Tuesday, June 18, 2013

For the Fun Of It

In the recent pursuit of improving my photography skills with multiple classes I feel as if the majority of my time is spent reading, researching, thinking, practicing newly developing software processing skills; that is everything BUT capturing images!  Enough of this madness!  I've been waiting for the perfect cloud type, formation, and cloud to sky ratio for capturing the ideal long exposure, but the weather hasn't been cooperating as of late.  However today was around 70 degrees and just too nice to be indoors shackled to my computer.  So I decided to get back to basics and take the camera out for a spin and see what adventure I would discover and just shoot for the fun of it; a free spirit of sorts at least for the day.

Much to my delight not only was the temperature absolutely gorgeous, but as the day progressed the perfect cloud formations actually developed.  Enough about the clouds, as I'll blog about those images at a later date.  For now I'll just share my fun discovery as I left the lakeshore trail that led me to a pool on the grounds of a famous estate.  I processed this image differently than my normal workflow (again another event on today's "fun" scale) but I think it reflects the mood perfectly. Imagine circa 1950's-1960's with a gin & tonic in hand, overlooking the pool out to the lake on the horizon.  The perfect location for a perfect Michigan day.

© 2013, Joanne Scherf

Monday, June 3, 2013

New and Improved

I've just completed Week #1 (of six) in a new Master class I'm taking and already I can see significant improvements.  It's a long exposure class, but the major emphasis is on fine-tuning the post processing of black & white (B&W) images.  Contrary to popular opinion, photography is more than just clicking a shutter, it's image capture, post-production, and printing, all of which require a completely new and different skill set. Mastery of all three elements is essential instead of farming out your work for others to complete the post-production and printing.  So this is where my class is helping me advance my post-production skills for B&W, which is a fine art unto itself.

I'll keep you posted as I make further progress.  Also I start another long exposure (LE) class starting next week that runs for 10 weeks, so there will definitely be more to share over the summer and beyond. Anyway, here's a before and after version of a 2010 image comparing what I knew in B&W post-production and what I've learned in just one week for today's assignment.

I had already converted the image from color to B&W, then enhanced the black & white processing with what I knew at the time (2010).

Previous BW Processing Knowledge
© 2010, Joanne Scherf

Now here's the same image from 2010.  However it now demonstrates applying what I just learned this past week in my new class on BW post-production.  Notice how the changes in tonal adjustments and such have helped me direct the viewer's eye to focus on specific elements of the image.  Also this new technique provides a more dramatic and ethereal overtone to the image; far different from my 1st attempt at B&W post-production back in 2010.

Current BW Processing Knowledge
© 2010, Joanne Scherf

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Image of the Month:  June 2013...Pure Michigan

Taking a short jaunt to the northern lower peninsula...that's Michigan speak for going "up north", that is of the lower peninsula and NOT the UP or upper peninsula.  Regardless of the geography, I'm always amazed at the beautiful landscape that offers an abundant variety....Pure Michigan!  Enough about PR, I'll let my images speak for themselves.  Suffice it to say that Michigan is a true paradise indeed; a hiker's delight!

Arcadia Bluffs
© 2013, Joanne Scherf
Stairway To
© 2013, Joanne Scherf

© 2013, Joanne Scherf