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Camera Repair Recommendation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 02 November 2009 18:23

At a photo event this past summer, I had an accident.  An assembled DSLR camera body, battery grip, and zoom lens tumbled from my truck, falling about four feet onto pavement.  It made a sickening sound, followed by some sounds from me that are best not repeated!

Fortunately, a very knowledgeable friend pointed out that there was an expert camera repairman attending the event, and introduced us.  In the middle of a meadow, Berrie Smith examined my damaged gear.  He noted the obvious damage, then showed me that the flanges on the lens mount and body mount had bent, and explained that this will cause soft focusing on one side of the photo.  From this “field” examination, Berrie created an estimate for the repairs.  Based on the quality of the recommendation from my trusted friend, I had Berrie repair the equipment, and am very pleased.

I’ve since mentioned Berrie to other photographer friends, and have found that he’s widely known and respected.  So, I too am pleased to recommend him.  I hope you never need his services, but I suggest that you keep his number, just in case.

Berrie Smith Camera Repair
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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:32
Outer Banks Icons, With Drama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 26 October 2009 20:07

Weather conditions can add drama which sets photos of familiar scenes apart from most.

Kitty Hawk Pier and Altocumulus Clouds Moonrise at Bodie Island Light

The altocumulus clouds add interest to the sky in this late afternoon autumn image of Kitty Hawk Pier.  The low sun cast a warm light on the pier building and pilings.

At first I was dismayed that clouds appeared the evening I set up to capture this moonrise behind Bodie Island Lighthouse.  But I made the best of the situation, and later found that the clouds added some eerie mystery to this image.

Through trial and error, I discovered how to capture the lamp on the lighthouse without blowing out the exposure.  I studied the timing and kept mental count of the seconds in the on and off cycle.  After just a few cycles, I could predict when the light would change state.  I found I got the most pleasing results when I opened the shutter just as the light was switching off.  The light from the lamp in this image is actually the afterglow as it was turning off.

A larger view of these images is available by clicking on them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:33
New Look at Old Warbirds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 22:31

Digital photo art interpretations of two classic World War II aircraft.

Digital photo art of a North American T-6 airplane
Digital photo art of a Super Corsair
A North American T-6 Texan, originally seeing service as South African Air Force Harvard 7246, is displayed at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI in July 2007.

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An interpretation of Bob Odegaard's red-orange #57 gull-winged F2G Super Corsair, one of the most popular planes in the Reno Air Races and airshows around the country.

Larger image available here.

These images and others Dan Beauvais works are available as prints or imprinted on gifts.  Click here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:34
Making Neveria Alicia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 21:39

Photograph: Neveria Alicia 1253 by Daniel J BeauvaisHere's a fun way to create a tasteful interpretation of a photograph, requiring some moderate Photoshop skills.

This photograph of an ice cream parlor on Isla Mujeres, off the shore of Cancun, uses a combination of two effects to achieve the final image.  Here's the basics of how I did it.

Layers used to make Neveria Alicia photographIn Photoshop, I copied the original background photo onto two additional layers, and labeled them "Watercolor look" and "Line drawing."  (See the Photoshop screenshots)

I selected the "Watercolor look" layer, and temporarily turned off the visibility of the other two layers.  I applied Topaz Adjust plug in filter, tweaking the controls until I found a pleasing smooth painterly effect  You may find that some of the standard Photoshop filters may give you another pleasant effect.

I then selected the "Line drawing" layer, and temporarily turned off the visibility of the other two layers.  At this point, it looked like the original photo.  I applied the "Find Edges" filter (Filter > Stylize > Find Edges), getting a colorful line drawing.  To turn the line drawing to black, I used Image > Adjustments > Black & White.

To put it all together, I restored the visibility of the "Watercolor look" layer, then changed the blending mode of the "Line drawing" layer to "Darken."  In this way, the "Watercolor look" layer showed thru except where the "Line drawing" layer had dark lines.  I saved the result.

Hint:  If you try this technique, and you may find that the line drawing is not bold enough.  If so, select the "Line drawing" layer, apply some Gaussian Blur to it (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to fatten-up the lines.  Use Levels (PC: Ctrl-L, Mac: Command-L) to keep just the darkest parts of the fat lines.

I used Photoshop CS4 and Topaz Adjust 3, however, any recent version of these programs will suffice.

Give this idea a try with some of your own photos, and have fun!

Prints and gifts containing this image are available in my gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 16:44
Gray Skies, No Worries! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Saturday, 22 August 2009 21:44

Airshow skies turn gray?  A lull in the action?  Need some fresh photo ideas?  Don't give up!  Examine the details!

Rivet in the fuselage of a red plane, which is also also reflecting yellow and purple from a nearby plane.
A graphic design in primary colors, found on the elevator on a homebuilt airplane.
Surfaces reflect not only their own color, but also colors of surfaces near them. A rivet in the fuselage of a red airplane is surrounded by purples and yellows reflected from a plane parked next to it. When airshow skies turn gray and drab, turn the camera to explore the exciting life in the details.

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An abstract in primary colors, found on the left elevator of a 2009 Acro Cubby homebuilt airplane at 2009 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

This photo is a new addition to my gallery.

Organic colors of oxidation on an exhaust tube and clamp on an antique airplane.
A study of the organic colors of the oxidation on the exhaust system of an antique 1929 Waco ATO bi-plane.

Fine art prints of this image are available here.

Chain hooks stowed on a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane. The entire nose of this aircraft lifts for loading. This open front end, some 50 feet away, provided the soft illumination for this study.

Want this for your office wall?

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:37
Oshkosh Aerobatic Stunts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Saturday, 22 August 2009 18:22

Low clearance ribbon cutting and wingwalking are among the thrilling entertainment at Oshkosh.

Sean D Tucker does a low pass ribbon cut in his Pitts Oracle Challenger biplane.
Husband and wife Kyle and Amanda Franklin team for a wingwalking aviation act.
Sean D Tucker orients his Pitts Oracle Challenger to cut a ribbon stretched across the runway at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI.

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Pirated Skies, staring husband and wife Kyle Franklin as Captain Kyro and Amanda Franklin as Wingwalker Scandalous Scarlett, perform at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. They fly a highly modified 1940 Waco UPF-7 PT-14 "Mystery Ship". Both are children of airshow legends. Kyle is son of Jimmy Franklin, and Amanda is daughter of Bobby Younkin. More information about this team is available at FranklinAirshow.com.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:38
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