This is not a 365 day project entry… this is a reception shot from a wedding a few weeks ago that I’ve been trying to edit the crap out of today. The bride and groom are friends of mine so Chris and I got to boogie it up on the dance floor with the guests, which was awesome.
So there’s Chris on the right, doing his thing, and behind him there are our friends Cassie and Steve. Steve had just told Cassie (his girlfriend) that he’d decided to marry Chris for his dance moves… Ah. Just golden.
In the meantime, I can’t post today’s 365 day project shot until I post yesterday’s (because I’m OCD like that), and I can’t post yesterday’s because I second-shot a wedding and I sent the memory card home with the main photographer who hasn’t yet returned it. So I’ll just have to post a bunch at once soon, which you’re probably getting used to from me anyway.
I took this under fluro light, so I’ve set the white balance to the fluorescent preset. I’ve pulled in the blacks and brightness a little and turned the clarity up a lot, and a bit of vibrance. But that’s it. I was too sleepy to fix that chromatic aberration too. It’s not a sharp as I would have liked, I need to work on that - where I put the focus in macro shots!
This is my Photo5 powder/fast shutter submission. It was messy as all hell, but it was fun to play with Lego on my 24th birthday!
I set the Lego city up on top of a pillowcase cause I thought that would help keep the mess at bay (it didn’t). Then I got set up with my tripod and had my lovely assistant 1 (Mum) to hold up my backdrop, and my lovely assistant 2 (Kevin) dust the powder all over the little Lego town while I took shots with my flash off-camera and way up in the air (kind of going for something like the sun). After we did it a few times I added the “snow” build-up to the top of the “buildings” and we went for it again. This is actually 5 photos stacked into a composite so I could get as much sharp “snow” in as possible, so I edited them all the same in Lightroom (clarity way up, fill light up, blacks up, tone curve crushing the highlights, and a mauve-highlight, blue-shadow split tone) and pulled them into Photoshop, stacked them all up in layers, aligned them (by hand by setting the layer mode to difference and nudging it around until the white lines vanish - I don’t trust the auto-align layers command) and used layer masks to keep the best snowy bits from each shot. Then I flattened it, used the healing brush to fix up any obvious editing marks and rotated and cropped until the ground was relatively level.
Massive thanks to @rchlnclla for the periodic birthday eye-candy today!! <3
This is totally different to my usual editing style, but I like it. Instead of my usual high-contrast, yellow-and-purple-split-toned thingo (which was just way too warm for this shot) I’ve gone for washed-out low contrast and crushed the hell out of the highlights and shadows in the tone curve, and a beige highlight/blue shadow split tone. And I like how the super-shallow DOF has turned the background of rink and roller derby supporters into a creamy melty bokeh-y mess.
He’s even prettier in real life. I’d love for you to reblog this, but please don’t steal this photo, Incubus fans! My Incubus photos mean the world to me! (See below for more on that)
First appeared on the AU Review.
(A little backstory here - Incubus have been my favourite band since I was 14. I’m now 24. I could swear they write their music just to suit my tastes, because their musical evolution has followed my own so comfortably. I studied a music degree because of this band. I met my boyfriend of 6 years because of this band. I’ve seen them live twice before this and got so overwhelmed with happy that I cried. I managed to keep myself together until AFTER I shot them this 3rd time, which was a pretty huge effort when they’re only feet away from you and they have to walk past you to take the stage… I actually got to cross “photograph Incubus” off my bucket list. I honestly NEVER thought it would happen.)
Trees reflected in the puddle that’s pooled on the top of a paint can in Chris’ backyard. I learned (from Tzeko’s Facebook) that this year is the year of the water dragon, and that rain signifies money. Well Zeek, it wasn’t just raining in Penang this year. The entire east coast of QLD and some of NSW seems to be getting lots of rain/money too!
The colourful background there is all the stuff that hangs out on the shelf above my monitor on my desk. Sticky tape dispenser, hole punch, teddy bear money bank I got from Chris’ cousins at Christmas 2011, candle favours from Mitch & Katie’s wedding and an empty aluminium Qoo bottle from Japan. I miss Qoo. You can’t get it here anymore.