Curious what you all think ...
... about this image. It's part of a project I'm working on - Curves - I try to take photos where the viewer sees the curves and not necessarily the actual item. Tricky. Interested in how you view it, the composition, gray tones, focus, what you like and don't like, etc.
The background in black velveteen and it is a B&W conversion from color.
BTW-This image won a 3rd place in a local fine art show in March.
Winter waterfall (uploaded from phone-not good idea!)
These photos were taken in daylight conditions but there was an enormous amount of detail in the rocks which I found very distracting. So lowered the lightness/chroma settings and increased the 'darkness' of the shadows and midtones. The stream feeding this fall runs through a prairie and has cut a hole in the ground about 15 ft tall by 20 or so feet wide. No way I'd visit it at night (probably would fall in rather than walk in) even though there was a great a full moon recently.
Another one of those finicky subjects
There are some still here who remember when I joined there was an excellent young photographer. He had an AMAZING eye for photography. And much like candice inspired my love of leaves, this one inspired a sense of wonder in feathers. I don't come across feathers that often, but everytime I do I think of his wonderful portrayals of these delicate items. I got lucky a couple of weekends ago and found a Raven's feather in my yard and I happened to have been out with the camera. So I picked it up and took a few shots. I've still got the feather and plan to play with it some more... maybe after our Vacation I'll have time to revisit it. But for now, this is what I have:
Thanks for looking. Any kind of critique is helpful since I do plan to revisit the subject.
11-28-2010 Out by Robin's
Good morning!!! Yesterday Robin and I went out shooting by her house. It is simply beautiful out there!!! I ended up taking ALOT of photos, I ended up with 50?? keepers. I tried to narrow them down-really I did!!!-but it was so hard. So I'm posting these in 2 sets. Enjoy, and thanks, peeps. =) And a huge Thank You to Robin!!!
Bi-Weekly Challenge: Not the Camera
Well, sometimes it is the camera. I have an old Olympus 35IVa that still works great. It has focus, shutter speed, and F-Stop settings so I can fool with all of that. I developed the film myself (ok so that could be a problem). Then scanned the negatives. They all came out very un-crisp. I discovered when looking through the lens (after having cleaned them) that it/they were extremely cloudy. I am surprised I even registered an image on the film. I think they must be moldy. Now I get to do some more camera repair. I still kind of like the images I got; very nostalgic feel, I think.
I did some minor tweaking to sharpen, increase contrast, remove dust/bubbles, etc.
7-28-2010 Spaz on Stairs
Hiii. Yesterday, my cat actually ventured out of the bedroom onto the landing at the top of the stairs. This is a big deal for him, as he is totally scared of our other cat, Heidi, who relentlessly beats him up every chance she gets. That's why he lives upstairs, because of Heidi, and usually he is happy to stay up there. When I saw him on the landing yesterday, I thought, document it, and got my camera. These aren't the best shots in terms of focus, and I know it...I didn't have anything to brace myself on to steady my hands/arms...but these are the best i got out of what I shot. To my amazement, Spaz actually came down a whole step, even. That's progress for him. I think while I was shooting, he was on the lookout for Heidi, who actually didn't appear, for once...not that Spaz ever really relaxed, lol. But hey, progress, not perfection. I'm proud of him.
Codi in B&W
Today I finally got to visit with my Codi~did. She got to meet Whiskers the mouse and love on the kitties too, which they appreciated very much. We cuddled our way through Avatar, and even though it's a long movie, it seemed like it was over far too soon. I got a few photos of her, but of course, she wouldn't hold still, and I had to use the flash to catch her. Here are:
Just an old-fashioned Film-Junkie
It's been a while, but I haven't exactly lost my touch with film. I took about 4 rolls with my 35mm camera and another 3 rolls with my Diana. The diana shots are scanned but I've had some compatibility issues and haven't been able to edit them but all is not lost and that's what matters. My shots from my N80 on the other hand are scanned edited and ready for your viewing pleasure. Having only taken 4 rolls of b&w I don't have many shots to share but I have two from San Juan Island and three from Quinault that I thought were good enough to post. I also have to add a caveat to my previous statement. On top of only shooting 4 rolls (one yet to be developed) and one partially ruined due to a lapse in thought while developing.
In over 5 years of developing my own b&w film I've NEVER ruined a roll by light exposure... until now. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I f***ed up. While going to rinse my film instead of popping the top of my tank that still keeps it light tight, I unscrewed the whole freaking lid. As soon as I lifted it just a bit I realized what I did and slammed it back closed. Instead of just throwing the film out thinking all was lost, I developed it anyway. Only 4 shots were even scannable out of 36. Out of those 4, I got something magical. This is straight from the scanner. The only post editing done to this shot is a simple curves layer for added contrast: Lime Kiln Lighthouse. I love it. I think it's magnificent. It turned out to be a happy accident. Or at least I think so. Let me know what you think.
On the other hand, my other rolls went smoothly with no "disasters." And in them, I have these four shots.
The vignetting is from the UV filter on my 24mm lens. I haven't shot my film camera since I got my nikkor 24-120mm and didn't realize how wide 24mm was in full format. I normally have a polarizing and UV filter on it when I shot with my D200. I could see the vignetting when I had the polarizing filter on so i took it off while shooting film. I didn't even realize that it was doing it with the UV filter too (couldn't see that in the viewfinder). But I like it too. Maybe I'm just odd.
So until I have my diana shots sorted out, this is it for the honeymoon. Thanks for all the comments over the past couple of weeks!
So got some interesting comments - here are some followup shots
original photo a little dark so increased brightness and saturation --> Walker saturation adjustment
original photo might need additional cropping --> Trees cropped in color
maybe original should be in B&W --> Trees cropped B&W
Personally I have problems with the cropped versions; the horizon cuts the image in half horizontally. So here's the original shot in B&W with contrast adjusted to minimize the horizon --> Trees B*W contrast adjustment The effect of the B&W versions is somewhat ominous - which is pretty neat!
Raleigh Downtown at Christmas
To me, this image says winter in the south. This was taken on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC, last week. I don't usually shoot black and white, but was experimenting with a new camera. There is nothing really special about this shot( Fayetteville Street-2.jpg ) , but for some reason I find it compelling. Comments?