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Sound, Grass and Dock

I really like texturing images, but tend to keep them really light, almost undistinguishable (is that really a word? Really?) from the original image except for a tinge of texture, detail or color. I guess in most photography that is my aim, to make small changes that add up to much better images in the long run.

This image certainly doesn’t have the amt of texture that I’ve seen on some, but it’s heavier than most of my images. I keep the texture away from the grasses- and didn’t the HDR make that grass come out AMAZING??- and concentrated on the sky and water. I also used a texture I don’t usually use, one of the Stuck In Customs 25 texture pack… this one created the “scratchy” look on this print. Let me clarify, though… when I use textures, I almost always use some of the Stuck In Customs textures. They are great. But I often use the more mellow ones, the wall texture types. Not ones that are radically detailed and different… but it worked here, so I’m not complaining!

This was a shot that I took and wanted to finish months ago. I am glad that I finally got an HDR version that I liked (redid it several times with different settings) and textures and a look that I love.

Enjoy this and all my work at http://www.kelleybard.com, or on my flickr or facebook pages.


Moon Water

Another Hawaii photo, I think I have been missing the warm Islands… I’m getting a bit tired of snow!

I took this photo over the summer at Sharks Cove on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.  The tide really changes this place a lot, and this was fairly low, right after sunrise, I believe.  This section is all pretty shallow, but there are other areas where you can snorkle and dive.  I love love love the reflections on the water here, and was really happy with the image, but sat on it for a long time.  I wanted to make it into an HDR but just kept getting so much noise when I converted the photos (I almost always take 3 images every time I shoot something, in different exposures, so I can make an HDR if I wish).  I never was happy with the HDR images.  Sometimes it just doesn’t work… maybe as I get more experience in that style I will be able to fix any problems, but that is in the future.  This image ended up looking better as a single image, processed in Photoshop.  I did use Topaz Adjust and Topaz Denoise to define the rocks and clouds, and to clean up a bit of noise at the end.

Posted to flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/kelleybardphotography), facebook, and my website at http://www.kelleybard.com.


Fog and Planes, 2 Views- Whatcha think?

My daily photo x 2!  I really, really like this view of the foggy California coastline in Pacifica.  I just felt it was a bit blah.  So I combined it with an image of 2 Blue Angels airplanes that I caught speeding over San Francisco during the same trip.  The planes also had a really incredible sky behind them, lots of lines of clouds that came out perfectly in the single image HDR processing.  I don’t often do single image HDR’s, but I processed each image through Photomatix Pro 4 with that, then combined them further in Photoshop.  Anyways, I was having fun and like both results.  Love to hear your thoughts.

Posted also to Facebook and Flickr, which you can get to from my home page here.

Sunset in the Sound

Wow!  Well, welcome to the new year!  I’m back after a bit of a hiatus and I will be trying my damnedest to post a daily photo to this blog.  I have had a lot of fun taking images lately, but been too busy to finish them and post them.  So now I’m (hopefully) turning a new leaf.  I hope to get more followers for my blog, my facebook page for Kelley Bard Photography, and my twitter page (Kelleybard).  So enjoy this first photo of the new year….

Taken looking west over the sound from the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I was there in November, which is a great time to visit if you want quiet.  Even with a major marathon going on, when we moved away from the city centers it was great and empty.  I happened across this pier while driving north one afternoon, exploring.  I was hoping for an HDR image from this, but the sun was so bright that the tone mapping just didn’t do it justice.  I settled for a final image emphasizing the silhouetted features and the great look to the water.  Some Photoshop and Topaz Adjust were needed to bring this to fruition, as well as a final photo filter added to keep the photo as warm as possible.

It seems warm, although it was pretty chilly!

I will be posting this to my website, http://www.kelleybard.com if you choose to see more of my work.

Happy New Year!

Sky and Waimea Point- More Nik Silver Efex Pro Testing


Sky and Waimea Point


I took this photo at sunrise from the beach at Waimea Bay, Hawaii.  Waimea is one of my favorite beaches in the entire world, and even though waking up for a sunrise photo shoot was very, very painful for me, I still got more than I deserved out of it.  This sky was incredible.  See my photo “Waimea Bay Sunrise, Cropped” if you want to see a color version of an image from the same shoot. “Sky and Sea HDR” was also from the same shoot.

I took a long time to process this image, wanting several elements to come together.  Even with an HDR photo, with lots of light information available, I still had to use lots of trial and error to make the image work.  The sky ended up being the HDR image, finished in Photoshop and using Topaz Adjust, Noiseware Professional AND Topaz DeNoise (more on the noiseware process later).  I could not find a way to remove all the grain from the image, but it also works well with the shifting clouds.  Luckily I could blur a lot of the noise- you can’t always do that, but with sky and clouds you can make it work sometimes.  The sea came from the lightest exposure of the scene, and the land also came from the same shot, but at different times and different masks- I told you it was lots of trial and error, didn’t I?

I was really happy that this worked so well with Nik Silver Efex Pro, as I am trying that plug-in out and really like lots of the effects.  The cost is pretty prohibitive, though.  I’m hoping that the stuckincustoms.com coupon is substantial.  I could probably do all that Silver Efex Pro does for my images, but even in trying that I got more noise and problems than I was willing to deal with.  Plug-in’s can be very, very worth it!  I have realized that my photos look best when I do some processing before combining them- otherwise you are left with lots more masking and still some problems possible.  So I put each element through Silver Efex Pro before bringing it into Photoshop. I also noticed that with one of the plug-in looks I could get a sort of mirror-like, reflective, almost HDR look to the water.  So that was great to add in, because it looked like it belonged.

I just realized that I could probably square this off, which might really look good.  I think I will do that now and post it at the bottom of the posting….  Here!


Sky and Waimea Point, Squared


Well, that was fun.  What do you think?  Which edit appeals more?  I was looking for an excuse to do an non-basic size for a photo, glad this one fits.  I tried to keep the horizon at exactly 1/3 of the image, and conveniently the tip of the land is also at 1/3 of the image…  It’s a big crop though, and I miss some of the clouds majesty.  Hmm.  Gotta think about this one!

See them big at www.kelleybard.com/places.  Enjoy the rest of my work there as well.

*Future events: This weekend I will be at the Durango Fall Art Walk, which I’m excited about.  There is also a Photography workshop that I may attend- I’ll post the details tomorrow.  And on postings… I will be showing more Silver Efex Pro test photos, as well as comparing Noiseware Professional and Topaz DeNoise as the two premier noiseware products out there.  I had a great time editing a photo using both programs today, so come back tomorrow to see the results of that!

Variety Day! Several shots to ponder over weekend.

I will be gone all weekend, so in honor of that, here are several finished shots that I have been saving up… Some new, some redone.  Enjoy!

Vietnam Wall Memories, Revamped

Moon Over Kaena Point

Mother Gravestone, Revamped

Sunset Durango, Vivid

2 bright, 2 desaturated, 2 new, 2 old, all HDR…  Something to ponder.  Here’s the scoop on all of these-

I’ve learned a lot since I started working with Photoshop, and “Vietnam Wall Memories, Revamped” is proof.  I liked the original so much that I totally ignored the oversharpening that I had done.  There were several visible problems that had come out of the double tone-mapping and sharpening, so I redid the photo with a more gentle approach.  You can see this photo in an early post if you want to compare.  I still like the overall look of the first photo but the noise and damage was too much!

“Moon Over Kaena Point” is a new photo from my Hawaii trip.  I don’t do a lot of portrait size images(vertical setting) but this one works with that sizing.  I love the full moon setting over the Northwestern point of Oahu- I got this pic while on an early morning photo drive and just loved the colors in the clouds.  Processed in Photomatix as an HDR, plus some Topaz Adjust in Photoshop really brought it all together.  I finished, as almost always, with Noiseware Professional.

“Mother Gravestone, Revamped” is getting TONS of views currently on HDRspotting.com, and I’m glad I redid it.  It is an image that I took in the Bayfield, CO cemetery after my very first infant photo session- from life to death.  The original had some overblown highlights that at the time I didn’t know how to fix.  I took that image and mixed it in Photoshop with the middle original picture, which calmed down some of the background.  The rest of the photo is pretty much how the original looked.  Love it!

“Sunset Durango, Vivid” came about after an exquisite sunset near my home.  I processed the HDR as a very restrained HDR in Photomatix.  I then took the .tif into Photoshop and really ramped up the colors- I’m sorry to say that the original images did not look so vivid!  After I brought the colors to the point I enjoyed it, I removed the noise with Noiseware Pro and put the image into Lightroom for some final color tweaks.  If anything, I wouldn’t mind removing some of the orange and yellows from around the mountain tops… but I couldn’t do that on a photo wide scale and that was what was available in Lightroom.  I was feeling a bit lazy, so I capitulated and decided I liked the oranges and yellows enough 🙂 LOL.

I will be back Sunday or Monday.  Enjoy these photos until then!  Come back and see my next postings- I’m going on a great drive through Colorado and will be bringing my camera, so expect some new photos when I return.

See these and many other photos of mine on www.kelleybard.com.  Most of these are in my “Places” gallery, if you are looking for specific works.

Fishing Boats and Chinamen’s Hat at Sunrise

This photo was taken right before sunrise on the windward side of Oahu.  I have several photos which I have finished from this photo trip, and by this point, right before sunbreak, I was giddy from all the fun pictures.  My goal was to reach the film site of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 at sunbreak, so I didn’t have much time here.  Just stop, notice some great boats, frame it, shoot it and drive on.  I was hoping for an HDR but the boats moved a bit in the water, so I stuck with a single image.  There was quite a lot of noise when I processed the photo in Photoshop, so I did a lot of mixing and matching of layers, with different effects courtesy of Topaz Adjust and Noiseware Pro.  I still have a bit of noise in the water but it was much reduced.  Enjoy the final image!  I think the clouds are my favorite part, even more than the rusty boats.

You can find this in either my “water” gallery or my Hawaiian collection on www.kelleybard.com.