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Posts tagged “Fall Colors

Couple More from Yesterday

Just a couple more shots from my trip up Bishop Creek Canyon yesterday morning…

The Road to Nowhere

Intake II

Sabrina Basin in color

Thanks for looking!

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Middle Fork, Bishop Creek

Took a quick drive up Middle Fork to Lake Sabrina this morning for a few shots.  The fall colors are fantastic up there, and getting better.  This heavy storm rolling in made a cold, but good morning…

Sabrina Basin

Bishop Creek below Sabrina

Lake Sabrina

Lake Sabrina

Anyhow…it was just a quick trip, but I think the storm made for some very interesting lighting.  It was fun.

Thanks for taking the time to look!


The Orton Effect

The Orton effect was first used by Michael Orton.  Using color slide film, he would take 2 shots of the same subject, one over-exposed and blurry, the other in focus.  He would then sandwich these two slides together and the effect would have a very surreal, almost dream-like quality to them.  I have heard it referred to as “painterly”, “artistic”, and “dreamy”.  Whatever you choose to call it…it’s pretty cool.

It can easily be applied digitally with today’s editing software…

Creating the above image was really quite simple.  I use Corel’s Paint SHop Pro Photo 12, so this “tutorial” may not be helpful to those of you that use Photoshop…

The first step is basic processing of the base image.  I make brightness/contrast, high pass sharpen, and clarify adjustments to get a solid base image to start with.  Than I copy this image, and paste it as a new layer.

I make the top layer invisible, so I can see the bottom layer, and increase the brightness a bit, than apply a Gaussian Blur.  I typically use a 15-25 pixel radius, but I have used higher.  Be warned…you CAN overdo it.

Once my bottom layer is nice and blurry, I switch to my top layer, and increase the sharpness using High Pass Sharpen once again.  Than I decrease the opacity of the top layer, until I can see the blurry layer underneath.  Than it’s a matter of taste, adjusting the opacity of the top layer to achieve the desired amount of blur and “halo” from the blurred bottom layer.

Once I have the desired amount of blur and sharpness, I flatten the image, and continue processing, as necessary.  For the top image, the processing ended at merging the layers.  For the above image, I boosted contrast a touch and clarify just a bit after merging to bring out some of that texture in the rocks.

And that’s really all there is to it.  Play around with it.  I have found that the images most suited to the Orton effect seem to be those with lots of leaves, trees, or water.  These tend to make a really neat dream-scene using this effect.

I hope you enjoyed this, and Thanks for reading!


The Range of Light

The eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California is often referred to as “The Range of Light”.  There is good reason for this.  Where I live, in Bishop, California, I live in a HUGE valley nestled between the Western Slope of the Inyo/White Moutanins and the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  I live in the perfect place for clouds and light to come out and play in the mountains together…

Pre-dawn Silouhette

Pre-dawn Silouhette

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

Basin Mt. and Mt. Tom basking in some alpenglow...

Basin Mt. and Mt. Tom basking in some alpenglow...

Waking Mt. Tom--shot in monotone

Waking Mt. Tom--shot in monotone

Into the distance; A Ribbon of Black--shot ion monotone

Into the distance; A Ribbon of Black--shot ion monotone

Once the sun got high enough to be harsh at the Tungsten Hills, we hopped in the car and headed over to Pine Creek Canyon…
Granite Glow

Granite Glow

Portrait in Granite

Portrait in Granite

Colorful Cascade

Colorful Cascade

And of course, while at Pine Creek, I took some shots using the 2X + 4X Prinze Closeup filters…

A very cold fly...

A very cold fly...

At least they don't die alone...

At least they don't die alone...

Season's Change

Season's Change

Thanks for following me!  It was a LOT warmer than I expected it to be this morning, which was nice.  I hate getting up early as it is, but freezing my balls off to do it just sucks…


Autumn Reflections

Autumn is a time when many of us find ourselves reflecting back on the summer’s activities with fondness and, sometimes, a little bit of sadness.  But you know damn well that this is not about that…

We had a really long rainstorm come through yesterday afternoon and it rained clear through until this morning.  It dumped close to 2 inches of rain on us.  Of course…this means puddles.  Lots of puddles…

Cottonwood Reflections

Cottonwood Reflections

Ripple Effect 1

Ripple Effect 1

Ripple Effect 2

Ripple Effect 2

When I went outside for a smoke, I noticed that we had a newly built swimming pool where my driveway used to be.  I also noticed that the angle of the sun behind me was causing some spectacular reflections of the trees across the way and the cars in the lot.  So…I grabbed my camera, squatted down to maximize the reflections, tossed in a pebble or two, and started shooting.  I kinda like the way they look, so I thought I would share.

Hope you enjoyed them!


Randomness

More random photos and stuff. 

I’ve been playing with some of the car show pictures and wanted to share this one, as I am reasonably happy with it.  Actually…the best one, in my opinion.  What do you think?

desat heartbeat

This was probably the “cleanest” shot of the day, with very few distractions, no telephone wires, and very few people milling about.  So…I converted it to monochrome, pasted that on top of the original, erased the car from the monochrome version, and added a Gaussian blur to the monochrome.  I think it came out fairly well…

And of course…some more macros…

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Degrees of Change

Degrees of Change

 

Almost Gone

Almost Gone

Fallen Beauty

Fallen Beauty

Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation

So…that’s about it.  Just some random signs of the coming of winter, and a really cool shot of a really neat old truck.  Thanks for looking!


What Happened?!?

Where the hell did Autumn go?!?!  Last week it was 90*F, yesterday it snowed.  Today it is freezing out.  Last week I had the A/C running to keep me from overheating, today I have the heater running.  Right about now I could use a little Global Warming…

Anyhow…Fall colors are shot.  The trees that started to change have frozen and turned brown.  The green trees are spotted with frost spots, and half the aspens have lost their leaves.  No colors this year.  But wait…

'69 Plymouth Road Runner

'69 Plymouth Road Runner

The Owen’s Valley Cruisers were in town this week.  Their Fall Colors Car Show is always a treat.  Unfortunately, I work Saturdays and can’t get to the Shine and Show proper.  But I can make it to the Cruiser Meet Up on Friday Evening…

'55 Chevy Nomad

'55 Chevy Nomad

Early 1940's Chevy Truck

Early 1940's Chevy Truck

1930's Flaming Ford

1930's Flaming Ford

The Heartbeat of America

The Heartbeat of America

Ford Custom Deluxe

Ford Custom Deluxe

Chevy a Go-Go

Chevy a Go-Go

I also went up Pine Creek Canyon the other day.  The goal was to get sunrise shots and Alpenglow on a spectacular granite peak…but it snowed on us, and blocked out the alpenglow.  Oh well…

B&W Granite Peak1

Snowy Peaks

Sunrise Snowstorm

Gable Cascade

That’s it.  I’m freezing my ass off.  I need to get out and get some shots of the snow covered peaks after last night’s storms.  But it’s cold.  Brrr…  I know…I’m a wuss…

Thanks for taking the time to look!!


Ok…I’m Hooked…

Wow.  That’s all I can say.  This closeup filter I’ve been playing with has opened me up to a whole new way of thinking about photos.  And there is always something worth shooting lying around…

Dying Green

Fly Guy

Green Leaf Extreme

Green Leaf Light

Tiny Vine

I’m gonna pass on the story.  These are all just random leaves and stuff around the house that I shot while I was smoking.  Now you can see why I’m so happy with this filter.

Thanks again for looking!