Archives for the month of: July, 2015
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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

One day, before a thunderstorm, my husband and I were taking a ride and noted that the sky was, at that moment, my favorite color sky. In an unimaginative tone, he said, “Gray?”.

Most definitely not gray. I see something much more beautiful and multi-dimensional than gray.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1250 sec.

I love the contrast between the sky and the green grass. I love the color combination so much, it has become the inspiration for our upcoming kitchen remodel color scheme.

 

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec.

I also love the way this color and its various shades translate into HDR.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/405 sec.

The other day, my son found this guy behind the garage door. Always welcome. . .except in the tomato patch.

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Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/1010 sec.

This HDR expresses how I feel about those who take time to read my blog 🙂

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Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/202 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 400, 1/50 sec.

Lastly, a couple of HDR shots of nature’s gifts.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.

Originally posted on my gardening blog. Photography readers might find this interesting as well.

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If you are looking for a great statement piece for an indoor or outdoor space, try this thrifty DIY. I started with an engineer print of one of my photographs. I uploaded the photo to Photojojo, and a week later, I received this large black and white version of my picture printed on plain paper. I mounted the image onto a 3’X3′ piece of plywood by applying a thick coat of Mod Podge to the board, pasting the image to the surface and then applying several more coats of Mod Podge on top. The image puckered slightly, which is normal. However, puckering can be minimized by taking your time and applying thin coats. Once it was completely dry, I trimmed off the excess paper and sanded the edges of the plywood with coarse sandpaper. I painted the edge of mine with black paint to make it look…

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.

In case you aren’t aware of this fact, cows eat hay in the winter when grass is dormant. Therefore, in the summer, the tall grass in the fields has to be cut, dried and rolled into hay rolls to be put up for use in the winter. I’ve always thought hay rolls were very photogenic.

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

This field is ready to be cut. The implement in the top left corner is the rake used to moved the hay into rows for the baling machine to pick up. Farmers this year have had a really hard time getting hay cut and collected in between rains. We have had a very wet summer in Kentucky.

 

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Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/400 sec.

I have been taking some more pictures with my new 50 mm F 1.8 lens.

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Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/125 sec.

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Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/500 sec.

I am very pleased with how the lens blurs the background and highlights the subjects. However, I started wondering as a was editing how some of these images would look run through my HDR processor.

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Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.

So… below is the same photo modified in Photomatix. Normally, you would take three images for HDR, but you can use only one and still get some pretty cool effects.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F 1.8, 1/250 sec.

Here is another. . .

 

IMG_8198_tonemappedHmmm. Next I will try the new lens with three bracketed shots for some true HDR images. I will report back on that later.

Keep shooting 🙂

IMG_8151Next stop on the horse country tour is Georgetown,  nestled right in the middle of Central Kentucky. This beautiful small town has a lot to offer photographers.

IMG_8147Downtown Georgetown recently got a drastic renovation with a lot of artsy attractions. Above is the Arts Center, decorated with regional favorite quilt squares.

IMG_8132The courthouse is new, but much of the downtown area still has original eighteenth-century architecture.

IMG_8134This little cabin is featured in a small creek-side park along with a couple of other original buildings from the Georgetown settlement.

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IMG_8136Old bikes have been made into three sculptures.

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IMG_8150For more information about Georgetown, click here.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/25, 1/60 sec.

What do you put on in the summer to cut glare and increase contrast in bright sun? Sunglasses, of course. Why not give your camera the same treatment this summer.

Shooting in the bright, full sun is a nightmare. Some areas are burned out, while others are shaded too much. A polarizing filter is the answer.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.

I shot this photo in the bright midday sun. Notice how the sky seems bleached and the building looks too dark.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/400 sec.

In this photo, shot moments later with a polarizing filter attached to my prime lens, the sky looks much more blue and the building has more detail. I used AV setting so that the camera would automatically compensate for less light by leaving the shutter open longer (1/400 sec. vs. 1/800 sec.). Polarizing filters usually come with a UV protecting filter for around $15. When the polarizing filter is not on your lens, you should have the UV on. It is comparable to sunscreen for your camera’s sensor.

IMG_1076Do you think this looks like an image from an Alfred Hitchcock movie? If so, me too. I discovered a couple of new I-pad apps that really include some cool filters. The image above originally looked like this:

IMG_1072Bright, sunny photo of a bridge. After adding a combination of effects from four new apps – ScratchCam, DistressedFX, Pixlromatic and BlurFX – I was able to achieve the macabre photo at the top. I especially love the birds overlay. Here is another:

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This one is not quite as eerie, but still cool:

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I didn’t take any of the photos with my I-pad. I imported them from my Dropbox. They were originally taken with my DSLR. I’m sorry to say, I didn’t write down the formulas for each of the pictures. Each one of them was done using more than one app. They were all fun to play around with. Only one of the apps, Pixlromatic, was free in the app store. DistressedFX was .99, Hipstamatic was 1.99 and BlurFX, .99.

Did you notice I used the birds in every one of the pictures. So cool 🙂

  Have you ever wondered how to pull colors from a photo if you don’t have Adobe Photoshop? Or maybe you just like those cool color swatch boards that compliment photos. My newest app does both.

Adobe Color, free from the App Store for IPad, let’s you import a photo from your camera roll or take a new photo and then gives you five choices on the photo to match colors. You can move each circle around for a different color. When finished, if you want the photo and swatch together you have to take a screen shot before you touch the check mark.

  
After you touch the check mark, the swatch goes into your library as a theme. From there you can select the information icon to find out the RGB makeup of the color.

  
The formula above is for the olive green on the swatch. With that color recipe, you can mix custom colors in any other program or app.

  
I plugged the RGB values into Adobe Creative Cloud color mixer and made the same olive green. Those RGB values can be used to make a color for type or graphic elements using any color mixer.

I plan to use the top picture, cropped slightly as wallpaper for my IPad. It can be printed out and framed…or whatever.

Have fun😊

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Canon Powershot SX 50, ISO 100, F/4, 1/2 sec.

I shot this from the passenger seat one night in downtown Lexington. Since the shutter stayed open for 1/2 second, and I was holding the camera and we were moving, the shot is slightly blurry. It looked okay, but I decided to apply the pallet knife filter in Photoshop and it brought out some more light flecks. It also makes the shot look more like a painting. The point I am trying to make is that even if you don’t have all the “proper” equipment with you, take the shot. You might really like what you get.

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