Category Archives: Abstract

Death Valley #3

Another group of images from Death Valley and The Alabama Hills.  The first image is unique, in that it includes vegetation that normally try to avoid.


The next image, as pointed out by a viewer on Facebook, has a finger in the right side of the sky.  As I was making this image, I was feeling the presence of my friend Cindy who has passed away on this day. Now I see Cindy in this image telling me, all is well. This image is very outside of my comfort zone. I was shooting directly into the sun. But, I had to go with with I was feeling and ended up with a number of images that I like.  This is just one. 

 

The image below has become another favorite.  Love the bright shape at the top right.  Love the hint of light and details to the left of that…

Another with lots of tones which I am very much drawn to.

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Death Valley #2

Below you will find more images from my recent trip to Death Valley.  Enjoy!  Oh and remember to see the images bigger, click on them

The first image is from The Alabama Hills in Lone Pine CA.  I was drawn to the texture on the background rock in shadow and then the gentle curve of the lighter rock in the foreground.

The next image is a result of the foreground and background being in deep shadow due to the clouds.  The sun was lighting up the middle ground.  This composition screamed to be photographed!

The Image below was made in the Salt Basin in Death Valley.  It is the rain water seeping onto the valley floor.  We could see it growing inch by inch…. very slowly.

 

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Serenity

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We all have challenges in our life and need something to remind us that all will be okay. Today I share an image made in Cape May a few years ago that gave me a moment of serenity and peace in my current challenge. How grateful I am for the community of photographers I am part of who support me. Thank you!

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What is it? Does it matter? Do you care?

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Once again, I’m having fun playing with older images that I’ve not spent enough time with. I don’t know about you, but, I find that I come back from a shoot, pick the “winners” or “keepers” and then move on to the next shoot leaving the last behind. And doesn’t that fit with the want it now, need it now, show me the next best picture now state of things? Here I am trying to be more mindful about my photography, yet oft times I am not mindful about the images I’ve captured. Rather, I feel compelled to run out and capture the next “keeper” when I likely already have one. I just haven’t taken the time, mindfully, to evaluate what I captured. 

Both images are from the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The lead image was duplicated then flipped and mirrored into a new image and then converted to b&w.  I used the TKActionsv4 luminosity masking panel in Photoshop to fine tune the black & white conversation.  Pretty powerful tool, but, there is a learning curve. I suggest Sean Bashaw’s excellent videos if you are interested in learning about them. The image below was fine tuned with my go to plugin, Topaz Clarity. Yes, there is a clarity slider in Lightroom but this is a much more powerful tool with so much more control.

Having just presented another webinar for Topaz, I am allowed to share my 25% discount code for any Topaz product good through March 27th.  Just click this link and then use the code BARCLAYWEB18 at checkout to save 25%. This includes any upgrade path as well. So, if you own one or more Topaz products, just log into your Topaz account and look for the already discounted upgrade price and then ADD the 25% off.  Makes for a very nice price!

 

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A few more from the Disney Concert Hall

Just a few more from the 2010 shoot at the Disney Concert Hall. So glad I went back with a fresh perspective to look at these files. One technical note, I did notice the ability to process the older Canon 5D files was not nearly as good as my current Fuji files. And yes, sometimes a black sky is still best. 


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Mining for pixels in them there archives…

Continuing on from my last post, here are a few more from the 2010 archives of my shoot at the Disney Concert Hall in L.A..  Once I got started looking at these old files, I could not stop. I mean, how did I miss processing the lead color image? I love this shot!

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Out with the new and in with the old

What?  Out with the new and in with the old? What is he talking about? Is he sick? Is he delusional? Chuck Kimmerle that is not an invitation for comment….. You too Sniffin. Well, yes, I have been battling a lousy cold for a few weeks. You know the kind. The kind that keeps you feeling blah. Not real bad, but, just drags you down. Its been a struggle to create anything, never mind write a blog post.  And then yesterday, I was looking through my archived files for one specific image and ended up having a blast. I stumbled upon a number of images I never thought to process. Images I had completely forgotten about.  Once again, I was reminded why you don’t throw away images. I can take my new processing knowledge and tools and unearth worthy, even great images. And our knowledge of what is good or bad changes as we mature as a photographer. These images are great examples that make my point. Up until recently, I was committed to and convinced that a sky in a black and white image must be dark or close to black. I just did not see the potential of a white sky. And then I processed this image from L.A. and fell in love with a white sky. And then I found the composition from the Disney Gehry building below. Paradigm shift…..  Gotta run now, I’ve got OLD images to process. 

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Topaz Webinar Covering Texture Effects on Thursday

My friends at Topaz have announced a new plug-in, TEXTURE EFFECTS. The price is $69.99, but with the code TEXTUREFX, you can save $20 until November 20th and pick it up for just $49.99. Click this link to take you to the page to learn more or purchase.

This week on November 19th at 5:00PM EST, I’ll be doing a webinar which will cover this great new software! To sign up click this link.

With Texture Effects you are able to add your own or purchased textures. I’m a big fan of Flypaper Textures, and love being able to use them in this program. Use the code JBARCLAY to save 15% on any purchase of their wonderful textures.

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You Bring Your Good Time With You

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I am just back from co-leading a tour to one of our most popular and favorite locations, the Palouse. We chose the week we did to photograph the amber waves of grain during the height of the harvest. Well, the weather in the Palouse has been unusually hot this year, the harvest was pretty much done by the time we arrived. During our meet and greet session, we always cover items like, stay hydrated, use sunscreen, be courteous, car pool, etc. This year we added a new rule, wisdom from Dan’s Mom, “you bring your good time with you.” I also added a concept I speak about often in my lectures, beware of expectations. With these two ideas firmly in place, we went about photographing the “harvest.” On a day where we had 106 degree heat, I did a processing session, before I started, I spoke to the group about how wonderful they were. How they truly had brought their good time with them and it showed. We were battling some difficult heat and hazy conditions, yet they were having a blast and making extraordinary images! No grumbling from anyone, in fact quite the opposite. So, next time you encounter conditions that are not optimal, beware of expectations and remember Dan’s Mom and her “you bring your good time with you” wisdom. I promise you’ll have a much better time.

Today’s image is from an abandoned grain elevator. I pay homage to Chuck Kimmerle on this one. Yes, I know I’ve broken a sacred rule of composition, do you care? Does it bother you? Obviously it does not bother me, I posted the image.

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The Creature from the Valley

This scene quickly became a favorite. What do you see?

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