Thursday, March 27, 2014

Girl in the Garden


Kate and I were wandering through a garden at Williamsburg and I spotted this staffer having a snack.  This was an intensely sunny day (as was every day of our vacation).  But she was sitting in a nice shady spot, which made the lighting absolutely perfect.  This is one of my all time favorite photographs.

July 21, 2010

At the Colonial Garden and Nursery in Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Adventures in Color Balance

My photography class was interested in shooting slow speed water shots of the fish ladder at the St. Charles, Illinois dam.  As I was processing this shot, I found some interesting color balance issues

Image 1
Fish Ladder Redux

Image 2
Fish Ladder Redux - Version II

Image 2 is the exact same picture as image 1.  After I posted image 1, I looked at it on my phone.  It was so brown that it highlighted the color balance issue.  My computer doesn't emphasize browns like my cell phone does (and probably most of your screens).  All the other colors look fine, just the browns. 

Anyway, that really wasn't the point

This picture has an interesting color balance problem.  Most of the water is in full sunlight.  But this was early enough in the morning that the top of the fish ladder was in shadows.  So we now have two different colors of light in the same picture.  Part of the picture is in sunlight, and part of it is in shade.  Since I like a slightly brownish cast, I set the white balance based on the whites in the shadow area.  This made them greyish as you can see in the image 1.  But this made the sunlit water a little brown - actually, too brown when I see the photo on other screens.

So I thought I would post a version where the only change I made was to set the color balance for the foam in the sunlit areas instead of the shadows - image 2.  Now you can see that the shady areas are blue and the brown is pretty much gone.  But who wants blue shady areas? Hmm, "blue shady" - name for a jazz band?

I could probably fiddle with this in Photoshop, but I'll just use the all-purpose lazy-but-often-effective solution to color balance problems - make it black and white!  See image 3.  Note that this one has a little warmth to it...I added a touch of sepia because I DO likes me some brown.

Image 3
Fish Ladder Redux - Version III

And, what the hell, since I'm being didactic... here's the image without sepia - just 50 shades of gray. (snicker)

Image 4
Untitled


St. Charles, Illinois
March 15, 2014

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

By Request - Sir Mauldron

Recently, I posted a few of my best jousting photos from the Bristol Renaissance Faire.  It was pointed out to me that there was no Mauldron in that collection.  This was a grave error for which I now atone.  ;-)

Three Faces of Crazy II

Three Faces of Crazy I

Three Faces of Crazy III

"Dang!  This always happens.  Get the helmet bolted on, THEN my nose itches!"

Surely you joust II

Joust II

Jousting to the death...or at least to the scratch

Some Friendly Jousting

Giggling Knight

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some of my best from Military History Fest 2014

Prepared

A REALLY Grand Poobah

Russian Soldiers I

General Pershing I

Untitled

Mr. Lincoln shops for a gift for Mrs. Lincoln before date night at the theater.

More here

Military History Fest
www.militaryhistoryfest.com/
St. Charles, Illinois
February 1, 2014

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Looking South


Looking South Montrose Harbor
Chicago, Illinois

February 22, 2014

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Surely You Joust

A few of my best jousting pictures from Bristol Renaissance Faire...

Well, *I'm* intimidated!

Morik Yells

Surely you joust I

Joust I

Joust V

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Trip to Chicago in February

We visited Chicago a couple of weeks ago and started out at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and then Moved on to Montrose and finished up in Wrigleyville.  Here is the set on Flickr, and I'm still adding to it.  And here are some of the better shots so far.

These first two are from the Lincoln Park Conservatory

Spring Flower Show I

Spring Flower Show II

And this one is from Montrose Point

From Montrose Point

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