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Corgi Snowplow

We had about 8" of fresh snow the other night and the furry ones had to make their own paths, mine weren't good enough for them. lol

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Silver efex Pro2 for contrast enhancement
Brightness and Contrast Adjustment Layer
Hue and Saturation Adjustment Layer, to remove color cast in the snow
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From my days at Sea World in San Diego as a staff photographer. We had a saying back then "if you don't shoot good shoot a lot". Actually it was more of a job, this is about six months worth of throw aways from 3 photographers, its a thin layer of slides on a painters plastic tarp with a hole cut in it for the photo departments Christmas picture one year. We did individual shots then a group photo. It was a kick to set up and shoot. This was done around 1979

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#BlastFromThePast  curated by +Cheryl Cooper , +Mark Rodriguez & +Isabelle Fortin .
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Thanks +John Arnold  It was fun to do.
Thanks +Michael Hatten I appreciate that
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Control Point Basics
If you use Nik Software plugins then you'll want to understand Control Points, along with how and when to best use them in your work.

I had been wondering about Control Point in Nik Software. I knew the CP looked at pixels for brightness, contrast, color and texture. So I thought a video demonstrating how they work might be beneficial for you, I know making it confirmed some thoughts I had.

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 Thank you.Its nice having all these tools. :-)
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Frozen Farm
Hastings, MN

Just a little Pano of a frozen farm in Hastings MN Converted in Silver Efex Pro 2.

I'll have a "Soup to Nuts" video of the process to create this in a few days.

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Post Processing: Contrast Enhancement
I use SEP2 (Silver Efex Pro 2) a lot for global and local contrast enhancements as finishing touches.

This is the second video in a new series I'm thinking about doing I'll call "Soup to Nuts" this one is the follow up to the first video where I show a technique which allows to process multiple times from one exposure "Targeted Processing" which makes use of ACR's ability to export to Photoshop as a Smart Object.

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 I get it. For me its fun to see what the sensor captured beyond the basics. but that's me I loved the wet darkroom too, back then, not so much now. Much faster in the computer, I think.
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Witches Hat Water Tower

I was wandering around the area through Google Earth and found this cool water tower, they call it Witches Hat Water Tower.

Processing notes: ACR then final tweaks in PS with adjustment layers for Brightness/Contrast and Hue/Saturation. SEP2 for contrast enhancement
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After the Snow Fell

We got some snow last night. about 10", it was a heavy wet snow and with the temps low it piled up on the branches, causing some to break in the middle of the night. A big thank you to the city employees who were out all night cutting up and removing the downed limbs. Sure made for a beautiful scene.

Shooting notes:
This one is a typical long exposure using a 10stop ND + a Circular Polarizing filter. Exposure settings 60 sec, f8, ISO 80

Processing notes:
Converted to B&W with SEP2.

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Pano Demo with finishing in SEP2

Quick demo on creating a panorama through Photoshop then finishing off by creating a B&W using Silver Efex Pro2.

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I'm sure you can find a trial version.  It is just like full version, but without all the bells and whistles.  No, my monitor has not been calibrated by one of those professional calibrators, just by the one that came with the monitor.  I think it is adjusted towards the dark side, since my eyes can't handle too much brightness.  Anyway I enjoy your darker images.  
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Mt St Helens with clouds
The B&W version from a recent "Soup to Nuts" demo/tutorial

I liked the B&W Version I used as a contrast enhancement mask so much I decided to do a few minor tweaks and show it as a straight B&W. Textures, shape and tones are, for me, what define a good B&W not just the textures and shapes in the clouds, though I do dig lenticular clouds a lot, the foreground and mountain textures are just as cool, in my opinion.

Clouds in the PNW are pretty amazing, though now that I'm in St Paul, MN I am looking forward to the spring and maybe getting out to do some storm chasing.

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Here is the video for Targeted developing in Adobe Camera RAW

This was done in Photoshop CS6, CS5 is when Smart Objects were introduced so it should work in CS5 and later versions of Photoshop.

The key to this technique is the ability to reprocess the RAW file and Smart Objects is so seamless in my mind that I think it's pretty simple and very powerful, along with Layers and Masks to blend the output from ACR.
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Photon Capturer and Pixel Pusher
39+ years as a professional photographer, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, sports, photojournalism, commercial, still life, food, aerial (from helicopters, planes, and blimps) and occasionally portraits.

To me its not a photograph until its been printed. Maybe I'm old school that way, there's just something about a photograph on a great piece of fine art paper that just says so much more than on a monitor.

Favorite quote: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”-Ansel Adams
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Have you met my daughters? Nothing else comes close to being brag worthy.
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Experienced in all areas of photography, Commercial, Editorial, Portrait, Landscape, Wildlife. Photoshop, Nik Software, Video, creation and editing. Printing in the wet darkroom as well as the digital print.
  • Mark Rainer Photographic Artist
    Owner, Photographer, chief bottle washer, 1975 - present
    One man shop, I do it all.
  • Virginia State Library and Archives
    Photographer, 1985 - 1989
    Copy work, Portrait, Photojournalism, Darkroom, Landscape photography for a book published by the VSL&A publishing branch "Genius in the Garden" Also served as the Photographic Services Supervisor, supervising 4 employees
  • Sea World, San Diego
    Photographer, 1982 - 1984
    In no particular order, Portrait, Commercial, Aerial, Underwater, Photojournalism, Food, Medical.
  • Sea World, San Diego
    Assistant Photographer, 1977 - 1982
    Darkroom tech, assistant photographer and on call photographer.