Tag Archives: sunrise

Flatirons from Chautauqua

This was the morning before I got my wide angle… it would have been nice to have on this shoot, though! I love, love, love Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO. It’s amazing. I headed there the first morning I was in Boulder, and saw this amazing sky forming. You should have seen me booking across the field to catch a good angle! The photo is an HDR, made from 3 different exposures of the scene. I hope you enjoy it. The solitude and calm of that morning was amazing, and the otherworldly Flatiron mountains are incredible.

See this and other images at www.kelleybard.com, on at any of the links to the right (Buzztown, facebook, flickr…).

More images are going to come from this great trip, including some darling family and baby shots that I was blessed to take. Keep coming back to view them as I post my daily photos for 2011!

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Up and Away, 2 Views

Compare. Which do you like best?

or…

I think, for me, it’s the black and white version which wins. BUT I like the yellow anticipatory color of the balloon, the excitement… and the look on the guys face. That, thank god, doesn’t change in either. And it’s the best part of the whole image for me.

Taken at the Snowdown 2011 balloon rally in Durango, CO. Love it if someone can find out who this guy is for me!

See more at http://www.kelleybard.com, or any of my links to the right. Enjoy your day… I hope to!


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!


Snowy Tree and S Road- Another from the recent Colorado Snowstorm

I got some flickr and facebook feedback on yesterday’s posts… still looking for thoughts from you all on which image strikes you more, though! (fyi)

Todays picture: similar scene as yesterdays image, but this is an HDR so there is a bit of a different light look to the whole photo. 3 exposures of this scene with quite a bit of fog in the distance. I ended up adding some textures and doing some serious Photoshop playing to get this look- changing curves, increasing contrast on the road tracks, that type of thing. I was struck by this image from the first, though, and hope you are too!

Posted to http://www.kelleybard.com, plus flickr and facebook (and buzztown, I’m increasing my use of that site, too). See links to all on the right of this page.

Enjoy your day! I’m just glad all the snow went as fast as it came, and it’s a nice warm day here today!

 


Glowing Ribbon of Water, and Thanks again for the Visits! And… Event Monday

I think, after my steampunk balloon photo, I’m trying to push the fantasy look of my photos a bit. So this is Lower Yosemite Falls, Idealized in my mind, for all eternity. The original pic wasn’t quite so perfect… not far from the final image, but more blah, less great water (in all honesty, I wish I could be one of those photographers who could make total fantasy creations in Photoshop- either I’m not creative enough, or just not computer/Photoshop savvy enough, but I wouldn’t even know where to start!). I always liked this pic, though, so I wanted to finish it. Photoshop and Topaz Adjust cleaned up the foggy look a bit, and sharpened it up. I turned it black and white, which made it better, but still not perfect… I went into OnOne PhotoTools and finally got the right mix, ghosting and glowing the water a bit, while still getting the sharpness of the rocks and the details. I finished with Lightroom and made the sepia look… which worked in my mind as I saw this as sorta ideal, possibly in the past Yosemite Falls.

Besides talking about this pic, I wanted to thank you all, again, for another max day yesterday! I think it was that steampunk balloon image that caught someone’s attention… I try to notice that and it’s good for me to see what works for people and what doesn’t, so keep commenting and visiting pics and such, please!

This, along with my other fav pics and (most importantly) YOUR fav pics, is posted to www.kelleybard.com. I’ve also got it on flickr and facebook. Hopefully I’ll get some more feedback on this in one or all places, so I can see what YOU think of it. Comments are loved, always. And keep visiting!

Enjoy.

**Event- Grand Opening of The Red Tent, a womens healing center in Durango, CO**

Monday, Valentines Day from 5-7 is the grand opening of The Red Tent. I spent a good amount of today there, putting my pics on the walls. I’ll be one of the featured artists for the next 2 months there. I’ve got 3 framed images (one a 30×40 frame and 20×30 print, it’s HUGE!) and a canvas wrap coming (another first). I hope to get lots and lots of maternity and infant work out of this, it will be a fun place to be associated with! Check out www.redtentwellness.com for information. And maybe… see you there!


Under the Balloons… different versions. And yes, I’ll quit with the balloons soon! Plus HDRspotting.com News…

Just two different versions of a photo I liked. This was a quick snap… I looked up, liked how the balloons looked grouped like this, and caught the image. Played with the sky in Lightroom and the whole image in Photoshop until I liked it fine. I think the black and white is my favorite, but not totally sold on either… but a fun shot for sure. Not what I usually see when I think of balloon images, anyways, which is always good in my mind (for creativity if nothing else). Enjoy!

Also on facebook, flickr and my website. And a notice to all… HDRspotting.com is featuring my photo “Ascent Into the Turbulent Sky” right now! Check their page http://www.HDRspotting.com if you want, or look for kelleybard there. Once you click on one image you can keep checking out others by me forever… every click helps, too!


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!