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Route 66- Using Textures to Create Interest

 

One of my favorite roads in America, Route 66 runs through the Southwest and has sections that are found as far east as Chicago. It’s an old road, the main artery into the west for much of the 20th century but largely abandoned now. The sections that are open go through beautiful, open country with hardly any traffic. Some of the towns located on it are hanging on by a thread, others are completely shuttered. It’s eerie.

You also find these old Burma-Shave ads all over the place. They are priceless: odd, quirky, mostly dark humor that keeps you interested in what the next sign down the road has to say. I pulled over here before a big curve to take in the road, valley, and sign. The resulting image (3 exposures processed in HDR) still didn’t give the aged feeling to it, so I worked on the image with some textures and detailing. I like how the warmed up colors really highlight the old look of the sign, and the sky is much more interesting with the layers of textures. Overall, a photo I really enjoy.

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UnSmiley Kid Portrait & Reminders of Art Show Saturday and Studio Opening


 

This photo was just too fun. I was posing this girl in front of this great door, and she was done for the day- and wanted me to know it. The playground across the street was calling her name. I promised one last photo and told her to look at me as mad as she could… this was the result. A fun image, taken at the (ironically called) Smiley Building in Durango, CO. I textured it to give it depth and to accentuate the foreboding look she was giving me!

I do outside photos as well as studio shots… in fact, as spring and summer come along here I hope to do many more outside images. I recently changed around the way people can pay for portrait sessions on my website, and I added an outdoor or in-home fee to cover the costs of packing and hauling my outside setup around. It’s minimal but necessary. That, combined with my lower than normal photo session fee, still works out to be a pretty good price for a set of great images of you, your family or your children.

In studio is also really fun and I’m reminding everyone of the April 15th opening of my in-home Studio! I’m also seriously looking around for a studio closer to Durango, and would love any leads on that…

SATURDAY NIGHT is my Art Show Opening at The Red Tent Women’s Center in Durango, CO, come by between 6 and 8 pm and enjoy the images and the fun. I’m personally petrified (with a side of excitement). But that’s normal, I’m sure.

Have a great day! Enjoy!


Spring Bulbs, Textured

Lets pause a moment to celebrate… SPRING!!

Usually I desaturate my colors a bit. Todays pic isn’t saturated any more than what came out of the camera, but I did lots of post processing that added to the joyous color explosion seen above. Enjoy these glorious flowers in their prime.

BTW, I’m starting to add a light layer over my images more and more… this is using a layer of soft light in Photoshop at about 60%. It really does crazy, beautiful things to your photos. I’m glad I took a suggestion from one of the PhotoVision artists to try all of the light layers and learn what they can do… I also did a homemade vignette here for the first time, burning around the edges. Good/Bad/thoughts?

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Enjoy your day, hope it’s sunny and warm.


Air and Space Plane Head On & News of Studio Opening!!

This image has total insanely overkill written all over it… But I like it, still! This started off as a HDR image. I added some dark texture, then decided it needed overall darkening (serious plane vignetting). From there I just played. Sometimes I guess I need to act out in my photos… I’m wondering currently how this blog will be looking once I’m doing lots of portraits, and I think I’m just lost in the change of it all. But, back to this image, I have been staring at this for a year, loving the shot, and I’m glad to finally have done something about it. If you care to, check out the reflections under the wings… it’s one of my favorite things about the photo.

**NEWS**

April 15th I’ll be opening my home studio doors! I’m so very very excited about it, I hope to get lots of clients and lots of photos done early on, so part of that is giving a “Welcome In!” photo shoot price. From April 15th-May 15th, I’ll be charging $10 for photo shoots. Anyone. Families, kids, infants, pregnant mothers, professionals… the more experience and the more time behind the camera the better! I’m already starting to fill up appointment slots, so give me a call and set up for a 2 hour slot with me in my new home studio! Other coupons don’t apply, and prints, disks of images, etc are their normal reduced price… but you are saving $45+ for the shoot!!


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…


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.

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Another Big Day of Visitors! And, Finally… a Warm Picture (Candle, Head-On)

Thanks to all the visitors today! It’s always nice to log on and have a nice surprise waiting!

I finished my series of images on ice crystals yesterday, and felt particularly Photoshoppy last night, so I created a poster with the 2 best reviewed images from the group.  I’ll post that directly after this discussion about the candle shot.

I took this image a week ago or so, during the night shots I was doing, playing with lighting (See “Child Holding Light” or some similar name from the recent posts).  I tried to get the flame head on.  In processing, I realized that the smooth wax was a bit boring, so I spruced up the saturation and added some textures. Do you feel like I do, that smooth, non detailed surfaces are HORRID in photography?? Like blue skies. I have always loved a nice, blue sky, but now it’s the worst punishment for me. Or, on the bright side, it’s a chance to be creative with my images for the day. Nah, it’s a punishment.

Anyways, it’s nice to put together a warm image after the past 4 days of ice! 🙂

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Here’s the poster from the past 4 days series…  Enjoy.