new photo sites

For a while I’ve been kicking around the idea of trying to sell some of my photos. I have no idea if they’re worth anything but I guess I’ll never know if I don’t try. That’s what risk is and I guess I’ll take a small one.

I’ve joined SmugMug.com for the 14 day free trial (hoovdaddy) and I joined 500px.com (hoovdaddy) for their 14 day free trial. I really like the way 500px is laid out but there’s not may options at all for selling.  I still have flickr  (hoovdaddy) and will continue to post.

 

Nope, not the Walton’s house.

I pass this house every day on my way to and from work. I’m not sure if anyone lives in it… I would guess and say no, but you never know!

I used 3 exposures, -2, 0, +2, and combined them and tone mapped them using Photomatix. Topaz denoise and Topaz Lens Effects were also used. The color (or lack of) was created using Photoshop’s “Vibrance” adjustment, taking saturation down and turning up the vibrance.

 

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Santa Yoda

This little green guy is for real and he’s standing guard over all the Christmas decorations this year.

A little HDR, Optical Flares, some Lens Effects and you’ve got SERIOUSLY BAD @$$ Yoda!

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"Guarding Jedi presents I am!"

Photo bug

I’ve been bitten by the photo bug. I’ve always liked photography. I’ve worked with motion photography (24-30 photos per second) for more than 15 years now. The moving kind has gotten stale for me and I’m really getting into the still kind. I especially dig the HDR techniques. I discovered this and the master of HDR, Trey Ratcliff (stuckincustoms.com) about the same time. This guy does amazing work and I wanna be just like him when I grow up. So I’ve been studying his work and looking for my own opportunities to create magic. I wish I knew more that I do. The post processing I do makes the photos I take look much better than I’m capable of taking. Normally, HDR is a blending of at least 3 exposures – sometimes 5 or more, to give a more realistic image. Sometimes it’s taken to the extreme with the hyper realistic HDR. Some of that stuff is cool… some of it is garbage. I’ve gotten really good results out of single RAW images processed through Photomatix. Most of the photos I’ve posted in the last 22 days have been single exposure HDRs (shot RAW).  Here’s one I did today that I really like. It’s a little on the hyper side. I processed it with Photomatix, then Photoshop, used Topaz DeNoise, then used the overlay transform mode, twice, in Photoshop. I’ve got other versions, but this one is the most dramatic – and I like it that way.

Check out my flickr page for more and updated versions of my earlier postings.

 

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