Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Date: Feb 23, 2011
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2011
I’ve been procrastinating again this month. I have a great idea for a free study photo, but when I arrived on site, my vantage point was locked up behind a chain-link construction fence. There will be another time to shoot it, so I won’t spoil the surprise.
So at the proverbial last minute, I found myself at the Pacific Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Outside the temperature was about freezing; it was snowing with winter storm watch warnings on the news. The show was sparsely attended while we were there which opened up sightlines and cleared the riff raff out of my field of view. Sadly it didn’t help.
The show was poorly lit – well it was okay for viewing garden stuff – but too dim for good photography. I cranked my ISO up to 6400, opened the lens, and struggled with focus and depth of field all day. I got a few pictures I liked … but none in what I’ve come to consider the DPC sweet spot.
Browsing through them, I found this macro of a metal (probably aluminum) birdbath bowl. It had been ground and polished leaving subtle patterns in the metal. In Photoshop I brightened it up and fooled around with adjustment layers trying to make something from it. And I made a happy mistake. I went to use Curves on auto and missed the icon hitting Levels instead. Hitting auto, it revealed the colors and texture; A happy accident.
Now here's the problem, abstracts tend not to do so well here. Maybe this will be the exception that proves the rule!
• Convert from RAW (PSCS5 Camera Raw)
• Remove Dust (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Adjust Color (PSCS5 Levels Layer – Auto)
• Brighten (PSCS5 Exposure Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM Masked)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)
• Date: 2011.02.23
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
• ISO: 6400
• Aperture: f/10
• Shutter: 1/640
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