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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.

Click for a larger view in my gallery.
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.

Click for a larger view and more info about this photo.

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.

Click for a larger view and more info about this photo.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:38
 
Chopper vs Plane, Warbird Sunset PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Thursday, 13 August 2009 21:39

Chopper - Plane Smackdown, Warbirds at Sunset - images from Oshkosh.

Race between ethanol-powered American Chopper motorcycle and Fagen ethanol-powered plane, Oshkosh.
Three P-51 Mustangs at sunset, Oshkosh
In an ethanol-powered showdown, Paul Teutul, Sr., designer and founder of the famed Orange County Choppers, and star of reality television series, "American Chopper," races airshow legend Greg Poe. Poe flies the ethanol-powered Fagen MX-2 aerobics plane, while Teutul rides his ethanol-powered Fagen Orange County Chopper. The race occurred Friday, July 31, 2009 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.  Click for more about this photo. As the day ends, three World War II era P-51 Mustangs salute a breathtaking sunset at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, July 30, 2009.  Click for more about this photo.

 

Each summer, Oshkosh, Wisconsin hosts the week-long Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture, the world's largest airshow.  From July 27 through August 2, 2009, 578,000 people flew, drove, bused, or hithchiked to Wittman Regional Airport to be part of the aviation fun.  41,000 camped at the airfield, often under the wings of the 10,000 aircraft that flew in for the show.

AirVenture is a photographer's paradise, with colorful, dynamic subjects in action from sun-up to sun-down and beyond.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:39
 
Oshkosh Airshow, so far PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 01:06
Having a great time at EAA AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh, WI.  After initial culling, I've kept 5853 photos so far.  Although the show has only completed three days, I've been on the airfield for five, three of which were shortened by rain.  I am sharing the trip with my good friend, Brian King.  We are tenting on the airfield, but have a sweet set-up with a screenhouse for our editing office each evening.  We are using a power inverter connected to my truck battery to provide AC power for laptops, charging batteries, and economical but bright compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Photos soon, but meanwhile, see my Aviation Gallery for images from various airshows.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 01:26
 
Light Dance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 13 July 2009 22:36

Photo of lights on kite strings tracing patterns in timeHave you ever daydreamed about sending lights into the sky to watch the effect?  The folks at Kitty Hawk Kites share that dream in a holiday treat for the Outer Banks!  Every year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the company rigs the leads of their biggest kites with strings of Christmas lights.  They haul the kites and several portable power generators to the top of the east coast's tallest sand dune, Jockey's Ridge.  As the sun goes down, they turn on the lights, and let the kites elevate them for a dance in the sky.  The wind and clever kite handlers choreograph the movement high over Nags Head, NC.  Bundled up against the November wind, residents and visitors climb the dune, or watch from parking lots or from the side of Routes 158 and 12, enjoying the holiday spectacular, Outer Banks style.

While fun to watch in real time, further magic is revealed when you can witness the patterns the lights make over time.  This photo was made with a camera held steady on a tripod, and the image exposed for 15 seconds.  Each bulb from the string of the Christmas lights on four kite leads traced its web-like path during the 15 second exposure, allowing us to see how them moved.

More info about this image can be found here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:40
 
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