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Easy Peasy Portrait - Heidi Fahrenbach !
 
Really!  When a photographer has the opportunity to photograph an extremely beautiful professional model, it really is easy to come away with some very nice results.  Such was the case with shooting Heidi Fahrenbach.
 
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This image was shot against a black wall and a dark floor.  Two 10" x 32" strip boxes with White Lightning 1600 strobes were placed left and right for side lighting.  The main light was an 86" silver umbrella with a diffusion cloth over the front, powered by an Alienbee 800 strobe, centered in front of the model.  This large umbrella was elevated about 5' and angled downward slightly.  The photographer stood in front of this umbrella to take the images.
 
Lights were adjusted so overall brightness was f8 at 100 ISO and 1/125 of a second.
 
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Initial editing was done in Lightroom and then brought into Photoshop for most of the editing.  Lastly, image was brought back into Lightroom to add a little vignetting and add minor adjustments to shadows, blacks, contrast and exposure.
 
When this series of image was shot, a test shot was done with the SpyderCheckr 24.  This test image was process to set the white balance, white level and black level.  A preset was made of this test image and applied in Lightroom to this image.  Then the image was taken into Photoshop.
 
All editing was done non destructively on separate layers so that changes could easily be made later on. Minor skin blemishes and flyaway hairs were first edited using mainly the healing brush tool. Dodge and burn was done next on its separate layer filled with 50% gray. Skin painting on its own layer was done with a soft brush at very low flow and 1% opacity. Color samples were taken and then painted on various sections of the skin. This was done mainly to even out skin coloration and makeup.

Final Photoshop tweaking was done by adjustment layers of curves, levels, selective color, hue/saturation and brightness/contrast. On adjusting the color, generally I am slightly desaturating the red, yellow and magenta. Sharping was done by a stamp layer to which the unsharp filter was applied with a noise level of 1.

Lastly, minor adjustments in Lightroom as described in the first paragraph of Image Processing were made.

Credits:

Model; Makeup; Wardrobe: Heidi Farenbach - http://www.heidifahrenbach.com/

Lighting: Don McDowell

Photographer: +Paul Johnston 


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Moon Tattoo ! - Austin Street Art

The panorama mural artwork below is the creation of +David Poe and his wife Tina of the +Moon Tattoo  Studio in Austin, Texas. This unique design occupies one complete wall in the studio.

David and Tina are super friendly folks and really made my day a great one! This past Sunday I was photographing a large mural of a floating tattooed lady (designed by Tina Poe) on the outside wall of their studio. A couple parked their car and got out of their car smiling as they see me photographing the floating lady. They open up their studio and shortly thereafter Tina Poe comes out and introduces herself. We talk briefly about the "floating lady" and Tina invites me inside the studio so I can photography a large design on one walls of their studio. I met David and talked to him about being a tattoo artist. He enjoys doing fine detailed tattoos. I really enjoyed the conversation with Tina and David and appreciate the invitation to come inside their new studio and photograph another great design. Their friendly jester just made my day!

Capturing and Processing Image:

As mentioned this was a large wall mural. On the right side was a large chair that was blocking part of the mural. On the upper left of the mural was some air conditioning duct work blocking a portion of the left crescent moon. To get the mural I turned the camera into portrait position, stood close to the mural, and took 3 overlapping images . This allowed me to "see" past the blocking chair.

The three images were stitched together in the panorama mode in Lightroom and then brought into Photoshop. There were shadows cast upon the wall. This being a black and white image, I used the paint bucket tool to turn areas with shadows into white. Duct work covered the left tip of the crescent moon. I selected the right half of the crescent moon and flipped it horizontally and pasted it over the missing portion of the left crescent moon. The image was taken into the raw processor and various slider were adjusted to get a white background and a darkened design. The shading in the design was done by David and Tina with fine black lines.

#mural   #tattoo #moontatoo   #davidpoe   #tinapoe   #austin #austintexas #austinchamberofcommerce #newsstory #austinnewsstory
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"And That's Your Story....This Time!"

Model Annicia seems to think someone has some explaining to do!

Main light was a strobe with beauty dish covered with a white sock at a 60 degree overhead angle to model and about 2 feet from model's face. Back lighting was bare bulb with reflector pointed towards model's head.

Processing was initially done in Photoshop to lessen some stray hairs around the edges, non destructive dodge/burn, use curves, desaturate and add several gradients. Final tweaking was done in Lightroom.


Credits:

Model: Annicia

Makeup :+Alicia Perez-Guevara ; Elsie Brosch

Wardrobe: +Robin n Marc Binder

Photographer: Paul Johnston

#model #modelshoot #fashion #glamour #lingerie #fashionphotography
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Beauty Will Save The World ! - Austin Street Art

Panorama of large street art mural, painted on a section of six foot wooden fence by approximately fifty feet long. This fence is located on the East side of North Lamar Blvd. in Austin, Texas.  See - https://goo.gl/maps/WCk4mN7WWyu .

The basic hand-held technique for doing this is to:  fill the frame with one section of the mural, take image, repeat this process with a new adjoining section of the mural until the entire mural has been captured with several images.  Allow sufficient overlap between image sections so stitching software can make one panorama image.  In taking your images, try to keep the same distance from the mural for the entire length as you photograph the individual sections.  In addition to this, try to maintain a consistent distance between the top of your view finder and the top of the mural for the entire length of the mural.

After stitching the sections, I had to warp a couple of sections to get a more or less rectangular format.  After getting the rectangular format of the mural, a selection was made of the area above the fence and a white mask was applied to this area.  A white background was added so that the area above the fenced appeared white in color.

Lightroom CC2016 was used to make the initial panorama.  Ten images were stitched to the entire panorama.  However, Lightroom would not stitch all the images at once.  It would stitch the first six images as one panorama and the last four images as the second panorama.  I believe this was due to not being sufficient overlap between two image.  However, I did maintain a constant shooting area above the fence.  The right section of the fence leaned backward.  By my maintaining a consistent shooting distance above the fence combined with a backward leaning fence, the stitching process may have been hindered?  Maybe it was a combination of insufficient overlap and the backward leaning fence?

The two panorama were brought into Photoshop and these were stitched together, warp tool applied, masked, white area added above fence.  This large panorama was brought back into Lightroom for a little contrast and curves tweaking. 

#austinstreetart   #mural   #streetart   #panorama   #austin   #atx   #austintx   #austinchamberofcommerce   #austinnewsstory  
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"You Are Stardust !" - Austin Street Art

A mural found on the East wall of Stay Gold bar at 1910 East Cesar Chavez Street; Austin, Texas - https://goo.gl/WztT8i.  This is one of five Star Wars themed murals on the side of this establishment.

Stay Gold's ambience is based on the 1967 novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - https://goo.gl/oYJrkZ.

East Cesar Shavez Street has a gold mine of mural treasures and old structures giving way updated architectural remodeling.

#stardust   #starwars   #mural   #austinstreetart   #streetart   #austin   #atx   #austintx   #austinchamberofcommerce   #newsstory   #austinnewsstory  
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Why You Should Keep on Shooting, Even If No One is Watching - Autotelic (Self Goal) !

A very interesting video essay on Vincent van Gogh's perseverance of continuing to create art even when no one was watching, with the exception of his brother.  It may be that the artist realizes it is not up to them to decide whether the next thing is going to be popular or successful but to just do their work. One cannot control the external outcome of what one does so why think about it?  Today, will we make our art even if no one is watching?

#vincentvangogh   #vangogh #creativity   #creating  
 
In a world obsessed with views, likes, and viral hits, it can be discouraging to feel like no one is paying any attention to the art you make. If that desc
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What Most Photographers Kind Of Know - Lens vs. Appearance !

Thanks to +jack hollingsworth sending this article my way!

This is one of the best examples of showing how the focal length of the lens affects the appearance of a portrait. Through an animated GIF, one can see how dramatically the focal length changes the way a portrait may look. In a few seconds, one can see the dramatic changes. Most examples give a few static individual images, which this article does too. However, the animation drives home the point to select your portrait focal length carefully. Also, what dawned on me was that when using a variable focal length lens, take care in choosing the portrait focal length for that lens and frame accordingly. Many times I have used the distance from the subject as the main determining factor and zoomed in to fill the frame without thinking is the resulting focal length best for the portrait versus setting the desirable focal length and zooming with my feet!
It's commonly said that a camera adds 10 pounds, making you look heavier than you actually are. Here's a striking animated GIF that shows how much the foca
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+Kevin Karl Yes, the animation really illustrates what a difference focal length makes in the appearance of a portrait. I think most photographers have seen a series of still images showing this effect. We can understand it logically but seeing it happen in a few seconds drives home the difference focal length can make on a portrait!
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The Amazing Floating Lady ! - Austin Street Art

This lovely mural is the design of tattoo artist Tina Poe, wife of +David Poe, both owners of +Moon Tattoo in Austin, Texas. Tina gave this design to local artists/mural painters +SprATX who created this mural on the exterior end wall of Moon Tattoo.

Panorama Creation

I decided to create a stand alone piece of art from this mural by creating a panorama using 4 horizontal images stitched together. The stitching was done in Lightroom panorama and then brought into Photoshop for cloning and tweaking.

By standing close to the building wall, a section of the mural was captured. Moving along the wall and maintaining the same distance from the wall, the other sections of the mural were captured, making sure that sufficient overlap occurred between images so the software could stitch the 4 images into one panorama.

The resulting panorama was an image of the entire end of the building containing the mural. To make the panorama more appealing, some things appearing around the mural needed to be eliminated: store awning that wrapped around the upper left edge of the mural; electrical wiring appearing in the upper right hand corner of the mural; building parking lot light fixture in the upper center of mural casting shadow down onto stomach of floating lady; tree shadows on black bricks in center of mural; the interface of mural with parking lot had grass and weeds growing onto bottom of mural.

Cloning

All of the above problems were solved by cloning appropriate mural areas over undesirable areas. The difficulty of this is the wall was of two sizes of brick and the pattern of the brickwork had to match. This meant that where cloning samples were to begin had to match the pattern where they were to be applied.

The most tedious cloning had to do with eliminating the orange awning occupying the upper left hand corner of the building. After cloning in the bricks to cover the awning, a gap in the circle of white dots was created. I cloned the white dots back in with the original white dots. Examining the white dots revealed an alternating pattern of large dot/small dot. Also, when a dot covered a grout joint, the paint did not extend down onto the grout. After varying sized of dots were cloned in, when they spanned a grout joint, the neighboring joint area was cloned over the center of the dot so that the replacement dots over grout joints would match the original dots spanning grout joints in the lower part of the mural.

The same attention to detail happened in the cloning out of the attached building parking lot light. The replacing brick pattern had to match what was behind the light. In eliminating the shadow cast by the light fixture onto the mural, other light colored parts of the mural were used to cover the shadow so that the color and texture would match.

Final Touches

A larger canvas border was added for the panorama, contrast was tweaked and a little unsharp filter and noise was applied in Photoshop.

Other Design Inside Moon Tattoo - https://goo.gl/XORXag

#mural #tattoo #moontatoo #davidpoe #tinapoe #austin #austintexas #austinchamberofcommerce #newsstory #austinnewsstory
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Carmen Dell'Orefice - Grande Dame Of Modeling !

Profound, Absolutely Profound!

"Make friends with yourself in the mirror everyday!" is good advice coming from the now 85 year old lady known within the fashion industry for being the world's oldest working model.

Soak in the wisdom given in this video about living. If you are the impatient type go to 1:16:05 of the video for some tidbits of inspiration and then settle back and learn/watch this wise woman tell her story!

Look at her portfolio of beauty - https://goo.gl/Pd3tlt

#CarmenDellOrefice  #model   #modeling   #advice   #living  
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Digital Earth ! - Austin Street Art

This is some street art found on one side of a large metal container located at 4704 East Cesar Chavez in Austin, Texas. - https://goo.gl/maps/1YBjmoNiN2n

The container was sitting on the grass on the East end of the parking lot to Artpost.

Four images were stitched together in Photoshop, cropped and then brought into Lightroom for final tweaking.

Street art is constantly changing and fun to look for as you are moving about!

#austinstreetart #mural #streetart #panorama #austin #atx #austintx #austinchamberofcommerce #austinnewsstory 
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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other word would smell as sweet. - William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Model Chantelle provides a beautiful face in a window setting to get creative.

Lighting -

Lighting is mainly back light from a window Chantelle is sitting in.  To the right of the photographer is a large white reflector.

Processing -

Once initial tweaking was done in Lightroom, the creative concept became apparent of having the feel of the subject bathed in brightly back lit sunshine with a quality of almost rinsed in lens flare.  Also, it became a nice portrait of Chantelle's wonderful face by cropping the original image.  By cropping some of the distracting window and studio elements went away.  

After the initial tweaking and lens correction was done, the image was brought into Photoshop for final processing.  Each processing step was placed on its layer so that each step could be viewed later to see if its impact was contributing to the desired overall end results.

A layer for blending skin colorations between uneven light/shadow areas of the skin was created.  Color sampling was done on certain areas of the face and a lighter skin tone was painted on to some areas to more evenly blend the skin tone.  The opacity of the soft brush was set to only 3%.

Next a non destructive dodge/burn layer was created with a 50% grey fill.  After dodge/burning was done, adjustment layers of Levels and Brightness/Contrast were done followed by a adjustment layer of Hue/Saturation.  Saturation was lowered to -20% on the Master hue.  This is where the overall pastel look of the image comes from.

Next a stamp layer was created which incorporated all the processing steps up to this point.  A Gaussian blur of 3.3 pixel radius was applied to layer and then a black mask applied to layer which negated the blur.  A 3% white brush was used to paint onto the black mask allowing some of the blur to show.

Another stamp layer was created   Above this a sepia photo filter adjustment layer was created with a sepia level of 13.

Credits -

Model - +Chantelle Lunn 

Wardrobe - +Robin n Marc Binder 

Photographer - +Paul Johnston 

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Gone With The Wind - Texas Style !

Model Chantelle adds her beauty to a November sunset at a hill country ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas.  

Lighting was a beauty dish to the upper right about 5 feet from model. A fairly slow shutter speed of 1/80 of a second was used to help record the sunset light.   Initial processing was done in Lightroom and then brought into Photoshop for final editing.

Credits:

Model - +Chantelle Lunn 

Wardrobe - +Robin n Marc Binder 

Makeup Artists - +Heather Alcala' ; +Alicia Perez-Guevara ; Heather                                  Boilek

Lighting - Eric Wilson

Photographer - +Paul Johnston 

#chantellelunn   #Fredericksburg   #Texas   #hillcountry  
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Enjoy having fun with people and kidding them.  Hope others will poke a little fun at me too!

A beekeeper in a former lifeuntil the bees threw me out ! Have been know to stretch the truth and on occasion, tell the truth! I am the only one officially allowed to issue Gold Stars on Google + !  ;-)
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