Archives for the month of: August, 2012
Waiting for Approval by Terry Schmidbauer
Waiting for Approval, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is a shot from the Mother Nature shoot at Rattlesnake Ridge that’s submitted to Cavan for approval. I couldn’t wait to see if it was accepted to start retouching it. The capture was exposed correctly and overall pretty good but I just wanted to improve on a couple of things to really make this image work.

What I really like about this image is how the white dress just lights up and separates itself from the background. I’m enhancing this by giving the overall image a blue tint which also helps to unify the background. Then I warmed up the skin tones which further brings the figure forward. I finalized the composition by adding a graduated filter to lighten the left side. This helps to bring the viewer’s eye into the frame and mimics the light direction. And because I can’t leave well enough alone, I lightly brushed in some highlights on the rocks. This was all done in Lightroom.

Retouched Rattlesnake Ridge by Terry Schmidbauer
Retouched Rattlesnake Ridge, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is one of my photos from the Mountain Yoga Hike that was bought by Cavan Images. I have no idea when I’ll see their retouched version so I decided to retouch it myself while I’m waiting it. I will find it very interesting to see what their professional retoucher comes up with compared to this because I think this is a pretty good rendition.

This is all done in Lightroom. I brought the luminance down on the blue channel and added some graduated filters to the right side to deepen the color of the landscape. I also added a grad filter to the clouds at the top to add more detail.

I’m also checking out LR 4.2 rc to see if they fixed the bug with the Flickr export. This uploaded so it’s seems like it’s fixed.

Lady in the Lake by Terry Schmidbauer
Lady in the Lake, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is another shot from the Kayak shoot on Rattlesnake Lake with Alanah. This was shot with a Sony 100mm 2.8 macro lens, the sharpest lens in the Sony line up. It searches a bit when it can’t find something to focus on but it’s still worth the trouble when you get images like this.

Green Eyed Lady by Terry Schmidbauer
Green Eyed Lady, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I’m feeling pretty good about my photography right now. Shooting for stock has really made me look hard at a lot of things I use to take for granted like focus. I’ve been spending more time in the editing process throwing out images that are soft, which is a shame a lot of the time because some of the shots could have been some real keepers. I’m still trying to figure out how to get more keepers while I’m in the field but that’s really a matter of slowing down and making sure I’m capturing the best image possible. It’s a lot of work and the attention to detail is so important but the results are starting to show.

Reflectorman Saves the Day! by Terry Schmidbauer
Reflectorman Saves the Day!, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is from a Mother Nature themed shoot this morning at Rattlesnake Lake. It is so nice to have an assistant for a shoot. I really need to do this more often. This image would not have been as good if it wasn’t for a reflector that bounced sunlight back into the model’s face but it’s really hard to hold a reflector in one hand and a camera in the other. Believe me, I’ve done it and it’s no fun. So a big thanks goes out to reflectorman for making this shoot a great success.

Kayak Sparkles by Terry Schmidbauer
Kayak Sparkles, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Still a little summer left here in the Pacific Northwest. Shot this with a model on Rattlesnake Lake on Friday. I’m thinking of this as a cover piece for a magazine with room for title at the top and plenty of room for copy at the bottom.

Seattle Summer 2012 by Terry Schmidbauer
Seattle Summer 2012, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I’ve been feeling like I’ve been a little removed from my blog lately and I need to get back to posting more regular. So here’s a shot from “Seattle Summer 2012” It lasted all of two weeks but OH! what memories!

Midwifery Shoot by Terry Schmidbauer
Midwifery Shoot, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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My favorite shot from the Midwifery shoot last night. The intent of this shoot was for stock photography so I left the open space at the top for an art director to place copy. I still think I need to cut down on the glare on the wall but I’m waiting for Cavan Images to review my submission. This is right out of the camera without any retouching. If it gets accepted, by Cavan, the retouching will be done in New York. If not, I’ll do the retouching myself and submit to Shutterstock and other microstock agencies.

Shooting for stock photography has really improved my photography skills and I’m getting many more images accepted into the stock agencies. My rejection rate is pretty low right now, maybe 4-5 %. I’m taking much better care when creating my images and paying particular attention to focus. Noise is still a problem but I’m finding ways to get more light into the camera.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding by Terry Schmidbauer
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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My hardest shoot to date. I talked this family of Stand Up Paddle Boarders into taking some pictures at Golden Gardens Beach in Seattle. I then would be submitting to Cavan Images for stock photography. I started with some shots from the beach and then put the camera in a waterproof case and myself in a wet suit and got in the water with them. The water in the Puget Sound never gets above 60 degrees so it was really cold even on a warm summer night. I also forgot how nasty salt water tastes when you get a mouth full of it

Ballet Shoes by Terry Schmidbauer
Ballet Shoes, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is another shot from the ballet shoot with Payton. I don’t normally use the white vignette but it really seems to work well with this image. It really adds to the softness of the moment.