July Photography

As July quickly passes me by I have found very little time to focus on any art projects. Summers are busy with travel, work, and school.  Quick tip, never take a statistics class in the summer, it sucks.  So, I decided to break out the camera that I have been neglecting, and went on an evening walk after a round of intense thunderstorms blew through.  Here are a few pictures I took on my walk.  I worked on a few things during this photo adventure.  First, I wanted to move closer to my subject.  I often find that I take a picture from more of a distance and crop the image later.  Next, I wanted to take the picture as close to my mental image as possible.  This means I really wanted to do as little editing in Lightroom and Photoshop as possible, so I used the settings on my camera to create the feel I wanted.  For the most part it worked out, but I still had to do some adjustments in Lightroom.

I did continue my merchandise journey.  I got a round of stickers printed of my “Little Bee” drawing (found in my last blog post).  I’m going to redesign my site this fall, and add in a store where you can easily purchase any of the pictures I’ve take, posters I’ve created, or stickers I’ve made.

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Traveling to Washington D.C.

Traveling to Washington D.C. is always a great opportunity to take some pictures of great architecture, sculptures, and my kids.  I took a couple hundred pictures, but most of them were on the move.  So, it’s going to take a little work to find any images with potential.  Here is a small collection of architecture pictures I took while walking along the National Mall.  Here I’m trying to create a small collection of work that have similar settings.  All these pictures were edited from the RAW files in Adobe Lightroom.

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Updating Older Photos

In an attempt to update my portfolio I have begun to go back through some of my older photos and rework them in Photoshop.  I’ve been concentrating on editing my photos so they are nondestructive.  Utilizing smart objects and layers in Photoshop is a process that I have to master, and make routine, for any future work.

This first image is a photo taken at Magnaball.  A Phish festival in New York last summer. I boosted the colors a little and I added the stars.  I created my own brushes for the stars and the space clouds.

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This photo was taken at a steam train yard in Connecticut.  I blurred the background and added a sepia tone.  I sharpen the train using the HDR layer technique.  In doing so I was able to sharpen the train number on the front of the train making it a focal point of the image.  This image is a little over processed, but practice makes perfect.

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Photoshop is a huge program that will take a long time to really master.  I feel pretty confident with the program now, but I also understand there is still a lot to learn.  I’m going to focus on creating images that I feel represent me as a designer and artist.  In doing so I will end up having a list of techniques that will become the building blocks for my future work.