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What I Am Working On: Further Adventures in Custom Settings

About a month ago I wrote a post about creating custom settings in my Canon 80D with the hope that those photos would need fewer steps of post-processing. I’ve used them several times now, and overall am happy with the results. I have a setting in color and one in black and white. Of the two, the black and white setting is my favorite at this point. This week I got this image:

ISO 800 f/5 1/640sec 31mm

It’s rare for me to publish a photo straight out of the camera, but this one is. I was pretty excited about that. Equally as exciting was this photo:

ISO 800 f/5.6 1/640sec 50mm

Do you see the fox? Both these photos were taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is in the city limits of St. Louis in a heavily residential area. The garden is a lovely oasis in the city. A seeing such a healthy-looking fox was a real treat. A great outing all around for me.

Questions or comments about either photo are welcome below.

Cheers!

Written in response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, What A Treat.

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What I Am Working On: A Project Update

In September I started work on a photo transfer to wood project. I wrote a post about it, but here are my attempts so far:

I really like this idea of wood transfer, but I am far from satisfied with this round. Here is a closer look at what I consider to be the worst:

It was a problem with all the transfers, but this was the worst in terms of photo that ended up peeling completely off the wood during the process.

This one ended up being my favorite:

So from there I did some more research on the process. I’ve got a few things to try, first I’m going to sand the wood, then prep the wood before attempting the transfer. I’m also eventually going to try a different type of wood, as these panels may be too soft. Since I have these panels though, my next attempts will be on the back of them.

I’ll be back with another post on my progress, but I am also occasionally posting in-process images on my Instagram

Feel free to stop over to see me there. Your thought or questions on this project are welcome below.

Cheers!

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What I Am Working On: Creating A Look

Photographers often are particularly opinionated about the camera brand they use. When my Canon 50D started to go, I was in the market to replace it and was looking at the Canon 80D and a comparable Fuji model. My ultimate choice was the 80D because it felt familiar and also because my lenses fit that body.

I’m happy with my 80D. One of the things l like most about it over the 50D is that it weighs less. I still think about the Fuji though and specifically one of the selling points, their film simulation modes. An overview of what film simulations are is here, but basically, you to take a photo and it gets processed in-camera to a specific film style. I really like the looks Fuji have created.

So what’s a gal with a Canon to do? Well, I did two things. One was to find some Luminar Looks that I could add to my Luminar editing software that would allow me to create the look I wanted in the post-processing phase. I wrote about it a bit in this post from last week, but also I should add that I found those looks here.

But then there was a second thing I created, and that was my own custom shooting modes that I programmed into my Canon. I began by experimenting with what Canon calls picture styles. Those are basically just different combinations of settings that will give you different looks. I found a stash of ready-made ones here. From those I picked two that were close to the two Fuji styles I was interested in imitating, Classic Chome and ACROS +Yellow. With those two that were similar, I took a bunch of photos and continued to fiddle with the settings. Once I was happy with my two new modes of shooting I saved each as a custom shooting mode, details of how to do that are here. This process took several hours once you factor in the research and the experimentation.

Then it was time to take my new Fuji inspired settings for a test run in my Canon. On my Classic Chrome setting, I took this shot:

ISO 320 f/9 1/500sec 0.3ev 44mm

And then with a few edits in Luminar:

ISO 320 f/9 1/500sec 0.3ev 44mm

My ACROS +Yellow attempt is this one:

ISO 800 f/5.6 1/640sec 55mm

I’m happy with these results. I do realise that they are not exact replicas of the Fuji Film Simulation modes, but to be honest, even if I had that camera I would probably still fiddle with the settings and come up with something similar but not exactly what the camera was offering. Your comments or questions about my methods or results are welcome below.

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Inspiration.

PS-Did you spot the Bald Eagle?

 

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What I Am Working On: Negative Space

Today I was working on this file from Lake Manyara National Park:

ISO 800 f/9 70mm 1/3200sec

It was a beautiful and expansive landscape. I created two versions of this file, a color and a black and white. Before I applied specific edits I started with a few general things that applied to both versions. I adjusted the shadows and highlights and the white and blacks. Then I moved on to adding Luminar Looks. I have recently downloaded a few looks that imitate Fuji film looks. For my color edit I used Fuji Classic Chrome:

ISO 800 f/9 70mm 1/3200sec

For the black and white version I used Acros +Y:

ISO 800 f/9 70mm 1/3200sec

I’ve also created my own look that I call “Vintage Touch-Up”, It adds matte, grain, and vignette filters that can then be adjusted. I applied this look to both of files. This is one of those times where I am happy with all the versions, but that might have to do with the fact that I really liked this view.

Cheers!

This post was created in response to the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Negative Space.

 

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What I am Working On: A New Project

I have a new project in the works:

ISO 160 3.9mm f/1.8 1/60sec

What you see in the photo is the start, part of my thought process. I’m going to give image transfers to wood a try. I took a short class and have ordered the materials I need. My first tries will be small, 4×6 size. They will be in color. The images above were a test run on my home printer in black and white. The next step is to make color copies on a laser printer.

The photo above originally was an IG post:

I’ll be posting some more about the project as it comes along. I’m hoping to like the technique enough to make some larger versions to put on a wall in our living room. I’m thinking I’ll use photos from our years in England. Figuring out which photos might take a while…

Cheers!

Published in response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, A Labor of Love.

 

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