Monday, August 24, 2009

Owl, Red Panda, Loser, Infrared and some flowers.

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!

I am trying to work with infrared style black and white. Infrared photography involves modifying a camera to pick up infrared light and filter out most visible light. This makes greens turn white, and blues to turn dark. It looks very surreal when done right, but I'm still new at it.


Soda and Candy August 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

The owl is my favorite out of these!!! I like owls too. My favorite is the Aussie barn owl, I like their roundy faces.

Mr. Condescending August 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

Oh cool s&c! I love barn owls too, even though that is an aussie one, it looks the same the ones we have, love it!

Thanks for liking my owl pic :)

Sreya August 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

The owl and the red panda are outstanding!

And as for the owl's stare, maybe it recognized you? :D

Cheers! :)

Sally-Sal August 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

You have such talent with the camera, Mr. C. And maybe I'll hit you up for making ex-lovers disappear from photos.

That would be magic...

Mr. Condescending August 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM  

@Sreya: hah good point about the stare!

Thanks :)

@Sal: thanks sal, I'd be more than happy to erase a past lover!

J.J. in L.A. August 24, 2009 at 12:52 PM  

I notice 'convertible boy' has grey hair...going through a mid-life (in his case late-life) crisis perhaps?

Love the owl and thought it was stuffed. lol! Also love the panda and the infrared b&w.

I might take you up on a bit of photo help sometime. How are you at lightening up pics?

Natalie August 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM  

I love the picture of the owl. I kind of want to hang it in my home office. It's superb.

Mr. Condescending August 24, 2009 at 1:39 PM  

@JJ: aw thanks, the owl is cool hehe. I would love to lighten up a pic for you, I can also lighten anything hidden in shadows.

@Natalie: hah if I have the owl printed a good size ill send one to ya.

Natalie August 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

I would love that! The owl has those "you should be working and not goofing off" eyes. Also it would freak people out who come to stay and have to sleep in there. Make them feel like they are being watched.

Jaime August 24, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

the black and white is great.

Tennyson ee Hemingway August 24, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

Love the infra red, black and white photo Mr.C. Can't wait to see what you can do with this with some more practice.

Mr. Condescending August 24, 2009 at 7:02 PM  

@Natalie: ok just be patient hah.

@Jaime: aw thanks, I really want to work on the infrared stuff more. Glad you liked it :)

@tennyson: thanks man, I'm glad you liked it, mixing it with color works really well too but I have a little ways to go until I get that far.

Mega8815 August 25, 2009 at 3:59 AM  

The owl is the best. SO eye-catching! You have real talent. And I love how you play around with my imagination.

Amandasaurus August 31, 2009 at 11:09 AM  

Hahaha the look on that owl's face! Please make that your profile picture.

Infrared can create a great, ominous look (sort of like your HDR technique, but not so much detailed as just dark). I'm excited to see where you go with it!

Mr. Condescending August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

@Mega: hah thanks, I liked the owl too, plus I like playing with imaginations :)

@Amandasaurus: thanks, hah the owl for the picture isn't a bad idea. I do want to really step up the infrared stuff, I'm running out of time too being that fall and winter are coming up which get rid of the green :(

LegalMist September 2, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

I was driving around town recently and saw a car with a license plate that said "Loser" - really!

Turns out the person who owns the Loser car works with my husband (!) and pronounces the name "Lojher" or "Lozhier" ... how *do* you spell that soft "j" or "g" / rough "z" or "s" sound in the middle of a word? Like in vision?... Lozier didn't seem to capture it -- seemed like that z would be pronounced as in "zoo" and that isn't it...

bear with me here...

Ok I looked it up and phonetically spelling it requires some weird greek symbol. I give up. I guess that's why she didn't change the spelling of her last name... Still, I'm thinking I wouldn't put it on my license plate!!

Now that I've written a blog-length comment, I think I'll post it over at my place, too, with a link to your photo. :)

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