Tag Archives: Digital Art

sil·hou·ette… 94/365

sil·hou·ette... 94/365

This one almost looks like an HDR image after all was said and done, but in fact it was just a single image initially processed in Lightroom to get the temperature, tint, tone, clarity, vibrance and sharpness set, then moved over to Photoshop and put it through my usual paces: Curves for more contrast, Lab color technique and the Orton type effect, then back to Lightroom to finish off and export to JPEG…a peek into my process a bit…more on that to come…

sil·hou·ette(2)

This one was processed similarly, but is an HDR image that was generated in Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapped in Photomatix then brought back into Lightroom to begin the above mentioned processing until…here it is! I have found that I prefer generating HDR images through Lightroom/Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapping them in Photomatix rather than generating them in Photomatix. The images are much sharper and cleaner done this way, and since the tone-mapping feature of Photomatix is all I use the program for at this point, the Photoshop plug in version of it would have done me just fine at a lower price tag.  I am sure the other features like the batch processing and such are useful, I just have not had the time to invest in learning it right now.  Maybe someday…until then… 

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Painting With Clouds… 92/365

Painting with Clouds...

I decided that one was not good enough for tonight…so I have four to offer…I decided to make the following three a “… of three” title with the top one as the main one, again chosen by the wife on her way up to bed.  These are all of the same confused and cluttered sky right before the storms arrived this evening…

One of Three…

Painting with Clouds... 1 of 3

Two of Three…

Painting with Clouds... 2 of 3

Three of Three…

Painting with Clouds... 3 of 3

 I like how the Orton effect sort of thing makes the clouds look like paintings…hence the name…and I tried a little different of a procedure than I usually follow tonight.  I like the results so far and just need to remember to write the steps down someday to replicate and maybe even share…maybe…until that time…

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Mr. Linden’s Library(2)… 39/365

Mr Linden's Library(1)... 39/365

Part 2 of the series…there is actually a lot more work in this than it looks as there are 4 images of houseplants growing out of the book. I will need to add some more and do some other tweaks to it tomorrow as it is getting late here.

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Mr. Linden’s Library… 38/365

Mr Linden's Library... 38/365

This is the starting image of another digital art project I am starting inspired by (and copying as best as I can) the drawings of one of my favorite books. If anyone can guess what book and what I am going to add next, you will win…well…my respect as I have nothing to really give away for it other than that, ha-ha.

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Church at Sunset… 33/365

Church at Sunset... 33/365

Storms bloomed all around us today and created some spectacular horizons to photograph. This is a church in Grayslake I pass by on my way home. I thought it was fitting that the rays from the sun broke through the clouds right at the steeple.

This is a six exposure handheld HDR image done in my usual fashion. Incredibly, the blue at the top and the yellow under the clouds was how it actually looked (well a little more saturated after the HDR generation, but similar all the same).

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Turmoil HDR… 32/365

Turmoil HDR... 32/365

This monster went through early this morning, bringing 90 degree heat and pure humidity in it’s wake. Standing out in the parking lot at work, we were all looking up into the swirling mass of clouds rolling overhead, pointing out potential funnel clouds as they approached or went over, secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of one, outwardly hoping not to…As fast as it came, it left, and we all went back to the rest of the day.

Turmoil is a 6 image handheld HDR generated in Photoshop CS3, tone-mapped in Photomatix and developed in Lightroom.  I took it back into Photoshop, grabbed one of the middle exposures of the bracketed photos that made up the HDR and layered in the trees at the bottom to calm it down a little bit, then burned it into silouhette.  Other than that, it is pretty much as is, haha. 

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