A photo-shoot I recently did for my wife. Model: Evelina. Yesterday I published the B&W images (which I prefer). Here some colour pictures. Post-processing with McPhun IntensifyPro, -Tonality and -Aurora plus a bit of Photoshop and more bits with LandscapePro and PortraitPro.
For this imaginary I used 23 different (refined) textures for the background. Here and there I added the running kids, my feet and other (hardly visible) objects between the layers. For the ‘finishing touch’ I used (with many times an ‘undo’) the ‘content aware’ tool of Photoshop.
This imaginary is inspired by the Russian born artist Marc Chagall. All used images were made within a radius of 2 km from my home.
Just snap shooting with Sony 16-50mm lens mounted on the A77 camera. Few pics have been cropped but no other editing in Photoshop. Me and my wife Yvonne live in Stanford, Western Cape that was recently awarded with “Best Village Destination in South Africa”. Yes we are privileged! And yes; we do have a very unusual garden with some plants and plant combinations that stimulate one’s imagination. But we’ll come back on this subject in the next posting.
As promised in yesterday’s posting herewith some ‘cross-breeds’. It turned out that, this time, simple thinking (bottom image) in working with photoshop is resulting in the best imaginary…..
Virtually every day you can see me in our small garden shooting. I merely shoot flowers and every now and than also a bird. My weapon-of-mass-imagination is a Sony A77VQ with a few lenses. This camera suits me well and it does everything I want. I shoot in RAW-format (Sony’s JPEG needs some quality improvements) and after the shooting I perform a pre-selection before I download and process the pictures in Adobe Photoshop CS6. For some of the flowers it means a dissection into elements (stamens, etc.) which I use for elementary images or ‘imaginaries’ as I prefer to name them. I love flowers and nature but don’t ask me names of specific species; just being in a garden catching fragrances and touching and capturing nature’s beauties is a Feast. Here are some of the recent pictures of flowers. We have around 600 to 700 different succulent plants from around the globe in our outdoor collection including cacti.
The South African meat industry promotes its products with the slogan “Beef it up South Africa”. Well …. here is our contribution from Stanford, Western Cape..
The mainframe picture is that of Stanford’s main Victoria Street taken from the cross with Moore Street. The cows are true free range ones from the nearby farmers/farmworkers community Papiesvlei. Photo’s (RAW-format) made with Sony A77VQ camera and processed with Photoshop.