Monday, March 2, 2009

New RVers #1

We're new RVers! This past weekend (back today) we took our new (to us) travel trailer to Blanco Settlement in Blanco, Texas. We used this location as a springboard to visit several towns in the Texas hill country that we had been wanting to visit for quite some time. Besides Blanco this trip included Kerrville, Bandera, Bourne, LaGrange and Bastrop. We didn't spend much time anywhere but we were able to identify places we want to visit again. This shot of our daughter Emma swinging with our trailer in the background at Blanco Settlement.

Title: "Blanco Settlement Swing"

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Photoshop CS3 > Duplicate Background Layer and remove some background distractions (trash can, neighboring trailers,etc) > Merge Visible to New Layer > Topaz Adjust plugin "Vibrance" preset > Duplicate Layer > Blur Lens Blur with layer mask to allow the blur to only effect the background > Merge Visible to New Layer > Color Dodge blending mode @ 44% opacity > Merge Visible to New Layer > Distort Lens Correction Vignette


Larry said...

Nice job of capturing a normal everyday moment with great choices for capture.

Larry J. Patrick said...

Two things: would love to see this one in B&W; and, would love to see the motor home cropped out. I agree with Barry, I like the fact that this captures just an every day scene. I know I pass-up this type of shot too often. Good job.

Brian Bastinelli said...

Congrats on the new RV...That should provide hours and days of fun for the whole family.

I really like this image. It is simple yet tell a story very well.

I thought about the Rv being removed. It definitely helps to tell your story, so I would leave it in. But I think the image would be very strong with it removed as well.

On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again.....Have fun!!

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Larry, Patrick and Brian!

I played with it in photoshop and the tighter crop may indeed be a better photo from a purely artistic point of view; but this photo is intended to be about RVing and really needs the RV in the shot for that to be obvious.

Thanks again guys!