Getting Out There

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Nancy and I have been on the bike a lot lately. And by a lot I mean just about every chance we get. If it’s not raining then there is a good chance we are riding somewhere. All of the rides aren’t necessarily long. Mostly just rolling around our normal areas, maybe 20-40 miles. Last weekend, however, we went back to Clyde and then to the Upper Sandusky car show. Fun times were definitely had. More on that later. For now, just check out some photos I took of the bike as test shots before the show. Also included are some recent Instagram photos and a map of the ride to/from the car show.

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Oldies

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I haven’t posted anything in a while for a bunch of reasons, the largest being that we’ve moved and things aren’t settled down yet. However, I was looking through my photo harddrive today and decided to edit a few photos that never got any love and share them here. No theme or anything. Just some pics. Check ’em out.

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Before/After: Retouching A High-End Condo

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I took on another real estate retouching project this week and I thought I’d share some of the images with y’all. Let me first give a little background to the project: I did not shoot the photos myself. I am given the photos from the photographer’s marketing team. The only lighting for the photos is what is presented at the home at the time of shooting. No strobes, umbrellas, reflectors or soft-boxes. Just windows and the lights within the home.

The process I use to edit these photos is to create a hand-made HDR (high-dynamic range) photo within Photoshop. I am presented with anywhere from 1–6 exposures of a specific angle and I blend them into one cohesive, high-quality image. Lots of clicking of the mouse and lots of soft, flowing masks are used within Photoshop. It’s a lot of work and it quickly becomes tedious but it can result in some quality images.

My process only uses two applications: Bridge and Photoshop. I am normally a Lightroom junkie but I find that Bridge allows me greater freedom when organizing the shots that I want and that saves me a lot of time. I simply edit each image in the RAW editor (within Bridge) and then transfer them into Photoshop to do the heavy masking and blending.

I’ve included the unedited exposures that I was given to show what goes into creating the final image. Hit the jump to see some of the goodness that was produced.

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