Just a bit of fun today, shooting around the patio with black and white. The above was the side of a water canister with the shadow of a Japanese maple on it.
And here’s a succulent. The big thing I found, surprisingly, is that the red filter seems the most effective in giving me what I was looking for. I expected better out of the blue or green or yellow, yet here we are!
Pot and Smokes
Not my smokes, but good in the composition.
And a nice angled shot of the grill.
A small palm, with the fence behind it.
And last but not least, the basil plant. Sole survivor of bad transplants and evil rats!
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The Makings of a Martini
This time I’m going to go a bit more in-depth on the type of Photoshop action I used last time, setting up high contrast, but this time around I’m going to apply it to a monochrome treatment.
In particular, this process seems to generate a cool effect when I’m trying to get a vintage, 1920s-30s feel for B&W shots.
And what’s more 20’s than a well made Martini?
In this case, the contrast brings out the bottle labels, and combined with the flash I used, a “halo” effect on the stirring tin.
Side note, may I add that Mr. Bond may know a good deal about thwarting bad guys and seducing women, but he really knew jack squat about making a good drink.
Stirred, not Shaken!
Here’s 2 more to make the point about labels.
All the Ingredients
To get this effect, here’s what I did.
Copy background into a new layer (Ctrl+J)
Change blend mode to Vivid Light
Invert the image (Ctrl+I)
Use Filter-Blur-Surface Blur, set to 40, 40
Merge layers (Crtl+Alt+Shift+E)
Drag middle layer to trash
On merged Layer, switch blend mode to Overlay
Use Image->Adjustments->Shadow/Highlight. Shadows to 0, midtone contrast to +50
Pick a B&W adjustment of your choice (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+B)
Use filter->Lens Correction, Vignette to -50 and midpoint to +60
Convert to B&W now, picking your choice of adjustment.
Further tweaks as desired.
Phew! Well, that’s why I made an action to shorten all that work into a single click.
But in the end, as I said, I really like how this approach works for “old timey classy” shooting like this.
Next time, I’m planning to use another type of photoshop action.
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