Photography Project: Creating a split toned fine art image in Lightroom

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*Sigh*  I have hit the dreaded dry creative well.  I haven’t pulled my camera out in weeks, and have been coming up dry on inspiration.  I’ve had some different blog ideas using ideas from books I’ve been reading.  They just haven’t come together….yet.  So this week, I turned to my huge binder full of magazine clippings and thumbed through it until I could find a processing technique to apply to an image in my “unprocessed” folder.  Yes, I have one of those.  Full of images, I couldn’t quite delete, but did not have the energy to process.  This week, I learned some things about Lightroom, I didn’t know even after using it for 8 years.  Below is a step-by-step of the process to create your own split-toned arty image, and a way to do it if you don’t have Lightroom. Continue reading

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Photography Project: Photographing through a Prisim

 

Prism photography San Francisco Financial District

I was recently inspired by a Lindsey Adler image,  It was a geometrical abstract portrait she shot on a rooftop in New York City.  Never someone to pass up the opportunity for a project that requires my favorite handy man’s help, I set out to explore this technique with my own interpretation. Continue reading

Dino Kitchen – The adventures of two wayward dinosaurs

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Inspiration comes from strange places.  On a trip last year to Arizona with our friends, Mark and Cat, their enthusiasm for toy dinosaurs was contagious.  I couldn’t help myself, and returned with Bob and Nancy.  I am currently suffering through a creative valley, and am looking for sparks anywhere they can be found.  So here we go, the first episode about two dinosaurs that are currently roaming around my kitchen.   Continue reading

Photography Project: Patterns at the Zoo

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Zebra patterns

Even though nature photography is our thing, Peter and I are continuing to practice our wildlife photography.  I’m a believer in transference, what you learn in one discipline helps you be better in others.  We were at the zoo recently, and as usual in moments of dearth, I went to the extreme of my zoom lens to try to see the world differently. Continue reading

Photography Project: Inspiration from Vivian Maier

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Peter and I have been taken with the story of Vivian Maier.  We watched one of the documentaries with the girls, and they also seemed to be fascinated.  As a family, we even started deconstructing the technical elements that she used to capture her compelling images.  On a recent trip to Disneyland, I thought I would channel Ms. Maier as a I tried to develop my street photography skills.  It was harder than I could have imagined. Continue reading

Photographing motion blurs

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I’ve written here before that I am trying to find a new zen with my endless focusing struggles.  I’ve been exploring creating abstracts by moving the camera for some time now.  Its not as easy as many think, I will often create 50+ images in the same place trying to get the framing and the speed of the movement just right to capture what I am after. Continue reading

A landscaper goes to studio flash class

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Mary working with Angie

Mary and I have a continuous light kit at home that we have used to make portraits of our family.  Mary really wanted to learn how to use studio strobe lighting and its hard to learn by just watching videos, so we attended a class last weekend.  Here is what I learned.

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Photography Project: Creating Urban Abstracts

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Last week Peter wrote about our experience photographing graffiti art in downtown LA.  It was a fascinating tour; I had no idea there were so many different, named, styles and approaches.  I found isolating shapes and colors great source material to create abstracts. Continue reading