Saturday, July 21, 2007

#9 Sunset Sail. July 21, 2007


After being boatless in Seattle for the past year, I have gotten the bug to dive into boat ownership again. A really nice J/29 came up for sale and I gave the owner a call and took a sail on it during a race this week. The boat is really fast and really nice. We took the gun (first across the finish line) and won the race. Although this was just a beer can race.

During the race a storm passed close buy and I took this picture of one of our competitors sailing to windward of us. (What a Tripp, Peterson 37) Anyway, buying a boat is the easy part, finding a place to moor it is a whole different problem. There are no places to moor a boat in Seattle.

Photoshop on this Picture:
I did a lot of adjustments to this picture, but in the end, it does not look much different from the original shot. I tried to improve it but I just kept pulling the opacity of my adjustments down so far that they only change the picture very slightly. The most significant change would be the sharpening and curves adjustment.

Monday, July 16, 2007

#8 Michigan Cold Front


Cold front moving into Frankenmuth, Michigan near sunset.

Camera: Canon 20D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8IS @ 17mm
Exposure: 1/13s at f/6.3
ISO: 100
Taken: 7/12/2007 @ 8:10pm EDT.

Photoshop: You can see the original shot with the photoshop layers below. Created house layer to bring out and lighten up the house. Background copy was used to convert image to black and white via channel mixer. Also applied curves adjustment and used the highlight and shadow tool. Note mask on layer.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

#7 Rainier Sky

Taken above Paradise on the slopes of Rainier on July 1, 2007.

Camera: Canon 20D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8IS @ 17mm
Exposure: 1/1000s at f/9
ISO: 100

Photoshop: Applied shadow/highlight filter to bring out the sky. Over sharpened the clouds to pop them from the blue sky and give them some texture. Used channel mixer to create a B&W image but applied a gradient mask so that only the bottom would go to B&W. Final curves adjustment to create more drama. See Photoshop screen grab below. Layers turned off to display original shot.