Floating Away – Part 1

I’ll start with full disclosure these are not my images. These were shot by my brother a few weeks ago at some balloon festival. He asked me to take a crack at them and see what I could do for them since my editing juju is strong and he doesn’t waste his life sitting in front of computer have an extensional crisis about how his images look while Googling Photoshop techniques.

These were shot on a Nikon D3100 which makes these the first ever Nikon files I have ever worked on. I’ll be nice and say the Nikon has a few issues with color fringing and chromatic aberration and I’ll leave it at that. They could be fixed easily but it was still annoying. The basic edits were done in Lightroom and then the secret sauce was applied in Photoshop.

It was interesting editing someone else’s work. When I shoot I know roughly in my head what I was going for and what the end result is going to be. With these images I had to make educated guesses. It was also interesting to see someone who shoots just to shoot and not go all artsy. Made editing much simpler and let me focus on a good image without the need to try and push pixels as much as possible.

Enjoy.

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Plane Fun

I shared one image from the plane show I went to which was the Japanese plane. I shot a bit more but I wasn’t in a position to process them as I was on travel and forgot to bring a mouse which makes masking a bit of a pain without it. I wanted to shoot the planes differently then just the normal. I have a think for airplane engines in that I like the symmetry of them so I took a wee bit more of them then anything else but the angles on the rest give a different perspective of the planes I hope. Enjoy.

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Selfie! My style.

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Feel It?

I need a break from Panama editing and I have to process images for a couple bands that I shot that were openers for this man’s band, King’s X. This is Doug Pinnik who is the lead singer and bassist and I managed to get this shot. I was wide open and either shot this with a 90mm or a 150mm. I can’t remember and too lazy to go back and look at EXIF. I know I was shooting at ISO 4000 and the guitarist’s hair was in the picture so some Photoshop magic was used.

While I show a lot of different stuff I really am an event photographer and I love shooting bands. There is something magical about feeling the thump of the PA in your chest (I wear ear plugs), looking through a viewfinder and nailing a shot.  You know when you got it too. You don’t have time to chimp the photos because you are constantly moving and shooting. As you are working you got this great music as a backdrop and you just kinda grove along to it. The biggest thing is you can’t grove too much because you are holding a camera.

Enjoy.

Feel It?

The Empty Feeling

I shot this after waking up at 4 AM for a 6:50 AM flight into Atlanta.  We landed some time around 8:30 and for terminal we came into it was still quiet.  Considering I had a 3.5 hour layover I just took my time with my Ricoh GR and was walking through.  I saw this guy just sitting at an empty gate and fired the shot.  I was going to leave it color but I hit black and white in Photoshop and loved how the guys silhouette just took on a life of its own.  Enjoy.

The Empty Feeling

The Pool Players

This was shot a couple weeks ago but just getting around to editing them as I have been endlessly shooting flowers and other items in Southwest Florida.  This was shot in collaboration.  The person I was with was borrowing my camera periodically throughout the evening as she was interested in photography.  So while I can’t tell who shot what, I know she shot some of them.  There were two cameras used, the Sterling Ricoh GR and the Mighty Canon 330.  You can tell which is which by image name and crop.  Enjoy.

The Pool Players

The Pool Players

The Pool Players

The Pool Players

The Pool Players

 

Thumbs Up! It’s Friday!

It seemed appropriate for a Friday.  He was a barber at the Baltimore Tattoo Convention and yes they were really cutting hair.  He was next to the free rum sample booth.  I think we were both very happy by that point.

Thumbs Up! Its Friday!

Baltimore Tattoo Convention Part 2

Returning to the ink.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Getting her sleeve done.  A sleeve is when your arm is covered.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

I just liked her look.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Everyone wants a laurel leaf on them.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

When the needle hits the skin.  For those wondering it feels more like a scrape that takes the top layer of skin off.  Does not feel like a needle at all.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Puppy!

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Marilyn Monroe.  My guess is he’s going to start adding detail which is why he is using a marker to lay out the template.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

 

 

Baltimore Tattoo Convention Part 1

Went to the Baltimore Tattoo Convention on Saturday and shoot a whole load of images.  I’ll break it up so people don’t get overwhelemed with people getting inked.  For inquiring minds, no I didn’t get any work done.  I am too cheap to pay US prices on tattoos.  I get them done by my guy in Thailand.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

For those of you un initiated in the tattoo arts that back piece is likely months worth of work.  Looks like the guy was going to add color.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

I have never seen so many face tattoos in one place but I guess I was at a tattoo convention.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

This is a typical I’m getting a tattoo look.  You are bored a good chunk of the time.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Outlining.  The blue stuff is the template they lay down to work off of.  It’s essentially mimeograph paper.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention