Grey Hazy Days on Gozo - 2

It looks like I should have posted this here, not in nature. What would you guys do with these grey skies? I tried color grading them so to speak. I am not a sky replacement type of guy, so any other suggestions??

Expose to the Right!

No, not a guide for exhibitionists!

For those wondering, here is an example of how "exposing to the right" (i.e. of the histogram) can give you plenty of leeway in post, and give a very different end result than what you see on the back of the camera, which can look flat and uninspiring.

Actually this image has plenty of leeway,...

One ugly raw file...

So i was in the Pocono's this weekend with the family and we were 20min from this fall. I had been wanting to see it for a bit since it is 2hrs away from my house and for 1 waterfall well, that's quite a distance.
The raw file is an ugly one, i pretty much don't like anything about it so i was hoping processing would help. Unfortunately...

You Make the 'After'

Here is a challenge for you: I would like to see this in black and white but when I convert it, it is completely monotone. Can it be a successful black and white? You tell me! I look forward to seeing edits and, ideally, instructions on how they were accomplished!

Minimal Skimmers

I posted a couple of these shots in landscape and nature and Shawn asked about how they are done. I am always a little shy about posting 'how to" stuff as I don't use any of the 'big' software and there are probably easier and better ways of doing this. Because of this, I am sincerely grateful for others to chime in about how they would do...

Woodland photography

Woodland photography is so damn difficult!! I believe this to be so because you need to have the perfect recipe, light, character/interesting subject and flow or focal point.
I liked these naturally bending trees coming up from the forrest floor and wanted to showcase them. In post i added well a lot of stuff but wanted to blur the...

when all you got is your cell.....

So a storm went off at my daughters swim meet tonight and all i had ....you guessed it a cell phone. So i luckily had a silo and garden across the street shoot at least some interesting foreground not amazing but usable. so i took a 2 tier pano of around 10 images and with a lot of warping and auto fill came up with #1 #2 is a fairly heavy edit...

Changing color to add dimension and depth....

In most cases our photos are flat not only due to the nature of RAW format images but also the light that we shoot in. In this edit i messed with the coloring quite a bit as to help give a greater sense of depth bringing warm colors to the foreground and cooling the shadows and background. In painting we do this all the time also to bring...

new spot new challenges

here's a new spot from Wissahickon park that i stumbled upon the scene was mostly in shadow so i had to take 2 exposures and blend them at different stops then the result was too bright and i had to bring back the drama.
i did a directional temperature change warmed from top left to bottom right corner and cooled from bottom right to...

Adding color gradients...yes or no

This is my first attempt at trying color gradients and im wondering if they add a little something or are they a gaudy approach to editing. I'm sure with the right shot and for the right reason they could be applied to greatly increase the mood or feel of shot.
But does it work well with landscape photography?
The first is the...

Trying Portrait Photography...

So this is an image i shot this evening of my daughter. I have full intensions of upgrading to a better camera and lenses before i start taking clients but my question here is, is this a good look or am i way off the mark?

Mt Rowland

Just for interest, the ex-camera jpeg (so it's already slightly processed by Nikon) and the recently posted image. As people have pointed out, the light is a bit weak - in fact it barely looked like sunshine. The jpeg is pretty much how it appeared. I was curious to see what I could make of it. The mountain face really lacks warmth, appearing a...

reflection on fall

I haven't posted for a while and thought it time I contributed to the group. This is an image designed to challenge the mind, of fall trees with colors pushed to enhance the abstract nature.

The capture is actually of the reflection of the trees in a foreground pond, with the image flipped 180 degrees to provide the challenge to the...

Waterfall at Daybreak

Here’s a shot I took last weekend while hiking a location Joe Cole told me about (thanks again Joe). Bottom is the RAW image (down sampled to post) before process. A couple of days ago I posted a partially done version to get some feedback to see what anyone had to say, and received some good useful constructive criticisms.

Thanks Chris...

Awaiting Life

With this photo I wanted to show the dramatic feeling one has when a baby comes into the world and to show the magical wonders of editing, by entering it into a contest for black and white documentary, so I had my camera set up and ready to shoot this photo. Ko

great hike rough shoot

not all that happy with the shot but i helped it out as much as i could...
5 shot pano with the 14mm and i missed focus and i underexposed like a dumbass
top is the shot out of camera (merged) bottom is the after

Monument to Abstract

I think many new photographers would like to try taking some abstracts but dont "see" them when shooting. Here is one of my more successful pair of abstracts and how they came about to promote some abstract shooting and (hopefully) posting in M,A&B. This is more a pre/post thought process than editing one.

Check out the series from...

My Moody Flowers "How To"

Hey - This is for David and a few others who have been asking about how these are made.

It is all about the thrill of the hunt - botany style. (I know - I'm a dork!)

I go in the morning/evening to get that great side light. Then I look for plants that are mostly in the shade accept for a flower in the sun. This sets up the...