Month: July 2014

The Ice Room

IMG_7627This photo was taken on a paranormal investigation at the Outlaws and Jailmen Museum in Cripple Creek in the infamous “Ice Room.” Dead bodies were stored in the Ice Room during winter months when the ground was frozen, preventing them from being buried. It was believed that prison guards roughed up unruly inmates in this room. Some of the psychics who have investigated here felt there were bodies buried under the floor.

I only did basic adjustments to this image in Adobe Camera Raw to reduce highlights and bring out highlights in shadow areas.



I Can Fly

IMG_7603This is Tiffany. It was her first time modeling, and we had a lot of fun photographing her in various dance poses. Towards the end of the session we experimented with different jumps. She’s actually about 6 feet off the ground in this photo.

In Adobe Camera Raw I made basic adjustments and used the HSL tool to convert to black and white while adjusting the reds, yellows and oranges to get the right tones. In Photoshop I added a curves adjustment layer.



IMG_7548This photo was taken during one of my classes as I was demonstrating how to take low-light photos while drawing shapes with my flashlight.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw, then added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer in Photoshop to remove all of the colors except blues and magentas. I also added an exposure adjustment layer.

Just Before the Sun Rises

IMG_4945This shot was taken just before sunrise from my camping spot at the end of Slate River Road in Crested Butte. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like this before. From looking at the photo you would think the sun is coming up from behind the mountain, but it was actually coming up behind me.

In Adobe Camera Raw I made basic adjustments and used the HSL tool to adjust the hue of the aquas towards blue and the blues toward purple. In Photoshop I added a curves adjustment layer.

Time to Reflect on the Day

IMG_4882_3_4_tonemappedThis is a 3-exposure HDR shot taken at sunset near my campsite at the end of Slate River Road in Crested Butte.

I used Photomatix for blending and tonemapping, which allowed me to bring out the colors in the scene. In Photoshop, I used the Camera Raw filter to make adjustments to shadows, highlights, clarity and vibrance.


On a Country Road

IMG_4708_abThis photo was taken on Washington Gulch Road during my trip to Crested Butte earlier this week. Images like this are great opportunities to practice with the Content Aware Fill function in Photoshop. The original image is on the bottom.

I started with basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw then opened the image in Photoshop. Using the lasso tool, I selected the telephone poles then applied Content Aware Fill to remove them all at once. (Use the Shift key to make multiple selections with the lasso tool. Shift + F5 brings up the Content Aware Fill dialogue box. Make sure “Content Aware” is selected in the drop-down menu and click OK.) I used the same method to remove the speed limit sign and then all of the houses.

After removing those objects I added black and white and exposure adjustment layers and used the Spot Healing Brush to get rid of any distracting bright spots, including the clouds. I also cropped the edited version to remove the vignetting in the top corners.

Milky Way

IMG_4940This is my first attempt at photographing the Milky Way. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, and I finally got the chance this week while camping in Crested Butte. This shot was taken at about 12,000 ft. at the end of Slate River Road. It’s a 30-second exposure at f4.5 and an ISO of 6400, taken with my Canon 6D and 17-40L lens. The camera’s noise reduction functions were turned on.

I made basic adjustments and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw and added a levels adjustment layer in Photoshop.


Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I’ve Seen Tonight

IMG_4942I spent the last couple of days in Crested Butte, scouting out locations for a photography workshop. This photo a is 13.7-minute exposure at f4.5 and ISO 400. It was taken near my campsite at the end of Slate River Road. It was a perfect night for astrophotography, and there were some small pools close by that provided a great source of reflections. The “cloud” that you see in the upper left is the Milky Way.

I made basic adjustments and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw. I removed some spots and stuck pixels in Photoshop.


Winter’s Tone



This is a 4-shot panorama of the west end of Pueblo Reservoir. This was a nesting area for bald eagles in the winter, but all of the big cottonwood trees are all gone. We went here during the annual Eagle Days festival hoping to catch a glimpse of one or two.

After making basic adjustments and removing chromatic aberrations in Adobe Camera Raw, used Photoshop’s PhotoMerge to blend the images together. I used Content Aware Fill and the Clone Stamp around the edges to keep from having to crop. I lightened the sky/background and brought out the texture of the ice with the Camera Raw filter. Then I used the dodge and burn tools to adjust the highlights on the ice. I also applied exposure, black and white, and curves adjustment layers.

Animal Cracker Oasis

IMG_7469There is a funny story behind this photo. I was teaching a macro photography class, and I forgot my props for our hands-on session. Luckily we were able to improvise. One of my students happened to have a bag of animal crackers in her purse, and we found a bucket in the classroom with some sand in it. We put some sand on top of a blue plastic table cloth and made an animal cracker oasis. We had so much fun making images like this one where it looks like this camel is enjoying a day at the beach. Another student sent some of the pictures to her husband, who was stationed in Iraq at the time.

I edited this image by only making basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw.