Month: June 2014

All the Marbles

All the Marbles

This photo was taken during the macro session of one of the photography classes I taught. I always ask my students to bring in interesting things to photograph. On this evening, one of my students brought in his antique marble collection, and we had a lot of fun taking pictures of it.

There wasn’t much to editing this image. I made basic adjustments in ACR and used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some spots on the tablecloth. I then added an exposure adjustment layer.

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Delia Doom!

Delia Doom!

This is Deni, aka Delia Doom! She is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Riot roller derby team. Deni posed for me during one of my portrait classes while she was trying to get a sponsorship from Go Fast for the team.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw then used the HSL tool to get rid of all of the colors except red, orange and green. In Photoshop, I used the Clone Stamp and the Spot Healing Brush to fix some problem areas. I used the sponge and dodge tools to enhance here eyes and teeth, then I added an exposure adjustment layer.

A Beautiful Day in the Garden

A Beautiful Day in the Garden

I did a private photography session with a student today at the Mesa Overlook. It was such a beautiful day that I had to post one of the pictures I took.

Sometimes I need a reminder of how awesome Garden of the Gods is. I live just minutes away from here in Colorado Springs, and it can be easy to take things like this for granted when they’re in your home town.

This image was taken with my 17-40mm lens and a circular polarizer and cropped to a panoramic aspect ratio. I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and used the HSL tool to add a little more color to the rocks. In Photoshop I added an exposure adjustment layer for more pop.

A Small Cog on a Big Mountain

A Small Cog on a Big Mountain

The very first official outing I planned as the founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group was a trip up Pikes Peak with members of our Colorado Springs and Denver chapters. We hiked a portion of the Crowe Gulch trail and were even interviewed by a reporter from a local television station (KOAA) while we took a lunch break at Crystal Reservoir.

This is a photo of the cog train that runs back and forth from Manitou Springs to the summit. I decided to have a little fun with it by using the HSL tool in Adobe Camera Raw to remove all of the colors except for red. I then made basic adjustments before opening the file in Photoshop where I used the sponge tool to desaturate any areas outside the train that contained red. I also used the dodge tool to brighten the headlamp to make it look like it is on.

Summer has Begun

Summer has Begun

This is what the beginning of summer looks like high up in the Rockies. I can’t think of a better place to spend a day. I am in the process of putting together a workshop with Scottish photographer, Steve Gosling, and this is one of the areas we’re thinking of using. Want to join us?

I made basic edits in Adobe Camera Raw, then used the adjustment brush to select the lake and enhance it’s color. I added an exposure adjustment layer in Photoshop.

Sock It To Me

Sock It To Me

One of the best things about roller derby is the plethora of knee socks you will find. I have enjoyed taking pictures like this one because of the mix of colors in the socks and the skates.

I made basic edits in Adobe Camera Raw and reduced the noise. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some spots, and I used the Clone Stamp to get rid of a bright, white piece of paper on the floor.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

I went to the velodrome in Colorado Springs tonight to watch a friend race and only took 514 photos. I remember getting this shot and thinking I nailed it, so I chose it as my photo of the day without looking through all 514. A person has to sleep sometime, you know.

I made basic edits in Adobe Camera Raw and reduced the noise. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp to remove some spots on the track.

I Come From a Land Down Under

I Come From a Land Down Under

I took this photo at the Pikes Peak Railway Museum in Colorado Springs. This sign was the first thing I saw when I started wandering around. I love old signs and really liked the colors here.

This is a 3-shot HDR image (+/-3EV) processed in Photomatix. After merging the shots I used the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop to do some basic adjustments. I used the sponge tool to get rid of the blue cast on some of the letters and toned some of them down with the burn tool. I then got rid of some spots with the Spot Healing Brush.

Hitting the Fan

Hitting the Fan

This image was taken at the trolley museum in Colorado Springs while on a shoot with the Colorado Photography Learning Group. We had a great time, and the staff there is awesome.

As I was wandering around, I saw this fan on a rail car and thought it was interesting. As I was taking some shots for HDR, a breeze came by and rotated the fan. Inspired by a windmill photo one of my friends posted the other day, I decided to conduct a scientific experiment. I spun the fan and took a number of shots while it was rotating. And I would say the experiment was successful.

The resulting image is a blend of 7 photos in Photomatix. I used only the 0 EV and -3 EV exposures for merging since my first attempt to include all exposures resulted in an intense halo effect on the bottom where the screen is exposed to the brighter background.

After processing in Photomatix, I edited the image in Photoshop with hue/saturation and exposure adjustment layers. I turned down the highlights with the shadow/highlight tool and removed some bright spots in that lower section of the frame with the Clone Stamp.