Tuesday, May 08, 2007

St Martins, New Brunswick - May 6 2007

Four of us from the KC Camera Club returned to St Martins this past Sunday. Here are a few of my pictures in no particular order. As expected the sun came out as we returned home.

Pictures 1 2 and 3 were taken with my 4 year old compact Olympus C4000Z. The pictures have been converted to black and white, tinted, and resized in Photoshop CS3 Beta. Just playing around with different effects.


At May 08, 2007 7:35 PM, Anonymous Ruthie said...

I LOVE the first one and the third......do you remember you settings for the b&w? Is the third a montage or did you play with color in photoshop?

At May 08, 2007 9:56 PM, Blogger Paul Wood said...


Thanks for the comments. Yes I do remember the settings for the B&W.

In #1 - (Sand Ripples On The Beach) I used channel mixer to convert it to B&W with Red +75, Green +16, Blue + 9 Constant -9. I also used two different curves adjustment layers, something I rarely do. Also Shadow and Highlight adjustments to reduce the highlights quite a bit. Final step was to add a touch of sharpening to bring up the grain a little. It had some color in it but once I converted it to B&W it was a good picture, in my mind anyway.

#3 - (Grass on Sandstone) is a montage (Orton's). A combination of two images, one taken in-focus, one taken out of focus. Blended in Photoshop (Linear Dodge – Opacity 75%) on the blurred image to really punch up the colors. The image that was out of focus didn’t have enough blur so I added 40% Gaussian blur to an already out of focus image. I increased middle slider in levels on both images to 1.20 to lighten both images. This image has not been cropped but was resized to post here. Also it was sharpened a little. The problem I see is there is not enough green to give it the ‘two color punch’ it I think it needs. This came close to being a good Montage but missed on the green, in my opinion that is.


At May 27, 2007 12:36 PM, Blogger Mama Of 2 said...

WOW! Beautiful pictures Papa Papa, it is getting harder and harder to choose a few that I would like to hang on my walls...



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