I was thinking I’d focus on “winter textures” for January. Not much is growing, and it’s cold outside. The images make for crisp scenes.
However, I’m immediately noticing that I’m drawn to “water” images. The one I shared on New Year’s and then these images all have water in them.
So, that’s what my photos will focus on this month. I can’t wait to compile a Creative Commons hub on all these “water” images toward the end of the month.
Creating This Image
This first photo was originally just green and blue. I had to do some amount of post processing to arrive at this image. Here’s what I did:
In GIMP (yeah, I could use Photoshop but I love free stuff) I first adjusted the “levels” to brighten the image a bit. Then, I smudged out any imperfections (like fingerprints on the glass). Then I adjusted the hue and saturation balance. I selected “master” and adjusted the hues to allow for more blues and purples to come out. Those little tumblers are perfect for showing lots of swirls. I love swirls and shiny images.
f/29 | ISO 400 | 40mm | 1/15s | Sony a57 kit lens
Here’s another take:
I’m developing a weakness for high-contrast black and white images. I don’t know what it is, but I’m becoming addicted to them. Or at least the monochromatic images.
For this image, I set the camera to high contrast black and white. Once in GIMP, I smudged out any imperfections and adjusted the brightness/contrast for a little more contrast. That’s all I did.
f/9 | ISO 400 | 55 mm | 1/100s | Sony a57 kit lens
Here’s one more image:
For this image, I did something a little different. I had a green gel covering one of the lights that I used when I set up this photo. The gel I used is one of those you can find at office supply stores. It’s just a gel divider with a folder pocket and I put that over the lamp and secured it with magnets.
I love playing with different colors and light for my images.
Then, I set my camera up to detect “blue” for a really neat blue-green effect. The only bad part is that when you do this, the camera will often create splotchy color. You’ll likely have to go into your photo editing program to smooth out the splotches as I did here.
Here’s how I changed (post-processed) the image in GIMP:
First, I used a large “smudge” paintbrush to smooth all the edges of the blue color. Then I adjusted the brightness and contrast, and continued to smudge over any imperfections in the glass, such as little specks that always seem to float in water, no matter how clean it is.
f/8 | ISO 400 | 55mm | 1/200s | Sony a57 kit lens
Two desk lamps, white foam board (for the background), blue and green gels to cover the lamps, two small glass tumblers filled with water.
Which do you like best?
Which image do you like best?