Category Archives: Techniques

When The Photographer Isn’t

We entered Glacier Bay early in the morning under heavy clouds. Add the motion of the ship and I was faced with several challenges that I wasn’t prepared for. A number of what I thought were interesting shots wound up looking pretty sad on the LCD screen. I kept shooting thinking that I might be able to make corrections in Lightroom but a good image proved to be elusive.

So I fell back on a technique I’ve used to make an uninteresting photo look a little more interesting by emulating an artistic painting look. I’ve posted some of these efforts in the past and have written about it in the following posts, linked here and here.

Other examples are here and here.

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Hanging glaciers caused by receding ice.
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A lone sailboat in the vastness.

In the two photos above I used the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6, the BuzSim filter in Topaz Simplify 3, and Glamour Glow in NIK Color EFEX Pro 4.

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Virgule and Friends

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New stairs for an old building. Left untreated and unpainted in the Northwest weather they quickly take on the patina of the building itself. Fairly aggressive use of NIK Software’s Tonal Contrast filter helped exaggerate the details here. The shadows were purposely left dark to emphasize the alley location.

Two Kinds of People

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Two kinds of people no more I say.
Not the good or the bad, for it’s well understood,
The good are half bad, the bad are half good.

Not the happy or sad, for in the swift-flying years,
Bring each man his laughter, each man his tears.
Not the rich or the poor, for to count a man’s wealth,
You must know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life’s busy span,
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.
No! the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift, the people who lean.

Wherever you go you’ll find the world’s masses
Are ever divided into these two classes.
And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I mean,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of the overtaxed lifters who toiled down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear,
Your portion of worry and labor and care?