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Here Boise, Idaho – I have found a new place to photograph that has become rather majestic during sunset hour. This is the New York Canal that weaves it’s way around the city. If it weren’t for “canal” status, I would jump in with my inner-tube and have you pick me up down the way.
I took a few different shots of these bridge supports. It just goes to show how the same subject can look so different with a change in perspective and composition. I took HDRs (High Dynamic Range) of this scene because I wanted to capture the beauty and detail of the sky, but also see what was going on in the foreground.
For my Step-by-Step process of how I put these images together, you can go to the latest Photography Duel at Improve Photography.
In the first part of May 2013 – I took a trip down to Fortaleza, Brazil. I spent 8 days there and I had the best time of my life as I was able to visit with old friends and tour new places.
I served a LDS mission there from August 2006 – 2008 and I just fell in love with the people and the country and after nearly 5 years of waiting, I was able to to return and remind myself why it is I love that place so much.
While I was there I spent most of my time visiting tourist locations and below are some panorama photos I took using my iPhone 5. I didn’t take many photos because I didn’t want to be a target for thieves and I was only looking for the photos I didn’t take while I was there the first go around. For the most part I like how they turned out and the panorama really gives you a sense of what it is like.
Dragão Do Mar – Cultural Arts Center
This place takes up two city blocks and is one of Fortaleza’s icons! From Science to the arts, you can learn all about here at Dragão Do Mar. This was a place I had always wanted to visit and was finally able to near the end of my stay. We walked around and saw a few of the Exhibits they had setup in the Arts buidling. I would have loved to see more of the Science part of the building but they have special hours for that and we just didn’t make the cut.
Fortaleza’s Cultural History – Dragão Do Mar Exhibit
This was very interesting to see as I was able to walk around and learn more about the past of Fortaleza and how it came to be. While I feel that many Brazilians in Fortaleza experience a rather humble lifestyle – there is nothing quiet comparable to what was endured as this great city was being formed.
Fashion Design – Dragão Do Mar Exhibit
By far the most interesting exhibit at Dragão Do Mar was this one. Clothes made out of twin and rope all put on display against ply wood. Ply wood is not commonly found in Brazil – at least not for building homes like you would think but it was interesting to me how they took ordinary ole ply wood and made it the backdrop for some really nice Fashion art. For the sake of the women out there – I hope this isn’t a new fashion trend for you cause rope burns are very uncomfortable.
Mercado Central – City Center
I LOVE THIS PLACE! Just about anything cultural that you’d want to buy as a tourist can be found here. It’s a 5 story tall building with over 100 vendors all looking to make a living. But the best part is – they are willing to barter with you cause their competition just might be next door to them. So it’s easy to find a good deal there if you’re looking for the things to remember your time in Fortaleza!
Notice the ramps how the weave up to the next level in the building. Kinda fun!
Praia Do Futuro – Beach of the Future
This is probably the most well known beach in Fortaleza that a lot of people like to visit while they are here. Most of the beaches are similar to this one here and there is nothing more relaxing than sitting under a tiki hut watching the tide come in as you wait for some authentic Brazilian food.
This is my favorite panorama that I took from my whole trip… I love the shadows, the sky, and the ocean! Not to mention – it was my first time swimming in the ocean!
For this week’s Duel at Improve Photography – Jim and I each took a turn at going out with the same model to take the best shot we could get.
We took her outside around the studio and well did some quick shots in the studio as well just to make sure that we exhausted all our possible creativity with this model…. and of course…. all the while being reminded of the pressure of needing to win this weeks duel. We had a great time with Erin and she was more than willing to jump in on the banter and smile while she was doing it.
Nothing like having a good group of friends to run around with…. or to take photos of when you’re all feeling bored.
Had a great photo shoot with the gang to commemorate our friendship with each other and all the good times here in Boise, ID!
Doing photo composites in Photoshop can be a lot of fun! The image below has taken me about 15 hours to complete – plus the time to take each of these photos used in the composite. It’s a lot of time for one photo, and I’m grateful I had the time to do it, but it really pushed my Photoshop skills to a new level in attempting to complete the composite.
The easy part was getting all of the photos together into one and to get a basic idea of what it could look like. The hard part was thinking of all the little details to add to the realism of the final product. The things that I paid attention to were:
- The rain showing only in areas where there is light.
- The rain puddles on the road.
- Painstakingly selecting the powerline poles.
- Keeping the Shadows on the cars and people.
- Making the road look wet.
- Lighting on everything to match.
- Adding storm clouds to the sky for the rain.
There are several techniques that could have been used to incorporate all these effects, but I used basic Photoshop skills of masking, selecting, and using adjustment layers. Lots of layers. However – the longest part of the whole process was refinement of everything I was doing. Taking a step back and making sure everything was still working together. I would take a break and come back to it and I would have other people tell me what they think and see if there is anything that bothers them. Then I would go back to work.
Without further ado – allow me to introduce to you: Leaving It Behind
This week at ImprovePhotography.com – the Weekly Photo Duel challenge was Panoramas. Panoramas can be a lot of fun when you have something interesting to photograph. From Macros to Majestic Landscapes… Panoramas really help tell the whole story.
I wanted to do vertical panoramas to help with the story I wanted to tell. So I went to downtown Boise to capture some of the urban city life around sunset. The biggest challenge with doing a vertical panorama in a downtown area like this is the lens distortion became a bit much. By the time the pano was done stitching together some of the buildings had a nice curve to it. Haha!
Tell me what you think in the comments below – I’ll respond to you.
This is my photo duel entry:
Head on over to improvephotography.com to see Jim’s photo and to cast your vote.
This week’s photo duel at ImprovePhotography.com is Landscape. Which landscape can be a lot of fun – but it takes a certain amount of creativity in between Winter and Spring. I have never heard anyone say how much they love this time of year… but here are some before/after shots that I took for this week.
They required a lot of Photoshop because I didn’t want to cop out do a black/white photo. As you look at these photos – It is my hope that you can come to appreciate not only the photographic talent but the artistic side of taking a photo like this and turning it into something completely different – kind of like a painter would sitting down at the same scene.
I would love to what you think about this – leave me a comment, please!
At Improve Photography – we are starting a new tradition by doing a weekly photo duel. We have a theme or a style of photography we will work on and then we will submit our best photo into the duel with the judges being the fans of the website. Head on over to ImprovePhotography.com to see which photo I took head-2-head with Jim and cast your vote.
I’d also love to hear what you think about these photos. So tell me!
Andrew was such a great assistant when he came with me to take some of Brandon’s Senior portraits. But, I also couldn’t pass up that opportunity to get some photos of Andrew too! Even though there are some who say he never smiles – he is very photogenic and I think we were able to get some great shots of Andrew while we were in Bisbee, AZ.
Went to Bisbee, AZ with my brother Brandon to get another set of Senior photos for him as he is getting ready to graduate high school and make that next big step in his life.
Bisbee is a town full of character and the perfect backdrop for some great photography! Tell me what you think of these photos? I know Brandon has fallen in love with them all!
And to my mentor Caryn… This is that amazing Flashbender at work!