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Dreamreflectionz by Lee Jorgensen

Passionate about people, travels, wine, critters, nature and all the other magic moments of life!

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Creativity

Motion Still or Cinemagraphs?

I have recently been having a lot of fun creating partially animated photos.  It is actually surprisingly simple and the results can be quite striking:

 

But, it does not always go right!

Another world to discover and play with!

New Toys!

New Camera, Camcorder and Software and not enough Hours in the Day!

(Shot on Sony A6500 and Sony AX700 using Cyberlink PowerDirector as Editing Software.)  Make sure you watch in HD!!!

Testing it all at the Solano Lantern Festival

Having fun with graduation pictures

A new software, Corel PhotoMirage, did not start our quite so well and I seem to have caused some major earthquakes around San Francisco!

Luckily, there were some good results, too!

Moral Dilemma!

I have always tried to limit my use of Lightroom/Photoshop to turn my raw files into what I saw with my eyes.  Sure, I will remove distractions and perhaps add a very discreet vignette to keep the eyes within the frame.  But should I worry more about making images pop and create attention?  Everybody else seems to be doing it with pride and is not adding physical polarizers and other filters really the same thing?  Did Ansel Adams not dodge and burn?  I am conflicted, but suspect I will eventually get over it and fall into the action/overlay/filter trap and maybe even love it!

Here are some examples of photos that do not quite reflect reality – what do you think?

Oooops!

Sometimes, technical mistakes can produce rather amusing results!

This photo was taken on a cold winter day and I had put my neutral density filter between my teeth while I changed my lens.  It was getting dark, so it completely escaped me that the filter was now all fogged up!

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I am not sure what happened with this one – probably a very dirty lens!

 

Light Painting

One of the most difficult aspects of photography to me is flash and other ways of creating and sculpting light.  That may be why I find it so fascinating!  It is like a whole new three dimensional world and yet, it really should be so simple, because you are in control!  Truth be told, I do not feel very much in control when I am standing in a room with flashes, ambient light peeping through the windows, reflectors, gels and flashlights!  Here are some examples of (attempted) controlled lights:

 

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This was taken in a dark room with a black background with only a flash  used for painting light on the bottle and the ornaments.

 

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My first attempt with gels and a Speedlite!  Another pitch dark room with nothing but a flashlight to illuminate the flower.

Next assignment for me:  Outdoor night shooting with flashlights and gelled flashes!  Stay tuned!

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Unfortunately, it would seem that we will be covered in most needed rain tomorrow and so I will not have the great photo ops that I had last year in the little town of Benicia.  People get very creative decorating their shops on Main Street for the annual competition and it is a fun and colorful experience to stroll up and down the street.

 

Do photos always have to be in focus?

No, they do not!  Sometimes, you can get really creative with zooms and swirls, panning and shaking.  Play with it and enjoy the fun.  Every result is a total surprise!

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