Thursday, 13 August 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
I recently took a trip to London, and had the chance to take some shots from the iconic BT Tower. It struck me that some of these images were the ideal candidate for a fake Tilt/Shift effect – basically, a photoshop trip to make an image look like it was a close-up shot of a model, rather than a real life image.
So, this is the image I started with
It’s been opened in Adobe Camera Raw, and had the following settings applied:
- Contrast: +59
- Saturation: +37
This is the starting point – boosting the contrast and saturation adds to the ‘false’ effect, and makes the final image look more model-like.
Next, I duplicated the image into a second layer. (Layer –> duplicate layer –> As background copy). I then applied a strong Gaussian Blur to the new layer (Filter –> Blur –> Gaussian Blur –> 15). The resulting image is nicely blurred. You’ll need to tweak this value, based on the strength of effect you need and the original size of the image (larger image needs a larger value, a small image needs smaller value…)
Next, you need to add a layer mask – there is a button at the bottom of the layer palette called ‘Add layer mask’. You need to fill this layer mask with a ‘reflected gradient’ from the gradient tool. I find it works best if you don’t make the gradient perfectly horizontal, but instead angle it to one side slightly. Your layer palette will now look something like this:
The resulting image should, with some luck, look something like this:
You’ll be able to alter the strength of the effect by changing the opacity of the top (blurred) layer.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
It's as simple (and ridiculous!) as it looks - length of ducting, with a flash stuck in the end. I've added a CD in the other end as a reflector to try to even the light out a little.
And here it is 'in action' - the bottom half of the frame is the same image, but with the exposure dropped -4 stops in ACR to show the hot spots a little better. You can see how uneven the light is, with 12 o clock to about 4 o clock being lit, but a lot of falloff after that
On this shot, I added a second (hand held) slave flash - you can see that this even things up a lot (same idea as above - bottom half is dropped 4 stops in ACR). This looked pretty good, so I thought I'd see out some willing 'models'... Cue Eeyore and Elmo:
Eeyore looks OK - very 'flat' lighting, but he doesn't have any reflective eyes (aaw, poor Eeyore!) so you can't see the trademark ring catch light, and he's quite a big guy, and was a fair distance off the wall, so you can't really see the ring shadow/halo against the wall...
Elmo, however, is lucky enough to have real (plastic) eyes, and looks a lot better with the ringlight - you can see in the catchlight that the light still isn't even, but it's a lot better. Still need to try to mask off some of the ring around the flashes to try and even things out, and maybe figure a way to mount the 2nd flash (or better, get the reflection working well enough that the 2nd flash isn't needed)
That's gonna be tomorrows problem... or next weeks. Sometime.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Distance covered: 3km
Tension: 10 (Yes, the highest - I realised this after I'd finished!)
And for the record, I'm bloody exhausted. And given that the 3 peaks challenge is 24 miles, or 39km, that means I've only done 1/13th of the distance. Wah!
Day33 - Tyneside afternoon
Originally uploaded by NosamLuap
Well, 33 days into my 'project365', and I'm pleased to say that I'm on track and haven't missed a day (and I haven't resorted to too many pictures of my house/dog/dinner etc to act as 'fillers'!)
Some have been 'record shots' of the day in question that summarise what I was doing, where others (like this shot of the Tyne) were images that I'm really pleased with and are more than just a grab shot.
So - 33 gone, 332 to go....
It was great to talk with people about the images, to hear their views/criticisms/complements. It was a real honour for me to be given such an exhibition, and I am really pleased with how it all went.
Special thanks also to the staff at the English Martyrs Art Gallery for their assistance in setting up the space and in arranging the event.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
(and no, I'm not comparing myself to Da Vinci...)
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
I suspected that frames may be a big part of today... well I was bloody right. After work, and getting Ellie to bed, and tidying up, I started to frame some pics in preparation for my Exhibition and now, at 22:30, I've framed 5. Yes, FIVE. And I need 39 for the space. FIVE!!!! The first thing I do if I win the lotto tomorrow night is hire a framer. (and buy a D3... but the framer needs to come first, 'cos the need to be done by Monday for hanging - I suspect this may be a late night...)
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The gallery is open from 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. The opening evening is 19th January, 18:30-20:00 - if you're in the area, feel free to pop along and take a look.