Still working on photos I took in Bryce. Decided to publish another one today…. just because it took my breath away remembering that day.
Bryce IR to BW photo
Decided to work on a batch of photos for my portfolio and came across one of my favorite Bryce photos in IR. Since I’d just done a conversion to Black & White using Nik Silver Effects Pro yesterday I thought I’d try it again. I am very impressed.
Cabrillo Tide Pools IR BW
I’ve been showing off recent work with Plug Ins. Last weekend I took some IR photos at the Cabrillo Monument tide pools. One thing I’ve found with IR is that they are really good candidates for Black & White. I converted this photo to B&W using Nik Silver Effects Pro – a really amazing plug in.
Old Washing Machine
On our way to Julian, we stopped at a winery. They had an antique washing machine outside and I took some shots. I decided that it would be fun to take some of these shots and make them a little more abstract. An all but one photo I used Topaz Simlpity. On the first shot I used a couple of effects from OnOne Photo Tools. Click on a photo to view a gallery.
On Saturday we went up to Julian and decided to Hike the old Banner Grade. Along the way, there was a car crashed over the side. I’ll bet it’s from the 40’s. I wish I’d had a rope to do some close ups. After a mile or so, there is an abandoned gold mine. What’s left of the mine is interesting. Again it was hard to get real close, because most of it is over a ledge.
For this shot I did an HDR in Photomatix, then tweaked the colors slightly in Nik Viveza, then went into OnOne Photo Tools. After that I sharpened it with Topaz Detail.
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Balboa Park Plugged in
I upgraded to OnOne Plug in Suite 5, so I thought that I’d share a few recent images tweaked using the new version. These all were adjusted in Photo Tools, and in one I also used Photo Frame.
New Enhancing Filter in Balboa Park
On Sunday we went out to Balboa Park to try out a few new toys. I’d received my new set of filters for my wide angle lens. One of the new filters is an enhancing filter. I wasn’t sure how it would work but was pleased with the results.
Orton Effect in IR
Continuing my experiments with the Orton Effect. (As a reminder I’m using Lightroom to create 2 over exposed virtual copies of a shot, one with high clarity & one with low clarity. I merge these as layers in Photoshop, and change the blend mode to multiply.)
I thought that Orton Effect may work well with IR Photos. (Since IR photos are supposed to have an otherworldly look anyway.) What do you think?
Heard a Podcast on Photography.ca about the Orton effect. Since I heard about it I’ve wanted to try a few samples to see what I think. I found some suggested processes to create Ortons using Photoshop. But needing multiple copies sounded like a perfect fit for Lightrooms Virtual Copies. Basically, I made 2 virtual copies. Lightened the exposure on both copies. On One copy I increase Clarify all the way to the right, increase contrast, and sharpened. On the other copy I reduced Clarify all the way to the left, left contrast alone. Then I Edited as layers in Photoshop. Which is where I changed the blend mode to Multiply.
I’d heard that the effect works well with portraits and animals:
I thought that it would also be a good effect to use on old rustic buildings and ruins:
Let me know what you think.
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