Junkyard Photoshop

The thing about Photoshop is that it’s too easy to get bogged down in creativity when working on images, and not get anything done.  At the Junkyard, we didn’t have much of a sky so I started in on a couple of images I really liked, two of Lauren and one of the amazing Elley Cat.  Elley was first; I loved her stance on the car, but I didn’t like the sky.

Elley Cat – Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I started playing around in Photoshop.  I pulled images I had shot before, elsewhere; all of the images that ended up as components of these final images are mine as well, so I don’t run into any copyright issues.  After finding what I feel is the best possible image, I ended up with this.

Elley Cat with a new background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me really excited about making fun stuff in Photoshop.  So I pulled a couple of Lauren’s Umbrella Corporation images.  Here are the before and afters of these.  If you can guess where the images were shot that ended up in the backgrounds of the composites, please leave your guesses in the comments and I’ll confirm or deny whether you’re right.

Summer Storms

I just LOVE summer storms. I’ve been known to hang around lightning storms for hours to get the perfect photo — something about the power of a big storm is edifying and cathartic. And getting cool lightning photos is very satisfying. Of course, getting cool photos is satisfying anyway, but I just like lightning.

We had a couple of series of storms come through in the last couple of weeks, and I chased them and got some really fun stuff. Taking good lightning photos isn’t that difficult; you just need a camera that you can set to manual mode and shoot with a long shutter speed. For these I used ISO 200, 30 seconds of shutter and an aperture that varied between f/6.3 and 7.1 or so. The camera was on a tripod and I used my 70-200L lens. Enjoy!

Summer Lightning
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Summer Lightning
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Summer Lightning

Summer Lightning Storms

I LOVE summer storms in the desert. There’s nothing like them — the hot wind starts to pick up and the thunderheads start building off in the distance. Local pilots call them “Thunderbumpers” because they make the air extremely bumpy, which is an adventure in a small airplane. By the evening, the temperature, wind, and humidity are just right and the clouds unleash an electric light show that has to be seen to be believed.

We didn’t get as many of these this year as we have in years past, but the times I was able to get out and photograph the lightning I got some great stuff. Check these out!

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