Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More of my better pictures

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Fall Rose

Weeping Willow

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Ken

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A few final pictures from Bristol for 2010

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Fire Nymph

The Mud Show

The loser in the sword fight

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fixing the Background

I took this picture of a member of the Fantastikals troupe at the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin back in July.

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While I like the picture of "Flower", the background was really terrible.  On the left is a jarring image of a guy in khaki shorts carrying two blue coolers and that whitish intruder along the edge.  Then there's that blue thing wrapped around the tree on the other side.  The background is pretty much ruining the shot for me.

I tried darkening the background, but that didn't really remove the guy on the left, nor did it get rid of the blue. Then I thought, "Blur! I'll blur 'em out!"

So using Paintshop Pro and masks, I blurred the background, did some cloning of the remaining blue patches, adjusted the contrast and colors, and did some selective sharpening.

The Flower Fairy

Better.

When you're dealing with a difficult background, sometimes you can salvage it. Not just by darkening, but maybe by blurring.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta
Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, Illinois
from my photography class field trip
June 2010

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Would you like a Peaz?

Would you like a Peaz?

Part of The Peas Project

Frazier Studio
Batavia, Illinois
October 2010

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Polarizing Filters

I was on a meetup with a Flickr group that I belong to (West Suburban Chicago Flickrers) and I walked away from the site we were at (The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle Illinois) to get a environment/establishing shot. The day was bright and sunny, and we were there in the mid-afternoon. While, at this time of year, the sun was getting lower, it was still pretty high and blue, as you can see from this first shot.

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This is exactly the kind of situation where I like to put the polarizer on my lens. The sun was almost perfectly placed, perpendicular to the line from me to the subject, and the resulting shot below shows the effect.

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If you ever want to see how a polarizing filter can improve your shots, this should help.

Here’s a good overview of how polarizing filters work, along with some additional examples.  But to summarize, a polarizing filter reduces the reflection and glare off of the surface of your subject. Fishermen wear polarizing sunglasses to reduce the glare from the water. And you can use it to reduce the glare coming from your subjects.

As you can see in the second picture, some of the colors are richer because of the reduction of the glare. And that sky went a much more deeper blue. The general contrast is improved as well. It’s not a great picture, but I thought it was a good example to share.




Jim Frazier

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Monday, October 18, 2010

"Officer, I don’t know what happened. I rolled out of the barn and they were just lying there. The tire tracks? Uh, I don’t know anything about those."

"Officer, I don’t know what happened.  I came out of the garage and they were just lying there. The tire tracks?  Uh, I don’t know anything about those."

The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois (TORCWORI)
October 2010

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Summer 2010 WSCF Trip to TORCWORI

Summer 2010 Trip to TORCWORI

WSCF trip to the  TORCWORI

October 2010

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

July Vacation Set

Girl in the GardenFinally finished editing the pics from our July vacation out east (I'm way behind). Anyway, here they all are. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/sets/72157624525034044/

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

More of my better pictures

All of these taken at the North West Territory Alliance Revolutionary War Reenactment
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
September 12, 2010
www.nwta.com/

Genetically NOT an Indian 1

Genetically NOT an Indian 2

Laughing

Soldier

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010