Month: December 2014

Back in 1864 …

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I’ve had fun photographing the Civil War re-enactors during the 4th of July celebration at Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately the group has disbanded. This is my favorite shots of one of the Union soldiers.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove lint and pieces of grass from his coat. I created the sepia tone with the Hue/Saturation tool and brightened his eyes with the dodge tool.

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Waldo Canyon Fire

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The Waldo Canyon Fire started on June 23, 2012. This photo was taken from just outside my home in Colorado Springs on June 26th, the day the fire jumped 2 ridges and later destroyed hundreds of home. If you look closely, you can see flames on the hillside in a couple of places.

The wind shifted shortly after this photo was taken, and all of the smoke blew into the neighborhood, making the sky orange. I started packing in anticipation of an evacuation call, which came about 10 that evening. I headed to a shelter on the north side of town and was told they were being shut down because they were not an official Red Cross shelter. I ended up going to Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument where I spent the next 3 days. Fortunately for me my home was not damaged by the fire or the smoke.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and added a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop.

When the Clock Strikes Red

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We braved the cold last night and went downtown to photograph the holiday lights at the Pioneers Museum. Click here to see more photos: http://goo.gl/HvDxBT

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I added curves and black & white adjustment layers. I worked with the mask on the b&w adjustment layer to bring out the color of the clock from the original layer.

Santa’s Apprentice

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Merry Christmas, everyone! I volunteer to take photos for the Salvation Army during the holidays in Manitou Springs, CO. They give out hundreds of meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas at this location alone, and I always have a little extra fun with the volunteers at the dessert table. I was actually trying to get another person to make a Santa beard out of whipped cream, but this young man stepped up and decided to be a good sport.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw.

House Finch

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I spotted this house finch in the tree in my back yard this morning. Much to my surprise, he was still there after I ran upstairs to grab my camera and put on a different lens. Not bad considering this was hand held and shot throught a glass patio door.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and used the radial filter to add a vignette, reducing the exposure and the highlights outside the bird. I cropped in Photoshop.

Hoodoo Village

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This is another shot taken at the Paint Mines in Calhan, CO. It is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-3 EV). You can view the others here: http://goo.gl/GPUZrh

I merged and tone mapped the three files in Photomatix Pro 5.0. In Photoshop I used the Camera Raw filter to make basic adjustments and shift the blues toward purple and remove some of the aqua in the sky. I then added a curves adjustment layer.