March 25, 2011 | Different

Landscape one X six

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Experiment!



This is a post to encourage you to experiment with your images. A very basic landscape shot processed six different ways. With all the imaging editing software on the market it’s easy. And of course there are apps for that. Use whatever came with your camera. There are no rules! Just crank those sliders and start to understand what each one is doing to your image. Soon you’ll start to figure out what you like and maybe even a style for processing your images.


I’ve recently been taking more time to go through the software I have and the menu items and dials and sliders and such that I never touch. Checking out presets that I loaded who knows when and for what reason. There are an infinite number of variations for any image. I played around in Lightroom and Photoshop and tried several different techniques with varied success. The point is to just have fun.


Here are some of the results…


The starting point with a slight vignette.



Textured overlay.



more overlays… See the rainbow?



Black and white conversion with a slight sepia tone.



Black and white



HDR. This was not shot as a true HDR but since it was shot in raw there is +/-  1.5 – 2 stops of leeway. I processed the image with a -2 and a +2 exposure change and along with the original image fed to Photoshop. There are an unlimited number of ways to process as an hdr image from photo realistic to a more extreme and even cartoonish look.



So start experimenting and have fun!



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February 25, 2011 | Different

Monopod City

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All over the city I noticed that these new monopods are going up. If you’re into night time photography and not in the mood to carry a tripod well, you’re in luck. In the photo above left I’m handholding my camera…a ah, Canon G10. No amount of stabilization will help this out. But by using the city provided monopods I can use longer shutter speeds and capture much clearer pictures.











…And 3am traffic is brutal…



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Lori!: I cannot do this kind of photography to save my life... but you make it seem so easy and natural! Love it! =D (March 16, 2011 1:30 pm)

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February 7, 2011 | Different

Year Of The Rabbit

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Here are a few images from this years Chinese New Year celebration in Washington DC…














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January 1, 2011 | Different

Happy New Year!!!

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Go make a splash!…





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December 25, 2010 | Different

Merry Christmas!

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November 4, 2010 | Different

FotoWeek DC 2010

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CORRECTED DATE: November 11 2010 7:00pm – 10:00pm



I’ll have some images on display during FotoWeek DC 2010. Come and check them out…




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August 4, 2010 | Different

Urban Exposure Exhibit

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Street Photography Exhibition



I had two images selected recently for the Urban Exposure Exhibit at the Carriage House Studio and Gallery in Washington, DC. Both of the images had been featured here on the blog in the past. The first is an image of Chinatown (DC) through a bus moving through the intersection and the second an image of a skateboarder at Freedom Plaza in DC.


The Opening Reception was Friday, July 30th 2010 7-10 PM


Thank you to everyone who came out (and wanted to come out) to the exhibit!



Chinatown by Bus



Capitol Flight



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June 19, 2010 | Different

POP SHOW JAPAN: KATANA

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I worked with Pop Show Japan and DJ Asu Rock at Cafe Japone in Washington DC to capture the crowd. As you’ll see it was big fun…




Now follow the hat…
















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May 24, 2010 | Different

Figurative Photography Exhibition

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Carriage House Photo Gallery



This past Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Figurative Photography Exhibit of the DC Photo Coop at the Carriage House Photo Gallery… Quite a mouthful.

This exhibit featured local photographers Paulo Francesco, Carr Kizzier, Joe Rooney, Nicole Battle, Ray Fitzgerald and myself.


That’s my image second from the left below…






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April 7, 2010 | Different

Winter To Spring

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April 2, 2010 | Different

Cherry Blossoms

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Shanerii: Mike....this is awesome! So beautiful...it looks like it should be in a book or a magazine or postcard...something! (September 13, 2010 2:06 pm)

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March 27, 2010 | Different

Spring Bloom

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January 19, 2010 | Different

Al Fresco

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January 18, 2010 | Different

Continue To Dream

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January 14, 2010 | Different

Streetcar Named ???

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January 11, 2010 | Different

Streetcar To The Past…

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January 6, 2010 | Different

Lonely Alley…

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stephanie: I love this!!! Great composition, lines and processing (not sure exactly what you did but it works). (January 13, 2010 8:23 pm)

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December 30, 2009 | Different

Rumba Cafe…Washington DC

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December 23, 2009 | Different

The Art of Clearing Snow

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December 19, 2009 | Different

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

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