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This photo was taken at the Driggs Fourth of July Celebration. There was an airshow at the time and as the jets flew overhead, I snapped a shot of them. Actually, I snapped a lot of shots, experimenting with shutter speed to get a good exposure.

I then took my favorite photo into Camera Raw and played around with the basic settings. I really increased the saturation of the sky, which increased the sats of the planes too much, so I made a duplicate of the photo without the edits and masked out the oversaturated planes so I had normal looking planes on a saturated sky.

Photobook


This is a photo gallery of a photobook that I compiled from the photography I’ve been producing this semester. Check it out!

Milo

Cat Close-up
Milo, f/5.6, 1/160,  May/5/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID
This picture had some great bokeh when I took it. I turned it black and white using camera raw and did some basic edits like contrast, brightness, etc. In photoshop I lightened his eyes a little so they weren’t straight black and also cleaned up his nose and eyes, which were really goopy. I sharpened his nose a little more using photoshop and added a levels and contrast adjustment layer, just to make sure I was utilizing the whitest whites and blackest blacks, while making sure that no highlights were blown.
When I was going over my pictures I originally gave this one a three stars and then skipped over it. Later on, I went over my pictures again and realized that I really liked this one. I was especially drawn to the fact that his whiskers went in and out of focus in the picture. Other than that, I like the composition and the range of value. It perfectly captures a moment, because the picture captures Milo as he is enjoying the bliss of being rubbed and it captures the craziness of his long hair.

Fine Art

blossoms

f/5.6, 1/1250, May/22/11, Nikon D5000, Farmington, UT

peacock

f/18, 1/60, May/22/11, Nikon D5000, Farmington, UT

These were both photos that I had taken during a recent trip to Lagoon. I had used the peacock for the border assignment and decided that it might be really cool if I used it in a clipping mask for the fine art template. The top was just a picture of some blossoms. I created the template in Photoshop using clipping masks.

1. Blurred Lights f/36, 10, June/12/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

Two cars drove through this scene, which account for the white line across the picture.

2. Light Sketching f/10, 20, June/12/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

This was a light sketching against a wall. Most of the flashlight was just along the wall, but you can see a line that cuts through the air on the upper left corner.
3. Camera Motion f/4.0, 7, June/13/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

This is a blurred photo of my iPod while I moved the camera around.

4. Light Painting f/4.0, 30, June/12/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

In this photo I ran up to the front two trees with a flashlight and lit the trunks and the leaves.

f/3.5, 30, June/12/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

Scanography

These were both scanned with my flatbed scanner. The first is obviously the coolest villain ever–Darth Vader. The star background was made in Photoshop. The second was a collage that I made of three separate scans which I lined up in Photoshop. This is a night scene which I made with plants–grass, flowers, and leaves. There were a few adjustments made Photoshop, but it’s mostly made with natural materials.

Sky

f/22, 1/400, May/15/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

Nephew

f/5.6, 1/250, May/14/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

Peacock

f/18, 1/60, May/22/11, Nikon D5000, Farmington, UT

Blossoms

f/5.6, 1/1250, May/23/11, Nikon D5000, Farmington, UT

The first photo was the result of following the challenge tutorial. The second was a photo that I took of my nephew riding the slide. I made the frame using a mask and several different cloud brushes. The third was of a peacock that I saw at Lagoon, the border was made using a mask and watercolor brushes. The third was used with a mask and a rectangular stroke and also creating a brush that put down random spots that were filled with a gradient.

Bannack

HDR f/5.6, 1/200, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack,

This HDR photo was made in Photoshop. I tried it in Photomatix, but I was actually happier with my end result from Photoshop. It took a little extra editing, but it was fun. I just put a levels adjustment on the finished HDR so that the blacks and whites were richer and then I overlayed the original at a low opacity just to bring a little saturation out.  Also, I couldn’t figure out how to make my camera’s Exposure Bracketing adjust the exposure comp instead of the shutter speed, which is why it adjusted the shutter speed. Anyways, I’m really happy with the final result of the picture.

HDR f/5.6, 1/200, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack

HDR f/5.6, 1/50, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack

HDR f/5.6, 1/13, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack

f/4.5, 1/400, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT Single HDR Photo

Reverse Shallow Depth of Field f/4.0, 1/20, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Reverse Shallow Depth of Field f/4.0, 1/20, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Sepia f/5.6, 1/5,  May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Sepia f/5.6, 1/5, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Macro w/ Texture f/4.0, 1/5,  May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Macro w/ Texture f/4.0, 1/5, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Freeze Motion f/4.0, 1/250, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Portrait f/5.6, 1/250, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Portrait f/5.6, 1/60, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/5.6, 1/1250, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/25, 1/320, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/5.0, 1/100, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/5.0, 1/30,  May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/5.0, 1/30, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, M

f/5.6, 1/50, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/4.5, 1/40, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

f/4.5, 1/2000, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Black and White f/5.6, 1/40, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

Ghost f/29, 2.5, May/25/11, Nikon D5000, Bannack, MT

I really enjoyed my time in Bannack. It wasn’t until I got home and really had some time to work with the photos that I began to feel that I had taken some good ones. I really enjoyed working with the single photo HDR Toning in Photoshop on photos that were underdeveloped. It really helped to bring out a lot of detail in a vivid way that I had a difficult time achieving in Camera Raw, which is why a few of these photos have balanced value even though the f stop and shutter speed alone would indicate that it would be underexposed.

Camera Raw or Cameraw

BeforeAfter

f/5.6, 1/200,  May/14/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

This photo was taken of my four-year old nephew from the deck of my parent’s house into our backyard where he was playing. My workflow in camera raw is pretty similar on most pictures that I edit. I start out with white balance and then work my way down the other basic commands in camera raw. Then I’ll sharpen and mask. Then I’ll adjust the saturation of any specific colors that might need it. Next I’ll usually add a very slight vignette, just enough to make the focal point of the picture pop.

Before

After

f/5.6, 1/400,  May/14/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

This is a picture of my nephew at the park, playing with the rocks. My editing process with this photo was nearly identical to the first one.

Before

After

f/5.3, 1/320,  May/14/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

Yet another park photo. My workflow was also similar with this photo, but in this case I also used the adjustment brush to darken the trees and lighten my nephew’s face. I feel like that really makes him pop against the background and lends some energy to the picture.

Before

After

f/5.6, 1/400,  May/14/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

This photo was also taken at the park of a bracelet that someone left on one of the table. I really liked it because of the gradual depth of field that came into play. This one also makes more use of the saturation functions than my other photos because I really wanted the colors to pop, but the yellow quickly became oversaturated so I was able to adjust it using the saturation color sliders.

Panorama

f/5, 1/60,  May/15/11, Nikon D5000, Rexburg, ID

This panorama was made up of 16 photographs that were stitched together from Adobe Bridge into Photoshop. This file has been optimized for web use, but the real photo is almost 18,000 pixels wide. My four-year-old nephew Joel helped me set up the dominoes, which, amazingly, were never accidentally knocked over, although he did take great pleasure in toppling them after the photo was taken. 🙂 After Photoshop merged the photos together, I filled in any gaps in the collage using the new content-aware filling and tried to fix some of the overblown highlights.