Posts tagged “Fine Art Photography

Yellow in Black and White (Three Photographs)

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From my perspective, these photographs depend highly on their backgrounds and the careful toning down of highlights to get the best detail possible in the flower itself. They are the kind of black and white images that I have grown to enjoy making as they require some thought and time to get right in post processing.


Relaxed (Two Photographs)

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The chairs add to this relaxing scene. The photography adds context, texture, and lighting. Eventually I will have enough photographs in this theme for another series of photographs and set of prints.


Back-lit Bird

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Back-lit subjects can be a problem. Normally I try to avoid the halo of light around the subject but sometimes it enhances the photo. Opening up the shadows, applying contrast is a technique I use often. In this case I was working to make sure the texture of the water stood out.


That Political Look (Two Photographs)

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There is a restaurant with two statues on the roof that I believe are meant to represent the Blues Brothers. I was walking by and it looked like an East German politician giving a speech. After many masks, Luminar’s A.I, Sky Enhancer, Photolemur and a bunch of other tricks in my software package I got the mood I was after.

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Grasping (Two Photographs)

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There is significant talk in photography about pre-visualization. Obviously it is key when you’re working in a studio, slightly more difficult to explain in nature. It’s a mixture of that “gotcha moment” when you have that one shot you want and seeing in your mind how the photograph will look after processing. The latter has always been my objective. I took this photograph some time ago, and yet seeing it again a few months later I could recall just what I was after (see the title).


Great Blue Heron (Two Photographs)

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My lens followed this bird as it walked up onto this tree trunk. Every shot I took (over 30) had some issue, usually a branch that obscured a part of the bird. Even this shot required an application of de-hazing to get just that little bit better. At this stage the bird was shaking the fish quite violently and fortunately my shutter speed was high enough to stop motion. It’s challenges like these that make nature photography fun, something your audience probably won’t see in the final product. I tried this shot in black and white (see below) not quite the same impact.


Errors (Three Photographs)

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I am calling these photographs errors, let’s just say happy errors. In the first I wanted to accentuate the distortions in the windows, as well as show the mural. I never noticed the light leak in the left top corner. Lens hoods are supposed to fix that. But I like it (by the way some software allows you to make your own light leak, but I have never tried that.) It’s as good a photo in black and white as in colour. The second shot was going to be just an abstract, but as I processed it, it became clear that someone had thrown paint at a mural of a moose. It’s amazing what the camera sees.