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That first portrait is wonderful!

Here is one from last night.

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..still love your PP.

Amazing colors.

What kind of plugins do you use?

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This is fun... a chance to show off some non-car photography skillz...

Just another day at the office:

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From my 2004 trip to Bulgaria:

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From my 2007 trip to D.C.:

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Downtown Portland, 2008:

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What I do on drill weekends (no I don't fly them, I "shoot" them):

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See how close we are?

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At Ed McMahon's house in 2007:

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At the Obama rally in 2008:

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..still love your PP.

Amazing colors.

What kind of plugins do you use?

Thank you. I don't use any plug-ins usually. I do a lot of color and curves adjustments but not to the whole image. I like to work on a particular area because I generally don't like the overall change to a photo. I work on a localized portion and apply different setting to different areas. Like in my car ones the settings I use for the background I don't generally like on the car and vice-versa. Masking helps a lot with that. Blend modes I also use a lot but usually not on 100%. I'll make a copy of all my layers combined and use that to blend in at whatever I think looks good. With fall colors I like to use selective color and the channel mixer to bring out certain colors or tone down others. It works great to change the overall tone of a photo too. Curves adjustments working in each channel is great to give a nice tone to the photo also.

I try to be careful not to crush the black or blow out highlights. Shadow/highlight gets overused I think so I stay away from it except for very small adjustments. Toning seems to bring out the images the most though, at least to me. Not too much unlike film in that respect.

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Thank you. I don't use any plug-ins usually. I do a lot of color and curves adjustments but not to the whole image. I like to work on a particular area because I generally don't like the overall change to a photo. I work on a localized portion and apply different setting to different areas. Like in my car ones the settings I use for the background I don't generally like on the car and vice-versa. Masking helps a lot with that. Blend modes I also use a lot but usually not on 100%. I'll make a copy of all my layers combined and use that to blend in at whatever I think looks good. With fall colors I like to use selective color and the channel mixer to bring out certain colors or tone down others. It works great to change the overall tone of a photo too. Curves adjustments working in each channel is great to give a nice tone to the photo also.

I try to be careful not to crush the black or blow out highlights. Shadow/highlight gets overused I think so I stay away from it except for very small adjustments. Toning seems to bring out the images the most though, at least to me. Not too much unlike film in that respect.

channel mixer si a fun tool indeed, and masking is sooo much fun. I should shoot sime fall pictures, but know its freezing and raining outside..

how do you like B&W pictures? I found the Nik Silver Efex plugin, it's aweseom, a lot better than PS inbuild b&w converter.

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channel mixer si a fun tool indeed, and masking is sooo much fun. I should shoot sime fall pictures, but know its freezing and raining outside..

how do you like B&W pictures? I found the Nik Silver Efex plugin, it's aweseom, a lot better than PS inbuild b&w converter.

I love good B&W. I had an F100 for a time and really liked it. The Silver Efex plugin is pretty neat. I haven't used it in a while though. One B&W plugin I had allowed you to choose from many different types of film to replicate the look.

http://www.alienskin.com/exposure/index.aspx edit: looks like their site is down.

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since I finished the photo school, it bugs me when the main subject is right in the middle :unsure:

Again, I love the colors :rolleyes:

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Yes usually I feel that way as well. Was going for this kind of effect from Ansel Adams although the trees aren't laid out in the same pattern and proximity so it didn't turn out nearly as well, among other reasons. I tried a few different crops one with the front tree on a rule of thirds line but did not like it so I stuck with it in the middle. I don't like going by rules, just what looks right to me. Can't and shouldn't use the rule of thirds for everything, not saying you are stating that but it's what people always recommend when they mention composition. I agree, though, it isn't very dynamic.

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