Archive for June, 2010

28
Jun
10

shadows

I was lucky with this shot. Firstly we spent the afternoon at my brother’s lake house. If you can’t have one, have family or friends that do! Secondly the sun hits the spot just right.

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27
Jun
10

Dark

Last night we went to an outdoor concert at Fairfield University that attracts thousands of people (maybe 4-5 thousand although they say 10 thousand and the lawn is packed). Every year for the past 15 years the Bridgeport Symphony plays a free concert just before July 4th. A local resident is kind enough to underwrite the whole evening. You go and sit on the lawn, eat some food, drink some wine and spend a very nice evening with friends. Yesterday while it looked it was going to storm we only had a few sprinkles. But it was a very dark night.  So this is my take on dark.

24
Jun
10

Hawk in Connecticut

Today I was startled by a hawk as I was picking up all sorts of twigs and sticks and such following a wicked thunder storm. Turns out there are two and possibly a third. Not really crazy about them in my backyard. However as long as they are there I will take pictures.  I know Doris posted a wonderful photo of a hawk today. Unlike her hawk who was in need of help, I think our hawks are fine and healthy.

This image was taken from my deck with a focal length of 280mm and I cropped the image . This as as close I wanted to get!

In my post-processing, I used some ideas I picked up from a tutorial in Be Creative 137 in Elements Village.

21
Jun
10

Sky

My son was playing in a soccer game in the State Cup tournament in Newington, CT. The VA Hospital is just beyond the fields.  The game was at 6pm and we were under a tornado watch. Fortunately other then being quite humid, the weather was rather benign. During the game the clouds behind the the VA Hospital were very interesting.  Although our boys lost, they played very well.

21
Jun
10

Ball II

Redid this crop based on a comment by Karen S. As a result I left a little more space above the ball. I can go either way on the position of the ball. I do like however having my son and the ball more on the left and less in the center.

14
Jun
10

Ball

The ball is about to hit my son in the head. He would prefer me to say that he was about to head the ball! As a mother I hate seeing the kids hit headers. I worry that they are scrambling their brains. Of course in this picture he still had a lot of hair to cushion the blow!

11
Jun
10

Great Outdoors

Combined two pictures to come up with this image.

6/-16-10: This is in response to a comment from Judi Clark. I created this image by taking two photos using a tripod-this is key. One image was exposed for the highlights (the sky) and the other for the shadows (the landscape). Then in PSE 7, I combined the photos using a layer mask. The mask let me remove the blown out blah sky and allowed the sky to show through. Then I processed the photo the way I process most photos – using levels etc. Hope this is helpful.