Sick with a mancold – Another Tutorial

17 11 2010

OK, I’m home sick today with a man cold.  I still don’t know why women don’t fully understand the seriousness of man colds!!! I’m not getting any sympathy.  Anyway, with some spare time on my hands I thought I’d do another tutorial.  I processed the above image yesterday.  The reason that I am doing a tutorial on it is because I had to use a number of methods to get the detail and drama into the water.  You can see from the original file (bottom) there wasn’t much detail in the highlights,  I had to coax the detail out in post processing.

I hope you enjoy it.

Brent

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Karijini – Junction Pool

2 05 2010

On the last day of the workshop, Mark Stothard, Bruce and myself joined Dan from West Coast Active to do a canyoning trip through the Karijini gorges.  Dan could get us into places that most people don’t see.  At the point where all three gorges meet, you get to junction pool.  There is this incredible tree growing out of the water, and we were lucky enough to get the rays of light hitting it before the sun started setting behind the cliff top.  I loved the backlighting and contrast between the colours.

Processing Details:

  • This was a single image (no HDR or exposure blending)… Who needs a Phase One anyway!!!
  • I started off doing Bruce Margolis’s “Man from Mars” move on the image.  I think I’ll be using this technique a lot for my Karijini images.  It use LAB adjustments to essentially pull colours apart without saturating them.  I liked the blues and reds in the cliff, and this technique allowed me to empahasise them without cranking up saturation.
  • Then I did some dodge/burn on the cliff,
  • Darkened the tree and water a bit by using a luminosity mask in multiply mode
  • A bit of darkening of the edge using curves.

Plenty more Karijini stuff to come





Wild Weather… Great Seascapes!

6 02 2010

So this weekend I’m running my seascape workshop

During the week I start getting emails from participants who are concerned about the weather forecast. Yes, the forecast is for some pretty yucky weather, but I explained to the participants that this is fantastic.   Give me storms, clouds, and high seas any day of the week.  I’ll take that over clear skies or messy little clouds any time.

So because I’m going to be instructing and this weekend at the workshop, I thought I better go out for a dawn shoot this morning to get some photography out of my system.  So Kajo and I hiked out to Long Reef and were rewarded with a fantastic dramatic 360 degree stormy seascape.  We were perched out on some rocks with waves crashing all around us from high seas, and sky that was threatening to rain on us at any moment.   We didn’t get a single drop of rain as it turns out, but had a blast.

So don’t put your camera away when the forecast is crap… get your lazy ass out of bed and brave the elements (aham… Gavin)…..