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

Interacting with Art

How do you interact with art? Does it inspire your own work?  I was at Laumeier Sculpture Park and this sculpture caught my eye. It is called “The Palm at the End of the Parking Lot” by Robert Lobe.  It is metal wrapped around a dead walnut tree branch.  It is a big sculpture and I wasn’t really interested in photographing the whole sculpture because it was the detail of the metal contrasted with the wood that caught my attention.  Also, as it just so happened, the sun was shining brightly, but in a way that I could take a shot and the sculpture would be very dramatic against the sky.  This is my final image:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/250

I will show you an original exposure later in this post but this version is three exposures bracketed together and edited in Photomatix Pro.  I chose the “Painterly” setting, because it was that combination of colors that I liked best.  Kind of funny that this ended up being a sculpture, photographed, and edited using a painting filter.

What do you think? Do you ever photograph art and then edit it? Is that an acceptable thing to do in your opinion, or is it unethical to modify another artists work in that way?  Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.

This post was also inspired by the weekly travel theme at Where’s My Backpack? The topic this week is sky.

Here is one of my original shots:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/250

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Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

A drive through Iowa on a beautiful Saturday featured this sky, a natural masterpiece:

ISO 100 4mm 0ev f/8 1/160

ISO 100 4mm 0ev f/8 1/160

This photo is pretty straightforward.  It has not been edited.  However, I did specifically use my Canon Powershot Elph for this photo because it has a setting called “super vivid”.  So, it would be fair to say that I did my editing in-camera.

I drove through miles and miles of sky like this, not a bad way to spend the day.

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

Can you see this? no?

Perhaps that is because I don’t really have the equipment to take this kind of picture.  As a photographer I feel like there is always something else I “need” to take to get the picture I want.  The reality is though, as much as I like going and taking pictures of the night sky, I don’t do it all that often.  So, I don’t really “need” more than I already have. Below is a picture of Orion, really I promise that is what it is.  I took the picture and am posting it, it won’t blow anyone away, but I enjoyed taking it and I hope it makes you think about what is out there:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/10 4s

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/10 4s

Care to share about the photo you took anyway?  Leave a comment.

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

A Winning Image

I was excited to have this picture win an honorable mention in my camera club last week:

ISO 800 50mm -0.33 f/16 1/400

ISO 800 50mm -0.33 f/16 1/400

I gave the original photo information in the caption above but this is an HDR image that I created in Photomatix.  The day of the Forest Park Balloon Festival the sky was pretty bland all day.  It was a bit nicer right as the sun was setting.  Using Photomatix really helped make the sky more interesting.

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

Photomatix and Architecture

Last week I was working on a architecture project for my digital photography class.  Here is a photo that I edited in Photomatix:

ISO 250 50mm -2ev f/16 1/250

The original image was handheld.  I bracketed the exposure -2 -1 0 because it was really bright out.  The sky was OK, but bright, which is one of the reasons I put this in Photomatix and went with a more artsy look.  How do you handle skies that are not cooperating? any cool tips you want to share? Feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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