How to turn day into night

Have you ever created an image during the day and were curious how it would have looked at night? Maybe it’s a shot from a trip, so you can’t just go back and shoot after sunset. Just today I was looking through some older images and came across one that I would like to have shot at night. Problem is that this photo was shot at Hobcaw Barony and they are closed at night. Gee, what’s a photog to do? Well, here is what I did to kinda make it look like it was taken at night.

This is the image I started with. blog-articleFirst I created a new Solid Color fill layer by clicking the black and white circle in the layer panel. This will open a new window to select a color for the fill. Select the blue as close to black as possible.

Your image should be completely covered by the fill layer now. (It’ll just be a blue rectangle) To create the night effect and let us see our original image, you have to change the opacity of the fill. Change the top menu selection to “Multiply” and slide down the opacity to around 80%.(Make sure the Color Fill Layer is selected)

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We have darkened the image but you can see from the shadows that there is a light source that would be shining on the front of each building. Maybe it’s a bright moon or maybe it is a street lamp, it doesn’t matter, but there is a light source and we need to account for it. So, I selected a round soft brush with a low opacity. I selected something like 30% opacity. Then I lightly brushed the front of each building so it would look like light was hitting them. Then, since it is supposed to be night, I selected a small star brush and inserted some stars in the sky. That’s all I did to this image. Others might required more or less work depending on what you start with.

Here is what I ended up with.  Clickon the image for a larger view.  Give it a try sometime!

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Posted in Fun Stuff, Night photography, outdoor, photography

“T” is for

“T” is for TIME. But what really is time? Does anyone really know what time it is? Is there such a thing as a time-warp? What does it mean to “kill time”? And is it possible to “save” time or “waste” time? We could name many more uses of the word “time”.

But, here is a different look at time!  I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted in abstract, Digital Art, Project A-Z

“S” is for

Sunset!  We are blessed to have ample sunsets that are spectacularly gorgeous. Tonight was not one of them, but I shot it anyway and there was a bit of color to it. This was taken in Garden City looking back towards Murrells Inlet across the inlet.

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Posted in murells inlet, Project A-Z

“R” is for

“R” is for RED! Red is one of the most exciting colors we have. Just the mention of “red” conjures up many different meanings. Below are some of my favorite “red” images, I hope you enjoy them too.

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Posted in Project A-Z

“Q” is for

QUAINT!  A definition of Quaint says —  Something is quaint when it has a certain old-fashioned charm, or if it is interesting in a nice way but a little strange too.

So, with that in mind –  is this quaint? Seems to fit the definition!

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Posted in abstract, Fun Stuff, photography, Project A-Z

“P” is for

“P” is for Panorama!

Panoramic Photography is capturing images on a wider format, so as to include much more than what eyes can see naturally from a point. To capture a panoramic image, one needs a wider aspect ratio so that there is a view which is unobstructed of a vaster area.

Back in the days of film cameras, creating a panoramic photograph meant either buying a particular, expensive camera or hours in the darkroom stitching images together by overlapping exposures onto the finished photo paper.

Panoramic photos were the realm of the professional with the time and funds to create gorgeous super wide angle shots.

But now, in the digital age, it’s not only simple to create panoramic images on your home computer, it’s become increasingly easier thanks to advances in software.  There are still some general guidelines to follow to help you increase your odds of producing great photos because remember, you can’t fix everything in a computer after the fact.  I’ve made a number of mistakes over the years in learning about panoramas and it’s my hope that these guidelines will help shorten your learning curve and give you a head start in creating stunning panoramic images.

Below are a few panoramas I have created. As always, click on image for larger view:

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Posted in art and entertainment, photography, Project A-Z

“O” is for

This will come as no surprise to those who know me. “O” is for ORBS!

One fall day in 2009, I was reading through some of the forums at www.photoshopelementsuser.com when I came across some information posted by a lady from the UK named Wendy Williams. Wendy was telling forum members how she had taken photographs and created some “orbs”. These “orbs” were supposed to look like what you would see reflected in a gazing ball placed in a garden. She also posted a number of examples. Additionally, Wendy posted step-by-step instructions so anyone interested could create the same “orbs”. Well, I was indeed interested. I took Wendy’s instructions and created a few of these “orbs”. I was addicted after the first attempt!

If you would like to learn how to make your own orbs, there are video and written tutorials on this website. Click on “Tutorials” in the menu bar above, or just click this link.

Below are some of my “orbs”. You can see others in my Orb gallery.

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Posted in abstract, Bird of Paradise, Digital Art, Fun Stuff, orbs, Project A-Z

“N” is for

“N” is for Night Heron! Specifically Black-crowned Night Heron.

Breeding on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is the second most widespread heron in North America. A medium-sized, stocky, rather short-necked heron with black crown and back, gray wings, and white underparts. Bill short and black, legs pinkish or yellowish. In breeding season it has 2 or more long white plumes on back of head. Young birds are dull gray-brown lightly spotted with white. Young Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are grayer, with stouter bills and longer legs.

As its name implies, this noisy bird is largely nocturnal, beginning to forage at dusk, when other herons are on their way to roosts. Night-herons are less likely to nest in mixed colonies than other herons; when they do, they often keep to themselves in a separate corner. These birds are sluggish hunters, standing quietly for long periods of time waiting for a frog or fish to pass by. They also plunder the nests of other herons and make regular nighttime visits to colonies of terns or Franklin’s Gulls, where they sometimes take large numbers of chicks.

Below is an image of a Night Heron I captured recently on a trip to Brookgreen Gardens.

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Posted in art and entertainment, bird, brookgreen, outdoor, photography, Project A-Z, South Carolina

“M” is for

“M” is for Middleton Place!

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”.  Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.

Below is an image I captured, and applied a painterly effect to, during my last visit to Middleton Place.

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Posted in art and entertainment, Charleston, Digital Art, photography, Project A-Z

“L” is for

Well “L” has to be for LOVE! 

Love can be demonstrated in so many ways. There is the love you have for a neighbor, the love you have for a parent, the love you have for a child. We are probably quick to think of the love we have for a spouse.

Often times we are quick to forget the love that God has for us. Today I was studying 1 John, in preparation for this weeks Disciple class, and verses 9-10 really jumped out at me and also caused me to think of the image shown below. I hope it speaks to your heart too.

9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.…

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Posted in art and entertainment, Belin, inlet images, murrells inlet, Night photography, outdoor, Project A-Z, UMC