Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
"Tracking" or sometimes called "Panning" is a photographic technique where you follow a moving subject with a slower shutter speed, so that the subject stays in focus while the background is blurred. It creates a sense of speed and motion. Like a sharply focused car with the road just a blur, or a cheetah in mid-sprint.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
First I want to thank every one who has followed and commented on this blog. It really means a lot to me and it helps me know more about what people may find interesting or lacking. I so much appreciate all your critique. I hope my photos let you think, and maybe stir up some emotion.
From when I was an early teenager, I always was curious about hitch hikers, prostitutes, seedy motels, schizophrenic's, etc...
I will slowly ramp up the creepiness as you work your way through the following pictures. I hope you enjoy what I've done with these images, I've tediously added various amounts of grain, vignetting, monochrome, and contrast or lack of.
Let's start off with something safe...
I still have a hard time figuring out if this photo is actually poignant or not. I took it in an area where I know there are a lot of homes that house druggies and mentally ill. I'm pretty sure these people are not all with it, and the look of the guy staring at me gives me a safe, but strange feeling.
This shot of a run down motel makes me sad. You may have to click on it to view it full size, but you'll notice little kids stuff that i've left in color, as well as the bed. Subjecting children to a life of growing up in these places makes me very angry, but even more saddened.
Something is wrong with a person to do this. If you can't click on the picture and view it larger, there is a cardboard sign on the truck scribbled "BEAGLE PUPS FOR SALE." I saw this guy in the parking lot of a wal-mart and had to take the picture. Notice the disgusting look he has on his face, and the open caged door to what seems to be where the Beagle puppies are kept, cleverly disguised as a tool box. This made me revoltingly sick to see, and I called the police right away.
This man above constantly was spinning around in circles, amazingly not seeming to get dizzy. In any good sized city, I think it's common to see mentally ill people walking around aimlessly. As a serious matter, this isn't really funny although you will often see me poking fun on my other blog. I can pass it off as humor but in reality, there are some unstable people always lurking around.
I like this picture. Not because I like junkie hookers, but I just liked this shot the best out of maybe ten I took. I like how the car is speeding by, paying no attention to this stumbling veteran prostitute working her way down the street. There are a lot of more things going on in this image, but ill let you form your own opinions as usual.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I decided on this post I would share some of the photoshop methods I use to get the results. I use photoshop CS2.
This has very little post processing into it. It was very foggy and I knew that it was just about the exact look I wanted. The only thing I added was a curves adjustment layer, and in RGB channel just made a point in the center of the line and pulled it to the left to enhance the midtones a bit. I normally want contrasty images but this I needed to preserve its washy appearance.
I tone mapped it using DPHDR, then brought it into photoshop and masked various parts of the trees into separate layers, giving each layer a different S curve on the RGB channel. I always use Neat Image noise reduction on my HDR skies, mostly luminance reduction.
I originally shot 5 different exposures on this, planning for an HDR composite. I really wanted to give the basin area a darker look than the sky, so I instead went with only using the -2 EV shot, and brought out the highlights using a duplicate layer shadow/highlight command at 100%. The colors were still pretty vivid, so I had to mute them changing the curve in the Green channel. The sky is so vivid mainly due to a polarising filter.
Using channel mixer, I set to monochrome and pushed the reds up highest, greens negative and blues slightly postive, making sure to retain a 100% mix so as not to oversaturate anything. Then a quick adjustment layer in curves with a slight S curve. (quick tip, drag the mouse over the areas you want accentuated, and see where the range is on the curve. Then steepen only that section of the curve. If you need more drastic change within a certain area, I always mask off the section and apply curves directly to it alone.
This one was really time consuming. A lot of curves work and masks. every color you see here was masked off and worked on with curves. I added an overall light green color cast but kept good contrast range within the tree shadows and the leaves.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
There is a farm in northern new york that for $7 you can go in and see what is going on. I saw this sheep above and he was struggling to get up, making very upsetting, straining sounds, so I told a farm person about it and she said that they can't get up themselves. So I kept an eye out and right when I left I see the farm people loading it onto a little trailer and take it away. I asked the farm person again later and she said that the sheep was old and probably was nearing "that time".
I'm not a fan of farm animals much, but I love animals in general and It really upset me that the poor sheep was left there for people to gaze at (mostly children), with half his coat shaved off and making awfully sad sounds trying to get up.
I just though this goat looked really sad. I would be too though if I was stuck on a farm waiting to be killed or whatever they do with them.
I'm not sure I should have reduced the sky to pitch black, I might have liked it to be more gray, but I thought I would share this one anyways, I really liked the way the house sat behind the trees. I took this on cayuga lake (one of the finger lakes in new york).
The above two are the same image, the last one is just a close up of the tree. I kinda liked how this one turned out, the lighting was just right to get the leaves to show very green (which is ideal for infrared).
I hope you liked the pics, let me know if you enjoyed them too.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
If you didn't catch the earlier post, I told you I was experimenting with infrared photography. I'm getting better at it. Infrared looks similar to normal black and white except the greens and reds turn white, while the whites and blues turn dark. It gives a pretty surreal image, but most of the difficulty is finding the right lighting conditions and composure.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Today I made a trip to the Train station in my hometown of Utica NY.
The station was built with the Italianate style. Inside is a restaurant and a barber shop, one of the few barber shops in a train station today. The 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) waiting room's 47-foot (14 m) high vaulted ceiling is supported by 34 marble columns. The station's blueprints called for the importing of columns that originally adorned Grand Central Station in New York City. Eight large benches are heated with steam pipes and vents. -From Wikipidia.
Here is the inside of Utica's incredible train station. These marble columns are one piece, and the ceiling goes almost 50 feet high! Everything is just covered in marble, it is absolutely incredible. It's cool too when you see the old time barbershop that still runs, although it was too dark to photo clearly. The picture above I converted to black and white, but I tried introducing a little bit of color back in and it gave it such a nice white appearance, I decided to leave it.
This is an HDR shot (above). I kept the nice gold colorcast because even though it all is actually white, It does look gold when you are in there from the lights.
This is an HDR I actually took through the windshield, I was surprised I was able to get it clear enough even though it had just rained. Le Barons always make me laugh, and it even more when it's raining and some idiot is driving in a convertible.
I took this picture of some kind of owl that a handler had at the zoo. I caught him at the right moment giving me a hilarious stare. I took a lot of time getting the colors to pop and maximizing the contrast. Some of his body is less sharp then I wanted, but I think it came out o.k. I love owls they are my favortie bird!
This little red panda was pretty funny and it took me a long time to actually get him to look at me. His head may seem really bright, but that's actually how it was.
I'm not a big fan of taking pictures of flowers, but I couldn't resist this patch of them because they were so bright. Of course not as bright as I corrected them here, but I thought it came out pretty cool. Don't ask me what kind they are, I have no clue!