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





Halloween

28 10 2015

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, Give Me Something Good to Eat. Almost time for tricks and treats. Our neighborhood kids seem to like popcorn, so we give that out. But I like candy! Took this photo on Oakwood Ave (corner of East) in Historic Oakwood in Raleigh. They really went all out with the decorations! It was raining when I took these pictures. Check out my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/.

Trick or Treat! I came upon this house in Historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh. They go all out with the Halloween decorations. Historic Oakwood is a nineteenth century neighborhood and historic district.  The house is close to the street and has trees, street signs, and poles in the way. I took a lot of photos standing on the sidewalk and on the street. To get this image, I merged parts from several photos and used layer masks to blend all of the parts. I removed power lines and the lines that are holding up the zombie on the roof! It was raining when I took the pictures and luckily it didn't start pouring until I had taken enough images. You can see the rain if you zoom in. I added a spider web to the large spider on the house. I used Lightroom HDR and 300 Movie Look presets to get the tones. I left the red, orange, and yellow colors. I added a border with Perfect Photo Effects. If you look closely, you can probably see some ghosts and gobelins of trick-or-treaters of years gone by. They have a sign that says they have video surveillance! I hope they didn't mind me taking so many photos! But there were a lot of others taking pictures last week and today. Check out my blog for more photos: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/ and my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

Trick or Treat! I came upon this house in Historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh. They go all out with the Halloween decorations. Historic Oakwood is a nineteenth century neighborhood and historic district.
The house is close to the street and has trees, street signs, and poles in the way. I took a lot of photos standing on the sidewalk and on the street. To get this image, I merged parts from several photos and used layer masks to blend all of the parts. I removed power lines and the lines that are holding up the zombie on the roof!
It was raining when I took the pictures and luckily it didn’t start pouring until I had taken enough images. You can see the rain if you zoom in. I added a spider web to the large spider on the house. I used Lightroom HDR and 300 Movie Look presets to get the tones. I left the red, orange, and yellow colors. I added a border with Perfect Photo Effects.
If you look closely, you can probably see some ghosts and gobelins of trick-or-treaters of years gone by. They have a sign that says they have video surveillance! I hope they didn’t mind me taking so many photos! But there were a lot of others taking pictures last week and today.





HDR

28 10 2015

High Dynamic Range. Take bracketed shots of a scene and then combine them. I usually cheat and use the Lightroom HDR presets. I went out to Yates Mill Park to take pictures of the Grist Mill and the Lake. Took some shots at Oakwood Cemetery too.  You can see some of my other HDR photos on my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

Went to Yates Mill Park in south Raleigh to take some photos of the mill and the lake.  Historic Yates Mill, is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County (more than 70 water mills once existed in the area). The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University.  The Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and has been restored.  I used 5 images in Photomatix and used the Creative Preset to create this image. I then used Ligtroom to reduce the blue and to subtly bring up some of the other colors. I like my HDR photos to have a gritty look.  I also took photos at the State Fair Gardens and at Historic Oakwood Cemetery. You can see some of my other HDR photos on my blog: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/ and on my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

Went to Yates Mill Park in south Raleigh to take some photos of the mill and the lake. Historic Yates Mill, is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County (more than 70 water mills once existed in the area). The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University. The Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and has been restored.
I used 5 images in Photomatix and used the Creative Preset to create this image. I then used Ligtroom to reduce the blue and to subtly bring up some of the other colors. I like my HDR photos to have a gritty look.

Some of the leaves on the trees around the lake are turning color.

Some of the leaves on the trees around the lake are turning color.

Refelction on the Lake Yates Mill Waterfall

Took these photos at the NC State Fair:

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This weeks class is all about creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. This photo consists of 3 layers. I used Photomatix to create the HDR image. Used the Painterly preset. The photo was taken at the NC State Fair in the garden show section. I think this got a blue ribbon!

This weeks class is all about creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. This photo consists of 3 layers. I used Photomatix to create the HDR image. Used the Painterly preset. The photo was taken at the NC State Fair in the garden show section. I think this got a blue ribbon!

 





Decay

16 10 2015

Well, this week’s theme was decay. Maybe appropriate for me – it was my 60th birthday on Oct. 16th and the DMV changed my haircolor from brown to gray on their own!

I knew I wanted to revisit the Tobacco House around the corner that I photographed for the Abandoned theme week. I knew the house had more damage since I shot those photos. But little did I know that someone had set a fire there the other night. Judith Baker Montana (in my class) made a comment about a fine line between decay, abandonment, ruin etc. I see all of that in the story of this poor tobacco farm house. Tuesday night, Kevin came home and said there was a fire on Forestville Road and he had to go around to get home. I didn’t think about it until I pulled up in front of the abandoned house that I photographed for the Abandoned theme week and realized that this was where the fire was. When I took the photo for abandoned week, I took the photos from near the road. Ricky suggested that it would be interesting to get a shot through the front door if safe to do so. But, I did a bad thing and tresspassed to get these shots. I should have known that the owners lived across the street but because of the steady decline of the house, I thought no one must live near by. I was done shooting and saw the owner of the property came from his house across the street. He asked me why I would disrespect the No Tresspassing sign. I said I didn’t have an answer and apologized. I also started to cry, because that is what I do when I get confronted and because I was wrong to do what I did. I told him I usually take shots from the road and he said he was okay with that, but not with tresspassing. I told him I have been taking photos of the house since we moved to Forestville Farms 15 years ago. He said people always say they will give them photos but never do. I gave him my card and told him to email me. He hasn’t yet and will see if he does. His daddy is still alive and says they should just tear down the house and the barns. They should because they aren’t doing more than just posting a sign to keep people out. They sometimes still plant the field in front of the house. It also upsets me that there are people in our area who are destroying property this way (I added my own subtle grafitti to the house). I will never tresspass again – and I usually don’t do things like that. And I was punished because I lost my 18-55 mm on his property and could not find it today. You can see more shots on my flickr page:https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

Today is my 60th birthday. I thought I should post my renewed license for an example of decay because they changed my hair color from brown to gray. But really I look a lot younger than 60! Jude made a comment about a fine line between decay, abandonment, ruin etc. I see all of that in the story of this poor tobacco farm house. Tuesday night, Kevin came home and said there was a fire on Forestville Road and he had to go around to get home. I didn't think about it until I pulled up in front of the abandoned house that I photographed for the Abandoned theme week and realized that this was where the fire was. When I took the photo for abandoned week, I took the photos from near the road. Ricky suggested that it would be interesting to get a shot through the front door if safe to do so. But, I did a bad thing and tresspassed to get these shots. I should have known that the owners lived across the street but because of the steady decline of the house, I thought no one must live near by. I was done shooting and saw the owner of the property came from his house across the street. He asked me why I would disrespect the No Tresspassing sign. I said I didn't have an answer and apologized. I also started to cry, because that is what I do when I get confronted and because I was wrong to do what I did. I told him I usually take shots from the road and he said he was okay with that, but not with tresspassing. I told him I have been taking photos of the house since we moved to Forestville Farms 15 years ago. He said people always say they will give them photos but never do. I gave him my card and told him to email me. He hasn't yet and will see if he does. His daddy is still alive and says they should just tear down the house and the barns. They should because they aren't doing more than just posting a sign to keep people out. They sometimes still plant the field in front of the house. It also upsets me that there are people in our area who are destroying property this way (I ad

This is how the house looked about 13 years ago:

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After the tornado in 2011:

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February 2015:

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Some close-ups after the fire Oct, 2015:

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Tuesday night, Kevin came home and said there was a fire on Forestville Road and he had to go around to get home. I didn't think about it until I pulled up in front of the abandoned house that I photographed for the Abandoned theme week and realized that this was where the fire was. When I took the photo for abandoned week, I took the photo from near the road. Ricky suggested that it would be interesting to get a shot through the front door. And so, I did a bad thing and tresspassed to get these shots. And the owner of the property came from his house across the street and asked me why I would disrespect the No Tresspassing sign. I said I didn't have an answer and apologized. I also started to cry, because that is what I do when I get confronted and I was wrong to do what I did. I told him I usually take shots from the road and he said he was okay with that, but not with tresspassing. I told him I have been taking photos of the house since we moved to Forestville Farms 15 years ago. He said people always say they will give them photos but never do. I gave him my card and told him to email me. Will see if he does. His daddy is still alive and says they should just tear down the house and the barns. They should because they aren't doing more than just posting a sign to keep people out. They sometimes still plant the field in front of the house. It also upsets me that there are people in our area who are destroying other peoples property this way. I will never tresspass again - and I usually don't. To see more shots from this shoot, see my blog: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/ and my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/needlepointernc/

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Autumn

8 10 2015

It is October and this week’s lesson is all about Autumn. It is still early in Raleigh for the autumn colors, but there was plenty of autumn color at the State Farmer’s Market. The market is open all year round and changes with the seasons. Plenty of pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes. All white pumpkins seem to be popular this year and they were having a pumpkin contest for the kids today. I used Lightroom to highlight the orange in the pumpkins.

It is too early for fall foliage here in Raleigh. But there is plenty of fall color at the State Farmer's Market. The market is open all year round and changes with the seasons. Plenty of pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes. All white pumpkins seem to be popular and they were having a pumpkin contest for the kids today. I used Lightroom to highlight the orange in the pumpkins. You can see other photos from the market on my blog: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/

More fun stuff at the farmer’s market:

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Dreamscape with B&W and Color

2 10 2015

This week we are revisiting the dreamscape technique but adding a b&w background layer. I am not sure I see much of a big difference except in certain photos. The weather has hampered outdoor photos this week. But I managed to get one at the Buddhist Temple down the street.

It has been raining or cloudy all week. We are getting a storm before the possibility of getting some rain from Hurricane Joaquin. It is the peak of Hurrican season here and we haven't been hit in awhile. But I managed to get a shot of the front of the Buddhist Temple, which is up the street from us. I applied the HDR strong preset in Lightroom and then I used the infrared setting on the B&W layer and a gaussian blur around 50 in PSE. I burned in the upper-right and left corners. I had hoped to get some shots at the IBMA (International Bluegrass festival) here in Raleigh this weekend, but they moved everything into the convention center. I am not sure I really see what the b&W layer adds to the dreamscape technique on most photos. You can see some dreamscapes I did on some other photos taken at the previous IBMA shows on my blog: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/

It has been raining or cloudy all week. We are getting a storm before the possibility of getting some rain from Hurricane Joaquin. It is the peak of Hurrican season here and we haven’t been hit in awhile. But I managed to get a shot of the front of the Buddhist Temple, which is up the street from us. I applied the HDR strong preset in Lightroom and then I used the infrared setting on the B&W layer and a gaussian blur around 50 in PSE. I burned in the upper-right and left corners. I had hoped to get some shots at the IBMA (International Bluegrass festival) here in Raleigh this weekend, but they moved everything into the convention center. I am not sure I really see what the b&W layer adds to the dreamscape technique on most photos. 

Also took a photo of the last hydrangea bloom this season and used the dreamscape techinique on the image.

The one and only bloom on the hydrangea in October 2015. Used the dreamscape technique with a b&w and color layer. Used the HDR preset in Lightroom to add drama.

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Sir Walter Raleigh becomes the banjo stage in front of the Raleigh Convention Center for the IBMA conference. This is 2014 and someone had stolen his banjo. The 2015 show has had to move into the convention center because of all the rain we are getting this week. We are waiting to see if Hurricane Joaquin is going to hit the NC coast.

Used the infrared option on the background layer and then used the Dreamscape technique. Made the sky look ominous.

Used the infrared option on the background layer and then used the Dreamscape technique. Made the sky look ominous.