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FISH-EYE Portrait Series: Grant

A friend of mine recently let me borrow her fish-eye lens and it has been

so much fun working with this new piece of equipment!

Over the next few days I will be posting some portraits

and other landscape shots that I have taken with it. Hope you enjoy!

josh


Week 4: Colorful

The image that I submitted for this week’s theme of “colorful” is an HDR image. This was very experimental for me because I have never really attempted HDR before, I had tried a few times in the past but it always turned out looking really bad. After some more reading and experimenting, I was able to figure it out and ended up with an interesting result!

HDR stands for High-Dynamic Range. With HDR shots you basically take three different exposure readings of the same shot (super bright, medium, and super dark) and then merge the three together in some post-processing software. I use Photoshop CS5 or Photomatix Pro. Photomatix is specifically for generating HDR images.

Anyways, here are what the three exposures look like:

Super Bright (Overexposed)

Medium (somewhat of a normal exposure)

Super Dark (Underexposed)

By combining these three exposures you get a super detailed image with somewhat of a surreal look to it:

Final HDR Image

Pretty sweet effect. I especially love how the clouds turned out. But like I said, this is my first time messing around with HDR. It is definitely a lot of fun and I will probably be learning a little more about the technique and making some more HDR images later on.

If you’d like to learn more about HDR check out some of these excellent articles:

Examples:

HDR Photography

Tutorials:

Part 1: Setting Up Your Camera

Part 2: From the Field to Your Computer

Part 3: Post-Processing Work

 

 


Week 2: Joy

Week 2’s theme of “Joy” failed to bring me any “Joy” whatsoever.

For me, Joy was definitely a tough topic to capture in a creative and thoughtful way…so I kinda cheated and just spealt the word out with straws.

I got the idea of using straws (keeping some in focus while others are out of focus) from this photography book I’ve been reading.

Once this assignment got posted, I had no idea what to do, but then I remembered this straw technique thing from the book and figured that I could write the word “JOY” with straws. It actually took a lot more effort than I had anticipated and I got frustrated several times.

In the book they had some fancy-shmancy equipment to use to get the shot, but working on a low budget  and very limited equipment I had to go about the shot ghetto style. Here is what I used to get the shot:

-A piece of glass from an outdoor table top

-Two trash cans to hold the glass up

-Two lights (a desk lamp and a lava lamp light: without the lava lamp on top of course) which I placed underneath the glass

-A shoe box and a pencil holder to hold the lights in place

-Kleenex tissue paper used as my “seamless” white backdrop

-And of course the subject…my straws spelling “JOY”

Below are a few pictures of the setup I used:

Lights Off

Lights On

Top View

Believe it or not, straws DO NOT make the best models. They are very uncooperative. It took me forever to get the word “JOY” spelled out in a way that looked somewhat pleasing.

Even now I do not like the final result…but I figured I would use it anyway since I put so much time in trying to get the shot and the fact that I probably will not be able to capture a scene of “Joy” anytime soon.

Anyways…below is the final shot for Week 2: