Sunday, May 27, 2012

last man in Alcatraz

Last man in Alcatraz

 An old photo of a cell block at Alcatraz (taken March, 2008).

I decided to play with the light and add a semi-transparent silhouette in Photoshop. I like the result.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

land of the free

land of the free

 I shot some photos adjacent to Auburn Corr. Facility today, and was repeatedly harassed by Corr. Officers making it clear that they didn’t like what I was doing. One watched me through binoculars, another heckled me from a guard tower, and a third discouraged me from a passing car. I had every right to be there and was doing nothing wrong.

I was surprised at how aggressive they were. Surprised enough to do some research. For some tips on photographers and the law, look here and here.

The media guidelines of the NYS Dept. of Corrections says this about photographs: “3. Photographs taken while physically standing on any Department property require the prior permission of the PIO. Violators risk the confiscation of their exposed film or deletion of the images in question from their digital camera(s). 4. The Department has no authority over the making of pictures or sound recordings of its property when the media is physically standing off Departmental property.” I was on a public sidewalk.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

looking forward to returning to Spain

door, Casa de Pilatos

Learning Lightroom 4

I now use Adobe Lightroom as my go-to software for raw conversion, printing, and keeping track of my photo library (almost 30,000 images and growing). Lightroom underwent a major overhaul in the transition from version 3 to version 4, with the primary controls for tonality all changed in significant ways. So training up a little on how best to use the new controls is in order.

I have found George Jardine’s video tutorials extraordinarily helpful, and recommend them enthusiastically. George’s instruction is comprehensive (over 5 hours of instruction in this video series), aimed directly at photographers, and avoids the pitfalls of technical discussion for its own sake on the one hand, and uninstructive casual chit-chat on the other.

For those who prefer a short and sweet approach, this article on optimizing exposure using LR4 by Charles Cramer may be helpful.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chittenango Falls HDR

Chittenango Falls vertical2_HDR2

Six bracketed exposures shot through a neutral density filter to extend exposure time and create soft flow effect with water. Merged to HDR in PS and tone mapped with HDR Efex Pro. Much masking & blending,tweaking and other obsessive behavior in PS.

Light Stalking has some inspirational photos of waterfalls and some how-tos.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Whatsis "Blend If"?

Excellent tutorial on Photoshop’s mysterious “Blend If” sliders for constraining the tonal ranges from particular layers that are blended into, and hence able to affect, the image as a whole.


Blend If Settings | The Light's Right