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Sunset Eye

This was just a fun idea that I had, and was able to set up and execute quickly when I saw the pretty sunset here a few days ago. I think this has possibility, I’m hoping to get more chances to follow it up with similar shots (I had to crop this quite a bit to get it to work). The sunset and sky were beautiful, though. and I’m glad I got the eyeball in focus!

See my best images at http://www.kelleybard.com, or on facebook, flickr, buzztown or twitter. Enjoy them all and feel free to comment on any and all of them.

Have a great day!


Wet Bridge and Mans Best Friend & March Deal!

Does anyone else follow Stuck In Customs (Trey Ratcliff) with his amazing photography? He put out a series of suggestions for HDR images this last week, along with Rick Sammon (another amazing HDR artist). One of the tips was to explore using single shots for HDR through converting raw images into pseudo-HDR images. Photomatix does a good job at that and it really does bring out some incredible details and looks in a photo. So… for today, we have a single raw exposure converted into HDR in “Wet Bridge and Mans Best Friend”.

I think the best part of this is the reflection in the wetness on the bridge… and how the trees came out in the HDR process… and how the detail in the wood really comes out with HDR… ok, I like a lot about this.

I used Photomatix 4 for the HDR, Photoshop for the playing field, Topaz DeNoise to clean up the digital noise, and Topaz Adjust to get the “crisp” look. I also desaturated it a bit, in Photomatix and in Photoshop. But I like how the greens are still pretty strong.

Enjoy this along with other images at www.kelleybard.com, as well as my facebook and flickr pages (see the links to the right).

**March Deal**

You know how many photographers have to decide on whether or not to create a croppable image or not, since most of the prints will come out cropped? I’m still not sure what my policy is on this, but mostly I create images while keeping it in mind that I should look for “good 8×10″ness in the photo. My images are made for the whole frame, though, and should be enjoyed that way (although 95% will crop well)… so this month, the deal is 25% off full frame prints (not counting 4×6’s, sorry). That is 8×12 or 16×24 prints of any kind- classic, canvas wraps, giclee prints.. all 25% off. The purchase must be done on my website http://www.kelleybard.com… and the best part is, as long as you have a full frame image in there, you get the discount on EVERYTHING you buy. Coupon code is mar2011. Good through the end of the month. Come by and enjoy the photos as they are meant to be enjoyed- full frame!


Inside Virginia Aquarium, and checking again on photo size

This was just a neat room inside the aquarium in Virginia Beach, VA (I think it was the Virginia Aquarium, but honestly the only gift I got from there is in my toddlers room and I’m not going in there until she is asleep… so sorry about the uncertainty).  I really didn’t do much post processing here, but I wanted to sharpen it enough to be able to read the quote at the end wall, so that was part of the process.  I may have brightened it up a bit and increased the saturation in Photoshop as well.

It’s a daily photo.  Just a moment from my life that I found beautiful and mystifying, and I happened to have my camera to record it.

I’d love to hear from people on whether or not this photo size is too large.  Any comments?


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.


Broken Down Virginia Pier, and what do you think of the new photo sizes?

First of all, this is an unusual take on a photo for me.  I usually don’t like graininess in my images, and use noiseware often to remove it.  I like the images to look as good in large sizes as small, and I tend to think that grain makes the larger images not as “clean”.  But this photo really seemed to need it, and looks better for a little added grain and noise.

I saw this pier in a small lake off a stream in Southern Virginia, when I was on my way to Virginia Beach.  I was taking my time driving some country roads, and I was finding out that this section of Virginia is riddled with waterways.  I had just been stopped at a cute little drawbridge when I saw this off to the side… as soon as the boat moved through and the cars started moving again, I pulled over to look at this.  The colors and contrast in camera didn’t do the scene justice, and I had actually sat with the image in my computer for a few months while I tried to figure out where I wanted to go with it.  Finally the grainy/black and white/contrasty look seemed to be the best idea.  I played with the image in photoshop and with Topaz Adjust until I got the right look.

Enjoy this, I’ve also posted this in my daily photos on facebook and on my website at www.kelleybard.com.  Feel free to explore my art more in either of those venues!

Capitol Reflecting Pool

This photo was one of the last taken on this night.  I had driven into Washington, D.C. with my husband to do a quick photo run around some of my favorite monuments (I’ve posted several photos from the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Memorial in this blog in the past month, if you are interested).  This was in late June of this year.  We had left that area of the mall and were headed slowly back to the freeway when we stopped in the parking area for the Capitol Building.  The building itself was lit up very beautifully, and I took a few photos of that which may eventually get published, but this anonymous building to the side of the vast reflecting pool was the thing that caught my eye.  I’m not sure if I noticed the array of colors in the lights outside (brought out dramatically by Topaz Adjust in the finishing process), but I loved the reflections in the water.  A few quick photos and we were off.  I didn’t think about this photo again until the past few days, when I began to work on it to create the finished product seen above.

To begin, I created a 3 exposure HDR with Photomatix, which brought out some of the details.  As often happens with HDR software, though, there were some glaring problems.  Water reflections, in particular, seem problematic to me because the computer program can’t handle all the water movement, so there are always ghosting issues.  I also had some very annoying light casts in the sky over the building, from the longest exposure taken.  So, into Photoshop we went.  I did things a bit differently here- eventually creating 2 different versions of the image in Topaz Adjust, with different filters, to bring out water smoothness and color in one and building detail in another.  These were brought together with masking.  Then I added the darker original image to mask in as the sky.  Then I used the middle original image, played with in Topaz Adjust to get the same water features as the HDR, and masked in parts of that to clean up the water problems.  I finished with a trip through Noiseware Professional (also masked slightly in parts to remove “over-smoothed” areas) and some final color tweaks in Lightroom.  Overall this was a great, fun photo to work on, and I’m glad it came together finally!

I would love to know which building this is- if you know, please tell me!  I’d be willing to work out a deal for you- perhaps a free 8×12 print for the first person to inform me?

This photo, along with all my finished photos from Washington, D.C., is located at my website, www.kelleybard.com/dc.  From there you can see my entire body of work.  Enjoy it and let me know what you like there, as I am going to be cleaning up and moving around some of the photos in the next few weeks.  I am also sending this photo to hdrspotting.com, and it should be posted there soon.

Enjoy my images, as always.