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a little more mobile

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So, I got a new toy a week ago. Ever since this device came out I have made fun of them, over sized ipods. But to be honest, I knew from the beginning that this may be my holy grail. I have always wanted a truly mobile computer. Since the  mid 90’s I have bought a number of handheld computers. This is the first one that I really feel is what I want.

No, it is not a replacement for my laptop. I can’t run Photoshop on it, and I don’t want to. I am also not a fan of the app store. So much crap that should be free. I guess I have spent too much time with Linux.

So, wait. My big machine is Win 7, my netbook is Ubuntu and my tablet is iOS.


Okay, onto the picture. Just a crop and some adjustments in ACR.

I set the white balance off the keys on the keyboard, plus a few other adjustments.

Oh, and again with the original.


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October 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Posted in photoshop, Whatever

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).


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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

Posted in Example, photoshop

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

A walkthough with water and bird

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Ah, another walk though. I guess I am not much on creating tutorials, but a walk though is not only easy, but can give you ideas in processing that you might not have though of before.

This picture was created in Photoshop CS4 with the use of Nik’s ColorEfex, Dfine and Silver Efex plugins. The third party plugins are not absolutely required. Photoshop can do the work without them, but it is easier with them.

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June 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Don’t trash it, Edit!

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On my way up to the great Smoky Mountains I looked up as saw the Blount County Court House. It is old southern style and quite photogenic. But I was in the passenger seat of a car and to be honest, with the area around the court house can be a bit of a pain finding a good face for the building.

I took a shot anyway and it did make it onto my hard drive. There it sat for over a week. This is kind of the way I work. I take a number of shots. In camera I dispose of any real bad photos to save space. Before downloading to my hard drive, I preview and delete more. Mainly blurry and out of focus images.

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May 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Posted in photoshop, Walk through

Photoshop Actions

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I recently found out that a few people that I know who use Photoshop regularly, have never tapped into the power of Photoshop Actions. Actions are simple macros that you can record very easily, nothing to be afraid of. So here is a short video for you.

BTW, I have a cheap mic and an head cold form the nice spring allergies, so pardon my voice.

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April 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Posted in Basics, photoshop, Tutorials

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