50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Just here, trying to take a picture

I’m guessing that if you are reading this, you can relate to what I am going to say.  It’s a busy time of year.  For me recently that has meant I have fewer opportunities to take pictures and edit them.  Like everyone else, I do the best I can.  I take pictures as often as possible, which is what led to this photo.

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/1.8 1/200

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/1.8 1/200

I took this a few nights ago at a local park.  I just happened to be there for another event, and had my camera with me.  My thought was to do a bracketed exposure, but I didn’t set my camera correctly, and so I just had a single image.  In Aperture I created two other versions of this photo and changed the exposure value on them.  So then I had three photos each with a different exposure value, -1, 0, and 1.  Then I put the three into Photomatix to make an HDR image.  Of the different versions, I liked a color version best. So I exported that back into Aperture.  Then I changed my mind.  About the color that is.  I converted the image into sepia and the result is what you see above.

Cheers!

Standard
Design

Masters Painting Reduced

For those of you who follow my blog regularly you know that in my design class we have been working on study of a Masters painting.  In my case it is the Milkmaid by Vermeer.  This week I did a 5×5 painting:

painted, scanned, and converted to jpeg

painted, scanned, and converted to jpeg

The idea behind this assignment is to reduce it to its shapes.  So, if you are familiar with the original painting, you can see that a lot of detail has been lost.  if you are interested in seeing the line drawing and a copy of the original, I linked in a previous blog here.

Standard
50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Editing, Photography

Photographing Art

A project that I am working on is photographing three paintings that my friend and local St. Louis artist, Amy Adams, has painted for a soon to be open restaurant.

My job is to photograph the paintings in the most realistic color possible.  Amy will be using these photos for her own personal use as well as promotional materials.

All three were shot using a tripod and a custom white balance.  While these are ready for web use, I might have some more work to do in getting them ready to be made into prints.

Cheers!

 

Standard
Design

A sketch for Design

This week in Design class we are working on the use of shapes and line in paintings.  Here is my sketch:

Sketch that has been scanned to a jpeg

Basically, what you are looking at is an interpretation of major shapes and lines in a painting.  Are you, by chance, able to identify the painting based on the sketch?  Let me know, leave a comment below, I’m curious to know what you think.

Here is the painting:

The Milkmaid or The Kitchen Maid by Vermeer dated to 1658-1661

Cheers!

 

 

Standard
Design

Design in black and white now featuring grey

This week in design class we were working on a painting.  Here it is:

painting, scanned, saved as a jpeg

It’s a portrait! go ahead, you knew that so roll your eyes, I’ll wait.

So, yes, a portrait on a grid.  Five values here; black, white, and three grey in between.  It was a bit of a paint by numbers project.  The original image was a photo that was in black and white.  The painting is 8×10, seen here placed on a grid that was made up of 1×1 squares.  One 4×4 section on the painting was allowed to have two lines, the rest just one.  The result is what you see.

Cheers!

 

Standard
50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photography

Travel Theme: Bright

Last week’s theme at Where’s my backpack was spooky, so there were a lot of dark night photos.  It was a lot of fun, but this week’s theme is bright.  I was taking a lot of night photos this week, but as you can see, it was pretty bright out:

ISO 160 50mm 0ev f/5 21s

That would be the moon hanging over my house at 6:21am.  The moon was super bright, and there were not a lot of clouds.  This is a 21 second exposure.  You can see some stars as well.

Cheers!

Standard
50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Design, Photography

It’s Tuesday, time for Design Class

Here is what I am turning in today in Design:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/4 1/80

It’s dimensions are 7″x21″ and is black construction paper on a white background.  It was originally supposed to be a story told in three separate frames like a cartoon, then blended to flow together.  Bonus points to you if you recognize the story. Your comments are most welcome below!

Cheers!

Standard
50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Great Horned Owl in Fall

I took this photo and then edited it using Photomatix:

ISO 800 50mm 0.33ev f/1.8 1/640

Unlike the Tawny Owl that I posted earlier this week, I was thinking I would do something a bit more artistic rather than realistic with this image.  So, this was a bracketed exposure that I combined in Photomatix, but then I put this version in the “painterly” setting.  I was looking to create something that really brought out fall colors. Once I was finished with that, I put it in Aperture and cropped, straightened, and sharpened it.

Here is one of the original images:

Cheers!

Standard
50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Challenges, Photography

Travel Theme: Couples

When I first read that “couples”was the travel theme for this week at Where’s my backpack? I was thinking that maybe I would just skip entering this week. Then I went out Friday night and got this shot, a couple of flaming hot women-literally:

ISO 3200 f/2 1/1250 2ev 50mm

These ladies are part of The Fire Technicians-St. Louis who put on a pretty good show set to music.  I got this shot at Third Degree Glass Factory that was hosting its 10th Anniversary party at their monthly open house.  If you happen to be in the area, now you have some place to go and check out.

There were people there who were taking pictures using flash but I didn’t for a few reasons.  The first was I wasn’t convinced that I was close enough for my in camera flash to make a difference.  Second, I was afraid of distracting the performers.  Third, I thought the fire light only would make a cool effect.  I did also some post editing work in Aperture.  I cropped, lightened, and sharpened the image.

Cheers!

Standard
Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Design, Photography

Cut and Paste for Adults

That would be a good subtitle for my Design class.  Or I guess it could just be called “Cut and Paste, Harder than it Looks”  So here is a recent assignment:

It is kind of a crummy picture of the assignment, but you get the idea.  Each block could have two lines. Each line had to be the same width throughout.  It turned out OK, using an exacto-knife is less “exact” than I would have hoped for though!

Cheers!

 

Standard