Picfair version here.
Picfair version here.
There were a few things I had in mind when I sat down yesterday to work on an editing project in Luminar. The first was that it was Halloween, so I had to pick an appropriate file to work on:
The second was that it was Halloween (sounds a bit like the first thing) but that meant picking an appropriate filter:
Luminar had released some free Halloween presets, so I used “Darklord” for this photo. But what I really wanted to work on was creating a watermark that I could use in Luminar. Up until now I have been exporting my files to this blog from Lightroom and applying the watermark at that point. Luminar is promising to release a library feature soon and I am hoping that will mean I can ditch Lightroom, but I do like to have a watermark. I e-mailed Luminar and they sent me a link to a page that contains directions for making a watermark; scroll down on that page, the directions are there I promise. The results are on the second photo, the first photo has my Lightroom watermark on it.
It was a fun little project that didn’t take too long to complete. I’m thinking it’s fine as a starting point, but I may go back and tweak it a bit. What do you think of it? I’m open to suggestions in the comments below. How do you like the Halloween look to the edit of the photo? How was your Halloween? Feel free to comment below.
Added to Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge, Just for Fun.
I enjoy walking through cemeteries, and this one had several graves with metal fences:
The biggest challenge of shooting on this particular day was the light. It was what sometimes is referred to as “harsh”. Where the sun was making it through the trees, it was strong and bright. But even on a day like this, there were areas that were dark. For this particular shot, I waited for a sunbeam and shot into the sun. Against the photography “rules”? sure, but it lit up the spiderweb and I thought that was an important element in this photo. I created two versions from the original file, the color above and the black and white below.
When it came to editing, I made the color image smoother, highlighting the warm tones of the sunny image. The black and white I created a more stark version, contrasting the light in the image with its darker subject matter.
This is the original file, taken at Cimetière des Quatre-Nations in Caen, France:
You can see that the other choice I made here was to crop the image. Another version of this image went in my Instagram feed so it has a square crop.
I chose to put the black and white version in my Picfair portfolio. These various versions are different from one another, but do you have a favorite? Feel free to leave a comment below.
I move a lot. On the order of every three to five years for my entire adult life. Something I’m frequently asked when moving comes up in conversation is, where is/was your favorite place to live? I’ll get this vague look on my face as I give a vague answer:
My favorite? the truth is, there isn’t one. I’ve liked something about them all and disliked something about them all.
My favorite is expressed in that photo above. It’s being in a place and coming across the unexpected, like this grave marker. In a graveyard of standard stones, it was both elaborate and unkempt. Here is the original file:
Even when I shot it, I suspected that it might have real potential as a black and white image. I have cropped it using the straighten feature in Photoshop. Then in Lightroom, I converted it to black and white with a green filter. I also sharpened it a bit.
What do you think of the black and white version? I like it, but honestly may go back and try a color version as well. In particular I’m intrigued by the various tones of green in the photo. I love visiting graveyards, do you as well or do you stay away? Your comments are welcome below.
A while back I blogged about this photo:
Based on what I could find online, a few things like his name and date of birth didn’t seem to add up when you looked at this grave marker. So I went back to the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. The staff member who helped me was a bit surprised that I wasn’t researching a relative,but was more than happy to give me a hand in my research. It ended up being pretty simple. The Carlisle H. Reville whose grave I photographed, was Carlisle H. Reville Jr. My search had been further complicated by the fact that the 1930 Census record was handwritten, and the later data entry spelled his first name wrong.
So, on the data entry portion of this page, he is listed as “Caulislo”, easy to see why.
In the course of my research I found out that Reville Sr. had served in WWI. I also found out that Reville Jr. had first been buried at another cemetery but was moved here when this cemetery was established. What I can’t find is a decent lead on the family, other than they were living in Pennsylvania in the 1930’s and 1940’s. If you happen to know this family, I am more than happy to have them contact me if they would like a digital copy of the photo I have taken of their relative’s grave.
Since I was back at the cemetery, you know that I took some more pictures. Here is one from that day:
I’ve edited this in Lightroom and using a black and white plug-in. I’ll post the original below, but one of the first things I did while it was still a color version was to bring out detail in the shadows and increase the saturation in the blues and the greens. It looks horrible in that state, but once it is converted to black and white it looks good again. Here is the original file:
The subject is well suited to black and white I think. I’ve included it in my portfolio at Picfair. Somehow the color version just seems to vivid for the subject matter. What do you think? Feel free to comment on my new photo or on the follow up from my older post.
I enjoy walking through graveyards, but that was not what I was doing this past week when I saw this grave marker:
I was walking through a garden at the time, and this grave marker just happened to be in it. I was happy to have my longer lens with me so as not to be tempted to trample in the garden even in its off season. I bracketed this photo and later created the HDR version that you see above. I also used several filters in Photoshop that, while I think still look realistic, dramatically changed the photo. Here is the original:
You will see that I cropped the photo as well, mostly to remove the plant label, but also to get rid of some of the sky which I felt wasn’t particularly helping this photo. I had never been to this garden, but as I was walking though I thought that it was a place I would like to come back another time. I love visiting gardens as they go through their yearly cycle of blooming and dying. I feel the same way about graveyards, which tend to be gardens in their own right. It might seem dark and creepy to some but to me it is the opposite.
How about you, do you have a favorite place to visit in all the seasons? What do you think of my edits? Feel free to leave a comment below.