Friday, September 26, 2014

Flowers.

It was a snap-shot I didn't think I would use until I opened it in Lightroom and started to play with it. I kind of like the result.
I go rid of yellows and added a grad filter, darkening and blurring edges. Plus usual stuff.


Flowers.

I revisited these shots from 2012 and edited them again in Light room.




Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last night walk to Norristown Farm Park...testing new filter Tiffen 77mm Color Graduated Neutral Density 0.6 Filter


Graduated neutral Density filters are used to take landscape photographs and bring bright sky to land's dynamic range. The one I got is not very expensive as they can be. :) Still, it was very high dynamic range at sunset the filter can't handle. I guess it did some good job, but not a miracle.
Anyway, here are some pictures. Today when I was editing them in Lr5, I realised that I should have shoot at f/11 or wider instead of f/18 as I did. 














Friday, May 30, 2014

Silly faces of my friends.

All pictures are edited in Lightroom5. Besides usual editing, I desaturated green and did Graduated mapping in GIMP, just about 20% opacity.







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GIMP. Using Gradient Map Tool.

My image after editing in Lightroom5:



Original:



Today I added a little punch to it with a gradient map tool in GIMP:

It looks more dramatic.
What I did:
1. Duplicated my image.
2. Make sure FC/BC are Black/White
3. For new layer: Colors-Map-Gradient map.
4. For new layer: Mode-Soft light, Opacity - about 50%

I also want to learn how to  do color tone overlay in GIMP.
A started with this tutorial for Photo shop:
http://newportraitbiz.com/blog/how-to-add-color-tone-overlay-to-images-photoshop-tutorial/

then found these two for GIMP:

http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gimptutorials/ss/Split-Tone-Gradient-Map.htm
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gimptutorials/ss/Gradient-Editor.htm

I didn't want to do a split light, so I set up only Left  Point's color to kind of brown-yellowish.
I played with a gradient map tool for a while and here what I got so far (I am sure it can be improved:

JPEG from Camera (though I worked on RAW file in Lightroom5):


What I got from GIMP: