May 27, 2012
May 7, 2011
Just outside the Assagio’s at the Ala Moana Shopping in Honolulu is a 12 foot tall water sculpture. I took pics of it a few months back but didn’t think too highly of what I got. The picture bottom left was the best of the lot. Images like this are candidates for Lightroom presets. Presets range from a simple Black and White to a very funky looking infrared treatment. I’ve posted numerous images on the blog utilizing presets. Creating a preset is just a matter of changing the different settings in the Develop Module and then saving a group of settings you like. Then click on that preset and your image will instantly change to reflect those settings. If you like it, print it or export it to your photo sharing site, and whatever changes you make have no effect on the original image.
Here I am with an “EH” photo looking for inspiration in a preset and I stop at the Point Curve Presets. These are presets which manipulate the Tone Curve.
This one makes the curve look like an “M” as you can see here. Presets are not set in stone. You can play with it if the initial look isn’t what you wanted. Which is what I did here. Moving the Dark slider back and forth, I liked the different results but didn’t think the individual images were as interesting as the kaleidoscopic result I created from moving the slider back and forth! How to recreate that effect? An animated GIF file!!! The first step is to create a series of virtual images with incremental changes to the image. In this case, I moved the dark slider over ten points at a time starting from –100 ending at +100 resulting in 22 different virtual images. To create the GIF, I had Lightroom export the images into separate layers in Photoshop with the “Edit in” command.
In Photoshop I select all the layers then open the animation palette by choosing “Window” from the menu bar and selecting “Animation“. With the animation palette open, ( it’s a long strip at the bottom of the window) I needed to convert each layer to it’s own frame in the animation palette. With all the layers selected, I clicked the flyout menu in the upper right hand corner of the animation palette and choose “Make frames from layers”. The animation palette will be populated by frames of each image. Then I needed to choose how long each image will display in the GIF with the frame delay option. For this, I picked .05 sec. Finally, I saved it with “ Save for Web and Devices (.gif under this option)” in the File menu.
There is one caveat to this. Make sure you reduce the images to a manageable size!!! Assuming you’re working with images from a DSLR as I was, you can’t work with the original size in Photoshop. Especially since I had 22 versions of the image. Photoshop will choke and die when you save for the web. I could have used a smaller number of images but I liked the effect with 22. I exported the different versions as JPEG’s resizing on the long edge at 1024 and a quality setting of 25. Then I Imported those images back into Lightroom and used them to create the GIF in Photoshop.
From a plain Jane to a Kaleidoscope of Color! (click on the image to see it change)
January 9, 2011
You wouldn’t know from looking at this photo, but the morning was chilly in Hawaii Nei. Low 60’s BRRRRRRR!
January 5, 2011
October 28, 2010
August 1, 2010
December 30, 2009
Over the past four years I’ve taken tens of thousands of pictures. The vast majority are action photos, such as, baseball, surfing, volleyball, hang gliding and paragliding. While I’ve got a decent camera and lenses, they certainly are not top of the line. This means I’m pushing my equipment, specifically the lenses, to the max. For instance, capturing movement of a paraglider or hang glider while hand holding your camera on a windy ledge can be a challenge. Hitting that sweet spot between the camera, lens, subject and light makes for a gratifying moment. The picture for this post is an example of that moment. What caught my attention is a combination of things. First the exposure was spot on. Shooting a flying subject whose background can change from a blue sky, to a white or gray cloud, to a dark green or light brown island means the exposure can be all over the place. Since I’m shooting in shutter priority I need to set my exposure compensation accordingly. Usually I need to adjust exposure in post processing in Lightroom. Not in this case. Here, I kicked up the blacks to increase the contrast and bring out the blue in the water and the greens and browns of Rabbit Island. Plus, I increased the highlights in the Tone Curve to bring out the brightness of the island. Next is the sharpness of all the elements. The paraglider is the main subject and needs to be in focus. I like having other elements in focus. Assuming they add a sense of depth and space and don’t distract. Here Rabbit Island and the surrounding water is as sharp as the paraglider and adds to the sense of clarity I remember.
October 9, 2009
Just like on the Mainland, October is a transition month in the Islands. Unlike the Mainland we don’t have foliage changing colors. Instead, we have a period of muggy weather because the trades go away. Usually the result of a storm to the north of the Islands that will eventually reach the Pacific Northwest. Which means the North Shore is the place to be if you’re a good surfer.
I do mean good. North Shore surf is not for the beginner.
This how it looks out my back door when it’s dead calm.
June 20, 2009
March 4, 2009
I’ve been doing more panorama’s recently with CS2. They came out pretty well. I just upgraded to CS4 and doing pano’s is even easier and faster than CS2. The obvious format is Landscape but turn your camera (literally) to Portrait orientation. Take a series of vertical images and then use your panorama stitching program to blend them together. This is a blend of four portrait oriented pictures looking out my back door. Terrible view isn’t it? While landscapes are typical subjects of this process, it should work equally well if you take a picture of a large group of people. Come to think of it I wonder if it would work with a Macro subject? Hmmmm.
This is right out of the oven without a final crop. I thought it was interesting in this unfinished form.
There is a slight distortion in the lower corners that would be less obvious if I did crop it.