It’s hard to produce really good images without wanting to make some little tweak in a way that only Photoshop can do. My problem has always been fear and lack of creativity. I cringe at the idea of using Photoshop.
That’s changing, thanks to some great podcasts. If you use Photoshop, or Lightroom, check out Lightroom Killer Tips, Photoshop Killer Tips, and Photoshop User TV. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable, but they give some great tutorials and tips in a way that empowers me to try stuff. And we all know what happens once I get the hang of something, right? Double-shot gonzo, full-throttle, that’s me.
Matt and Dave give tons of great info. Even Dave’s daughter Stephanie knows her stuff and is an accomplished photographer, model, and Photoshop expert. Check them out – killer stuff.
Hey, by the way, buy some of my prints so I can go on one of their cruises before Hawaii seceeds from the union, OK? Please?
It’s a proud moment. I’m told this image was shown on Flickr’s Explore page (here). :-)
The Harris Hawk from HawkQuest, with a “sin city” preset from Lightroom.
The Harris Hawk. I used HDR to bring out color and detail in his wings. It’s a bit unrealistic, but I love the way the colors that came out.
The symbol of our nation, the bald eagle.
The same image, with a touch of HDR to bring out detail in his back feathers.
A barn owl.
The same owl, with some HDR treatment for detail and color.
A burrowing owl. He just finished flapping his wings (to stretch or perhaps cool himself off) and a nearby twig caught his wing feathers. He is not injured.
I love the way Moose Peterson posts gallery-style images on his blog. The images are captivating, the colors are incredible, but the images are too small to care about copying for your own purposes. I’m going to give that a shot and see how it goes. Feedback would be great.
The first in this series is a peregrine falcon.
My bulky, non-German, cheap D300 is fine, thank you.
So, what is an intense photojournalist to do? Is this guy going to keep shooting film in older Leicas? What tiny digital SLR-ish camera would meet his needs? Perhaps the Canon G9? Is there a digital rangefinder revolution coming?
I went for a walk at lunch to shoot with the Lensbaby 3G.