Month: March 2015

Blanca and Ellingwood

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I shot this photo standing next to the Huerfano River as the first light of the day hits Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.
After blending in Photomatix I used the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop to make basic adjustments and adjust the color with the HSL tool. I selected the sky, inverted the selection and added a hue/saturation adjustment layer to the resulting mask to reduce the blues and cyans in the shadow areas. I added a curves adjustment layer.
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Paparazzi for a Night

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I was contacted by a Japanese TV producer looking for a group of photographers to act as paparazzi for a shoot they were doing in downtown Colorado Springs, so I gathered up some members of the Colorado Photography Learning Group. This actress’ name is Asako, and apparently she’s a big deal in Japan.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw.

Blue Jay Way

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I caught this blue jay wandering around in my yard. The image was severely backlit since the bird was in the shadow of the tree.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I created a duplicated layer, then selected the background and foreground so I could reduce the highlights. I reversed the selection and used Levels to brighten up the bird. I added curves and selective color adjustment layers.

Eureka! I Found Gold!

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This is a head frame at Poverty Gulch in Cripple Creek, CO. It’s the location where gold was discovered in the area. The photo is a 3-exposure (+/-2EV) HDR image processed in Photomatix.

After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix, I used the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop to make basic adjustments and remove chromatic aberrations. I used the burn tool to reduce the highlights in some areas. I added black and white, curves and hue/saturation adjustment layers. I used the hue/saturation layer to create the sepia tone after experimenting with black and white. The B&W layer is not necessary to create this effect, but it added a little more contrast, so I kept it.

The Fake Lake, Part 2

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This photo was taken at Garden of the Gods after the big rains we had in September of 2013. What used to be a small reservoir filled with water and stayed a couple of weeks. By this time the water was very brown and didn’t smell very good.

This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.

After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix I made basic adjustments and removed chromatic aberrations with the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some artifacts. I then selected the lower half of the frame with the Quick Selection Brush and used a channel mixer adjustment layer to remove the brown tint created by the mud in the water. I also added a curves adjustment layer.

The Fake Lake

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This photo was taken at Garden of the Gods after the big rains we had in September of 2013. What used to be a small reservoir filled with water and stayed a couple of weeks. I call it the Fake Lake.

I made basic adjustments and removed chromatic aberrations in Adobe Camer Raw. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some artifacts. I then selected the lower half of the frame with the Qucik Selection Brush and used a selective color adjustment layer to remove the brown tint created by the mud in the water. I added a curves adjustment layer and cropped.