Friday, December 26, 2008

My Girl and Graffiti

If you ever visit this blog you know that my camera and people rarely cross paths. I have never been a great street photographer. I have not taken many people pictures until recently.
I am now more enthused with set-up portraits than I have been for just about anything. I might just be setting up some lighting to get really good at it. Anyhow, this is my girls (Monica Munoz) first time on the blog. I made her wake up from a Christmas nap to be my model for some portraits I had in mind. As I will be practicing you might see some more of her on here in the future. Enjoy, JP.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Getting Ready

This photo was a kite boarder getting ready as I am now getting ready to try some serious shots of full on kite boarding this next week. Maybe some half in half out of water shots. Enjoy, JP.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Frigget-about it!!!

Months ago, before building and moving into my house I had a hard drive crash. My only hard drive. Lucky enough for me the computer would start in safe mode and give me enough time to back up to a external drive that I ordered for the mission. Great right? Wrong!
I use Adobe Lightroom as my photo organizer and for 99% of raw conversion and editing. Lightroom works in a different way than most programs. When a raw photo is edited in Lightroom there is a sidecar created for each photo, that basically makes a layer over the original. You can see the changes, and make as many copies and change them as you want. All without creating a new image and filling up your hard drive. Quite clever actually.
The problem I had with this is (I must say that this is my fault) the side cars are saved separate of the photo itself. So when I saved the photos from hard drive from another I did a little "spring cleaning" of everything else I thought was junk from the old drive. Yeah, you guessed, the 13,000 side cars. 13,000 (thirteen thousand) photos that were all now raw and unedited. Not cropped, not sharpened, no saturation, back to color if I made them black and white, no contrast, just how I like them before they enter the computer. Not now. Now I had to re-edit every single photo I have. Including over 4,000 from the Galapagos.
I'm obviously doing it slowly but today came to the Friggets. These birds were riding wind from the cockpit of the yacht and were close enough for me to get some great portraits. These are probably some of my favorite photos i've ever taken. The one in color is the female, who have blue feathers around the eyes. Enjoy, JP.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Processed Jewel

Another photo I forgot about and found only to be more talented at processing and more able to process with better equipment. I guess equipment and software can make a difference. The grain in this photo gives it the drama, not something I would change (even if I could). Enjoy, JP.

Monday, December 01, 2008

More Portraits

I realized that I took some pretty good photos and thought I would share some more. The clarity of black and white is something I just can't describe. Enjoy, JP.