Is it time for a new challenge?
What say you, gang? Anyone interested in participating in a challenge? I wish more of the Cafe Gang participate, as you all have terrific images, ideas and hints/tips that we could all learn from.
Perhaps a new challenge will get us going? How about a minimum of 5 images, no more than 8, on a theme/topic/project of your choosing. In other words the images need to be part of a cohesive idea and not random unconnected images. Due by say Dec 1? Anyone in?
Thanks, Ulana! Love your enthusiasm!
Now I will be content if I can get David to participate. What say you, David? Are you up for the challenge or will you chicken out? 😈
There, the throw down has happened. Let's see what Ozzies are like. Next, I have to find some way to get our Canadian friends to respond. Perhaps some Canadian insults next? Eh? 😀
Oh and our American contingent needs prodding as well. I wonder what insults can be used there?
Wow, Kerry! Thank you!
You've set the bar seriously high. More on your images when I get a chance to spend some time looking at them, but they're terrific! I'm partial to IR and looks like you've got yourself (or perhaps always had) an IR camera. Do tell us a bit about the technology used to create these images.
Raaj, I achieve the IR look entirely in Photoshop. Here are before and after images, the original straight out of the camera (Nikon D600), and the transformation that resulted from my IR process. And here's my workflow.
- In Photoshop, set the foreground color to black and the background to white.
- In the Layers palette, click on the Adjustment layer icon and select Black and White.
- Click on the Adjustment layer icon and select Curves.
- Identify a portion of the image that you wish to darken (typically the sky). Hover the eyedropper tool over a section you wish to darken, click and hold, and drag up or down until you achieve the degree of darkness you want.
- The entire image will have darkened. You can restore the portions of the picture that have darkened too much to their previous state (e.g., everything except sky and clouds):
- Set the foreground color to black
- Select the brush tool and adjust its size
- Paint over the portions of the picture you wish to restore.
- There will remain portions of the image you wish to more precisely and selectively lighten and/or darken (in fact, this "tinkering" step is probably the most important in the workflow):
- Click on Layer in the menu bar
- Select New/Layer
- In the New Layer dialog, set the mode to Overlay, and check the "Fill with Overlay-neutral color" box
- Click OK
- With white as the foreground color and the brush tool selected, reduce opacity to around 20% and paint over portions of the image you wish to brighten (for example, the edges of clouds)
- Similarly, you can selectively darken by switching the foreground color to black and painting appropriate portions.
These three images are part of a larger series that I am working on. Eventually I will post on my website with a link. This is the new High Speed Rail Station in Hong Kong that connects with parts of China. It opened in October. To date I have gone there three times: morning, early afternoon and then late afternoon to get different light. Unusually for this city all three days had blue sky. The futuristic interior deserves a separate series which is a work in progress.
Comments welcome. I am most interested in your views on tonal range, composition and sequencing.