial Sunfaded and Textured… and stories from DC trip

This is an HDR image from my recent trip to Washington, D.C.  I was DYING to put all my photos through the HDR process and find out which ones worked and which didn’t… so last night as soon as we got settled at home I headed to the computer and played.  This was one of several sets of photos that I put through Photomatix, and really the one that was the most surprising…. there was a lot of graininess in the photo that I didn’t expect (maybe from looking towards the sun or dust in the air?) and the general warm look was there, but very minimal.  I did some work in Photoshop with reducing the noise and grain (thanks, Noiseware Pro) and used a warming filter on the bottom half of the picture to pull out some of the warm glow.  The photo was calling for more… in part because the sky got funky looking with the noiseware treatment and needed some coverage.  I decided some warm-colored textures might be helpful, and they really added a nice look to the sky and mall area.  I really only lightened the textures around the memorial.

I love this part of the mall around sunset- not sure why, but it’s become a habit with any trip to D.C. to head towards the Lincoln Memorial around this time.  I got to explore the World War II memorial for the first time this same day, as well… I’ll have future pics from the Lincoln and World War II Memorials, I had lots of fun catching beautiful sights in and around those spots.  I also got a few touching photos from the Vietnam Memorial… it’s a place that I can’t walk through without reflecting and seeing others so touched.  This time I set up for a few shots and just happened to catch a few private moments as a man found someone’s name on the wall… I was just looking for an interesting photo but when I reviewed them the naked moment was so clear, it was hard to see.  Shows all the emotions stirred up by that war for me.

I was glad to get a chance to photograph on the Mall.  I didn’t have much time, my husband and I headed into town at about 6 pm and sunset was around 9:15.  I wanted as much time to walk around as possible, and we actually ended up driving around and taking more shots after dark.  No idea how many good shots will come of the day, but it was fun and a good moment to explore an area that gets photographed TONS but is worth every shot.  Or so I’m hoping 😀

I’ll post this image on my website along with others once they get finished- www.kelleybard.com