A study/test of how a single image can be worked to create different moods, or maybe a better way to describe it is better reflect what I, as the photographer, felt as I was in the field, taking the picture. The picture is from the Lake District just south of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Fall season was on the way out…some color still existed in places. It was a gray and a little overcast in the later afternoon, creating a fairly flat canvas but there was a nice soft warm light.
Overall it’s not a bad photo. The soft light allowed me to capture detail in both the shadowy tree line, as well as the brighter sky/clouds. But the image is pretty flat and the colors are somewhat muted. Definitely not the vibrant scene I remember. A lot of times this happens with treelines/forests as the details of the leaves tend to get a little muddied, and for anyone who shoots in RAW, the images are inherently soft and need some basic sharpening.
Now, this image definitely captures more of the scene as I remember it. Nothing overly extravagant done to the image. I did some basic adjustments in Lightroom and then took the image over to OnOne’s Perfect Effect’s tool. Using Dynamic contrast really gave the image a nice sharpness and pop and helped separate the colors and tones, especially in the trees and the sky. A gradient filter to darken the sky a little (with some masking) helped bring out more of the cloud details, and then a warming filter (something folks used to put on the camera, but it’s a lot easier to do after the fact if you ask me) to highlight some of the fall color. There’s also better separation and detail in the forest covered mountains. A soft vignette helps focus the image on the trees in the middle of the scene. A few minutes worth of adjustment and a picture that I might not consider printing and putting on the wall (I’d probably try and adjust the gradient mask a little better to reduce some halo effect between the sky and mountains), but a much better example of the scene.
This third image is not something I do on a regular basis. Utilizing the RAW image, with some minor dynamic contrast adjustment I then composted the image and blended in some textured backgrounds utilizing the OnOne Perfect Suite. I then made some adjustments to the sky (darken) and foreground/trees (lighten and added a small glow effect). A stronger vignette/border was added to try and fit in with the textured scene. The overall scene is a little warmer, and might be considered a little “richer”…and it has more of a historic/vintage feel. I’m not sure how I feel about using textures and composting on a regular basis. I’ve seen it used to great effect, though I’m not sure my mind works that way, but it will be fun to play with for some images.
During a recent visit to Sonoma County we were able to find a few free hours to travel along the Russian River through wine country…not to visit the wineries but rather make a quick stop at Armstrong Redwoods State Park in Guerneville, CA. We only had 45 or so minutes to visit, but what a spectacular 45 minutes it was.
Friday, June 1st, I will be debuting new images from Chile & Patagonia at Unity Salon in Downtown Fullerton as part of the June Art Walk. Images displayed include a sunset profile of the hillsides of Valparaiso, a UNESCO world heritage city that lies along the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous photos from Torres del Paine National Park, in Chilean Patagonian, including shots from Lago Grey and Grey Glacier. The frozen lagoon in front of the actual Torres del Paine was captured after a heart thumping 1500 foot early morning race up a mountain side to catch the sunrise. Images from Puerto Natales will also be featured. the early morning fog creating an ghostly effect along the seaside town. Probably one of my favorite photos of the trip is from a windblown tree that sits along the highway from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. We spent many of miles looking for the perfect tree on the return trip…and I was completely frustrated in my attempt to capture the image stuck in my head…only to realize later I had captured the exact image burning in my mind on the trip out to Puerto Natales…maybe that’s why the image was stuck in my head?
Hopefully you can make it out, and if you can’t the gallery above should give you a slight taste of what will be displayed.
Some quick iphone snaps (via Hipstamatic) of the Trombone Shorty show last night at the world famous Key Club in Hollywood. I’m not sure how it’s world famous, seeing as I’ve never heard of it before, but I’ve been to worse venues.
The show itself was fantastic, 2 hours of non-stop energy, and Troy Andrews is an amazing talent who was equally adept at the Trombone, Trumpet, and vocalist.
After catching the show in LA, it’s quite obvious why the show was sold out in San Francisco and tickets were going for a couple hundred a pop.
A lone fishing boat waits anchored on the misty waters near Puerto Natales in Patagonia, Chile.
During one of our days in Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia we woke up early and drove/walked around the shoreline. A heavy fog shrouded most of the waters creating an amazing copper/bronze hue as the sun rose. We explored a large part of this area, fishing boats tied up in the waters with run down rowboats providing transports for the local fisherman created some interesting foregrounds. Another set of photos I’ll eventually get to show a bunch of older boats abandoned along the shore. All in all, a fatantastic walk along the shores on a beautiful morning.