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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Japanese Shack

This is an old photo that I took back while I was on deployment in Okinawa a little over a year ago. I was going through some of my older photos and never got around to processing this one so I decided to give it a shot since I hadn’t taken any new photos this weekend. This is situated right outside of Shuri Castle in Okinawa. This is made up of 3 JPEG images that were combined into an HDR in Photomatix. I took the HDR and masked through the original layers to keep the better parts of the photos and processed the whole image in Photoshop CS6. Hope you like it!

Japanese Shack


Japanese Shack

Monday, March 18, 2013

Teddy & Maryam

This photo was for one of my friends that I met in my unit while in the Marines. His girlfriend Maryam had come down to visit him and they wanted to take some couple portrait photos. We decided on taking them at San Onofre beach which is right on base. These two were great to shoot because they looked great together and assisted me a lot with holding the reflector when it was need. In this shot I used a silver reflector to bounce some of the direct sunlight back into the shadowed side of their faces. Fortunately the sun was coming close to setting so it wasn’t as strong. This is a RAW image file that I processed in Photoshop CS6.

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Teddy & Maryam

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Manhattan Beach Sunset

This is a photo that I took a few weeks back of Manhattan Beach when I drove up to Los Angeles. For this photo I didn’t have any other choice besides using the HDR technique to process it because of the look that I wanted to achieve. I could have gotten away without using the HDR technique but the pier would have turned to a silhouette against the background. This shot is made up of three exposure shot from a tripod at -3, 0, +3. All three exposures were lens corrected in Photoshop and saved as jpegs. They were then brought into Photomatix and combined into an HDR image. I have been trying to spend as little time as I can in Photomatix because I find that the longer I spend there the more crazy the effects turn out on my picture. Even the Photoshop processing on the picture was fairly minimal because all that was done were some level and curve adjustments and masking through to some of the original layers.

Manhattan Pier Color


Manhattan Beach Sunset

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Getty White Room

This room was an area in one of the art museums at the Getty Museum. The Getty Museum is located just North of Los Angeles and has some awesome architecture there. The processing of this shot was somewhat of a process because I had to do some extensive straightening for the photo considering most of these lines were curved. I also fixed the whites in the photo to make them more pure because the sunlight coming in the window was casting a warm glow. I then desaturated the overall picture and did some curves and levels adjustments.


White Room



Getty White Room