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Fine-art Food

Try turning your dinner ingredients into photo art using just a lightbox and a very sharp knife. Slice fruit and vegetables as thinly and evenly as possible, then place them on the lightbox. With the camera positioned directly above, use Live View to focus manually on the details. Set an aperture of f/8 to give adequate depth of field, and dial in some exposure compensation of +1 to +3 stops as the bright light can fool the camera’s meter into underexposure.

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Different Strokes ……

We have all heard the phrase “Different strokes for different folks” or “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or “One persons treasure is another persons junk”. All of this is true with art also. Artistic creativity has many ways of expressing itself and often is dependant on the mood of the artist at the time. Back in the days of film photography (yes I know it still exists) many folks altered their photographs in the darkroom. Nowadays the digital darkroom makes some of these manipulations easier.

Still, what one person likes another will turn their nose up at. Here are some examples. The first image below is photo almost “straight out of camera”. All that has been done to it is a little sharpening and a little increased vibrance, nothing major by any means. The images following that one are different presentations of the original. 

Not everybody will like all the variants. Some of you will most likely like several of the edits and maybe some will even like all of the presentations. Clicking on any image will allow you a larger view. Wherever your tastes may fall I hope you can enjoy them.

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Indoor Studio Still Life

When I feel like shooting still life, I will clean off my workbench in the garage and it becomes my indoor studio! Had some free time this morning and set things up and did a little still life shooting. I also took two of the floral shots and did an inversion on them in PS. Never had done this before but read about it somewhere and gave it a go. Some will like it, others will not. 

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What is a Photo Collage?

A photo collage is a collection of pictures that are put together to make a single picture. The traditional art involved cutting pictures into pleasing shapes or trimming out specific images for placement, but digital photo manipulation opens many new possibilities, including blending images to make a seamlessly realistic picture.
A traditional collage is assembled from photos cut and pasted onto a background and often embellished with things like ribbons or trinkets. Digital collages can be assembled by hand using any basic image program or automatically assembled by a collage program. One of the most interesting modern collage types involves using hundreds of tiny, uniformly shaped pictures arranged by color to create a single striking image when viewed from a distance.
To make a memorable collage, the pictures used should be related in some way and, taken together, tell a story. Family history collages are common, depicting the various stages of a family as the children grow. Anything memorable or special might be used as the subject of a collage. To be interesting, pictures should be chosen for maximum impact and the overall effect should reflect personality and evoke a mood.
The theme of a collage is personal and pays homage to something memorable. When considering the theme of a collage, think about the overall message.
Here are some collages I have done over the years, each one can be “clicked” for a larger view.

 

From a New Mexico trip.

From a New Mexico trip.

From a Bermuda trip

From a Bermuda trip

A mix of florals, and one frog.

A mix of florals, and one frog.

From a Caribbean cruise

From a Caribbean cruise

A different type of collage featuring a water lily.

A different type of collage featuring a water lily.

A mix from New Mexico

A mix from New Mexico

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Featured Photographer – Connie Mitchell

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!

Recently I was asked to speak at the Cape Fear Camera Club in Wilmington, NC. I told them the above story and told them how to make these “orbs” (You can do it too, click on “tutorials” above). Connie Mitchell, one of the CFCC members, recently sent me an example of her Orb work! I think you will agree with me that she has done a fantastic job!

(Click on image for larger view)

Connie-Orb

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Kaleidoscope Images

Do you remember playing with a kaleidoscope as a kid? You know, that cylinder with mirrors and loose colored objects like beads or pebbles or bits of glass. You would turn the cylinder and watch with amazement as wonderous shapes took form and then changed before your eyes.

Most kaleidoscopes are mass-produced from inexpensive materials, and intended as children’s toys. At the other extreme are handmade pieces that display fine craftsmanship. Craft galleries often carry a few kaleidoscopes, while other enterprises specialize in them, carrying dozens of different types from different artists and craftspeople. Most handmade kaleidoscopes are now made in Russia and Italy, following a long tradition of glass craftsmanship in those countries.

I like to create my own kaleidoscope images – images that look like what you might see when looking into a kaleidoscope. Below are some I created today. Let me know if you enjoy them!

Click each image for larger view.

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Updated Orbs

Last week I was honored to speak to the Cape Fear Camera Club. We talked about the many different things you can do with your photography other than the normal – “Think outside the Box” stuff.

One of the topics was Orbs. This seemed to have been met with some enthusiasm and I was thinking about his while driving home. It occurred to me that I had not done an new orbs recently. The next morning I corrected this situation. Below are some new orbs for your viewing pleasure.  These are also posted in the Orb Gallery here on this website.

If you are new to the world of orbs and would like to learn how to make your own, I have a video and written tutorial available for you. Just follow this link or “click” on Tutorials in the menu bar above.

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Solarized Crotons

Crotons, Codiaeum variegatum, are evergreen, tropical shrubs that have been commonly grown in Florida landscapes for decades. They belong to the Euphorbiaceae Family. In southeastern Asia they have been cultivated for centuries and many hundreds of cultivars have been bred with a range of different leaf shapes, sizes and colors.
Crotons are originally native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and northern Queensland, Australia. It is a tropical shrub and grows best in the southern and central parts of Florida. Frost or temperatures below freezing temperatures can damage crotons.
If they get damaged by cold, delay any pruning until the danger of frost is past. In central Florida this is usually late February or early March. If the plant is damaged, lightly scratch a stem. If it is green then the stem is alive and will resprout. If not, usually the lower stems survive and resprout from the roots. Plant it in a warm location in the landscape. In colder locations be prepared to protect the shrub in winter or grow in containers and bring them indoors during freezing weather.
Crotons are easy to grow. Most prefer full sun or bright shade. Plants in higher light have the brighter coloring. Some varieties prefer indirect sun and will look washed out with full sun. Crotons can tolerate shade but the shadier the location the less vivid the foliage color will be.

 

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Prints of this image are available for sale here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/solarized-crotons-bill-barber.html

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Creativity

Digital Camera World has posted in interesting article on creativity! Here is a link to 52 different photography projects that can keep you busy in 2015! Most can be done regardless of the weather.

Click here to start getting creative.

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What is Time Lapse Photography?

Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (aka the frame rate) is much lower that that which will be used to play the sequence back.  When you replay this sequence at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and lapsing.

Put simply: We are manipulating time. Objects and events that would normally take minutes, days, hours, or months can be viewed to completion in seconds having been speeded up by factors of tens to millions.

Where did time-lapse photography originate?

Eadweard Muybridge (yes the spelling is correct, see below), a nineteenth-century photographer is often quoted as originating the technique.  Cathy Curtis point out that he is famous for three things:

1.    his own bizarre spelling of his name
2.    his sensational acquittal for the murder of his wife’s lover
3.    and his blurry but indisputable photographic proof that Occident, former California Gov. Leland Stanford’s racehorse, galloped by lifting all four feet off the ground.

One of the first uses of time-lapse photography in a feature film was done by Arnold Fanck in his series of work called Bergfilms, including this 1926 film The Holy Mountain.

Probably the most important person to popularize the art wasn’t a photographer at all, at least not at first. In the evenings, after work as a banker John Ott would come home and build and experiment with time-lapse equipment and the growth of plants.

We have come a long way since Occident’s hooves left the ground. Today time-lapse photography has gotten a lot simpler but it certainly is not easy.

I finally delved into this mystifying realm. Just the other day I created my own Time Lapse. I set my camera to take one shot every 5 seconds and let it do so for about 25 minutes. I ended up with 290 images which at 24 frames per second rendered a 12 second video. Check it it out below. I hope you enjoy it!

Neighborhood from Bill Barber on Vimeo.

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