Posts Tagged ‘digital photography’

This photo is of a worker out on the Tarmac at Denver International Airport. He may know which way, but I sure didn’t. The photo is digitally enhanced using Photoshop as well as the low-key filter in Topaz Lab’s “Adjust” Photoshop plug-in.

Worker on the Tarmac - April 15, 2013 - 0001-Edit

I have two photos for you this week and both are of quite little things that are none the less grand in the sense that grand is a synonym of striking or attracting attention in a noticeable way. As such it seemed to me that they would be a proper submissions and nice counterpoints to most of the other submissions for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Grand.

Grass and fog form pearl droplets on a silken strand



The first photo is of a blade of prairie grass in the Cherokee Marsh in Madison, Wisconsin. It was taken on a very foggy day. For whatever reason, the blade of grass has broken a bit at its tip. The slight break allowed it to catch a single strand of silk, presumably from a spider, which now hangs between the tip and the body of the grass – a distance of about 18 inches (almost 46 centimeters). The moisture from the fog has condensed on the silk strand. With the sun peering through the clouds behind the strand, it has becomes a glittering necklace. You will also see that a pearl (or diamond, I don’t know which for sure!) has fallen from the necklace and is on its way down.

The second photo is of a bee planted solidly in the middle of a Rudbeckia (also known as a Black-eyed Susan) in our front yard.  There is not too much else to say other than that I hope you enjoy both of these photos in their tiny grandeur.

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Warner Park is not the perfect photo destination. On one hand you have a beautiful bird like the Great Blue Heron in the park. On the other hand, it may be standing in or flying over water that is pea soup green with clumps of I’m not sure what floating about on the water’s surface. Here is what I mean:

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 199

What’s a photographer of limited stamina and resources to do. Head for the pristine wilderness of course. Not. I can’t honestly say I feel a great deal of obligation to stay true to the subject matter here. At least not the entire subject matter in this photo. The environment around the heron distracts from it. As a result, I feel it is entirely appropriate to work around it. One obvious way to do that while using the same image is, of course, to a use black and white image. There is no pea soup green in black and white:

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 198-Edit-DFX

Other possible ways for addressing unappealing elements of a photo include cropping:

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 199(cropped)-2

or using a photo technique that takes the edge off of the undesirable elements of the photo. Below the streaks filter from DFX 3 blurs the image while a mask protects the heron.

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Of course there is always the danger /opportunity of selecting the heron and launching it into new worlds where the pea soup pond has lost its relevance. Below are three images created using Filter Forge 3.

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Finally coming back full circle, the simplest of all ways to deal with the problem of the pea soup pond is for the photographer to slightly change position.

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 194a-2

Cherokee Marsh - September 20, 2013 - 194-Edit

During a recent trip to Cherokee Marsh I spotted this natural still life scene. I tweaked the colors using Topaz ReStyle.

Since my blog is “Points of View” I felt it was incumbent on me to do something truly unusual for this week’s weekly photo challenge. Cheri’s blog post quotes Lynn Wohlers to urge us to challenge ourselves about our subject matter and then to find an unusual perspective on it.

I think, for good or ill, that my second entry does that by brining the Iris into a wholly new and unusual place where it makes me, for one, rather uncomfortable.  But who said we always have to be comfortable even with what we are doing? How do we stretch ourselves without stretching ourselves and pushing the boundaries? My purpose here is not to be weird. Rather, I want to suggest that when you think about an unusual point of view you should go beyond just a physical point of view (up or down or front or back) and get outside of the box entirely. So, for example, if you are asked to take a picture of an Iris, you might just do this.

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Wow. 200+ followers. I know that my blog isn’t the easiest thing to deal with since I can be long-winded and I don’t have a unifying theme. I get a chuckle about one of my recent posts that started with a blurry picture of a semi-trailer truck followed by a wonky discussion about taking that picture, which was followed by two photos of jets before ending with a photo of a flower in two forms (one normal and one digitally manipulated).  I almost think that anyone who reads this blog deserves a medal for heroism.

The thing is that I am just a reasonably competent amateur photographer who has one big advantage; I have the time and opportunity to play with my camera and the marvelous digital darkroom that we have today. I do not sell anything so I don’t worry about meeting market needs.  While I hope that visitors to my blog like what I do (and I have sometimes marveled at the very generous comments made about my photos), in a way it is icing on the cake because I have so much fun doing this.

That said, for those of you who have made it this far through my ramblings, I want to say thanks for taking the time to read this and Points-of-view and I hope that if you have not yet done so that you will take that extra step of becoming a follower of Points-of-View.