Consider this your invitation to visit my new photo site: 3ClixPix.com
As I’ve mentioned before, I finally gave in and signed up with SmugMug. Finally giving in means parting with some $$ in hopes of making that $$ back, but nothing’s guaranteed. I had another name I was playing with, it was unique and very uncommon. I decided to pull from my Swedish roots and use the word “fotokonst” as a brand name. Fotokonst translates literally as “photographic art” – which is what I like to call what I do. I had a native Swed confirm that my google translation was indeed correct. I wasn’t really happy with that name, but I decided that I’d try to make it work. I created a logo, water marked all my images on SmugMug, began looking for web domains that I could use with it. In the back of my mind I kept thinking that I’d have to explain the meaning to people and I didn’t really want to have to do that.
I like HDR. True HDR requires multiple exposures blended into one. I’d say most HDR photos are a combination of 3 exposures (sometimes 5, 7, and 9 are used but I just think that’s over kill). Ok, so that’s where I got the 3 from. Now, what sound does one usually associate with a camera? Right! It’s the shutter sound, or the click of the shutter opening and closing. That’s where the click came from. Finally, because I’m such an awesome speller feller, I thought I’d spell both words incorrectly, just to stick it to the better spellers out there! (and I thought my spelling had a better graphical presentation) I was very surprised that the domain, 3clixpix.com was available. I wholeheartedly consider that availability a gift from God and a divine nod to proceed. I purchased the domain from NameCheap.com for cheap and am seriously thinking of moving my current domains and websites to their hosting. I’d do it today, except for the fact that I just renewed domains and hosting.
If you do take me up on the invitation, I’d love to get your feedback on the look of the site, layout, organization, and anything else you wanna tell me.
Topaz Simplify – My Demo
I decided to test out Topaz’s Simplify plug-in. I thought I might try my hand at more of a painting look.
Below are the before (RAW conversion) – RAW imported into Lightroom and exported with a watermark and a version that I imported into Lighroom and made a few corrections, processed with Photomatix for HDR, a little Photoshop for spot removal (had a nasty sensor), then processed with Topaz Simplify. Finally, I brought the image back into Lightroom, added a vignette and exported it with a watermark.
I’m ok with it as my first attempt. I’ve got 30days to decide if I like it enough to buy it. I purchased DeNoise and Lens Effects from Topaz and really like DeNoise for noise removal. I purchased Lens Effects before I had Lightroom so I don’t use it that much anymore.
HDR + Topaz Simplify
thought I’d share this.
My mom fell in love with this picture I took in 2011. We were on the family beach trip to Myrtle Beach and I wanted to try my hand at some long exposure shots. I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t). This came out pretty well I thought and she just fell in love with it. My dad had it printed out at 24×36 at Snow Photo in High Point. Here’s a link to it on flickr.
Time: 10:22pm in August of 2011
Tech specs: Single image HDR shot in RAW with Canon 20D, f/3.5 @ 30sec, 18mm, iso 100
Processed: Photomatix & Photoshop
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Haven’t really had anything to post. Here’s a few photos I’ve played with over the last few months. They’re nothing I’m super proud… just some that have given me a little something to do.
I’m hoping to acquire a new camera soon. I’ve been debating whether I should get the Canon 7D or 60D. I’ve shot with the 7D and like it a lot. What I don’t like is the fixed screen. That’s where I like the 60 with it’s articulating screen. What’s pushing me more to the 7D is the 8fps bursts vs. the 5.3fps bursts of the 60D. I’m all about getting the image and sometimes you gotta be really fast to get it. The 7D has more focus points (19) vs. the 60D with 9. The other feature that pushes me towards the 7D is the processor (dual digic 4) vs. the 60D’s single digic 4. I like the SD card feature of the 60D over the CF of the 7D.