Final Days of Summer

As the long days of summer start to slowly end up here in Vermont I wanted to share some pictures from my trip to the Outer Banks and Virginia (and one from home to prove a point).  When I travel I find it a little harder to see the finer details of the space I’m in.  At home I wonder the yard daily, or I visit the same spots over and over, so it’s easy to discover the little things that make photography so fun.  This trip I tried to slow down and focus on those little things, but it didn’t really work out.  My two kids were running wild and I found very little time to pull out the camera.  I did get to photograph a sunset on the sound side of the island.  Sunsets speak for themselves, but it was nice to have some people throwing nets and fishing to add some narrative to the images.

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I did find a cool moth on the hood of our car which sat still long enough for me to take a few pictures while we were in Virginia.  There is a certain level of skill involved in photographing bugs.  You have to be calm and slow so you don’t scare them off.  My last photo is of a frog Piper and I found on the shore here in Colchester, VT.  This shows how when I travel I tend to take pictures of the landscape, and when at home I tend to focus on the little things.

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I look forward to the fall, one of my four favorite seasons.  The photography will continue, but my focus will be more on illustration and graphic design.  I invite you to checkout and like my Instagram page and my Behance portfolio.  Instagram is more of a daily visual blog of sorts, and Behance is more of an in-depth look into my work.

See you soon!

Dave

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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.