Saturday, October 25, 2008

My Fence

FenceKodak EasyShare LS743, 4.0MP, White Balance: Daylight, Flash Mode: Off, Hand held

Monday, October 20, 2008

for Tyler: Four Flies and a Bee

Pumpkin Farm - number one grandson picked this one out of thousands and requested a picture. Nikon D100, ISO 200, 60mm, f/9.5 at 1/320s.

Having a Bad Day?

Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, a giant lizard jumps out of your underwear drawer, hungry for a snack! At least you wife will stop razzing you about that bronze club you keep on the dresser, you know, just in case. Nikon D100, ISO 200, 50mm, f/11 @ 1/400s.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

First Photoshop CS4 Picture

Photoshop CS4 has some very nice new features applied to classic tools. For instance, the clone stamp now has a preview - you can see the effect before it is applied, making for faster, more accurate editing. This picture is Nikon D100, ISO 200, 105mm Micro, f/16 @ 1/90s. Color and exposure corrected in Lightroom 2, then some minor clean-up in Photoshop. I'm looking forward to getting to know CS4.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Buddha Bust #5 - St. Louis Art Museum

Bust of Buddha from the St. Louis Art Museum. Nikon D100, ISO 800, 50mm, f/2.0 @ 1/40s. This is my fifth version of the statue.

Infrared Test 2a - Water Lily - MoBot

Here is the final picture for Infrared Test 2 - Water Lily. First in Lightroom 2 I added a gradient, tilted slightly from the upper right. Next, some dodging, burning and spot clean-up in Photoshop CS2. Finally, back in Lightroom 2, applied the standard sepia preset and dialed down the default highlight levels. I think I'm finished...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Infrared Test 2 - Water Lily - MoBot

I got the Infrared filter out again today. Here is the "straight" shot, Nikon D100, ISO 200, 105mm Micro, f/16 @ 1/10s with circular polarizer.

Infrared RAW image, same camera and lens, f/16 @ 1/6s, but this time with a Cokin 007 filter (equivalent to a Kodak Wratten 89B). I like how it drops the water to a pure black and eliminates the leaf coloring. A straight B&W conversion from the color would not have these benefits.

The same file as above converted to albumin print tint in Lightroom 2. It still needs some Photoshop work to give the blossom a pure white to make it pop, but I like the overall design and 1890's feel. I'll post an update if I ever get around to finishing it :)

Pink Lotus Blossom - MoBot

Usually noon is not good landscape light, but I got lucky with surrounding trees acting like gobos. A MoBot worker cut the bloom two minutes after this was shot. Nikon D100, ISO 200, 105mm Micro, f/16 @ 1/60s, cirular polarizer.

Detritus #22 - Pond Drain, Tower Grove Park

I haven't had a new entry in the "Detritus" series since 2004, but this one raises the bar for complexity in accidental still life. I didn't touch a thing here. It reminds me of an art director with whom I worked for many years in my commercial days.

Nikon D100, ISO 200, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, on-camera flash, 8x10 crop in Lightroom 2.

Climatron Flower - MoBot

I came upon this beauty shining through in the dappled sunlight. Nikon D100, f/5.6 @ 1/500s, cropped for 8x10, otherwise straight from the camera.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Marble Torso - St. Louis Art Museum

Astounding workmanship by an unknown ancient.  Nikon D100, ISO 400, 50mm, f/2.8 @ 1/40s. Remind me to start doing crunches.