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Feb 7, 2014, Friday
Selective Color    Postprocessing Photography MINI Cars Santa Cruz  
Feb 7, 2014, Friday
Jan 11, 2017, Wednesday
Accidental Panorama    Greece Postprocessing Panorama Hydra  
Jan 11, 2017, Wednesday
Jan 13, 2017, Friday
Blue Boat(s)    Greece Simplify Silver Efex Postprocessing Hydra  
Jan 13, 2017, Friday

Selective Color

February 7, 2014   Postprocessing, Photography, MINI, Cars, Santa Cruz

Selective use of color in an otherwise black and white shot is cliche -- but it is still useful because color provides a powerful spotlight on what the photographer wants to highlight.

Here are a couple of examples, one taken at Lassen National Park (Nikon D200, 18-200 vr at 18mm, f/8) and another in downtown Santa Cruz in front of a favorite burrito shop (Nikon D300, 30/1.4, f/5.6). I like their tubular tacos. Both shots were processed with Capture NX and Silver Efex using the latter's control points to selectively reveal the color of the original.

MINI at Planet Fresh      
A little selective colour in front of a favorite burrito joint.
MINI at Mt Lassen

Accidental Panorama

January 11, 2017   Greece, Postprocessing, Panorama, Hydra

I didn't take a wide* lens to Greece last fall so I didn't get any of those mind-bending panoramas that a wide angle, a fish eye especially, can get you. Oh well. That I miss those shots so much tells me I may have to get another lens, like the Rokinon 8mm, or maybe a converter for the Nikon 10.5. It seems my shopping list is never empty.

On the other hand, I'm not really looking to add to my carry on. The iPhone's panorama function works in a pinch. Or, just overlap a set of shots by about a quarter frame then merge them later. The cost of these hand-made panoramas is in immediacy, the time spent processing, and a potentially ungainly file size, but it doesn't add to your bag.

Speaking of panoramas, here is an example of how not to shoot a panorama: the shots aren't lined up. It's not right, but I like it anyway.

*I'm gonna define wide as 10 to 12 on DX, 15 to 20 on FX.

A non-rectangular image like this has its limits - you're not gonna print it, some are gonna hate it. Whatever. Oh yeah, the full-screen link is hidden, its behind the camera icon.

Blue Boat(s)

January 13, 2017   Greece, Simplify, Silver Efex, Postprocessing, Hydra

Stepping off the ferry in Hydra the first thing that caught my eye was a blue boat. A lovely blue, it reminded me of a plastic-toy blue offered on the first-generation Miata. So I thought I'd have some fun with the blue boat set against the town as backdrop. First I cropped some sky off the top and some sea off the bottom which left just a band of each with a band of land in the middle.

Blue Boat, Hydra      
Next I ran the image through Silver Efex, keeping just the blue of the boat. The preset name, in this case High Structure Harsh, is shown in parentheses in the photo title.
Silver Efex (High Structure Harsh)      
I ran the partial b&w, the Silver Efex version, through Simplify. This seems to have messed with the blue, it took out the hint of turquoise. I like this blue but it's definitely not the same blue.
Silver Efex then Simplify (Oil Painting II)      
Yes, finally, the last blue boat. This is the original processed with Simplify. As with any of these tools, this example only hints at what you can do. The presets make fast work of it, but everything is changeable so you're not limited in any way.