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Topaz for Photoshop CS5

Posted on 14. Sep, 2010 by .

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This is definitely not my usual style, but am playing with Topaz for Photoshop CS5. Please forgive the detour.

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Disco Jeepney

Posted on 12. Sep, 2010 by .

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The interior of a Jeepney found in Guadalupe, Manila. In case you didn’t see the previous post, check out the exterior of this thing – I take it he’s a Transformers fan.

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Tilt/Shift with Photoshop: Hong Kong – Stanley

Posted on 27. Sep, 2009 by .

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hong kong tiltshift Tilt/Shift with Photoshop: Hong Kong   Stanley

This is an example of producing the tilt/shift effect with Photoshop. This was taken in Hong Kong’s Stanley Bay area; a quaint seaside area with a boardwalk packed full of restaurants and shops.

I’ve done a few more of these effects with a tutorial linked here: www.thejavajive.com/blog/?p=475

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Backflip – multiple exposure image

Posted on 15. May, 2009 by .

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roderick Backflip   multiple exposure image

Multiple exposure backflip into the pristine waters of Pulau Seribu, Indonesia

The brave man is not me – that’s Roderick, a friend who operates the island we stayed on: www.pulaumacan.com. If you’re keen to stay there, I’m happy to provide more info, or put you in touch with him directly.

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Novita by the power of three: Deciding if photos are better in color or black and white?

Posted on 11. May, 2008 by .

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2481675497 6648312373 Novita by the power of three: Deciding if photos are better in color or black and white?

A tough decision many photographers face is deciding how the final image should look. This holds especially true in any type of portraiture. Many people are drawn to black and white, as often it’s more flattering to the model and as such, many people correlate black and white with more professional portraits.

Quite often I process photos in both color and black and white, but only post one version or the other; it’s not always an easy decision. The example above includes the full color, the same image with more muted tones, and the black and white version. Now, as a side note, it’s not always desirable to shoot night photos in total darkness; generally it’s more preferable to shoot right before dark so as to include more ambient light. Unfortunately, living on the equator, that gloaming period drops quicker than George W’s ratings.

If you ask me which one I prefer, I’d probably say the original. Novita has beautiful golden skin, and I think the original displays that glow true to life; I’m a bit biased though. The second includes a bit more processing, using adjustment layers, curves, and some color tweaks. This is more typical to fashion magazines and those that favor such manipulation. I’m not sure if it works or not this time. Perhaps if there were other colors in the image it’d be more successful. The final black and white is slightly harsh this time; once again, shooting in total darkness has that effect. Black and white definitely has its appeal in many photographs, but in this case I feel the lighting was too strong to make it work.

If anyone has a preference, let’s hear it. Do you find that you generally prefer color or black and white photographs?

They can also be seen individually via the photoblog here: In full color, muted tones, and black and white.

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