Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Peyton Compilation

I am so happy Peyton Manning is going to the Superbowl!  It is so awesome!  He has a big challenge with the Carolina Panthers, though.  The Panthers have a great defense and it will be hard for Manning to get anything going, unless maybe Denver's running game gets rolling.  However, Denver's defense is number 1 in the NFL, so that might help slow Carolina's Cam Newton down.  I'm nervous about it, but I just hope for a great game no matter the outcome.  Also, apparently Peyton told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that this would be his "last rodeo", meaning he will probably retire after the Superbowl.

With that news, I had to try and do one more photo of Peyton that we took from the game we went to back in 2012.  All of the good ones I have posted already.  I had a couple more, but the prominent feature in those was the rear end of a defensive lineman.  That's not really what I wanted the viewer to come away with. 

So, I tried out a feature in Nik's Analog Efex called "multilens" and what it does is break up a single photo into 3 or 4 individual framed shots as you see below.  However, I did that to 4 individual photos and just masked in the portions that had Peyton in the frame.  This is the outcome.  You can roll your mouse over the image to see the four individual shots that I used for this.

One other thing, I'm a little miffed at the second shot from the left in this compilation as the background is a little more in focus that the rest.  However, the image is about Peyton, not the background focus. I'll live with it. ;-)

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!  Also, click here for a higher-res version of the final shot.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Peyton Runs Off

UPDATE: The Broncos beat the Patriots, so Peyton will have at least one more game to play and I bet that will be his last. Let's hope he has another win left in him!

Could today be the last NFL game Peyton Manning plays in?  It just might be.  He's like my favorite quarterback out there, but I think his time has come.  He's not the same as he was due to injury, age and other things, but it would be great to see him get to one more Superbowl.   I like Tom Brady, too, but would rather see Peyton win this one.

I took this shot during the Raiders v Broncos game a couple of years ago in Denver.  Peyton just threw a touchdown pass and he's leaving the field.  I kind of processed it with a couple of things in mind..  I wanted to give it an aged look by fading it out and split-toning it a tad to reflect Peyton's aging career and I also left the negative space behind him to signify the career he's leaving behind.  Normally when you take a shot of something moving, the idea is to give the object more space in front to give the viewer a sense of motion and space for the object to move into, but I did the opposite here.

To see how I processed the shot, roll your mouse over the picture and you will see the version that came straight out of the camera. Roll your mouse off and that's the final shot.  Click here to see a larger version of the final shot.

I hope you enjoy the picture and thanks for dropping by!  Go Broncos!!

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D300s
Lens - Nikkor 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 200mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/800
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed -200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Alaska Window - Rearranged

This was a fun picture..  In a couple of ways..  One way is that I took this during our trip to Alaska a couple of years ago.  The other reason is I had some Photoshop fun getting this picture the way I wanted it.

This is a window on a dwelling at the Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine.  It is a working gold mine where you can go and pan for gold out of Crow Creek.  As a matter of fact, when we paid for our tickets to get in, the gentleman who sold them to us said he and his dad were able to get about $30,000 worth of gold out of it the previous year. 

When I saw the house and the window, I thought this could be a really cool photo.  However, I wanted to rearrange the axes and other items to balance it out.  Well, since I could not do that physically, I shot the photo in order to do it via Photoshop.  I shot wide enough to capture the items I wanted and then did my thing when I got back home.

If you roll your mouse over the image, you will see the original.  I took a lot of liberties, but it was fun trying my hand at more stuff to see how I could make it turn out.

I did all of the following to it:

- Moved the axe on the right closer to the window
- Removed the items that looked like boxes behind the lace curtains in the right two lower panes of glass by copying the lace shades in the bottom left two window panes
- Copied the far left yellow flower in the flower box, flipped it horizontally and put it on the far right side
- Removed the square wood slats from above the top left of the window and copied in the right side and flipped that horizontally
- Warped the flower box to level it out
- Moved whatever that saxophone looking thing is from the far left of the original and put it just to the right of the window, between the window and the axe.
- Added some tonal contrast from Nik Color Efex 4 to bring out the detail in the whole scene
- Brushed in more tonal contrast to the red window as well as some bleach bypass to bring out more of the detail
- Increased the saturation of the red window
- Did even more serious tonal contrast and bleach bypass to the axes and the saxophone-looking things to really bring out the rust and give them a super rusty look
- Finally cropped the whole image to a 4:3 ratio to simplify it and get rid of some of the distracting elements on the edges

I think the final image has some nice symmetry, looks balanced and hopefully one cannot tell that all of that work was done to it, other than to maybe bring out some of the detail.  If you ever want to arrange items in a photo and can't do it physically before the shoot, try to shoot the scene to where you can include the elements you want and then rearrange in post.  You might get what you want.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.

(Click here for a higher-resolution version of the final image and click here for a higher-resolution version of the original.)


If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.

Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 29mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/160
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Luckenbach License Plates

This is another shot from my little trip to Luckenbach a few weeks back.  This is on the side of the building where the restrooms are located.  Not sure why they have license plates all over it, but it looks pretty cool, don't you think?

Enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  Click here to see a higher-res version of the shot.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/125
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - -2/3 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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