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Archive for April, 2010

Using Split Toning to Create that Old Dreamy Look

Mike Hewitt asked me how, in my post A Model Spring I achieved the surreal, dreamy look.  I thought I’d take the time to share.

A Model Spring

End Result

Obviously we need some place to start.  I didn’t take this shot with the intention of this result.  This was actually a part of some test shots to setup the camera settings for another shot that I have not yet posted.  I liked how this test shot looked and  when seeing the photo, it screamed out to have this type of treatment.

I only used Lightroom 3 beta for the processing.  (The beta is free right now if you want to download it from Adobe and try it).

Lets start with the original:



Spring Colors

Lavender on Broom Bush

This is lavender in the foreground and broom bush providing the nice backdrop in the background.  I love the contrast here, and the evening light added just that little bit more.  The little spider web in the top completes the overall look for me.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee

Lavender attracts three varieties of bees and the paper wasp in my front yard.  These guys are Carpenter Bees.  They don’t have stingers but are still rather aggressive.  Despite their large size, they are  harder to shoot in an interesting way than the honey bees since they are much faster and much more impatient.   In the top photo, if you look, you can see my reflection in the eye.  The bee below seems to have lost an antennae.

Carpenter Bee

Another Good Round

Last night’s photo club was good.   I entered four images, one in each digital category (I have not yet submitted prints) and won first in each.  These, along with my last entries will be judged together along with the top photos from clubs in  the area at the next bimonthly 6C competition.  I am very curious how they fare at that event.  This is all very exciting. 🙂

Good Morning San Francisco - Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

Good Morning San Francisco - Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA - Travel (Digital)

Wish Maker

Wish Maker - Monochrome (Digital)

The Terror of Happy Hollow - San Jose, CA

The Terror of Happy Hollow - San Jose, CA - Photojournalism (Digital)

Mystical Morning - Color Pictorial (Digital)

That Was Bitter!

That Was Bitter!  - Honey bee cleans tongue

I am finding that I enjoy taking photos of the bees in the front yard.  They don’t mind me being there and they are great subjects.  This little guy was hanging on to the lavender with just his hind legs while cleaning his tongue.

No Extensions, No Problem

White Clover

Encouraged by Tracy and Michaela discussing lens extensions, I thought I’d give it a go.  Only, I don’t have any, and I don’t have a macro lens.  To top things off, I want to experiment with light leaks.  So why not make the best of the situation?  Reverse lens macro on the 135mm lens, hand-held, about 3/4″ away from the body.  Perfect!

This is a white clover flower.  You know, the little white flowers in the grass at the park.  For this shot I laid down in the grass on my stomach and used the ground to place my elbows on while holding the lens and the camera body.  I love the light leak colors from this technique.  The challenges here are the razor thin DOF and the moving parts — The lens, the flower, the body.  Sharp focus is something I haven’t quite mastered yet, but this one is pretty good.

Hiding from Attention

Hiding from Attention

Last one from the “dinner series”.  From attitude moments prior to shyness.  All in protest of the camera. 🙂  Another monochrome with color eye treatment here.  Also, in case you’re wondering, there has been no saturation (or vibrancy) bump in this photo.  Those are the real eyes.



Some attitude today for y’all.  Another shot from last night’s dinner.  Can’t beat the lighting!

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Tonight, while out to dinner, the light coming in through the mesh window shades was wonderful.  I snapped a few photos of the kids that were really wonderful.  The light really brought out the detail in their eyes.  I’ll post a some of these over the next few days.

I also used this for my Daily Shoot Entry today.  #ds160 – Experiment in the digital darkroom today. Make a photo and post-process it any way you like to unleash your creativity.

The Terror of Happy Hollow

The Terror of Happy Hollow

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo has a new kid-sized roller coaster.  As much as I tried to encourage my adventurous daughter (guess which one) to ride in the front so I could get a good photo, she declined.  She wanted the back since it goes faster.  The other, well she didn’t enjoy things quite so much.  I love this photo and just how different the everyone’s expressions are!