Friday, December 31, 2010
Still doing a little processing from the beach run on Tuesday and wanted to share some Black and White conversions. The contrast of the bright sun, blue sky and snowy scenery really begged for some black and white processing. All the shots here were processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro. A super program for monochrome conversions. Wishing everyone a safe and Very Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
|Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro
Yesterday, Annette and I left Baltimore around 6:00 am in search of some winter scenes at the beach, which we both love so much, in lower Delaware. Traffic on I-95 had already begun to build for rush hour and we made it over the Bay Bridge in good time. We were tempted with many beautiful back river scenes we saw from the highway as daylight came on and decided to try and find some early morning shooting location on Kent Island. So we pulled off the highway, and we found a vantage point of the frozen shores and made some images there. We stopped for some breakfast and much needed coffee at the Ihop in Seaford, DE.
|Single shot Photoshop only
Our journey continued on toward the shore and we commented how we could see the path of the recent storm as the snow became more apparent in the fields and some drifting snow over the roads. But I must say it was clear sailing all the way, with no travel issues. We decided to check out the beach from a vantage point near my beach house. We both put on our tall snow boots as we expected trudging through some drifts. My first sight of snow on the beach was beautiful by the dune fences between the beach houses and the actual beach. So we made some shots there. We proceeded on to the beach and I was surprised to see the ocean as calm as a quiet day in the summer. The ocean was not rough, the shore was flat and the snow was only accumulated around the dune and back areas. I guess the tide had washed away whatever snow actually fell on the beach. So we found some pretty cool drifts around the dune fences and made some shots there, which was great because as we were crouched down low to get the angles we wanted, the dune shielded the wind.
|Single shot Photoshop only
By the time we finished working this area of the beach it was well past two and we decided since our light was going to run out at 4:30...we had a few choices to make. We both agreed that we wanted to see Prime Hook, with its marshy landscape in the snow so we headed north past Rehoboth and made it to Prime Hook in time to explore a few areas and make some shooting picks. So as the sun was heading down and the shooting day was ending we made some shots there. The ditch which normally houses tons of mosquitoes in the summer was transformed with icy edges and frozen textures. We had a great day and we were hungry for some dinner so we headed for Meding's in Milford, De. which is always a winner for some great seafood. We made it home by 9:30, tired but feeling like we achieved our mission, as much as we could in one day! All shots here were made with a Nikon D2X.
|Processed with Nik HDR Efex pro
Friday, December 24, 2010
Yesterday a few local photographers and I explored the remains of the Seagram's Distillery. While I was learning how to use my iPhone to create images, (check out my new iPhone exclusive blog) http://karenmessickiphone.blogspot.com/ I'll be adding to it as I continue to use the iPhone to create images: I was also making some HDR images. So these are a few of the bracketed shots I made there. All the images here were processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.
This last image was processed in Snapart 2..and it is always a good idea to get your own camera bags out of the shot! I left them in here as they looked like debris from afar, but if you zoom in you can see them. ; - ) a little more PShop work and they would be gone.
at 10:45 PM
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I got a chuckle from a comment left on my blog, about being an Ice Princess; Too funny my friend JB. I think I saved the best for last. So here are a few more...of the absolutely amazing creations nature provides in our world if we take the time to look closely. All were shot with a 200 mm macro as close as I could get and still focus, about 19 inches from the ice.
A crash self taught course...then had a little guidance today while doing some shooting, from some iPhone photographers...I'll post those shots in another blog but it was fun and now I have another shopping list of iPhone photo apps, and accessories to buy....
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
After talking to a friend who has had a bad go of some back surgery, I headed out this morning to finish a few more Holiday errands. I dropped off a calendar to my service tech, Sylvia, at Valley Motors VW. She is always so nice. Then I stopped and picked up some wrapping paper from Stebbins Anderson an old Baltimore hardware/ gift store. I just value their current business model, service and merchandise assortment. I picked up exactly what I needed and more. They have these fun little "things" don't know what else to call them but they are hand painted indoor/outdoor tin decorations from The Round Top Collection. I have been collecting some each year since I discovered them. My daughter sent me a hand painted tin snow man years ago which I hang outside every year and that is what started the hand painted tin affliction. They really are cool and their designs are so much fun. So now all my packages are wrapped and I am looking forward to heading to Ashburn, Va. Saturday to be with family in the area. Hopefully the snow will not be a problem.
This afternoon I made some more mirror images from my ice shoot on Sunday. I am looking forward to doing some city shooting tomorrow with some friends.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Putting together a presentation of a body of work, is giving me a challenge, but then I love a challenge.
So I looked up some thoughts on how a "Body of Work" is defined to help me begin to zero in on what I want to do. Here are three definitions I found:
- The entirety of the creative or academic output produced by a particular individual or unit
- The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
- A collection of developed and assembled works (usually by one artist) that represents an investigation or study.
The images here represent my struggle: Two were shot at the Second Chance Architectural Reclamation Warehouse a week ago using bracketed images, processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro. The railings were then further enhanced in Snapart2 using the watercolor filter and then processed in OnOne Photoframe to add some texture and vignetting to achieve my final Vision....The old andiron shot was also a bracketed image and processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro, and then in OnOne for some texture.
The other two images here, shot the same day as the Second Chance images above, and were shot using the Lensbaby with a star aperture insert. I did not intend to shoot this, but the scene presented....a young father and son were feeding pigeons and seagulls in Fells Point. I changed my position to try and capture that, but as I got closer the birds took off. So the father and son walked down the promenade to the end and stood together gazing out at the harbor. That's when I made several shots of them interacting. The day was bright overcast with lots of hazy atmosphere and I enjoyed the way the light was shining on the water behind them and creating shadows on the walk. I saw this as a black and white image in the field when I was shooting, and when I processed them I chose to use Nik's Silver Efex pro and add a sepia tone.
Now that's just how all over the board I shoot? Lots of experimenting....but no consistent look, well at least that I can see, but it is always harder to see inside than it is to see others...so help me out! Your thoughts are valued! I have til May to get it together......so please share you thoughts!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
What a great name and how true the organization is to its mission. Second Chance is a 501c3 located in Baltimore, with a mission of Retrain, Reclaim and Renew. It builds up hope in individuals, reclaims our history and renews its purpose. I spent the morning there with Don Rosenberger, Steve Harman and Bill Gercken in the architectural reclamation area of their warehouse. I went with the idea of making some HDR images.
I enjoy looking at the old architectural items such as, tin moldings, spindles, columns, fireplace mantels, marble friezes and doors that have been reclaimed from old buildings.These are a few shots from today. All the shots here are bracketed images combined in either Nix HDR Pro or Photomatix, with the exception of the last image which is an image overlay combined in Photoshop of two separate single shots.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Today I met a great group of folks for a morning of practice with their cameras. It is always fun to help people learn more about using their gear and creating images. I did not get a chance to do any shooting until the last few minutes running out the door to lunch, when I grabbed a few shots of the trees. I had dropped the star aperture insert into the Lensbaby and made some fun hand held shots. The star aperture insert created the star shaped lights in the images here. I then made some Mirror images in Photoshop to get the final image posts. I think I will make another trip back before the season ends to do some serious shooting.John Barclay, Tony Sweet, Teri Lou Dantzler, Sara Howell, George Brown and Harry Sandler, all busy capturing what I am sure will be stunning images.