Archives for the month of: October, 2014

I discovered another cool special effects app. Globe photo takes a landscape profile shot and turns it into a circle, compressing and bending portions of the photo and stretching and bending others.

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The one above is my favorite. I took several shots at my favorite photo site, the local cemetery.

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This one seamed together very well. You almost can’t tell where the seam is.

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This one would have looked better if I had tried to make the depths of the wall the same so they would have lined up evenly.

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This picture is of a field with buildings on the horizon, making it look like a grass ball with tiny buildings on the surface.
Fun app. I can’t wait to try it on something other than landscapes. It is available free on Google Play.
Have fun:)

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One of the things Kentucky is known for is stone fences. They line the pastures of Central Kentucky farms and come in several different styles.

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This stone fence along Hwy 25 between Georgetown and Lexington did not have a marker telling about its craftsmanship, but many do.

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I plan to begin photographing all the different types in the coming year. Hopefully, they will have markers. They are all very unique according to the craftsman.
More later.

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Fall is a great time to use high dynamic range photography.

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I’ve come up with a new way to do double exposures, using my HDR software, Photomatix. I took two different shots, one of the towers and one of trees and imported them into Photomatix. They blended together great. I then applied the usual HDR effects to the merged image.
I may plan shots for this purpose in the future.

One of the blogs I follow is Rock the Shot, a forum for photographers. Today’s post featured pet photographer, Angie Ochoa. You can check out her work here.
I have done quite a lot of animal portraiture myself. I actually like working with animals better than humans. They are usually more cooperative and they don’t complain (sometimes their owners do, however), and they look great without extra primping. Below are some animal shots I took recently.

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This is my free range rabbit Tallulah. She is very independent but agreed to pose for a couple of shots.

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My cat, Obi, posed on one of the backdrops set up on my farm for human portraits.

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I found this tree frog on one of my shrubs and he graciously allowed me to take some photos. Check out some of other animal portraits on my web site, www.lisahurstphotography.com.
Keep looking for subjects 🙂

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In downtown Lexington, there are some beautiful murals on the sides of buildings. The one above is one of the newest. They are a great way to dress up a mundane parking lot.

The artwork below is not seen on quite as large a scale, but it still makes a statement. It is located in the yard of St. Edward school in Cynthiana, and is made of plastic lids. Not only is it beautiful, but socially responsible, too.

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In Kentucky, not only do trees change color, but tobacco as well. Farmers know when tobacco turns yellow, it is time for it to be cut. Afterwords, it is skewered on sticks and taken to a barn to hang and dry. It makes for a nice colorful picture while in the field.

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I have a new app on my smartphone. Instafusion let’s me separate a color photo into four color plates and move the image slightly for a pseudo 3D effect.

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It also let’s you take two shots and combine them into a double exposure.

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There are several options you can use to blend the images.

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The app is free for Android from Google Play. Enjoy:)

 

One of the most important elements of photo composition is leading lines.

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If your photo has good leading lines, the viewer’s eye automatically knows where the subject of the photo is located.

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Sometimes there can be more than one leading line, as in the photo above. The lines of the playground dome lead the eye to the action in the background of the photo.

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A leading doesn’t have to be a line, per se. The ground line in this photo draws the eye to the subject, the barn square.

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This photo sends the eye on a journey to get to the subject. After you follow the lamp post down and meet the horizon line, you move to the subject, the lion. I like the way the leading lines make a capital L, the first letter in lion. I would like to say I planned it that way.
Keep looking for good composition. 🙂

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