Double Vision at the Museum of Art
A couple of recent visits to local museums led to some further play with creative effects added to my photos. The first photo, shot at Cleveland’s famous Museum of Art captured two visitors, one dozing, one walking, on the balcony surrounding the new atrium. Shot with a Lensbaby, the sweet spot was split left and right by flipping and producing a mirror image.
Bendix Trophy Replica
This second photo was shot through a plexiglass case at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. It’s a replica of the Bendix Trophy, awarded to the winner of past transcontinental air races. Also shot with a Lensbaby, a strong texture was added to somewhat obscure a very busy background.
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Browsing through some old slides (remember them?) last week I came upon a few that I had always liked and decided to scan them and see how they looked in digital format. Despite being stored carefully the color had changed and dust and scratches had also affected them. After some post-processing work on the computer however, I added some creative effects to them and came up with some looks that I liked.
Cape Florida Lighthouse
This first shot, of Cape Florida Lighthouse at the tip of Key Biscayne, was under some restoration at the time. The brick was badly flaking and they had just planted some new palm trees around the base. The last time I saw Cape Florida Light, it had been painted white and I really missed the beautiful bare brick color that it had been during my years in Miami.
This photo, “Summer Breeze” was shot just a few hundred yards from the lighthouse looking south from Cape Florida State Park out into Biscayne Bay. The sailboat is framed by pine needles and in the distance on the left can be seen some homes which were known as “Stiltsville”, a group of homes built on stilts out in the bay. Texture and an antique look were added to this photo to hide some of the effects of age.
I entered this photo, in it’s original state, in the old Cleveland Press Photo Contest shortly after I moved to Cleveland and won $50 for a second place finish! Both of these photos provide me with a little warmth during this snowy and cold Northeast Ohio winter!
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It’s been very cold lately, warming up somewhat today, but this cold weather usually prompts me to go back to some photo shoots from warmer times of year. These barns, just down the road from Hale Farm and Village were shot with a Lensbaby on a shoot with one of my photo buddies! It was a nice warm late summer day and these two barns provided nice splashs of red in this rural landscape scene.
Red Barns and Hay
This second photo, also shot late in the summer with my same friend, was taken on a cloudy, rainy day. As we drove down a rural road, we came upon this scene in a very light mist or drizzle. I stopped the car along the side of the road, grabbed my camera and walked down the road toward the rolled hay in order to get the perspective that I wanted. By the time I had walked maybe 50 feet, the rain had increased and it was coming down fairly hard! I quickly took a few shots and headed back to the car! Fortunately my camera is sealed pretty well for precipitation and all I had to do was wipe it off with a microfiber towel I always carry with me for such occasions.
Both shots were edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, and Nik and Perfect Photo Suite 8 plug-ins were used to bring out detail in the sky and add additional effects and texture.
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I know that I have referred to the Lensbaby on other posts, but today I was meeting with a few photo friends who together with myself will be hanging an exhibit of our Lensbaby photography sometime next month. The Lensbaby is a system of optics and lenses which hold the optics, most of which produce photos with a somewhat unique blur and zoom look to them. I happen to like the optics which also have a “sweet spot” of clear focus that can be placed just about anywhere in the photo by “bending” the lens. Here are a couple of photos, both taken at Hale Farm and Village, that I will be preparing for the exhibit.
The Oaken Bucket
The Oaken Bucket was found outside of the small log cabin at Hale Farm The Gray Barn sits just off the road which separates the 2 sides of Hale Farm and Village.
The Gray Barn
Every year WordPress sends out a review of it’s bloggers statistics. I always find it fascinating. Particularly the fact that since I posted it in 2011, my post about Cowboys and Cowgirls is still the most popular and still gets hits almost everyday! Another thing that I find amazing is the daily locations of viewers around the world! Never in my wildest imagination a few years back would I have ever dreamed that my photo work would be spread around the world and seen daily!
If you are interested, and I hope you are, click on the link below to view the complete report. Many of my fellow bloggers report many more followers and views, but that was never one of my objectives, I just wanted a way for some people to view my work. That being said though, if you know of anyone who might enjoy my blog, please let them know about it and encourage them to follow it. I enjoy the interaction and comments and would welcome additional followers!
Happy New Year to all and I’m looking forward to another year of sharing my photo work with the world!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
Delicate Brass Valves
I have to apologize to my blog followers for being slow to post recently. I work part-time in a camera store and throughout the holiday season I’ve been working pretty much full-time hours and even overtime, so I’ve had little time to edit and post.
A few weeks ago however, I did get to shoot an event called “Tuba Christmas” at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral. Several other photographers and myself were given free reign during the rehearsal to get up close and personal and shoot just about anything and anybody while the brass orchestra rehearsed. My main emphasis was on capturing as many faces of orchestra members as I could, but I also looked for smaller details and focused in on hands and intricacies of instrument valves.
Sometimes while shooting, you just know you captured an image that will be your favorite. During the rehearsal I captured one of the orchestra members just as she glanced upwards over the top of her glasses to look at and listen to the conductor. As soon as I saw the image on my LCD screen of the camera, I knew I had my image of the day!
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to everyone having a great 2014!
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