I don’t normally reblog stuff but this hit a note with me about my some of my images. lol
As far as my performance went, I think I did really well, but also I really fucked it up.
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I got two emails from this Tumblr but they don’t show up in my inbox here, had to copy from my email. Not sure if it’s because the content of the asker is NSFW so I could not respond directly.
breathlessbeautynudity asked a question Hi , wow fantastic work, great shots. some of the best I have seen. Best wishes. MW
Hi the title of your blog is intriguing, why light conspiracy?. please explain? a person with your talent can bend light almost to ur will, yes? Regards MW
Thanks and as I have said so many times today, I am humbled by the support I received.
In response to your second message, haha, no. I only wish I had that kind of power. The name stems from the definition of photography from the Greek “photos” for light (and -graphos for drawing). Light is the heart of photography and I “conspire” with it to create my images.
Without the right light an image can be quite dull. When the light is just right, the most mundane subjects can become magical.
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This is a question I had about my process that I answered privately so the person asking got the answer. But I also wanted to share publicly. Sharing technique is something I firmly believe in, some things should be shared.
"How did you do your latest photograph? What did you use and how? I’m a fine artist but not too experienced with programs for photo editing, more with painting and installation. Could I pick it up? Thanks it’s beautiful!"
First off, thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you like it, the response I have received over my work today has been overwhelming.
Now on to the technical stuff. It is an HDR image which is composed of seven different exposures that were exported from Lightroom and processed in NIK’s HDR Efex Pro.
After some minor tweaking in NIK to keep the image relatively flat and avoid any cartoonish cast, I brought it back to Lightroom. Temp, tint and exposure were decreased and highlights & shadows were increased globally. Yellow, green and blue channel saturation was increased globally. Green luminance was increased and blue decreased globally.
Then there were local adjustments of different parts of the image. The foreground rocks under the water had a clarity and contrast increase and a decrease in shadows. The darker tree reflected in the water then had a clarity and sharpness decrease.
The tall grass at the shoreline had a clarity, saturation and exposure increase and it’s highlights decreased in intensity. The green grass had it’s clarity, shadows, contrast and exposure increased.
That probably sounds a lot more complex that it really is. When I shoot an image I visualize how I want to final image to look. Getting to that point when I process, I do what feels right for the image I am working on and never give a second thought to how much is involved to get it where I visualized it. I could tell you the exact amount of increases and decreases each adjustment had but that would only apply to this image and wouldn’t be much help. It’s like a painter telling someone how much magenta they added to blue to get that shade of purple. You just do what feels right.
Now to your last question, can you pick it up? I believe anyone can learn to process images. its no different than learning any other skill. If you take the time to learn what the tools are capable of doing, the sky is the limit.
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Anonymous asked: Favorite pie-flavor?
Apple. Fresh home made apple pie can’t be beat…..except for maybe chocolate pie…hmmm….no, it’s apple, definitely apple…I think…
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love-xrisa asked: how can i use tumbir?
Wish I knew. If you figure it out let me know.
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Thanks Tumblr for the feature and a huge thank you to everyone who liked and reblogged. I watched the numbers grow on my phone today and it was quite a humbling experience.
I shot this about a month ago and have been debating posting it the entire time, it is just so different from my usual work and I had my doubts about it.
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oneimageatatime said: Great shot. Love the contrast in light and textures.
my-memory-palace said: beautiful composition and great contrast
qbnscholar said: Gorgeous. Congrats on the B&W blue tag.
thliii said: Damn!!!! Nice!
Thanks for the kind words and thanks to the B&W editors and everyone who liked and reblogged my last image.
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Ricketts Glen Number Twelve
Last one…..for now.
I shot these images during a six hour hike at a State Park in Pennsylvania called (obviously) Ricketts Glen. The full “Falls Trail” is a seven mile loop that passes 22 named waterfalls and rises and falls about 1000 feet in elevation. If you are in relatively good physical condition and don’t have a fear of heights, this short hike is probably the most scenic hike you can do in Pennsylvania. IMHO. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
The Glens area is an old growth forest that was preserved by R. Bruce Ricketts who made a fortune clear cutting 80,000 acres around the natural area and is a National Natural Landmark.
For the history of the park and the Ricketts family this wiki page is an interesting read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricketts_Glen_State_Park
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