Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Can you Believe it?


The end of September already and the end of my first month of blogging. It has gone so fast! Before long we will have a brand new year and winter! Then it will be time to paint rather than make photographs. For now, I am taking advantage of the weather and shooting as often as I can.

Today's image is one of my favorite flowers, a Matilija Poppy which is native to California. It is often called the fried egg poppy. It is beautiful and delicate and so different from the other varieties.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Photoshop CS4 Announced


Adobe has announced the new version of Photoshop and released information on the new CS4. The good news is it is said to be faster and more user friendly for new users. There are many new features that I am looking forward to having.

If you are interested in finding more about this version, there are many blogs, videos and articles pointing out the new abilities. I am posting some links here:

http://www.popphoto.com/photosoftware/5543/adobe-photoshop-cs4-hands-on.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10048014-1.html?part=rss&subj=Crave
http://www.photoshopuser.com/cs4/sk_features.html
http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-cs4/what-is-new-in-photoshop-cs4.html

Today's image is one which was shot in IR but then edited in Photoshop to add the surreal colors using a plug in called Topaz Adjust. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Fall Colors!


Here is a recent painting of Fall Leaves. The colors are a little surreal but bright and happy. I like them.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Went on a Picnic Today


It was a fine day in the park so I took some new IR photos with my Rebel XT Life Pixel converted camera. I am having such fun with this camera. I am so glad I finally broke down and bought it. It is so much more satisfying than using the IR filter on an old point and shoot camera.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fall is Here!


I love red barns so I enjoyed painting this one with the fall colors in the trees. I hope you enjoy it too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Finally a new photo


This Bronze in the park is a favorite of mine

I injured my back about two weeks ago so I haven't felt like getting out to shoot. Today I felt better and shot both IR and regular photos.

This is an IR shot taken with my converted Canon Rebel. It is also an HDR shot edited in Photomatix.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Adobe Lightroom 2


I have found it invaluable as the first stop in my photography workflow. You can quickly import, process, manage, and showcase your images — from one shot to an entire shoot. You spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. How great is this?

I started with Lightroom 1 and moved up to Lightroom 2 when it was launched. It is based on the same engine as the ACR in Photoshop but does so much more. If you haven't tried it go download a trial today. I think you will like it too.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

On another note, today is the last day of summer so I thought I'd post a surfer shot I took in California this summer.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Painting with Light

Painting with light s a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.

This is on my list of things to do. I think the images are often very beautiful. Here is a list of links if you are interested in trying this as I am.

http://www.photo-seminars.com/Seminars/PaintLight/Paintlight.htm
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/2d__and__photoshop/painting_with_light
http://www.diyphotography.net/painting_with_light
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_painting
http://www.pcphotomag.com/how-to/digital-photography-techniques/painting-with-light.html

When I have had a chance to try this, I'll come back and post a photo, until then,
Happy Shooting!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Color Management

If you are a photographer or artist, color management is of utmost importance to you.
One of the best references is found here

http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=8524648222792452316

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More on Digital Infrared


Infrared photography is photography where one photographs the infrared part of the light spectrum which is outside the range of what we can see.

Infrared film requires loading the camera in total darkness, extensive exposure bracketing, special developing, and--at times--a bit of luck. With a digital camera, infrared filter, and a tripod, anyone can explore the near-infrared spectrum photographically with ease. The filter usually used is a Hoya R72 filter. This near black filter makes shutter times very long which requires a tripod.

On the other hand, you can have your camera converted to IR only. This camera can be hand held and if it is an SLR camera, you can use any of your lenses.

There is one digital infrared camera on the market ... The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR which retails for $1799.

This photograph was taken with a point and shoot camera and filter. I became so interested in IR that I now have a converted camera. Both require post processing in Photoshop or a similar photo editing program. There are many tutorials on the internet showing how to post process the images. One of them is :
http://www.nature-photography-central.com/Free_Photo_shop_CS_tutorial.html

Monday, September 15, 2008

Digital Art


Digital Photography, digital painting and digital printing are now acceptable mediums of creation and presentation by major museums and galleries, and the work of digital artists is gaining ground. Internationally, many museums are now beginning to collect digital art such as the San Jose Museum of Art. The Victoria and Albert Museum print department also has a reasonable but small collection of digital art.

Here are some sites useful to digital artists:

http://digitalart.org/
http://www.gfxartist.com/
http://www.dam.org/
http://www.digitalartsource.com/index2.shtml
http://www.apocryph.net/
http://digitalart.deviantart.com/
http://www.abstractdigitalartgallery.com/

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Seeing from a New Vantage Point


Yesterday I received a challenge to photography something, anything, from a different angle. So this morning I photographed this poppy by getting down on the ground underneath it and shoot upward. I think it made an interesting shot so I decided to share it with you. Please click on the image for a larger view.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Macro Photography


According to Philip Greenspun "taking close-up pictures of small things is called 'macro photography.' I have no idea why. Perhaps because the small things in macro photography are generally larger than the things you are taking pictures of when doing 'micro photography'. If you really want to be pedantic then you should say you are doing 'photomacrography'. Flowers and insects are most often the subject of macro photography.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Photographing Fall Color



There is no better time of year to take landscape photos than autumn. Those wonderful blue sky days of late September and October naturally lead anyone with a camera to want to record the glorious fall color.

So, what are the secrets to photographing those beautiful autumn images? According to Chuck DeLaney, Dean of the New York Institute of Photography (NYI), the world's oldest and largest photography school, the secret is to start by taking a good landscape photograph.

Good landscape photos (and good photographs in general) start by following some simple rules.

First and foremost, is to know the subject of your photography. In the case of all landscapes you would want to look for subjects that capture the theme of autumn. So, before you snap your picture, think about what in the scene in front of you typifies fall. Is it the color of the trees? Is it the leaves on the ground? Emphasizing the elements that say "fall" in your photos, and removing the elements that distract from your subject, is the first step towards taking great autumn images. Be careful that in your joy in viewing a riot of bright color you don't overlook telephone wires, bare branches or other elements that will detract from the photo.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11


Today I am remembering the attack on the United States on this day seven years ago and hoping we never have to live through that again. God Bless American and keep her safe.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Once Upon a Time


I actually painted with real watercolors.... not digital as I do these days.
Above is one of those.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR)


The HDR process involves combining several selectively exposed photographs of the same scene and merging them into a single image, providing a much greater tonal range than is possible with traditional low dynamic range images like those produced by today's digital cameras in a single shot. By exposing different images for the shadow, midtone, and highlight elements in a scene, it is possible to create one image that overcomes the 5-7 stop exposure value limits of most current digital cameras. You no longer have to lose shadow or highlight detail in scenes with dramatic differences between the darkest and brightest elements. By bracketing a series of images—shooting a number of photos in rapid succession at different shutter speeds—and running them through an HDR processor, you will create an image that has great detail gleaned from the tonal range of the all the source images. This photomerged image can then be printed or shared online.

If you would like to know more read this article:
http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/an-introduction-to-high-dynamic-range-imaging-hdr/

I shot the photo above using +/- 2 EV. It was edited in Photmatix , www.photomatix.com . It can also be merged in Photoshop.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Digital Painting


The English Country Cottage

This is a study in color and textures. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Smudge Painting with Photoshop


This is a portrait I did using Photoshop CS3 and the smudge brush tool. This was done in a class taught by Scott Deardorf at DAA www.digitalartacademy.com

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Scanography


Another of my favorite things to do with digital art is scanography. That is the art of using your flat bed scanner as a camera. It is a wonderful way to photograph flowers. The images can be very striking and detailed. Here is an example of one with a black background.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Infrared Photography


I have always been intrigued by the dreamy, unreal quality of infrared photography. I started taking digital IR photos using a point and shoot camera with an IR filter. About 3 weeks ago I became the happy owner of a Canon XT converted to IR by http://www.lifepixel.com/ . I am just learning now to use this camera and how best to edit the photos.

The wonderful thing about IR is that when the sun is high in the sky and the it is not the best time to photograph outside, then it is the perfect time for IR photography.

Here is one of my first images with this camera.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A WIld Rose is a Rose by Any Other Name



Here is another photo from the walk in the park. What a nice day we had!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Still Some Summer Left


Tourists enjoying the jetboat ride on the Rogue River.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy September 1st


Welcome to my first blog and another first. Since it is Spetember first, can fall be far behind? I love the colors of fall and look forward to the trees turning each year. I like painting with the happy oranges and yellows

I'll start off by sharing a painting painted digitally using Corel Painter X. This is a wonderful program for painting or for taking your photos a step further from photography to paintings.

You may find all about Painter here:
http://tinyurl.com/57lx7m