The Process(for this photo)

For the most part, most of my photos are edited with the same process. This particular photo ended up doing a lot better than any other I have posted, and I think part of the reason was that I posted different steps of the edit on my story. 

To start off, I could not have done this edit, or any edit on my own. I try my best to have others look at my work as I edit. By having others look, I am able to fix things that wouldn't have come to mind. 

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Camera: Nikon D800

Lens: Nikon 85mm 1.8 @ 2.8

The first step was simple, colors. I always start my edits in Lightroom to take full advantage of the RAW file, although you could also use photoshop. For this photo, I started with my MT001 preset. I wanted to add more blue to contrast her yellow sweater, but not go too far with the teal because it would take away from the contrast in the colors. I brought out some contrast as well. The sky was too blown out for me to fix, so I decided I would get back to it in photoshop. 

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The next step is where most of my time went. I retouched the skin, not going to say exactly how, but I will say that it was not using frequency separation. I removed a spot on the bench using the clone stamp tool because it was a little distracting. I also added some bokeh to the right of Nicole to balance out the photo. Elliot mentioned that the bokeh on the right grabbed a lot of his attention and that it would balance the photo better if I added some more on the right. Adding it to the right really balanced out the photo after looking at it. 

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For the next step, I fixed the color on the photo. I changed the hue on the yellows to make them a little more orange. This added a little more contrast to the photo against the blues. I also dodged and burned the photo a bit in order to make it look like the light was a little stronger, for a future step. 

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The sky was too far gone for me to be able to bring it back out. I decided the best thing to do was to just find another one online and add it in. I added it in, changed the hue to match the other blues on the photo, and then blur it to make it look like it was originally there. After I also added in a little bit of flare on the left for the next step. 

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For the flare, I used two different layers. The first was to add a more general glow using a radial gradient. Then, for the second one, I set the same type of layer but more visible, and with a smaller radius. The first layer had a low visibility because it covered part of her face and removed details the more visible it was. 

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The final steps were some general adjustments to add in more contrast in the photo. I like photos with heavy contrast, so I added a bit more in. I also added a bit of vignetting and corrected the color last time. The layers I used for these, were hue/saturation, color balance, exposure and curves layers in photoshop.

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Final Image. 

Model

Nicole Holder

Location

Pier 7, San Francisco

Fun Drives and Windy Hill

It would be more accurate for me to say that I go out on drives and take photos than that I drive to take photos. I'm fortunate enough to live close to roads with some amazing views. My car may not be the fastest(it isn't bad either), but I do like the feeling I get driving it through the roads and turns. The most accurate description I can give it is the one Tiffany gave me when I asked her if her car was fast, I make it go fast.

My favorite road to go on drives is Skyline Blvd. To get up to SKyline, you first start by driving up highway 9, which is also a fun road to drive on. The main difference between highway 9 and Skyline, other than the uphill on 9, would be that Skyline is more stretched out, making the turns a little more fun.

For this drive, I was hoping the fog would be high enough to look good from Russian Ridge. Unfortunately, the fog was lower than I had expected, so I decided that I would just keep driving and hope for something better. I still managed to capture these couple of photos before the sun came up. The fog was moving quick, but unfortunatly I was to far to get good long exposures. 

I knew Windy Hill is at a bit lower elevation, so I quickly drove over for the sunrise. I had never actually hiked at Windy Hill, but I knew whichever path I chose, I needed to go down. After turning one of the corners I saw the sun and realized I was heading in the right direction. After only a short hike, I found a small patch with an opening that I set myself on to shoot the sun on. 

By being so close to the level of the fog, I was able to capture some rim lighting on it. I captured a small timelapse that unfortunately did not come out the way I wanted it to. I always forget to change my camera to manual focus to prevent it from losing it during the time lapse. Fortunately, I did not take too long of a time lapse, so I was still able to photograph for most of the sunrise. 

I was able to capture the fog waves as they rolled over Palo Alto. 

I walked down a little further as the sunrise came to an end. The clouds quickly lost their color but I did see some sun rays pass over the hills. 

Last photo before I began the long walk back up the hill.

Location

Russian Ridge

Windy Hill

 

Mood #BayCityHouse

People always turn to art as a release. Sometimes it happens without even noticing, your mood affects your art, negative or positive. At this meet I was spacing out a lot, just had my mind in another place(something I might talk about in a future post). My mood has always been something that has reflected on my art, whether it was drawing, music or photos. 

I had a good time seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones. These photos had a different feel than my usual ones, and there were definitely less than normal.

Captured some pelicans and the top of a whale spouting. There was a pod of whats under the golden gate, I wish I were closer to catch a better photo. 

One reason I turned to portraits was because they are able to be taken in all types of weather. Despite the weather being boring for landscapes, I was able to capture some great portraits. The lighting was perfect for some backlit portraits.

A lot of the photos ended up having a dreamy look. They are intense in color and are simple. I realized I did have a telephoto lens in my bag and was able to capture the photo of the boat. 

Even when taking photos with others, I always manage to find time to myself. I have been told and have noticed that I always find time to sit down when shooting with others. Our small group was out of the frame taking photos. 

I did have more photos of Taylor in more golden light, but the sun flare killed them, so I won't post.

Last photo of the day.

Location

Golden Gate Lookout

Marshall's Beach

Models

Mira

Taylor