Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Best of Show!

PhotoQuest is the Hill Country Camera Club annual juried membership exhibition.  I entered four photos and two of them won an award!

"Last Light" won 2nd Place and "Edge of the Storm" won Best of Show! Also, Coyne won a "Special Award" ribbon and all four of his photos sold! (Scroll down to see our entries)

If you're in the area be sure to visit the Kerrville art museum and check out the show! Click HERE for details.

Here are my four entries...

Winter Cypress
Ingram, Texas
16" x 24"

White Roses
Zilker Botanical Garden - Austin, Texas
9.5" x 16"

2nd Place - PhotoQuest 2010
Last Light
Ingram, Texas
10" x 20"

Best of Show - PhotoQuest 2010
Edge of the Storm
Ingram, Texas
10.24" x 18"

Here are Coyne's entries:

Jupiter and Sagittarius
by Coyne Gibson
11" x 14"

Western Veil
by Coyne Gibson
11" x 14"

Special Award - PhotoQuest 2010
Seven Sisters
by Coyne Gibson
11" x 14"

Silvery Moon
by Coyne Gibson
11" x 14"

Prints are available for purchase. For details contact: 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Misty Morning

cross posted at my La Lomita blog...

Misty Morning
Kerrville, Texas

My full-frame sensor Canon 5D camera is temporarily out of commission (in need of repair... boohoo!) so I'm using my backup camera, a Canon 20D.  I had to stitch two photos together in order to get this composition because even at 16mm the cropped-sensor of the 20D was not quite wide enough to capture the whole scene.

Post processing in Photoshop:
  1. Slight adjustment of the exposure using levels
  2. Ran Topaz Adjust (a PS Plugin) & fooled around with it until I got the details to pop
  3. Ran Pioneer Woman's Lovely & Ethereal Action and lowered the opacity to 50%
  4. Added 2 texture layers. (free.... downloaded from Flickr)
  5. Changed the Blend Mode on the texture layers to 'Hard Light' and lowered their opacity to 50%

Technical Details...
Camera: Canon 20D
Lens:16-35mm 1:2.8 USM @ 16mm
ISO 100     f/5.6     1/125

There.  I've shared all my secrets with you.