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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5:03:45 pm… 26/365

5-03-45 pm... 26/365

This could potentially be the finished image, it is the end of the week afterall, so with that I will also include the original images in this post so you can see what I was working with.

Day 1:

I started with these two images…The texture is a three image HDR macro of the enamel on a pot that has been Raku fired.  I too that image and blended it into the shot of my mantle clock face and inner workings and multiplied the bacjkground away into black to give it an aged, floating in space look.

Raku Cracks

 

Day 2:

The sunset was beautiful this night with the small cumulus clouds hovering in the light, so I blended that in as a background for the middle of the whole image…

 

Day 3:

I wanted to have something to go in that big black crack in the face of the clock, and I was thinking about something green like grass.  After walking the house for a bit, I found it…

Day 4:

I had noticed that there was an elemental feel to this image now with the sky and the plant so I figured the sun could be a bit more like fire and I would add some water to the whole mix and make it the four elements.  Time seems to fit in there OK with me as well as a sort of fifth element.

All in all I figure it took me about 10 hours or so of total time to blend and manipulate and layer, including the computer crash time last night.

I hope you have enjoyed the building of this image over the last few days and I am sure I will be trying this out again later.

 

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5:03:45 pm… 25/365

5-03-45 pm(3)

Tonight’s addition was a fun one….the computer crashed three times during the making of it, so I got a lot of practice blending the ivy leaves into this image and learned the most valuable lesson you can ever learn in this type of work….Save the image often…  Anyway, it’s almost there I think, and whie I was getting worried about it getting too crowded or cluttered, I think it is still moving along nicely enough.

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5:03.45 pm… 23/365

03.45 pm... 23/365

I have decided to start something a little different to mix it up a bit and will be using this as the base of a larger image. Since they are my rules, I will still have a new image a day, taken and processed on that day, only I will be adding it to this image, building upon this “theme” until the end of the week. The fun part is that this could create a cool image or complete chaos. I guess we will just see what the rest of the week has to offer…

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I pull over a lot more lately… 7/365

I pull over a lot more lately… 7/365, originally uploaded by Jonosay.

…as it is difficult to get a six exposure HDR off at 60 mph and have all the images line up nicely. This is a handheld HDR of on of the many beautiful open farmland areas on the route home from my parents house. I have been generating the HDR in Photoshop and then tone-mapping in Photomatix even though I have the stand alone Photomatix program. So far I am liking the results I have been getting, but I will need to do some more in depth study of it when I have the time. Maybe I can put it all together with the page I am trying to create on my HDR process.

It’s getting late, so Happy Mother’s Day (or at least what is left of it at this point) and thank you for visiting…

Sunset Nebula

Sunset Nebula, originally uploaded by Jonosay.

Happy Sunday night.

This is an HDR image using 6 exposures, 1 stop apart from -4 to +1 at f/22 generated in Photoshop CS3, then tonemapped in Photomatix, then processed in Lightroom 2.0 Beta.

I have found that this formula makes for some pretty sharp and detailed HDR images and will be using this more frequently instead of the hand held, 3 image method I have been using for these types of shots.

My plan is to get an HDR “Checklist” together, putting the pieces of what I find to be the more successful HDR steps into a logical work flow, and posting it here probably by the end of this week as a page that I will be updating as need be. There will also be links to other HDR artists websites and tutorials as well. In the mean time, enjoy and thanks for visiting…