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12-21-2012 and Still Here

Posted in Event, General Post with tags , , , , on December 21, 2012 by Art of Photography

For those who do not live in the region, there was a small storm in the U.S. Midwest yesterday.

Lancaster Storm 2012

Peace on Earth, Good Will To All Men and Women!


Catching Up

Posted in General Post, Image Post with tags , , , on November 27, 2012 by Art of Photography

I was reminded the other day that I have not posted in awhile. I apologize for that (apologise for my Australasian followers). I have been busy lately with studio work, exploring Photoshop tools in CS6 that can be leveraged for quick treatments, and the usual holiday hub-bub. No doubt there are Christmas pictures coming. I’d still like to finish processing many of the events I was privileged to attend this year as well.

This picture of a local family took two clicks in Photoshop (after I defined an action). Those of you who know me, know I am not into instagram filters but have a scientific and artistic interest in how photos age. This treatment (like my others) is based on the real world decay process. I like to think some things Do get better as they get older. But then I am old so this may not be surprising news.

BTW – this will probably be my last post if I win the $425 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday. (I’ll switch to a free newsletter because I still believe print is better)

And a few just for fun


Showing Off

Posted in General Post, Image Post with tags , , on October 27, 2012 by Art of Photography

This is a composition that is a different way to show off a sample of the photographer’s images. While I like the style and overall look, I think it will confuse the viewer because it is not interactive (they cannot click on an image and get a full size rendering). Oh well, it was still worth the effort.

Triple 3D triptych


Posted in General Post, Image Post with tags , , on October 24, 2012 by Art of Photography

What is photo-art. There was a time when artist would take a developed picture and paint or draw on it. Then artist like Man Ray started trying things like that with undeveloped or under-developed images. It was all about experimenting with incorporating a new art form (photography) with traditional art. In this day and age, it is nice to remember a time when the new was greeted with joy and inclusion and not fear and distrust.

Tonight I have this in homage to all those great investigators…


Buying a More Expensive Camera

Posted in General Post, Image Post with tags , , , , on September 17, 2012 by Art of Photography

So, I took this picture.

Straight out of the camera…

Post processed in Irfanview

Tried it in Photoshop

Finally, combined the two images and then used some other software (OnOne and Topaz) to finish

So, what do people say when they see the finished image?
“What camera did you use to take that!”


First Color Movie

Posted in General Post, Video Post with tags , , , , on September 13, 2012 by Art of Photography

It is hard to decide which is more interesting, the film, the inventor (and supporters), the time it was done (1902), or the process used to restore it. Either way, it is a fun watch!

Link to movie: PetaPixel; First Color Movie (BBC)

IrfanView In Use

Posted in General Post, Image Post, Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by Art of Photography

While tools like Photoshop and Topaz are very capable programs, because of the number of images I could be processing at any one time, I always look for simple quick tools that can do most the heavy lifting.
My favorite is a free program called IrfanView ( It downloads from third party sites (my link is to by CNet) but they do have their own website (
It is best to download the program and also the plug-ins package (separate item), especially for support with RAW files.

It is free and installs easily. It has been around for a long time and is highly recommended. I use it for navigation as well as initial processing. Although it has a lot of capabilities, it is easy to learn. Start with one skill and once mastered, you try another.

So, what is post-processing, and does it have value? Here are two images. The first is a raw, straight from the camera, picture. The second one has had the contrast adjusted.

As you can see, the horse starts to ‘pop out’. Further adjust gamma and color saturation and you get this…

All of these are the same image but the last one is closest to what I saw when I shot the picture. That should be the goal in all post-processing. To finish with a composition that makes you feel the same way you did when you decided the subject in front of you could be a good photo.

All of these adjustments were made with IrfanView.

I opened the image in the program and in the menu bar selected Image >> Color Corrections…
This opened up the adjustment panel

In the lower right section I set Contrast to 45, Gamma to 1.12, and Saturation to 150.
[Contrast is the difference between light and dark (where they meet).]
[Gamma is basically how bright the image is.]
[Saturation is brightness of color.]

IrfanView can do much more including crop, crop to a ratio, sharpen, blur, change resolution (use 96 dpi for images to be shown on a monitor, 240 dpi if it will be printed), and much more. It also has a decent batch processor to convert and/or rename files quickly.

All-in-all, this is how I start. Either I publish as is, continue tweaking with Photoshop, or use the image to preview things I might want to do with more capable graphics software.

In whatever you do, good luck and keep shooting!

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