Autumn Scene With Boring Commentary

Fun with Photoshop (or why using RAW images is awesome).

The first shot is the .NEF file; that’s Nikon’s RAW image format. It’s basically the digital analogue to the film we had to wrangle with as young’uns back when everything wasn’t better because it never gets better. I mean technology improves, hence the modern DSLR cameras, but I’ll just stop there.

The second shot is touched up pretty much with the Camera RAW program. I can’t remember if I ran another filter from through it but I’m pretty sure I didn’t. That’s how powerful the RAW filters are; it probably took five minutes playing around with global (whole picture) edits to get it that way.

Following up on the third, I used the fog filter I”m obsessed with and enjoying far too much. Then for the fourth shot, I went back to the original, faded the colors in Camera RAW, and put the same fog filter over it. For the final shot I just made it black and white and did some global edits through the contrast, brightness, and structure tools.

Anyway I played with this photo way too much today and had like five versions of it by the time I was finished and just wanted the world to know that Photoshop has officially eaten my soul. I kinda wanted anyone bored enough to be reading to note how useful and powerful that program is. Please, buy your kids Photoshop that we may all be chained together forever while Adobe slowly feasts on our innate life force, chi, or whatever it is that’s keeping you animated and reading this thing.

So many pretty pictures, so little time…

[edit: someone remind me to not write when I’m exhausted. Fixed a few sentences up.]

Autumn Scene With Boring Commentary

Creek Shot (Poor Farm Park, this morning)

I haven’t taken the camera out since May or something- and I’m not totally sure why. Been a total artistic lull on all fronts, but this morning I got out, tried out the shoulder strap I bought and never made use of, and got some photos. Here’s one of them.

Sorry, I’ll try to put stuff up regularly again and go over everyone else’s work, etc. Let’s hope the creative block is over.


Resuming Posting

Okay, so I will resume taking photographs sometime this week (and posting the results, here).

I basically have mood swings and quit for a few months at a time…then I resume working. Such is life.

The main webpage is down until further notice; I’ve got to learn to program so I can put something better there.

Sorry about the hiatus.

Resuming Posting

Monochrome Experiments

We’re doing something a little different this time…

Basically it’s raining til the far side of eternity for my purposes (okay, through next Tuesday, whatever), and so I can’t really go out and risk the camera in that mess (much as I’d like to, as rain lends to interesting visual changes in the environment). So I’m going to be experimenting with making black and white photos from my archive til that’s over and I can actually go out with the camera.

These aren’t my best shots- a few of them are actually throwaway ones in my opinion, at least in color. The sunrise was turned to black and white because I felt like being really weird, the nature ones don’t really work that well, and most of the rest are architecture. The skyline’s an HDR toning experiment. But I’m trying to figure out black and white/monochrome photography, so I’ll be playing with this stuff through Tuesday, and you can expect more until I can actually take the camera somewhere without turning the thing into a very expensive paperweight. Usually when I experiment I use photos I’ve overlooked and not bothered messing with otherwise; sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re bad, sometimes somewhere in between.

Speaking of black and white photos, I did get a ton of good cemetery shots recently at Hollywood Cemetery but need to get permission before I can go plastering them across the internet (It’s a publicly open space that’s private property). If I manage to work something out with the folks there I’ll have a cemetery gallery or two open on the main page and probably post them here as well. That’s gonna be a while, however, because I’d pretty much have to have the work completed and present it to them somehow if they have time for that.

Anyway, you can expect to be bombarded with stuff that’s not my usual and in black and white for a few days. Have fun with it.