Thursday, December 10, 2009

Recoloring an item in Camera Raw (5.5)

Recoloring an image? What is this goof talking about? See the blue bubble below, it's on a blue lake and well, everything in the photo is a shade of blue. Contrasting color is usually a good thing in any photo and this one just seems to monochromatic. So, let's change the blue bubble and make it red and do it all in Camera Raw.





The first thing I'm going to do is make the blue photo at least look a little more presentable. This was taken with a 70-300mm lens from about 15 feet away at ISO 800, so yes, it's a bit flat. I'm going to increase the blacks some and then go to the tone curve panel and make an adjustment there.



*Tip - I know there's a slider in this panel that says Contrast but it's really lame. You can slide that sucker back and forth all day long and you won't effect the contrast much, so trust me, skip it and leave it at whatever level your camera defualts too. Use the Black slider and the Tone Curve Panel to adjust your contrast.





Ok, so in the Tone Curve Panel, select Point and then select either Medium or Strong Contrast to start with. I chose Strong Contrast and then made a few tweeks from there.





**This works a lot like the Curves Adjustment Layer does in Photoshop, so if you're familar with that, you'll have no trouble at all with this version.






Ok, we're ready to start looking at how we are going to attack making this blue bubble, red. The first step is to click on the adjustment brush on the top panel. The next step is to ZERO out all the sliders by double clicking on each one, this will give us a fresh brush to work with.




Alright, so we are in the adjustment brush panel and our values for the brush are all at ZERO. Now go to the adjustment under Sharpeness, it's labeled Color, you'll notice mine is already red. Yours is probably white with an X through it, that means no color has be selected for the brush. Go ahead and click on the box and select a color. Again, I chose red and I set the saturation slider in the popup to 100% for painting the bubble, I'll set it at a lower value for painting in the reflection but we'll cover the reason why later.




Now we're ready to paint. So go ahead and paint in the area that you want to change the color of, don't worry if you over painted an area, it's an easy fix. Just hold the ALT Key (PC) or CMD Key (MAC) down and paint on the area you want to remove the new color from.

Tip: The bracket keys [ and ] control the size of the brush just like they do in CS3 or 4. So adjust the brush to get into tight areas.



Alright, so the image below looks pretty good as far as the bubble goes, our next step will be to work on the reflection of the bubble.




So, when we were painting in the bubble and we wanted the red to be a touch darker, we adjust the saturation to a negative number, this reduced the original color of the area that we painted in thus making the red color were using a tad richer. For the reflection we want to lessen the red color a touch since it's a reflection. So that means you will need to make the saturation a positive number, I chose +10.

Tip : The saturation slider on the adjustment brush is a good way to help you zone in the correct color you want to use when trying to change the color of an object in Camera Raw. Remember, you can adjust it after you have finished painting in the area. This is another big advantage over using CS3 or 4 for this type of work.



We're pretty much done now, the only other changes I made were to the over all image in the basic adjustment window. I added a little more black and reduced the exposure a tad.



If you have any questions on what we went over here, please don't hesitate to either ask here in the blog or email me at rorymadstudios@verizon.net . I hope you enjoyed the tutorial , next week I'll be discussing some of my photography work. If you would like to see my portfolio, you can find it at http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ under the gallery tab.

Thanks for visiting,

Michael

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Selective Coloring in Adobe Camera Raw 5.5


So, you would like to do some selective coloring with an image but you also want a little more control than what you get using CS4. I think I've found the answer for you or at least for me since this is what I am using now. Here's the original image we will be working with.



I'm going to start by desaturating the entire photo first using the HSL/Greyscale panel , which can be found here.




When you first open this panel, the Hue tab will be the first set of sliders that are shown, you will want to select the "Saturation" tab and leave the other two tabs alone. Grab the red slider and move it to the left, which will give it a negative number and remove all the red from the image. You will want to repeat this for all of the colors, so go ahead and make all the colors in the saturation panel -100.

As you can see, we now have a completely desaturated image. Our next step is to make this look like a decent black and white image before moving on to add some color back in.

As you can see, the image needs some contrast, so we will need to return to the Basic Adjustment Panel, which is the icon that looks like a lens (first icon from the left). After you have brought up the Basic Adjustment Panel, go ahead and drag the Black slider to the right , for this image, something in the 25-35 range works best. You can go ahead and drag the clarity slider to the right too, for most landscape type photos I will usually go with a value of 30-40 for clarity. You can also go into the Tone Curve Panel (looks like a mountain on a graph), select Point and then either use the medium or the strong contrast setting and adjust from there like you would when using the Curves Adjustment Layer in Photoshop.

Ok, so we now have a decent Black and White image to work with, now we're going to start painting back in some of the color. Go ahead and click on the Adjustment Brush icon on the tool bar at the top left. The Adjustment Brush is located between the Red Eye Reduction tool and the Graduated Filter tool.

Before you start painting the image there are a few things we need to do first. Go ahead and ZERO out all of the sliders, you can do this by double clicking on each slider, this will set the value back to Zero.

Now, once you have done that, go ahead and drag the saturation slider all the way to the right, this should give you a value of +100. Go ahead and start painting in the area you want to add the color back into, I selected the green hot rod in the foreground in this image.


Don't worry if you make a mistake and paint an area that you didn't mean to, it's a very easy fix in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as ACR is much more forgiving than CS4 is for this type of work. If you do make a mistake, simply hold down the ALT Key on a PC or the CMD Key on a Mac and paint back over the area you want to fix. (you'll notice that the brush changes from Add to Erase).


** Here's a quick tip for you guys, if you want to see what areas you have painted over with the adjustment brush, click on the Show Mask box directly below the brush panel.



As you can see, I have over painted in a few areas so I'll hold down ALT on PC (CMD on MAC) and paint back over the areas I don't want to add color to.


There, that looks pretty good. Now, if you click on the Show Mask box again, it will remove the mask and reveal the area you have painted over (this works for any adjustments you want to make, it doesn't have to be for just saturation).

Looks pretty good now but if I want to adjust anything, all I have to do is move the sliders for any of the values either right or left and it will effect only the area in which I painted over with the Adjustment Brush. So if I decide that +100 for Saturation is too much, I can move the slider over to say +30 and see how that looks now.



Having the ability to change any adjustment you've made using the adjustment brush is huge. That's what makes this method of Selective Coloring much easier to use and believe me it's a lot more forgiving too when compared to using layers in CS4. Another really nice feature is that all of the different adjustments you make are all represented as pins on the image, so if you go back several times to make serveral different adjustments, all you have to do is click on the appropriate pin and adjust the sliders from there.



Here's the final image below, I added in a bit of exposure , clarity and sharpness to the car we painted in , I thought it made the car stand out a bit more. I also adjusted the saturation down to 75 from 100 on the adjustment brush we used. I felt it made the image a bit more realistic looking.



That pretty much sums it up. Thank you again for visiting my blog, I hope you found that helpful. If you would like to see more of my work you can head on over to http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ .








Sunday, November 8, 2009

Black and White, Duo Tone and IR...




What do you mean this couldn't have possibly been taken at the Hillsborough River State Park? Ohh, I see, the white leaves and grass makes the image look like there's snow in this image. Making this photo look like a winter wonderland was not my intension. This was originally shot in color and while it was a decent color image, I thought it would be a much more dramatic image if I converted it to Black and White and while that looked decent, it looked better after it was processed to look like a Black and White Infrared shot. It's much more contrasty this way, you can also get the preception that water is moving quickly , well at least as quickly as river water can move in Florida.



Typically in IR photography, the greens will turn white, which is why argricultural survey teams used to photograph fields and forests in IR from a plane or helicopter. It made the sick areas show up better since the healthy areas were all white. Who knew it could be such a fantastic medium for photography??




This second image is the lake I live on. This was actually taken with a Hoya R72 IR filter on my Tokina 12-24mm F4 lens. The exposure time was about a minute, which is why there is so much movement in the clouds.





I really enjoy IR Photography and will probably be sending off my Nikon D200 to LifePixel to have it converted for this so I don't have to use the filter. My wife's Uncle Jon is who I would consider to be a master at IR Photography. They live in Colorado and he uses a Canon DSLR that he had converted to be a full time IR camera. His work is amazing and can be found here http://www.twinpinesrods.com/irPhotos/



Thanksgiving week, I'm planning on heading back to Myakka River State Park (my favorite State Park that we have visited in Florida thus far) to try my hand at some more IR photography of their beautiful park. Myakka is where I shot these at.







That's it for this edition, I will see you guys next time : )


My website can be found at http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ and most of the art you've seen here is available for sale :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Introducing, the new and Improved www.rorymadstudios.com site

Yes, folks, step right up, the trolley will be leaving shortly to take you to the new and improved RoryMad Studios website.






As you can clearly see, I have a logo now. I can't take credit for the logo though, my good friend Ratko Ansanovic created it for me. You can find his site here. www.ratkoasanovic.com



The main reason I decided to redo the site was to create some branding that would help with marketing my site and services to the area I live in as well as the rest of the internet. The new site has a flash based gallery on the opening page, my old site's home page was basically a set of galleries with little to no introduction. Let's face it, it was probably one of the more lacking websites that could be found on the net. Thank goodness those days are over. I'll be adding to the new site more frequently and I'll be more selective with the artwork I show case there.



So, without any further ado, the Trolley has arrived to take you to the new and improved http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ I hope you enjoy the new format.



Remember, I'm available for Portrait, Commissioned and Commercial work and I'll be adding at least one new piece of Artwork a week to the site for your viewing pleasure (these will be for sale too, I think there's a holiday coming up soon ).



Sunday, September 27, 2009

A bad day at the Island beats a good one at the office

Beer Can Island





Friday was a hectate day, I drove to Melbourne early in the morning to see a client and didn't find myself back home till close to 9pm. 5 hours of driving, many hours of standing and a year older to boot. It was a good day though, the time I spent at the client's was well worth the effort and the drive was nice to clear my head. After all, turning a year older is never fun, it's always nice to have little bit of alone time to convince yourself that only your sideburns are turning grey.

My adoring wife called me while I was in Melbourne to let me know that her parents had invited us out on the boat to go to the island. (Beer Can Island). I could use a little Island time so I'm in. I can rest on Sunday, it's what were supposed to do, right?

I enjoy the trips out to the island, it's pretty peaceful there and I miss the salt water so it's nice to be out in the bay for a few hours. Not to mention the views on the island are quite nice.
We had a great time with the exception of the mosquitos. Apparently they like 39 year old out of shape men who have a thing for photography. My god they were relentless, 27 bites later though, it was time to leave and our day was done. We really did have a wonderful time, I will remember to take bug repellant with me next time.




The island is a great place to work on your Enviromental Portraits as Clyde Butcher would call them. Most folks refer to them as landscapes but I see his point and understand the difference. Not every Enviromental Portrait has something of interest in the immediate foreground where most landscapes do or need too. I really enjoy Clyde's work, it's different, it pushes the envelope and it breaks the rules, I'm all for breaking the rules, if you don't, your work won't stand out.


There are those that would have you believe that you have to abide by these rules and you must have something to anhor your image. Maybe they do need those things but I don't and I know Clyde doesn't either. After all, it's your work, your interpretation and if you are happy with it then who cares what anyone else thinks. Besides, I'm not taking photographs to please other professional photographers, I'm taking them to show the world what I see and how I saw it and if someone else likes the piece and wants to purchase it, that's great, if they don't that's fine too. I will continue to enjoy my journey and hopefully others will continue to enjoy my work.


As always if you would like to see more of my work, you can find my photos at http://www.rorymadstudios.com/. The Artistic Gallery has a lot of images available for sale. Hey look, there's a line now. :)


Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Myakka River State Park Experience.






The Myakka River State Park was voted one of the best State Parks in Florida and after spending a day there, I can clearly see why. This place is not only beautiful but it's also laid out in a way that invites visitors to explore and experience Florida in a way most tourists don't get to do.



We arrived around 10am on Saturday morning, hoping to catch the 10am airboat ride around the lake.. we didn't make it but that's to be expected, we arrived just as the airboat left dock. No worries, there was another at 11:30 am, we'll hang around the lake area for a bit and wait for that one. I was very happy to see that my fan club had assembled below, they are such loyal fans often posing for group photos in support of me.....err what? Oh, these are the vultures that frequent the park. I gotta talk to my publicist about this...









So after the airboat ride, which was a lot of fun by the way and well worth the $12 for an adult to go do. Photography wise, you won't get many decent shots from this, the boat keeps moving during the entire tour so as you know, trying to photograph animals from a moving boat isn't the easiest thing in the world. Oh and if you do go do this, keep your ticket stubs, they get 50% off the ride the remainder of the year. Not a bad deal at all. We elected to eat after the boat ride and we weren't disappointed with the quality of service and food, it was excellent, much better than one would expect from a State run park. Our next stop was the boardwalk or birdwalk as they labeled it on the map. This was just north of the area we started at (North Lake Myakka) and accessable by car.


As we travelled along the winding road to the birdwalk, we spotted some Doe's grazing in the tall grass beside the road. I managed to get one good shot before they ran off into the woods where I wasn't about to chase them.




We arrived at the birdwalk/boardwalk. This was one of the best boardwalks I have been on in a swamp/lake setting. The water was right up to the bottom of the walk, a few inches more and it would have flooded the walk, which made it much more interesting to walk across. Especially when you look to the right and see this guy staring at you.



This is a 8-9ft American Aligator, I took this photo of him at almost water level through the slats in the side of the boardwalk. Yes, he's big enough to not care that I am there taking his photo. He was about 8 to 10ft away when I took this. It's a really intense experience to be that close to something that could attempt to eat you and all that's standing between you and him is a couple of 2x4s and your tripod. This boardwalk was my favorite part of the park, I could have spent hours there just shooting the landscapes and birds that flew by, highly reccommend this area of the park.



The photo below was taken from the boardwalk area, the boardwalk is actually to the right side of the photo.

This next photo was taken from the end of the boardwalk.




The last stop on our trip to Myakka River State Park was the Canopy Walkway. You climb a 40 foot tall tower and then walk on a suspended walkway to a 70 foot tower where at the top you treated to views like the one below. Because the water level was so high in the area, this wasn't the easisest place to get access to, we have to walk through ankle high water for about 20 to 30ft to reach the 40 foot tower. The view was amazing though and definately worth wet shoes to get to it.



If I had to rate my experience at Myakka River State Park, I would give it a 10 out of 10, this was such an amazing place and the people that run the park are so nice and helpful. I highly reccommend this part to anyone traveling on the west central or south western regions of Florida. You won't be disappointed.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, I do enjoy reading the comments and if you would like to see more of my photography work, you can find it at http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ .


Thanks again,
Michael
~Photographing life, one click at a time.















Sunday, August 23, 2009

Delapidated Art




This is one of my favorite structures to photograph in Plant City, Fl. It's an old and still functioning fertilizer depot. Alright, maybe functioning is pushing things a bit but it is open for business although I doubt any trains stop there anymore.


This is an HDR image, made up of 5 exposures. I took this particular version while out on a photowalk with the photo club I belong to. I think this is the 3rd time that I have photographed this building. This is one of those buildings that if the walls could really talk, they would probably have some really interesting to stories to tell.


Was this warehouse used for bootlegging back in the '20s? Hmm, maybe, Tampa/Hillsborough County was a hot bed for organized crime back in those days. Perhaps some folks went missing after visiting the warehouse? Maybe a reporter got too close to a story here. Who knows. The place has this mysterious aura about it which is why I am always drawn to photogrpahing it when in Plant City. Of course, it could always just be my vivid imagination or something else much more sinister. (cue dramatic music). Anyway, it's a fun place to photograph and let our imaginations run wild.


Now, where is that Tower of Terror image I was looking for?
As always, thank you so much for reading my blog. You can find my work at www.rorymadstudios.com .
Warm regards,
Michael

Saturday, August 15, 2009

What inspired me......my foray into black and white.


You probably looked at this image and instantly thought, "He's going to say Ansel Adams is who inspired him to try Black and White as a medium." Well, you would be wrong. While I do like Ansel Adams work, it wasn't his images that spurred me on to process some images as black and whites. It was a gentleman by the name of Clyde Butcher. (you can find his site here http://clydebutcher.com/ ).

Clyde for the lack of a better comparison is a modern day Ansel Adams. He even shoots with a similar camera. Clyde is on a mission to photograph the Florida Everglades which starts in the Kissimee, Florida area.


Here's a link to a interview of Clyde that the St. Pete Times did. I'm a little disappointed in the reporter, there are so many things to ask Clyde about, surely they could have come up with less fluff and more content. To spend a day with such an interesting soul would certainly lead to some more in depth conversations, wouldn't you think?




Most photographers who shoot for the art aspect of photography, are well, doing it for the art aspect. I thought it was really interesting that Clyde thought of himself as more of a historian with some of his work. Quite honestly, he has a good point. He's shooting trees and areas of the state that are often affected by the violent weather we have in Florida. Some of these places and subjects might not survive much longer and without his photos and that of other photographer/historians, we won't have anything to show future generations.


So anyway, my inspiration for the photo above was purely Clyde. Please take a few moments to go to his site (http://clydebutcher.com/online-gallery.cfm) and check out his online gallery, trust me, it's time well spent.


The image above is of Lake Hooker, here in Seffner. I took it with the sole purpose of trying my hand at Black and White and I have to say, I'm hooked now. It was a fun photo to take and even more fun to work with in the digital darkroom.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Is Ybor City a Ghost Town?







I know, this is way too colorful to resemble a ghost town and you're right it is but the final image looks a lot like a ghost town and as you can see I didn't have to "remove" any humans to achieve that deserted feeling. It's what is not there that makes this photo so interesting. Ybor City is usually a pretty hopping place, you can go there any day of the week and find people milling about the area. It's very unusual that you could go there during the day and find absolutely no one. This was taken in November of 2008 on a Saturday around 10 to 11 am. Not exactly the time of day you would expect to find no one there. There are a few things that I feel would have added to the ambience of this photo, tumble weed (probably not going to find any of that in Florida) and rain (which I could have added digitally to this but decided against it...or did I hmmmm more on that later).



So while I was taking the photos I needed (5 of them, it's an HDR Image) to make this image, I decided that perhaps Black and White would yield the results I was looking for, the photo above is the result of the conversion to Black and White. It would stay like this for a little over 6 months, it was fairly popular photo and people tended to enjoy the dimensional pull they felt from the photo and it did have that Twilight Zone feel to it but it was still not exactly what I was hoping for, it always felt like it was missing something.


So I went to the place I always go when I need some advice on a photo. NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals http://www.photoshopuser.com/). My friends there were really glad to help me figure out what I should and shouldn't do with this image. I tried several things including, desaturization, keeping the outsides in color and the insides portions in Black and White and several other things to try to pull that ghost town feel out of this image. The final version is below.




As you can see from the above image, there were a lot of little changes in the photo. I decided to go with a Sepia quad tone treatment that I made myself and then used one of the suggestions I received about straightening the buildings a bit. The original photos were taken with a 12-24mm lens and as with most wide angle lenses it has some distortion in the corners. As you can see, there's a lot more detail available in this image now than there was before. The bricks on both the street and the buildings are a lot easier to distinguish.


Oh yeah, before I forget, the image with the added rain is below. I'm still on fence with it but it was fun to do.



As always, thank you so much for reading my blog. If you would like to see any more of my work, it can all be found at www.rorymadstudios.com .

Until next week.............

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Land Ahoy!!




This is one of those images that you frame in your mind before you take the shot, knowing exactly what is you want out of it and a good idea of you're going to achieve it.


This was taken at the St. Petersburg Pier in St. Petersburg, Fl during a photowalk I went on with my friend Mike Hoffman. I met Mike through NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals http://www.photoshopuser.com/ , great site full of great people and awesome talent, you should go check it out some time, if you are a photographer or graphic artist you'll be amazed at the community over there). As you can tell by the color of the sky, this was taken late in the day just 30 minutes or so before sundown. The pier area is a great place to go and take photos at, it's very much so a target rich environment. It's a really fun place with lots of interesting things to photograph.


As we were walking around the Pier, I saw the HMS Bounty facing the city, the sun setting and the skyline of St. Pete in the background. I had to find a way to incorporate all of those elements together in order to make the impact I wanted to make with this image. So I decided that I was going to have to attempt to capture this using HDR (High Dynamic Range, yeah, what a stretch for me to use HDR but hey, once an HDR addict, always an HDR addict). Since I had left my trusty tripod in the truck, I would have to hand hold this in order to get the 3 or more exposures that were required to turn this into an HDR image. So I leaned against the ship with my shoulder and held the camera as still as possible without leaning too far and falling in (of course at the time I wasn't too worried about that, it was after I took the shot that it became a concern LOL).


This was the first image that I worked on the next day, I was very excited about how it was going to turn out. I knew there was a lot of potential here and that motivated me a lot to spend the time working on it. It's pretty funny, I had joked to myself when I saw the first exposure in Adobe Bridge that this was going to be a Monty Python photo. It reminded me a lot of the Corporate Raiders scene from The Meaning of Life. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this came out, hand held HDRs are tough to pull off in low light, camera movement will ruin any photo and having to try to hold the camera still for 3 shots in a row, wasn't easy. I'm sure there's some motivational saying out there somewhere that would fit this image and a title like "Sailing into the Future" or something like that. Perhaps when I come up with something, I'll turn it into a poster.


As with this and most of the images I will be discussing in my blogs, they are all available at http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ in the Art Gallery.


Next week's blog is going to be about Ghost Town, Ybor City and the day I lucked out and nobody was on the street. See y'all next week :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Red Barn photo





Pretty amazing that I could be walking around a resort in the San Antonio area and find this gem to take a photo of, right? Well, the barn was taken at the resort but what you don't see is the base of the barn because it's concrete block and not rustic wood like the top half of the barn appears to be. The sky is from another of my images as well, it was taken in San Antonio afterall.


I had a mental picture in my mind of what I wanted this barn to turn into unfortunately though, every morning and evening, the sky was blown out, so I took the photo knowing I would have to do something about the sky later. Trust me, the photo isn't near this dramatic with a white sky. Incidentally, the sky is from a photo I took here in the Tampa Bay area, I just had to adjust the saturation to match that of the barn and it was ready to be merged into one image. The barn itself was pretty neat but the sky is what made this image stand out and what I was looking for the entire time I was in San Antonio. (Great place to visit by the way, even though the Alamo was a bit of a let down).


My trip to San Antonio yielded me a lot of great subjects for photos. The Missions there are absolutely amazing and highly recommend the Spanish Mission tour if you're in town for a few days and have some time to spare. Here are a few more photos that I took while there.


Mission Conception - San Antonio, Texas



Red Wagon Wheel Closeup San Antonio, Texas

Wagon Wheel, Sepia San Antonio, Texas

Thank you for taking the time to read a little about my Barn photo, it's one of my more popular photos. All of these photos can be found on my site at http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ .


Warm regards,

Michael

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Aistream Ranch


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What is the heck is this, you ask? It's the Airstream Ranch located at Exit 14 on I-4 in Florida. You can find it on the north side of the interstate, the property belongs to the RV dealership nextdoor, Bates RV. This is one of my favorite places to photograph and the owners are more than happy to have people stop by just for that reason.



This particular piece of work is very near and dear to my heart. I grew a lot as a photographer with this particular image. I used to take photos and worry about what they were going to look like later, afterall I could correct most issues in post processing. This however, was not shot in that way. I had a plan for this image the moment left the drive way and headed out to the Airstream Ranch or Redneck Stonehenge as I had affectionatly labeled it at the time.



Here's the orignal HDR by the way, so you have it for reference.


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This is probably one of the most photographed landmarks in the Tampa Bay area. People have photographed it from the interstate, from the road behind it, inside the fence, from the middle of the trailers and yes, even from a helicopter. My goal all along was to photograph and process this in a way that nobody had done before. To create a piece of unique art, as unique as the Airstream ranch is all on its own.

For those that don't know, I have two obsessions in photography. HDR (High Dynamic Range) and IR (infrared). HDR photography has been passion of mine for several years now, I love the surreal effects that HDR processing can help the photographer achieve. I also love the out of this world look that can be achieved by IR photography. My goal here was to combine the two into something interesting and different and that's exactly what I did.


At the time, I didn't own an IR filter or a camera that had been convered to IR. I have a filter now and one day soon I will be converting my Nikon D200 to IR only but that's a few months down the road. The only way I could achieve the look I was after was to make it happen in Photoshop (/gasp, did he say "Photoshop"). Yes, I said Photoshop, there it's out in the open, I admitted to it, I used software to manipulate my work into the exact image I was after all along. I'll let you in on a little secret, even if I owned an IR camera or an IR filter, I would have still had to use Photoshop in order to make this what it turned out to be but Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, it's our secret. See, most IR images are a carmel color out of the camera, you have to do some "processing" in order to get it to look like IR film, which turns the greens to white and creates some great contrast.

I've seen a lot of images of the Airstream ranch, a few in HDR and few IR but none that were the combination of HDR/IR. It took me several hours of trial and error to end up with the artwork at the top of the page. Lots and lots of trial and error but also a lot of learning. I haven't had any formal training in Photoshop so this wasn't easy and it was also my first major project that I had attempted where I knew exactly what it was I wanted as the out come and found a way to make it happen. This image was also one of my first featured images on Redbubble (http://www.redbubble.com/, lot of great artwork over there, while you're there do a search for MKWhite, you'll find my portfolio and if you're feeling really generous, you can buy some of my work, shameless plug I know but hey, I sell AV equipment all day long , you didn't think you were going to get through this entire blog without some type of pitch, by the way, rest in peace Billy Mays, you'll be missed ).


I have a lot work now that I am proud of but this image and the one of my father on the railroad tracks are the two that are the nearest and dearest to my heart. I plan on going back to the Airstream Ranch again soon so I can try this with my Nikon D300 , the images above were taken with my Nikon D200 and unfortunately I have lost the 5 orignal photos I used to make the HDR portion of this image.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, if you like my work you can find it for sale at two locations. http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ (try here first, much better deal) or at www.redbubble.com/people/mkwhite (more expensive already framed work ).





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My name is Michael White and I'm a Fine Art Photographer based out of the Tampa Bay area.   I enjoy photographing various landscapes and wild life that can be found in the US.  I am also the creator of a new process called High Key HDR. 
 
You can find my website at www.carsinhdr.com and I can also be followed on Twitter at @rorymadstudios .