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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?

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Professor Marvel Headed to Oz

I think I subconsciously imagined this image from the very first moment I thought of taking balloon rally shots. Instead of the sepia toned bedroom in Wizard of Oz opening up to the technicolor Munchkin land, here’s the brilliant blue sky (of Oz, perhaps?) and Professor Marvel ascending to the sky in his black and white (I know, I should have kept with the sepia idea, but this looks better. Trust me.) balloon. He’s headed to Oz to begin his adventures there. Just for clarity 😉 And it’s Professor Marvel, not the Wizard…  hell, maybe I should have thought this out more…

Not sure it it comes out as perfect as in my mind, but I like it a lot. I hope you enjoy the image too!

See more at http://www.kelleybard.com, or any of the links given on this page. I try to inject a different take on my images in each setting, so it’s worth it to explore them all!


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.

See my work at www.kelleybard.com, flickr, or “like” it at facebook or buzztown (see links on right). Lots of stuff coming up soon, including some exciting opportunities to get cheap photo shoots in my new home studio!

Enjoy!


Infrared Star Lily

Ok, I promise to not focus on flowers exclusively. For one, they are so blown out in the photography world… face it, it is VERY hard to make a living off of flower images (although I haven’t found out what you CAN photograph to make a living off of yet… someday, maybe…)! But they are fun and a good exploration for lighting, which is what I’m using them for here. I lit this from below and camera left, and then played extensively in Photoshop (there was a conversion to black and white, then use of an infrared filter, then some masking in to recover some of the color). Overall a very fun and beautiful (and hopefully, unique) image!

See this and more at http://www.kelleybard.com/flowers… or http://www.kelleybard.com for the WHOLE experience. Remember to leave a comment if you are Visitor #1000 to my site, and I’ll contact you to send you your FREE PRINT!

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Enjoy!


Dancing Divas in Motion

Not a fancy picture at all but a fun one. Check it out… a group from our local light parade.

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Have a good day, I’ll be back at full force in a day or two!


Balloon Diagonal. Steampunk enough for you?

I noticed as this balloon ascended, that it was rising against some clouds that perfectly matched the diagonal stripes on the balloon. I had already been watching the balloon slowly rise, and taking shots, so it was easy for me to catch this image against the amazing pre-snow clouds of Snowdown, 2011. This was a photo that I put through single image HDR processing in Photomatix, to get the most out of those clouds that I could. I double tone mapped it as well, which gave it even more of an otherworldly look. Then I backed off in photoshop, bringing back parts of the image, painting in the blue colors of the balloon to remove some of the noise that was added in the processing… warming the sky with a filter and a white balance shift in lightroom. Lots of subtle details, as well as the not so subtle texturing- 3 different overlaid textures to add to the ancient feeling of the shot.

I think I’ve been reading too much Steampunk literature… it definitely came through on this image.

Posted to http://www.kelleybard.com, and my facebook and flickr pages. I’ve been getting some good comments on my other balloon image… be interesting to see what people think of this one!

Probably will be posted to http://www.HDRspotting.com as well, as I really like this one.

Enjoy!


Fire Play- From Snowdown in Durango, CO 2011

I’m not usually one to take quick shots and call them art, but I had a lot of fun playing with my camera and flash during the Snowdown Light Parade this last weekend. I caught this image and was very happy with it, even with all the problems. I am publishing it with just minor tweaks, made in Lightroom. I’ll hopefully get to know more info about the group that put on this fire show… my wish is to get to photograph them again sometime this year, in a more controlled setting.

I’m posting lots of Snowdown images to my website, http://www.kelleybard.com. You can look at my “things and community events” gallery for the images (and if you can come up with a better name, I’ll kiss your toes). I’m also sharing them with Snowdown on Facebook, on my facebook page (link above) and on my flickr page.

Enjoy it all!