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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 - 7:53pm

 fractalv wrote:
Chihuly Garden
Chihuly Garden

 
I like the blue in your other pic there.  Were you able to get any good shots inside?  That party room is great, I'm eyeing it for a couple of years when I get the company embiggened enough to justify it.  


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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 - 7:47pm

Chihuly Garden
Chihuly Garden
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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 - 7:17pm

 Antigone wrote:

Thank you. Here it is completed.

IMGP5077

 
Both the decoration and the photograph are beautiful.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 5:27am

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Absolutely lovely!

 
Thank you. Here it is completed.

IMGP5077


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Posted: Dec 13, 2014 - 7:41am

 Antigone wrote:
IMGP5076

 
 
Absolutely lovely!
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Posted: Dec 13, 2014 - 5:42am

IMGP5076
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Posted: Dec 5, 2014 - 4:09pm

 fractalv wrote:

Thanks so much! I can't wait to try those techniques. I have never worked with layers before so I will need some time to try it, but I look forward to it. I like how the shot with the birds came out better than the other, but both are more dynamic than what I posted.

 

In GIMP you can create a copy of the bottom (background) layer and apply the unsharp mask to it. Then turn visibility off and on to see the effect.

In GIMP, if you've been working on layers, you can use the copy visible command in the edit menu and create a top layer that is all visible layers combined. You can apply the unsharp mask to this layer as well.

You can also dodge and burn these new layers. If you don't like where you end up with these layers, simply delete them, turn off their visibility, or adjust their opacity to taste. 

Creating layers in this way can save a point in the history of the development that you can return to, and can also let you edit to your hearts content, then use the opacity slider to tune how much of this edit shows in the final image.

And.........if you see when turning visibility off and on that you happen to like the sky in one layer, and the water in another layer (for example) you can apply a mask and paint away the visibility of a layer selectively, or use the gradient tool to create a smooth transition from one layer to another.  

Does this make sense?

If you were looking over my shoulder I'd show you how this works in Photoshop. It's easy once you get used to it. 

There are other methods for blending layers together too, but we'll save that for another time. 




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Posted: Dec 4, 2014 - 7:21pm

 swell_sailor wrote:

The action I referred to was created by me, so unless someone I shared it with ported it to GIMP, it's not available. 

I should be more careful about assuming I have anything to teach. There are so many good photographers here. That list includes you. But it's too late for me to turn back now. 

I quickly threw some of my standard developing tricks at these. They're no better than what you had, just different. 

One trick I use to cut through haze is to apply a wide radius unsharp mask. I've learned that this wide radius unsharp mask can work wonders on clouds and rainbows. It can also add punch to photo lacking in contrast. I always do this on a duplcate layer, apply a mask, and selectively paint in where I want the effect. Both images had unsharp mask applied, amount 30, radius 250, threshold zero. 

I also use a non-destructive dodge and burn technique called paint with light, brought to my attention by a guy named Chip Springer at DPReview. I'll make local tonal adjustments on a layer, then I can turn the layer visibility off and on to see the difference. Often I recognize that I've gone too far, (when I turn visibility off, then back on) so I can either paint the effect away selectively, or  simply turn down the opacity of the layer. Both images were painted with light to brighten selected areas and add contrast. 

I also added some blur to this first photo. I don't know why. Because I thought it worked well with the haze I guess. 

When working on my own photos I often don't initially know where I'm going. Each photo develops differently. The same photo developed twice develops differently. Sometimes I'll spend an hour then discard it all and start again some other day. Or never open it again. When I quit worrying about ruining my photos, my photos got better. Except of course for the photos I ruined. There are plenty of those. 

Blah blah blah. I'll quit now. 

 

Edit:

I didn't see your edit offering the color photos until just now. These edits were performed on the black and white photos you posted. 



 
Thanks so much! I can't wait to try those techniques. I have never worked with layers before so I will need some time to try it, but I look forward to it. I like how the shot with the birds came out better than the other, but both are more dynamic than what I posted.
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Posted: Dec 3, 2014 - 5:17pm

 fractalv wrote:

There was a plugin for an earlier version of GIMP that would allow some .atn files to run, but it was not maintained through the versions and will not work for me. It may not be an easy chore, but if you found the action file on the internet, given the name I could find the equivalent script for GIMP.

I do make some adjustments to the color photo before converting to B&W, and I have several control choices in the conversion step as well.

I would like to see the difference if you get a chance to run and post the demonstration image. Thanks!

Edit: Do you need the color photo? You can find them here:
first
second
third

 

The action I referred to was created by me, so unless someone I shared it with ported it to GIMP, it's not available. 

I should be more careful about assuming I have anything to teach. There are so many good photographers here. That list includes you. But it's too late for me to turn back now. 

I quickly threw some of my standard developing tricks at these. They're no better than what you had, just different. 

One trick I use to cut through haze is to apply a wide radius unsharp mask. I've learned that this wide radius unsharp mask can work wonders on clouds and rainbows. It can also add punch to photo lacking in contrast. I always do this on a duplcate layer, apply a mask, and selectively paint in where I want the effect. Both images had unsharp mask applied, amount 30, radius 250, threshold zero. 

I also use a non-destructive dodge and burn technique called paint with light, brought to my attention by a guy named Chip Springer at DPReview. I'll make local tonal adjustments on a layer, then I can turn the layer visibility off and on to see the difference. Often I recognize that I've gone too far, (when I turn visibility off, then back on) so I can either paint the effect away selectively, or  simply turn down the opacity of the layer. Both images were painted with light to brighten selected areas and add contrast. 

I also added some blur to this first photo. I don't know why. Because I thought it worked well with the haze I guess. 

When working on my own photos I often don't initially know where I'm going. Each photo develops differently. The same photo developed twice develops differently. Sometimes I'll spend an hour then discard it all and start again some other day. Or never open it again. When I quit worrying about ruining my photos, my photos got better. Except of course for the photos I ruined. There are plenty of those. 

Blah blah blah. I'll quit now. 

 

Edit:

I didn't see your edit offering the color photos until just now. These edits were performed on the black and white photos you posted. 




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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 7:29pm

This tutorial also looks like it has some promising ideas regarding converting color to B&W.

 

How to give your photos that WOW factor - Gimp2tutorials


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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 7:18pm

 buzz wrote:
 

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.

— Henri Cartier-Bresson

  

 
You (and Henri of course) are absolutely right Buzz. That's a skill that can not be easily learned.
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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 7:16pm

 haresfur wrote:

Your skills are much better than mine and I'm learning from your photos as well as enjoying them. Those are nice.  It's funny, if the woman had been two steps forward, she would have had all sea for a backdrop and her stance would have been perfectly mirrored by the rock pillar in the background.  Guess you are going to have to hire your own model. 

 
She probably was two steps forward for the other photographer :)
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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 7:07pm

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I toyed with GIMP years ago but have no experience with it. The reason I asked about Photoshop is that I have a black and white action I created for it that provides a nice shortcut to good results. I'd be happy to share it. 

I imagine this histogram has fairly narrow spike in the middle. I'd probably start by expanding the tonal range by setting the black/white point with curves during the raw conversion. This is a key step for me. I usually like to leave a little headroom for the highlights when I plan to convert to black and white. Sometimes I'll go back and tweak the curves in RAW and convert again, if I'm not getting anywhere converting to black and white. Obviously this can be done to the jpeg as well. 

I also use a dodging and burning technique I learned a long time ago for local tonal adjustments. The action I created for Photoshop includes the creation of layers for this specific purpose. 

If you don't mind I'd be happy to grab one of these images to demonstrate. 

Edit:

Looking my closely on my better monitor there looks to be more dynamic range that I thought. 



 
There was a plugin for an earlier version of GIMP that would allow some .atn files to run, but it was not maintained through the versions and will not work for me. It may not be an easy chore, but if you found the action file on the internet, given the name I could find the equivalent script for GIMP.

I do make some adjustments to the color photo before converting to B&W, and I have several control choices in the conversion step as well.

I would like to see the difference if you get a chance to run and post the demonstration image. Thanks!

Edit: Do you need the color photo? You can find them here:
first
second
third
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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 6:49pm

 

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.

— Henri Cartier-Bresson

  
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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 6:42pm

 haresfur wrote:

Your skills are much better than mine and I'm learning from your photos as well as enjoying them. Those are nice.  It's funny, if the woman had been two steps forward, she would have had all sea for a backdrop and her stance would have been perfectly mirrored by the rock pillar in the background.  Guess you are going to have to hire your own model. 

 
Timing is a very important element in candid photography. Imagine if Henri Cartier-Bresson had been off by 1/4 second. This wouldn't be much of a photograph, would it?
 

 
Decisive moment.  
 
 
 
 
i like the pic with the birds. 
 


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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 5:26pm

 fractalv wrote:

I have not yet built much confidence photographing people I don't know, so while she should have been the subject, she probably was not, or was but I didn't spend time with the shot for fear she would notice. She may have been posing for another photographer; every time we go this place is busy with professional photo shoots of models, celebrities, and music videos.
 
 
...and people who are taking advantage of empty weekday afternoons to "get busy."
 
At least, that's what it seemed like the first time I went there and saw two people lying half-clothed in between the rocks. So I felt weird getting my camera out! But I got the shot of those dramatic waves there that everyone loves.
 
 
Okay, back to the photography-speak...... 


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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 4:51pm

 fractalv wrote:

I have not yet built much confidence photographing people I don't know, so while she should have been the subject, she probably was not, or was but I didn't spend time with the shot for fear she would notice. She may have been posing for another photographer; every time we go this place is busy with professional photo shoots of models, celebrities, and music videos.

Maybe the one without the model came out better:

  El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach

or this one: 
El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach

 
Your skills are much better than mine and I'm learning from your photos as well as enjoying them. Those are nice.  It's funny, if the woman had been two steps forward, she would have had all sea for a backdrop and her stance would have been perfectly mirrored by the rock pillar in the background.  Guess you are going to have to hire your own model. 
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Posted: Dec 2, 2014 - 4:36pm

 fractalv wrote:

I use GIMP and do often but not always shoot in RAW. Unfortunately, I didn't this particular day :(

 

I toyed with GIMP years ago but have no experience with it. The reason I asked about Photoshop is that I have a black and white action I created for it that provides a nice shortcut to good results. I'd be happy to share it. 

I imagine this histogram has fairly narrow spike in the middle. I'd probably start by expanding the tonal range by setting the black/white point with curves during the raw conversion. This is a key step for me. I usually like to leave a little headroom for the highlights when I plan to convert to black and white. Sometimes I'll go back and tweak the curves in RAW and convert again, if I'm not getting anywhere converting to black and white. Obviously this can be done to the jpeg as well. 

I also use a dodging and burning technique I learned a long time ago for local tonal adjustments. The action I created for Photoshop includes the creation of layers for this specific purpose. 

If you don't mind I'd be happy to grab one of these images to demonstrate. 

Edit:

Looking my closely on my better monitor there looks to be more dynamic range that I thought. 




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Posted: Dec 1, 2014 - 10:15pm

 haresfur wrote:

The haze gives good depth to the background. I have a bit of trouble focusing on the foreground figure, though (at first I thought it was a kayak doing an endo, but that's just me).

 
I have not yet built much confidence photographing people I don't know, so while she should have been the subject, she probably was not, or was but I didn't spend time with the shot for fear she would notice. She may have been posing for another photographer; every time we go this place is busy with professional photo shoots of models, celebrities, and music videos.

Maybe the one without the model came out better:

  El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach

or this one: 
El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach
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Posted: Dec 1, 2014 - 10:02pm

 swell_sailor wrote:

It does look like it has potential. Do you use Photoshop or something else? Do you shoot in RAW?

 

And thanks.  



 
I use GIMP and do often but not always shoot in RAW. Unfortunately, I didn't this particular day :(
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