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Why you got to write on the walls?

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Assholes, A historic cabin in a national park and someone has to leave their mark

So, at least in the digital work we can easily clean things up

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September 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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What’s going on?

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Okay, I’ve been quiet here. Actually both here and on flickr. I’ve been working and oddly enough I have been busy on my weekends. The temps have been high and at the end of the day I have been worn out. But that is slowly changing. I am once again earning enough money that I have something to spend on my craft.

The first thing I’ve bought? A 1 TB external hard drive. That’s photography? You betcha. For the last year I have been spending too much time burning to dvd’s and deleting files on my main hard drive, freeing up space.

So, why a 1gig drive? The 2TB drives were only about $30.00 more. I serious thought about it, but 2 TB’s? That is over 3 years of RAW photos! That is too many to have in one place. 1 TB is really too much but it is hard to find new full size hard drives under 1 TB.

So, this time next year I’ll be putting this hard drive in the closet and buying a new one. If I ever start doing this professionally I’ll have two backups, one at home and one else where.

Believe it or not, a friend just called while I was writing this telling me her hard drive just crashed! She had not backed up anything and there is over a year of photos on it.  No backups.

So, other then work I did do a shoot for a now defunct band. Oh well, I did learn a few things. Here are some pics

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September 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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I hate power lines

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One of the things about photography is that there is little room for imperfections. What? Yeah, I said that. When you look at a person or a scene you selectively focus on the parts that please you (or upset you). We selectively focus all the time. I look at my mother and I don’t notice the hard winkles on either side of her mouth. The woman is 60, she has wrinkles but I selectively ignore them.

Same for a downtown sunset looking though a maze of power lines. Or the picture below, a blue Lambo on the road surrounded by everyday ho-hum cars and SUVs. Here is what I saw.

And here is what the camera saw

unedited SOOC

So, yeah. Even simple uninspired snap shots get a little editing. I don’t really care to show you what the camera sees, I just want to show you what was in my selective vision.

I made heavy use of Photoshop’s clone brush. The Content Aware Fill did help but it is not perfect. Be sure to feather your selections when using Content Aware Fill. The trees directly above the Lambo look like they have a bit of glare on them, this was shot though a dirty windshield. Maybe I should have done some burning there, or is that dodging ( I always forget which is which).

Chris

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August 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Progression of an image

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Some times is it not enough to get a good composition and exposure. This bird and tree posed a few problems that took a little more work then I expected.

The shot was at 200mm from about 30m away. At 100% crop things looked pretty good but when reduced to a thumbnail the leaves were too small and regular. The berries and the cardinal were visible but had no impact.

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July 24, 2010 at 11:57 pm

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Little Worlds

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There is a technique that turns a panoramic into a sphere, creating a little world, a little planet if you will. I know it is a fad but it is interesting. In some ways I like them better then a regular panoramic.

Why? Well, you can see the whole image at a glance. Any of my 360deg views are about 5 times wider then they are tall. Viewing one at full height means I am going to have to scroll sideways quite a bit. After all the years of scrolling up and down on websites, it is just plain weird to scroll horizontally.

So here are some samples, and a quick tutorial.

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July 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Mountain trip

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Krista on a Bridge

So I head up to the Smokes with my friend Krista yesterday. I took nearly 200 photos, I have whittled them down to 36 and really, in the end I think the number will be down to 5, maybe 7. Still, this one was the best of the day.

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June 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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Old Man, and a New Tutorial

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Old Man, Click for 1500x1140

So, Look to the right of the page and you’ll see Expose to the Right. A new tutorial using this picture. Well, not exactly this picture. I did modify it quite a bit. Go ahead, check out the tutorial.

Chris

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June 15, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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