Photography Contest

School House; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F13; 1/250 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

School House; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F13; 1/250 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

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Sewing Machine; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F7.1; 1/200 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

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Open Door; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5; 1/2000 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

I put these images in the Nikon Annual College Photo Contest. I submitted the photographs to the contest around November 10th. The contest will end November 27th so submissions are already over. I liked this contest because it was easy and they give out over $4000 in prizes.

I picked the sewing machine because of all the beautiful colors in it. I like the ghosts in it from the other bracketed images. The sewing machine and the school house was done in Photomatrix and is an HDR using bracketing. The school house reminds me of the great day we had with other photographers in the image as well. The last image of the open door has some fantastic lighting that I like.

Poster Image

School House; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F13; 1/250 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

I love this school house so much I decided to use it for my 36 wide by 24 tall image. It was taken in Bannock Montana when we were there last month. I chose this image because it has interesting elements in it such as the trees and buildings. You can see other photographers too which will remind me of the fun I had that day. I used auto bracketing to take three images. I used Photomatrix to edit it so all the lights and darks were evenly massaged to make it look old and rustic. I fixed the levels in photoshop and there were some dark spots in the sky which I removed using the spot healing brush.

Borders

 

Little Bird; 10/29/2012; Rexburg Idaho; F2; 1/20 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

First Snow; 10/29/2012; Rexburg Idaho; F2; 1/100 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

Homemade Pumpkin Pie; 10/29/2012; Rexburg Idaho; F2; 1/15 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

 

 

I was taking a picture of a friends’ bird and I used the tutorial #9 on it. To do this effect make a square using the marque tool and press Q to make a mask. Then in CS6 goto filter menu and filter gallery. Then choose brush strokes and the sprayed strokes. I made it the longest possible. Now invert the selection and then just press delete to replace the border with white.

For the next photo I used the undo brush to go from white to oil painting in spots. Before starting to redo the history using a brush I added the oil painting look and then saved and closed the image to make that the point that the history will go back to. Now delete all the image and then just paint what ever you want on the image to make it look cool.

The next image will use the multiply effect 2 times to make a dark border on the outside and then I added a red border on the inside of the selection.

For the last image I made a square in a white image and then pressed CTRL Alt T  to convert the image to a shape you can drag. Then drag it using Shift so there is a space between them. Now press Enter to set the shape. Now press CTRL ALT Shift T a few times to repeat the spacing of shapes across to the right. I then added one of my favorite images into a layer on top of the shapes. Now I right clicked the new image layer and chose create clipping mask and it will put the image into the rectangles. I moved it around to the place I want and added my own signature.

Night & Light

Blur Lights; 10/29/2012; Rexburg Idaho; F2; 2.5 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

Moving Camera on Light; 10/29/2012; Rexburg Idaho; F5.6; 2.5 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

LightPainting; 10/29/2012; Rexburg Idaho; F2; 2.5 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

I had some fun playing with moving an android phone screen in-front of my camera while it was on a tripod. I set the shutter speed slow enough to make it blur the lights while the room was dark.

The next image was made by moving a camera faster in front of a laptop screen. The last image was made while the lights were low and then I flashed a light on the bookshelf to light some parts while leaving others dark.

 

Bannock Montana Trip – Best Images

Sewing Machine; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F6.3; 1/80 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

Old Chair; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F4.5; 1/640 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

Girl with Gun; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5; 1/1000 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

Sewing Machine; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5; 2000 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

 

Old Classroom; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5; 1/80 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

These are my favorite images I took with no editing done to them except for some auto lighting levels. I also made one of the images black and white using an adjustment layer and I made another image black and white using another adjustment layer.

 

Bannock Montana Trip – HDR

Portrait; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F8; 1/400 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

HDR Edited using PhotoMatrix

HDR Bracket Shot originals

HDR Bracket shot; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F13; 1/125 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

HDR Bracket shot; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F13; 1/250 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

HDR Bracket shot; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F13; 1/500 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

HDR Image edited using Photomatrix

Now I know how to make amazing images very quickly using Photomatrix. First I took 3 images using bracketing so there is an image with lower exposure and medium exposure and high exposure. The camera does this by changing the speed of the shutter to change the amount of light that is being let in. In Photomatrix you can use tone mapping to make the images look like they are paintings and there are dozens of settings that you can use to make changes that would take along time to find in photoshop but they are all in one place.

Here are a couple more I made that I liked and these were bracketed as well using 3 images each but the sewing machine was done manually so the images were offset a little but it turned out really cool:

Bannock Montana Trip – MACRO ABSTRACT

Texture2; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F3.5; 1/30 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

Texture1; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F4; 1/60 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

 

Macro Abstract; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5; 1/1600 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

I made this abstract macro abstact image by combining 2 textures into the image of the fence. I focused on the fence while taking the image with a low aperature to make the distance blurry. I added a mask to each background and lowered their opacity plus added a mask and blushed away some of the texture near the fence.

Bannock Montana Trip – REVERSE SHALLOW DEPTH

Depth of Field; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F4; 1/60 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

Depth of Field; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F4; 1/60 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

This is the Depth of field images. I have taken images of the pot and in one image I focus on the pot and the other image I focus on the background. This was one of the cabins at Bannock that were were able to go in. I liked imagining I was there.

Bannock Montana Trip – ACTION BLUR & FREEZE

Blured Motion; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F7.1; 2.5 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

Froze Motion; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F7.1; 1/320 sec; Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

This is a sample of freezing and blurring motion. I have blurred the lady in the second image. To do this I set the ISO on 100 so less light is absorbed into the shot. Then I set the shutter speed to a longer time so motion is caught on film and before the end of the time the person moved out of the image. For the second shot I was freezing motion. I used a fast shutter speed so motion doesn’t blur.

Bannock Montana Trip – Portraits

Portrait with hat; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5.6; 1/800 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

Portrait with gun and cards; 10/17/2012; Bannock Montana; F5.6; 1/160 sec; Canon EOS Kiss Digital N

I took these Portraits at our trip to Bannock Montana. Some models came with us and we got to take pictures while they posed for us. We were using some reflective lighting in the first image and a constant light in the second shot. It had 8 or so light bulbs in the light.