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ReWorking a Tree in a Field

Someone recently stated that a lot of people doing digital images go way too far, of course they were nice enough to say I wasn’t one of them, but I feel I should confess that I have been in the past, take a look at this image.

One Tree Hill - OriginalAt the time I did this, I thought it was great.  I even had it printed and put it into a show last year.  This image was featured in a blog post in June 2011. It is an interesting post, it was at a time when I felt I didn’t know enough about Photoshop and I was trying to teach myself how to use it.  I think I’ve come a long way since then.

When I read the comment about digital images, I thought it would be fun to go right back and see what it would look like now if I was doing it.  Would I change much, or would I leave it pretty much as it was.

One Tree Hill - ReworkedThis time it was opened in Camera Raw and processed.  Camera Raw is a great editing tool, I don’t think I could live without it now.  You can do some amazing things in it that you just can’t do in Photoshop, or other editing software.  Though I should state that Camera Raw is part of Photoshop CS6.

When I processed it this time I wanted the moody sky to determine the atmosphere of the image.  Toning down the red of the dirt was also important, the trees were to become the focus of the image.  Some gradient was also added to darken the sky more and tone down some of the foreground.

The rework is much more natural looking, though it still has a surreal quality about it.  Of course, you knew I would use Color Efex and Silver Efex as well, I had to see what I could do in them.  Color Efex first.

One Tree Hill - Color EfexThis filter is called Monday Morning.  I am not really sure about it, according to the list it is for weddings, so maybe it would look better for people, I should try that.  I do like what it has done to the tree, and I don’t mind the overall effect, but perhaps Silver Efex would be better.

One Tree Hill - Silver EfexI do like this.  I really like the atmosphere and the mood that has been created.  The Low Key preset was used for this and the Lens Fall Off 2 Vignetting was used.  It’s interesting to see how the focus really is on the tree and the sky behind.

Which do you prefer?  I was thinking today how long it takes me to work on images sometimes, meaning, that I will do it at one time, then go back and rework it, and I know there are images that I have reworked that I will rework another time.  I suppose it is like a painter reworking a painting, sometimes it is hard to know when you are finished, or if you ever will be.

The weekend is here, and hopefully the hot weather has gone.  It hasn’t been as hot here today, but it has been very humid, I think I prefer the heat.  Humidity is fairly recent here, with what is happening to the planet we are noticing more and more humid summers.

I have plans to get out with the Nikon D5100 to take heaps of photos, I really want to see what I can do with it.  Fun weekend for me, I hope you will have a good one too.

Nice Skies

I’m back from the Christmas Carnivals, feeling very tired and not looking forward to going to Geelong for the bay crits, but that could just be because I’m tired.

Last night in Shepparton the sky was looking amazing at sunset.  I tried to see if I could get some images to do a HDR image.

I don’t think it works, but it is all I have for today.  It was worth a shot.  The sky does have the weird colour, and I like the colours on the velodrome.  Not really sure about the rest.  Perhaps wasn’t worth doing.

Day 30 – Photo-Vember Ends

It is the last day of the month and I guess the last day of my challenge.  I thought, instead of finding some new photos to post, I was thinking a recap might be nicer.  Actually, I thought I would post some photos again, the ones I loved.  I am going to do five of them.  You can agree or disagree with my choices.  It is all so subjective, and I do love hearing what you all think.

My first favourite:

This was a surprise for me, if you remember, I didn’t know I had this one until I went looking for it.  It was posted on Day 8.

There is that lovely coloured water again.  This morning was so surreal to me.  This is from Day 13.

I quite liked the treatment of this.  I enjoyed playing with one image and changing it several ways.  I should try and do that more.  This was from Day 19.

Photographing the BMX was fantastic and I just love the photos I got from it.  Really want to do more of it.  This was on Day 22.

This one I like, because I finally got around to taking some photos of it after so many years.  It was careful planning, but got there.  This from Day 1.

I have enjoyed doing this challenge, and I would like to thank those that also participated.  I like a challenge, so I might do something similar next month.  I like posting each day, so might see if I can keep that up as well.  Thanks for reading the blog this month.

Day 22 – Some BMX Racing Photos

So, if you have been reading my blog, then you know that I have been to Shepparton for the State Open Titles for BMX.  It was a great day.  The skies were very overcast in the morning and slowly during the morning they cleared and we got some very blue skies.  Perfect weather for taking photos.

You can see what the sky was like from this one.  This photo is of the AA boys, they were crazy, and so much fun to photograph.  They were the only ones that did the really big jumps.  Would have been great to have got a lot more of them.  These sort of shots remind me of the movie “ET”.

I tried to get more shots this time than I did at Knox with more riders in the air.  This is half the race going over the jumps here.

This the second last straight before the finish, they just seem to bounce up and down all the way along.  Quite amazing to watch.

And more boys getting air, I have a lot of these shots.  The camera was set on continuous clicking and I continuously clicked.  Of course you can see that the light wasn’t good.  I was using a flash, but when you are shooting things straight up into the sun, then you have no hope.  I spent most of the time trying to work out where the sun was and how to use it to my advantage.  Wasn’t always possible as the racing is going on all around you.

I noticed when I was going through my photos this time that I got a lot more facial expressions on the riders.  They are great to see.  You can see the determination, especially on the little kids.  Quite amazing that they show no fear.

It was a great experience and I am hoping that Cycling Victoria send me to more.  Don’t know about making money from it, but will see what happens.  I think the photos I took were great, but will other people think the same?

I was suprised by the other photographers, there weren’t as many as I thought there would be and they didn’t seem to have the expensive equipment that most sports photographers have.  I was the only photographer walking around with two cameras.  Yes, I have two, I have my 80 to 200mm on one camera and my 18 to 105mm on the other.

Most of the photographers were great, and were very nice.  There was one women who was an absolute cow.  She wouldn’t say hello, and was just rude.  I hate it when you see people like that, how hard is it to smile, really, it is so easy.  I don’t know what her problem was.  I told them all I was there to for Cycling Victoria and it was my job to help build up a stock library of BMX racing for them to use.

It was a great experience, I know I’ve said that before.  So different to anything I’ve photographed before and I really want to do it again.  I love the shots I am getting now, but I wonder if I can get even better shots with lots more practice.

Practice makes perfect.

Day 19 – Three Different Versions

I did this the other day, on Day 17, but this time, I have tried to transform the images so they are all very different.  I have the original as it was taken.  The only thing changed is how dark or light it is.

This house isn’t new to my blog, I posted it back in June in a post called Away Again.  It was taken while I was riding on the back of the motorbike.  I would really like to go back and take some photos of it again, when the light is better, and when I have time to actually stop.  I love old houses like this.  There is something strange about how quickly a house begins to decay after the occupants leave.

I have done some colour burning with this one.  I love how dead grass gets some colour when you do this.  There is a lot of contrast.  Though I’m not sure this technique would work for everything.

Now in black and white.  I don’t know, I think I like the second image better.  I like the weird colours.  I do think both 2 and 3 are better than the first.  What would have made this image even better would have been a cloudy sky, and the sun shining on the house. Maybe I will get some images like that next time I go.

I am actually going to Shepparton tomorrow, but won’t be anywhere near this.  The state finals for BMX racing are on there tomorrow, and I am going up there to photograph them for Cycling Victoria.  Looking forward to doing that.  I quite enjoy photographing BMX.  If it finishes early enough I might even have time to go out to the old house for some more photos.  Maybe.