Archive for County Fair

Fixing Bad Photos With Treatments

Posted in Image Post with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2012 by Art of Photography

I had a photo with blown out background and too dark foreground. You could barely make out the person in the picture. Yet it was a shot I wanted to display of a lovely young woman and her pet dog.
For those not aware, Photoshop CS6 has a texture panel courtesy of Russell Brown (look for it in Adobe Exchange or on his website, Three textures later I thought I had something. I then got creative with the blending modes and added a few adjustment layers. The end result reminds me of an old newspaper clipping. So much so, I added the date as they use to do it.
For very little effort, I feel I have my picture now and it is ‘interesting’ enough to be worth a look. Hope you agree.

Which One Is Your Favorite?

Posted in Image Post, People with tags , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2012 by Art of Photography

One of the issues every artist addresses is which style (version) of their image is the right one for their composition. Many people do not realize but painters duplicated their famous pictures many many times (its how they make money). Yet each rendition is basically faithful to the original. My mother met Salvador Dali. She said while there he put a pen onto a piece of paper and did not lift it up until the drawing was done. It is a replica of this famous etching:

I think she gave him $10.00 (hey, it was 1962!). The point was he made many drawings of this subject before he finally settled on what would be his Don Quixote etching. Then he did not change it again. Any variation was from skill or the moment but not editing.

Tonight I have this image that I really like and decided to try some treatments. The first thing I tried was just making her beautiful eyes pop.

However, lately instagram processing has been the rage so I thought I would try doing something like that…

I liked the aging but though it might look moldy (all art is a process of editing). So I tried this (I call it my paper bag process)…

I love the dark colors but wondered if I had drifted too far afield of my original intent. So, being me, I decided to combine the treatments and came up with this…

Problem now is which one is ‘The One’?

Anyone have an opinion?

A Few More Pig Posts

Posted in Event, Gallery, Image Post with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Art of Photography

I am doing a matting/printing experiment and needed some images in a certain format. I grabbed a few from the recent pig wrestling group. Here are those images in their new format (the last two are final processing of the first two).

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Hope your weekend is going well.

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!

Grant County Fair – Horsing Around

Posted in Event, Gallery with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by Art of Photography

Last Saturday’s events at the Grant County Fair included the Draft Horses. These are some big horses! Enjoy this small gallery.

BONUS PICTURE – for those who want to connect to their inner girl when viewing large horses…

Grant County Fair – Face Paint

Posted in Event, Gallery with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by Art of Photography

I had a nice story all set up about face painting at the Fair but you know what? The pictures do just fine by themselves. Enjoy this gallery!

Grant County Fair – Pig Wrestling

Posted in Event, Gallery, Image Post with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2012 by Art of Photography

If there is one thing I truly enjoy each year, it is the pig wrestling. The attitude and atmosphere of fun is infectious to all who attend this event.

The Fair runs through Sunday (they gonna wreck some cars and trailers Sunday night!)

Grant County Fair – Dog Day

Posted in Event, Image Post with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by Art of Photography

Tuesday belonged to the dogs. The Dog Show that is. With beautiful weather, the Grant County dog lovers got together and had a fun evening of friendly competitions.

This was the first Queens events and Grant County has some real beauties!

But mostly this is about the dogs, both in performance and obedience.

The most popular is the performance part of the contest. It starts with a briefing, then walk through, and finally the performance.

Remember, the rides start 5 pm today (Wednesday 8/15/2012). Coming up next is Auto Racing!

Grant County Fair – More Jr. Horse Views

Posted in Image Post with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by Art of Photography

Of a total 900 images shot Sunday at the Jr. Horse Judging, 130 look to make the cut. We hope to post as many of these images, as well as the rest of the fair pictures, as possible to the Grant County Fair Website ( In the meantime, while we work on that, here are a few more images from Sunday’s event.

Please go to the website and check out the schedule. I am sure you will see something for almost everyone during this exciting, fun-filled, week!

Grant County Fair Starts

Posted in Image Post with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2012 by Art of Photography

This is Grant County”s (Wisconsin) week to have their fair. It starts with Jr. Horse judging but before I go there I have a question for you. If you had a show tractor and needed to get it to the fairground, what would you do? Especially if it is a nice, cool, Wisconsin Sunday?

Now, on to the horses …

Think horses know they are at a sporting event?

Of course for any event, you have to have a program …

and equipment …

And what is any competition without an award …

You want to always look your best when you compete …

However, beauty is not skin deep …

(I really liked this horse!)

and like any sport it has difficult and dangerous elements …

But these kids were strong and never backed off

Like the Olympics, today was a great day because of great competitors doing what they love to do most.

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