I’ve always liked slightly overexposed photos, one where majority of the details can be seen. However, this year, it seems that I’ve taken a liking to darker and moodier photos. This picture is one of those photos. A very simple picture of the roof of the charming chapel on top of a hill in Batanes. A very simple photo processed to look more dramatic.
Oh, and I’m missing travelling already.
A picture of a caryatid (female figures on building posts) that I took in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The sculpture is still in the workshop. The sculpture is in reality lighter brown and not as contrasty as this picture suggest. I processed it to look more dramatic (sort of like in the video game poster or cover kind of way).
Some infrared images taken in UP, my alma mater and a very good spot for shooting. Editing false color infrared images is a challenge but a fun way of expressing yourself. There is no right or wrong colors (except when there are people in the shot). Leaves are particularly interesting as you can edit them from white to yellow to orange to pink and even to red!
P.S., after publishing this post, I checked and realized that I’ve already posted them. But anyway, hope you can still enjoy them.
Katibawasan Falls is another falls we saw on our last trip. It is located on the island province of Camiguin and I believe is the most easily accessible falls on the island. After seeing the big and power Maria Cristina Falls, this one’s quite a small one.
Underwater photos are nice to look at but there are problems with color. In most cases, either the water is too blue or too green or a combination of both. This can be corrected by using colored filters on lenses (like magenta or red) such as the Polar Pro for GoPro. I don’t have a GoPro and I don’t have these filters either. Back then I used a Panasonic TS3 (lost the charger), then the Olympus TG2 (battery door opened and seawater flooded inside) then the Panasonic TS3 again (after buying a compatible charger). Unfortunately, the Panasonic stopped functioning so I’m now underwater cameraless.
Anyway, my point is that I didn’t use a colored filter nor do these camera record RAW files. But… the color can still be corrected using Lightroom (or Photoshop or other photo editing applications). Below is one of my pictures where a change in white balance and some other Lightroom sliders hugely improved the picture.
Other people look at some of my underwater photos and say that my camera is nice (really irksome but I’m getting desensitized) as it can take clear underwater pictures. Well, it’s not the camera, it’s also the photographer and in many cases, the post-processing too.
There is a challenge ongoing in facebook to post 5 black and white photos over 5 consecutive days. Basically, you get nominated and post 1 B&W photo per day for 5 consecutive days. I was nominated and though I don’t enjoy these types of facebook challenges, this one cost me nothing and I get to see some works that are buried in my other facebook albums.
Now I like black and white. I believe that without the distraction of color, the quality of light and composition becomes much more important than ever. Also, some high ISO shots where there are color noise looks much better (and cleaner) in black and white. However, I know that not all photos are meant to be black and white. I shoot and process mostly color and convert only to black and white when the image screams to be presented in black and white (great light or great tonal range or too many distracting color). In short, color is my default and black and white photos are somewhat rare and special.
Now I’ve made several black and white photos over the three years I’ve been serious about photography. However, for this challenge, I don’t want to present just a black and white image. It has to be a special B&W image and in the posts, I explained why I think they look better in B&W and the post processing I did to make them that way. Without further ado, here are my five picks for this challenge.
This low-key black and white photo of a beautiful little girl was shot about a year ago in a wedding. I know it wasn’t the first b&w photo I made but maybe the first one I’m satisfied with. I’ve always been amazed by high-contrast and low-key b&w and after use of Lightroom’s graduated filters, contrast and sharpening sliders and several brushes, this is the first one I made that I’m proud of. (Canon 7d+15-85 IS)
Just in time for Halloween, this photo is of a good friend (Elaine) playing the roll of Sadako. Taken at bright afternoon sunlight in Fort Santiago, this is heavily darkened with clarity added to heighten the atmosphere of horror (though she is smiling). (Canon 7d+15-85 IS)
One of my most favorite shot of Batanes. This was taken in Valugan Beach on the main island of Batan. The beach has big boulders and strong waves which makes swimming next to impossible. In the picture is Ellidel taking a picture. After moving several sliders and even messing with brushes and levels in Lightroom, finally got the picture to my liking. (Canon 7d+15-85 IS)
A very simple black and white photo of boatmen and their dog while docked. No fancy post processing, just simple cropping, shadow, highlight, contrast and clarity adjustments. Some pictures are just meant for b&w. (Fuji XE1+18-55)
Another very simple vignette. This one of the cashier/staff of Casa Rap. Instead of a clutter of colors from the cluttered surroundings, it’s just rich grays with some blacks. (Canon EOS M+22mm)
I believe I completely nailed the challenge (except for a gap in daily posting due to my coming home to the province for the November 1 holiday). I enjoyed it so much that I’m thinking of doing additional shares of some more images from my previous albums – pictures buried among tens or hundreds of photos in albums, those that deserve better attention than they got.
Another black and white photo taken in Boracay. For this one, I removed some people in the upper right side using Lightroom’s clone and heal stamps.
A picture of sunflower which I took in UP. This was taken with an Olympus EM5 with the 12-50mm kit lens and processed with Lightroom 5 and Color Efex (photo stylizer).
This is probably my most favorite picture taken during our trip to Padre Burgos/Pagbilao back in 2012 (using my now broken 60D). This was a picture which I did not like immediately due to blown highlights and almost dark shadows and not so good composition (it was taken while we were travelling on a boat). Fortunately, it was shot RAW and a few months after taking it, I revisited the album and found this picture, converted colors, recovered highlights and pushed shadows and did other stuff to make it what it is now.
As promised, here are some shots in Calaguas taken using Samyang 7.5mm. I didn’t take too many shots and here are the only (taken using the lens) worth posting.
The lens can be used as a substitute for a rectilinear ultrawide lens in some instances. To do this, it requires placing the horizon in the middle of the frame and avoiding straight lines. For this shot, horizon was in the middle (I made some cropping in the post-processing).
I have more pictures taken using the fisheye in a themed waterpark.