Spring in the Orchards

My city is notorious for only having two seasons: hot and cold. The only real sign of a traditional spring is the blooming of the almond trees (I think they’re almond trees anyway). I’ve always wanted to go out there for some photoshoots and to just get some pretty flower macro shots but was always afraid of legal issues and scary farmer men chasing me down the road. So I just opted to enjoy the drive, sometimes slowing down if it’s windy to marvel at the road washed white with blossoms.

However, this year I was welcomed into another group of local photographers and models, and as I watched them plan photoshoots and take clients to the orchards I figured it was more-or-less alright to go in for a personal shoot. So I grabbed a couple friends to go with me and just hang out, shooting whatever we wanted without any real agenda to get done.

It was really nice, considering lately I’ve been lacking inspiration and motivation to go out and just take pictures.

I originally intended this to be an HDR image and keep all the detail in the slightly overcast sky, but it just wasn’t working out so I decided to take the overexposed bracket and run with it.

I liked it at first, but now I’m not so sure how I feel about it… maybe I’ve been staring at it too long. (Update: I’ve made this image available for purchase at both Red Bubble and Fine Art America.)

Bonus portrait!

My friend Raquel is awesome. She’s always willing to pose for portraits to help me beef up my portfolio and get more practice. She’s super supportive too, and such a hard worker she makes me feel tired just listening to everything she does! Crazy lady, but you’re cool so it’s okay.

Moving Forward

Long time no see, me hearties!
Oh geeze it really has been forever hasn’t it?

My bad! I got so involved in pushing myself out there that I neglected one of my most valuable resources in doing so!

I’ve been rather busy lately, looking for a job and working on my portfolio. I finally made the jump and got my own little slice of the internet. Yes my lovelies Teknicolor Dahlia Photography is done and up. This blog will be moving to my domain once I finish host hunting (my current host is having some issues with installing wordpress, but paid accounts can get instant access to a pre-made install script? Sketchy…).

I’ve also got myself settled in to 500px.com and Fine Art America, adding more links to my massive network folder. (Side note: I looooooove 500px.com, its like a cross between 1x and deviantART. The community is awesome and the quality of photography is nothing short of inspiring. I think I’ve found a new home.)

Also on my new list is Google+. I really hope this takes off as I’m growing rather fond of it. Its been the last on my list of places to push on but only because its so new. Facebook is already so well established and its no doubt on everyone’s daily check list, but once G+ gets up there I’m sure it will just as good, if not better, than Facebook.

Now that I’ve completed the pimping of my various hangouts, I leave you with one of my recent favorite images.

I’m itching to go back to this waterfall sometime. I’m not sure what I’d like to shoot there though, which is the only thing keeping me from plotting a random shoot and making the drive all the way out there. Faeries would seem a bit cliche for the location… but its such a great location for faeries!

I’ll just put it on my ever-growing list of ideas for now.

Cross processing in Photoshop

Just a little update.

I recently learned how to create the neat cross processing effect on digital photos in Photoshop.
For those who don’t know, cross processing is a technique originally developed in the darkroom (no pun intended! I swear!). Photographers would process color film in the wrong chemicals in order to get more interesting colors and contrast.

The effect became popular again around the ’90s, often appearing in fashion magazines. It is still widely used in all types of photography, from fashion to portraits to events.

Many online photo editing sites offer this effect as one of the core artistic filters. Even most photo apps on smartphones have it available for free.

Some offer more control over the effect than others, but being the way I am I wanted even more control.
After reading several tutorials and researching the effect I dove into Photoshop to try this on some images from a recent shoot with my local photography group.

Here is the original image with only some basic edits.

And here is the image after several hours of trial and error.

Personally I like both versions, but the cross processing gives that little something extra to an otherwise semi-decent simple image.

The effect isn’t right for just any image, but it sure is fun to play with and will definitely entertain if you have a few hours to kill.

I’d also like to learn how to apply the Lomo effect in Photoshop, but I feel like I should tweak with this some more before I move on to something new.

Do you have any tips for cross processing in Photoshop? I’m always happy to hear constructive critiques to help me improve!