Archives for the month of: December, 2011
littleBlackCloudCompare.jpg by Terry Schmidbauer
littleBlackCloudCompare.jpg, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

Little Black Cloud by Terry Schmidbauer
Little Black Cloud, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I was working on a black and white conversion in Lightroom this morning, this is the result. When I originally took this shot, I knew it was going to be converted at some point. There was nothing really special about the light but I was interested in the textures and contrast. Still not sure about the little black cloud but it adds a nice tension.

I’ll post a follow up of a before and after so you can see what a dramatic difference a good black and white conversion can be. It can be found here:

Layered Elements by Terry Schmidbauer
Layered Elements, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Another Hand Held Twilight shot from my last trip to Oregon. It’s a simple composition of just layering the different elements. I was thinking graphic when I shot this image.

Different Processes by Terry Schmidbauer
Different Processes, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I took this almost a year ago in the front yard and never thought to develop it. But now that I haven’t been able to get out and shoot, it was a good opportunity to search for hidden gems in the archives. This one is really amazing in how it looks good in almost any development process. I saved at least ten totally different looks but settled on these three.

Night Crossing by Terry Schmidbauer
Night Crossing, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so I thought I would dig something out of the archives and work on some post processing. This was taken on Halloween night this past year and although I really liked the shot, I never got around to processing it. I took this with the Hand Held Twilight setting and it did a really good job of cleaning up the noise from the high ISO of 6400. Although there still a little noise in the middle tones, it really doesn’t bother me. It actually reads as film grain and adds to the cinematic quality of the image. The overall look and feel of the image works so I’m more willing to except the imperfections.

The camera tilt is another imperfection that I’ve come to except in this image because it really adds to the overall feeling of the composition. At one point in the post process I had the image cropped to straighten out the horizon line but the image just lost all of its interest. The slight tilt animates the telephone poles and church steeple thereby giving them character and adding to the storyline. The tilt also helps to bring your eye back into the frame. With a straight horizon your eye would just flow from left to right and quickly exit the frame. It’s really subtle but a very significant part of the composition.

So I’m not only learning to become more accepting of imperfections, I’m using them to my advantage.

Dancing Girl by Terry Schmidbauer
Dancing Girl, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is one of the neighbor kids at a holiday party last weekend. She was playing model and I was shooting a really slow shutter speed without a flash. Yeah, it’s an experimentation but the feeling is so cool I had to post it. The background could be a little cleaner but things happened so quickly I just took some shots and hoped for something to come out of it. I’d really like to explore more of this type of motion in the coming months.

The Birds by Terry Schmidbauer
The Birds, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I saw this man feeding the birds from across the park and I walked there as quickly as I could. I made it just in time as he was just running out of treats. My main intent of this photo was to capture the rim lighting on the birds in the air. But I really like the two birds under the bench too. It looks like they are trying to sneak some treats.

Kirkland Waterfront by Terry Schmidbauer
Kirkland Waterfront, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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December is my favorite month for photography. The sun is so low in the sky this time of year, the golden hour lasts for most of the day. I shot this on a wake up walk around 4:00 in the afternoon.

In Conclusion by Terry Schmidbauer
In Conclusion, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is the final image in this series. This was actually an assignment for an online photo class called Developing Your Style as a Photographer – by Ted Forbes. The subject for the final session was storytelling.
My intention in this series was not to literally tell a story but to photograph with a sense of purpose and convey the feeling of a story in the photos. Going thru the process of coming up with an idea, scheduling a model and dealing with the lighting situations was a challenge but in the end, it was very rewarding. I ended up with a series of photographs that have a common theme to connect them and not just some portraits shot at the mall.
This class wasn’t about how to take a photo; it was about why to take a photo. It was about thinking about your art and make visual decision based on those thoughts. It was about how to create images that mean something. It was a great experience, thanks Ted!

Hide and Seek by Terry Schmidbauer
Hide and Seek, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This shot was actually Crystaline’s idea. She liked the idea of peeking from behind a pillar. Although she was having a little too much fun with the peeking part, I managed to capture a facial gesture that added some tension to the scene. It feels like she’s trying to look behind her but she doesn’t want to turn around. It’s like she’s frozen from fear. And there’s no messing around in the composition, your eye goes right to where I want it to, her eyes. All this adds to a very sharp and tense moment.