Kenny Glotfelty

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Not all effects are implemented equally

Published December 29th, 2012

As a software professional, I know that from application to application the implementation details (the way the code is actually written to meet the requirements) can wildly change the results. In the scientific fields this is highly undesirable -- repeatability is the key to the scientific method.

However in art, the subtle details one discovers as part of the post processing process can lead to unique works.

Take for example the "Original" image from my portfolio. The high contrast lead me to want to see how the image looked after a Posterization effect was added. In I'm sure what is considered a heresy, my go-to application is Google's Picasa. It only has a few effects and only a few corrections available, but is sufficient for 90% of my work. The Picasa's posterization effect applied to the image shows a nice effect with an interesting "stripe" of orange/brown running vertically left of center.

In this one case, I wanted to try some other effects in Paint Shop Pro so I loa ...

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Near and Far : Two Photos in One

Published November 1st, 2012

Under some unique conditions, its possible to get two completely different photos in the same shot.

In each of the below images, take a look at the photos from normal distance.

Then take a few steps back away from the screen and you should see another subject in the image become dominant.

The key of course is scale. With the small object in sharp focus, it becomes the focal point at normal viewing distances. But by having a second larger object slightly out-of-foucs, it draws the audiences attention at further viewing distances.

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Published July 8th, 2012

Yesterday while walking the dog I came across this patch of water lilies. It was mid-day, and (gasp!) I didn't have my camera with me -- just a p&s that wouldn't be able to handle this shot.

I went back this morning. 7am, amazing morning light filtering through the tree was highlighting different patches of the scene. It was the right time, definitely the right place. I had brought out the big gun (aka 400mm lens) and took many, many shots.

Unfortunately, most the shots look like this: overexposed.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice for capturing high-contrast scenes like this. Thanks.

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Published February 19th, 2012

You always have to be ready to take what the world gives you. When trying to take a macro shot of some fungus growing on a log in my front yard, my camera shifted and I got a really cool shot of an old rusty nail. The fungus didn't come out too great, but I really like the way the nail head did.

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