I'm now selling my photos!!!

I now host galleries of my favorite photos @ www.lloydshell.zenfolio.com Feel free to surf over there to see photo's that may have drifted into the darkest reaches of the archives here on Blogspot.

I also have begun selling my photographs when requested, I can handle most sizes and finishes either locally or via my on-line printing service.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Downtown after work!

I made a trip to the State Capitol Gift shop to drop off some cards, turns out that the store is closed and I never heard about it! Grumble whine.

To make up for my disappointment I figured some camera therapy was in order. The clouds obliged, and I got not a spectacular shot but just a fun one. No perspective correction etc... just sharpen and adjust the color.

I had a slightly different color balance here still trying to decide which I like better.

This turned out to be one of those moments where you just see a situation and grab a quick shot, not expecting much and when you get home and play with it, you get blown away. This was a 3 shot bracket, and walk away to catch the train deal. My first rough processing looked good and has had 60+ likes on Facebook in a very short period, so I went back this morning to try to optimize the shot for sharpness so I could print it at 16x24. That shot is the one below. I took the RAW files, and processed them in ACR to TIFF files, mostly for WB correction and sharpening.

I then imported the three files into Photomatix, selected a pre-set that got me the closest to what I wanted then continued to tweak it until it looked right. Saving that file I opened it in Photoshop and adjusted the curves, levels, brightness and contrast. Then I upsized it so it could be printed larger, partially corrected the perspective, watermarked it and then saved it.

I'm excited to see it in print!

Long Time No Posting....

Yeah, I have been busy, so what? ;-) Life has a way of giving and taking, sometimes it gives me time to go play but not time to blog. Sometimes I have time for neither, or for both. All you can do is the important task in front of you and fill in the cracks with a little fun as you go along.

Like last weekend, I decided to take my camera for a walk. Put my 24mm on and went around the lake by my house. The clouds were cool and it was nice to walk. Who needs more than that?

I have a thing for perspective, disappearing lines etc... This was the shot I intended to take as I left.

This was serendipity! I have shot this sculpture before, but it has been too long!

I REALLY liked this one, it also got some rave reviews on FB.

Sometimes my photography is limited to what I can shoot with whatever I brought while waiting for the train in the morning. This is why I will never do a Photo-A-Day project. It will be lots of sunrises and the badge reader for the light rail.... Pretty sure these were with my 200mm lens.

Ha! Sunset!