Driving Pans

30 11 2015

I am not crazy about panning. But I had five hours left before we got home from our trip to Massachusetts. It was raining in Northern Virgina until we got past Richmond. So most of my shots have rain drops in them. I took a lot of pictures of the electric towers on the side of the road. This is a photo of a car dealership. I like the glow of the sign and my husband liked this one best. He was the driver. I used Lightroom to make the image black and white except for the blue. I added a frame with On1 Effects. This one was taken out of the side window, which was part of the lesson. I took others out the front window.

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I didn’t get too many other good shots but here are the best:





Self-Portrait

26 11 2015
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I knew we would have to do a self-portrait at some point. I am better at having my picture taken now, but still don’t usually like how I look. We are in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving week. I wanted to do a Flat Stanley set of photos using me as Flat Stanley but it was raining and too cold. We also never have enough time to do everything we want. We needed to go to the Cemetery because I had not been able to go during the High Holidays, which is customary. I also have been taking pictures in this cemetery for the Find A Grave Web site and had some photos that needed to be added. It was very sunny today and so decided that I would get a photo of me taking a photo of my Dad’s headstone. He has been gone since 1991. My Mom has dementia and didn’t seem to recognize us until Tuesday afternoon when we were getting ready to leave. It is always hard to leave. We won’t be back until Spring. You can see more photos of our trip on my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

This is my Auntie Annette on the left and me on the right at New England Roast Beef. She treated us to dinner. She is my dad’s sister.

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In the Kitchen

16 11 2015

A room I don’t mind going into most days is the Kitchen! But lately takeout is easier. The lesson this week was to take a photo of something in the kitchen. Nice to be able to stay home to take this weeks photo! I cleaned up my Mom’s old Hamilton Beach Mixmaster and took some photos of it from different angles. Then the golden hour happened in my kitchen windows. I got this shot of the shadow on the wall.

I think this is what I did:

1. Used PSE to make the image B&W using the newspaper option. I then pushed the contrast all the way up to make the background black.

2. Used Perfect Effects and Lightroom to add the textures (but I cannot remember exactly what I did). Used Perfect Effects to add the frame.

3. Used PSE to change the color to red. I cannot use the mixer until we change the cord.

We will be off to Massachusetts to see my Mom and friends and family for Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for in these trying times. You can see other images on my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

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Other kitchen photos:





Experiment

14 11 2015

This week’s lesson was about experimenting with things we haven’t done before.

I have been wanting to try adding a ghost figure to one of my cemetery pictures after seeing some of the great ghost photos in the class galleries. So, I went to Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. There is a large Confederate burial area.
I took bracketed and panoramic photos of several different areas in the Confederate Cemetery. You can see other photos on my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

I have been wanting to try adding a ghost figure to one of my cemetery pictures after seeing some of the great ghost photos in the class galleries. So, I went to Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. There is a large Confederate burial area. I took bracketed and panoramic photos of several different areas in the Confederate Cemetery. You can see other photos on my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/ and on my blog: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/ Steps for making this photo: 1. Merge bracketed photos in Photomatix. Used the default preset filter. 2. Used PSE to merge images. This one had 5 images. I had tried 7, but had too much loss at the top. Still need to work on that problem. 3. Used Lightroom to apply HDR Light Preset and a Sepia Preset to the panorama image. I downloaded the photo of the soldier from the Library of Congress Web site and used the Sepia Preset in Lightroom on it also. 4. Used PSE to merge the panorama and the soldier. I used a layer maske to remove the background around the soldier and used the Exclusion blending mode. 5. Used the Text Overlay process to add the text to the path. 6. Used PSE Guided task - Add Zoom Burst. I chose to focus the right side of the image and leave the right side blurred. Sort of to show that the soldier zoomed in from the past. 7, Used Perfect Effects to change the image to B&W. 8. Added two borders in Perfect Effects.

Steps for making this photo:
1. Merge bracketed photos in Photomatix. Used the default preset filter.
2. Used PSE to merge images. This one had 5 images. I had tried 7, but had too much loss at the top. Still need to work on that problem.
3. Used Lightroom to apply HDR Light Preset and a Sepia Preset to the panorama image. I downloaded the photo of the soldier from the Library of Congress Web site and used the Sepia Preset in Lightroom on it also.
4. Used PSE to merge the panorama and the soldier. I used a layer maske to remove the background around the soldier and used the Exclusion blending mode.
5. Used the Text Overlay process to add the text to the path.
6. Used PSE Guided task – Add Zoom Burst. I chose to focus the right side of the image and leave the right side blurred. Sort of to show that the soldier zoomed in from the past.
7, Used Perfect Effects to change the image to B&W.
8. Added two borders in Perfect Effects.

Here are a few other experiments I tried this week:

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Used a Pencil #2 Action on an HDR version of this image to make it look like a grave rubbing.

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An HDR version of the Confederate Cemetery Gate in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

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This was done using the Radial Blur and Twirl Filters. The original photo ws a piece of watermelon.





Panorama

4 11 2015

It has been rainy and cloudy all week. Went out yesterday and took some pics at the top of the dam that release water into this river – the Neuse River. It started to rain so I left. Went back today and took pictures at the bottom of the dam near the sluiceway. This picture was taken under the Old Falls of Neuse Road. Used PSE to merge the images and used Lightroom to select just the orange colors. Use Perfect Effects to add a light grunge effect and a thin border. You can see other panoramas on my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

Click on the images so you can see the whole image!

It has been rainy and cloudy all week. Went out yesterday and took some pics at the top of the dam that release water into this river - the Neuse River. It started to rain so I left. Went back today and took pictures at the bottom of the dam near the sluiceway. This picture was taken under the Old Falls of Neuse Road. Used PSE to merge the images and used Lightroom to select just the orange colors. Use Perfect Effects to add a light grunge effect and a thin border. You can see some other panoramas on my blog: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/ amd my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

 

I took the images to create this panorama in September at our friends house on Lake Pinehurst.LakePinehurst_Panorama_addedonbottom_sm