"Finding Peace on the Shores of Humarock" by Connie Drapeau Kennedy
There's no reason why the work you put into making a great photo has to end inside the camera. As many of you know, there are many software editing programs available -- Photoshop being the most well known -- that allow you to sharpen, soften, saturate, brighten, or otherwise enhance your photos.
But you can also add filters and effects that make your photo look like it was done in colored pencil or watercolor, for example. Or you can add texture to your photo or even distort it. Experimentation is fun!
Connie, a member of the Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club from Marshfield Hills, did exactly that with this photo of a yoga class at Humarock Beach, a long barrier beach that hugs the shore of Marshfield, MA. She took it last month.
"Bea Whalin leads a wonderful yoga session each Tuesday evening during the summer," Connie writes. "She and her group were kind enough to let me capture them during this session. The next time, I'm putting down my camera and joining them!"
Connie edited this photo in both Capture NX -- editing software from Nikon -- and Photoshop CS3. She writes: "When the yoga image was captured, I used a graduated neutral density filter on my camera to reduce the brightness of the sky.
"The resulting image was okay, but didn't convey the mood of this wonderful yoga workshop. I usually shy from "over-Photoshopping" images, but the subjects and mood were better conveyed using a softened solarization filter. It's funny, I regularly love to get in really close for people shots. As light-hearted and welcoming as this group was, their peacefulness called for a respectable distance. I also really wanted to capture them as a group, and not just as an individual or two."
She shot this with a Nikon D300, 24-70mm lens, ISO 1600, f/18, 1/20 sec.
Four Below at Town Pier by Connie Drapeau Kennedy
Connie did add some graininess to this photo via a Photoshop filter: "The grain/noise in the photo is intentional; I think it accentuates the feeling of cold!" she says.
She shot this photo back in January of 2004 (yes, when it was 4 below zero at the Marshfield Town Pier) using an Olympus C720Z set at f/2.8 with an ISO of 200.
"It was beautiful!" she says. "We don't often see boats frozen into the harbor like that. That little camera was a battery hog on a good day, so I kept spare batteries inside my shirt in order to get the shot, and my husband kept some warm in the car for me. There was a little wind to boot."
Thank goodness for supportive spouses.
"Mixed Forecast" by Connie Drapeau Kennedy
It was 7:15 in the evening last August when Connie captured this lovely scene at the Sea Street Bridge between Marshfield and Humarock, MA. "It was beautiful and unusual," she says. "I'm not sure if those are altostratus clouds or not, but I'd like to find out."
"Again, I used a graduated neutral density filter, but apparently not a strong enough one. Along with basic Photoshop adjustments, I used Capture NX2 to brighten the foreground a bit. The challenge for me was to re-create what I saw and not over-process the image. This is about what I saw; however, it takes a lot of work to get the camera to perceive a scene as well as the human eyes and mind do."
Her camera and settings: Nikon D200, ISO 100, f/13, 1/30 sec, 18-200 mm @ 22mm
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