The Importance of…

Landscapes, People

family and friends(both new and old) cannot be underestimated.

My mini vacation gave my wife and I a much needed opportunity to get away from the fantastic weather we are experiencing here in New Jersey but more important was getting together with my brother and our former neighbors. Along the way we met a few new people which made the get-away even more special.

Golf is always on my agenda when going to Sin City. It’s also a great way to spend time with the people most important to me. Our visit to Bears Best was no exception. Other than an a five and a half hour it was a great day: 62 degrees, slight breeze, great location!

The start of our day at Bears Best….

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Some sights along the way…

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The views, as you can see, along the way were fantastic and memorable. And even thought it felt like we’d never get there, the final hole gave me the picture perfect ending…

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I try to always remember… people first, places second and things last.

Thanks Chris, Bill and Tim for a great day!

The Whole Enchilada… Cars, Music, Photography Project

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So I started this project one afternoon after realizing that I have this process I go through just before leaving my car to go shooting. It involves my car, my music and my photography equipment. You know… getting all your stuff ready so that when your in the middle of the woods or some other place you don’t say, “oh Sh*t”, I forgot this or that.

Anyway, I got this idea to photograph the front of my cell phone with my “music of that moment” sort of thing.

Here’s my latest entry, I forgot how much I like this song….

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So I have to tell you that that whole reflection thing…. I didn’t even notice till I looked at the shots in Lightroom. Kind of cool through, no?

My processing work flow looked like this:

  1. Download and white-balance adjustments in Lightroom
  2. Choose 3 bracketed images and export to HDR Efex Pro 2
  3. Back into Lightroom for a few adjustments and then export into Perfect  Photo Suite 9
  4. In Perfect Layers I worked on cutting out a boring, cloudless sky. This program is top-notch completing this task! And then add a new sky layer to take it’s place.
  5. Then over to Perfect Effects to add a few filters to give it a new look.
  6. Back into LR to add a few grad filters, some dodging and burning and radial filtered vignettes.

Are there any Keb Mo fans out there? I have to admit I don’t know much about him other then this song and his appearance on Live From Daryl’s House but nonetheless I will investigate him further.

So, there you have it. The story behind the project and the story behind my processing and the story behind some of my musical preferences.

The whole enchilada….Oh, that’s bad.

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Keb Mo’s song… The Whole Enchilada, here.

Keb Mo, Live From Daryl’s House, here

More Headshot Work…

Portraits

If you weren’t able to follow me while I was blogging on my website you wouldn’t know that I’ve delved into a bit of headshot and portrait work. It’s a bit overwhelming to understand the nuances of off camera flash techniques when just starting out.

I do know that I like the so called butterfly lighting in which the light is directly in front of the subject and coming in from above the camera. You can see this light in the upper middle section of my daughters eye.

I had another session with my daughter today utilizing  butterfly lighting and here’s the original of one of the shots…_MG_3614I really like this one after I took it into Perfect Photo Suite 9 (Portrait Module). Maybe a bit much on the eyes now that I look closer but I’m pretty satisfied.

My daughter wanted more of an Istagram look so I went with this look from Nik’s Color Efex Pro 2…

_MG_3614-2I happen to like both versions, how ’bout you? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Valentines Day to you all!

Anything But Little…

Landscapes

Little NYCNew York City is anything but little but I still had to try a tilt-shift effect on this shot.

I feel like this scene lends itself to the effect with it’s straight lines from a vertical and horizontal perspective. Blurring the top and bottom of the shot really helps with the illusion.

What about you? Do you see the effect?

Processing included work in LR, PPS9, PSE10

Album(?) of The Year….

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Hey, did you hear Kanye dissed Beck after he was announced the winner of Album (do they still make these?) of the Year ? Of course you did! If you follow any social media you couldn’t help but hear about it. But, do you really care what Kanye thinks anyway?

I don’t know, I’m sure all the nominees were worthy of the honor but after doing a bit of research it seems the other possible winners probably cancelled each other out of the voting. Something about Beck being the only one in his genre so he didn’t lose any votes.

Anyway, what do you think? I listened to the album from Beck and although I know very little about him and his music, other than his Loser single, this is a interesting album. Have a listen to the song above here (it’s very listenable) and his other hit “Loser” you may be more familiar with can be listened to here.

I’d love to know what you think, is it worthy of the award?

The shot above will also become part of a personal project I’m in the middle of over at my website. It’s called Cars, Music and Photography: Moving in Stereo and can be found here.

A New Beginning, Of Sorts…..

Beach Scenes

OC 2011-3615After an attempt to consolidate my online presence and falling short of my goal I’ve decided to resurrect this blog through WordPress. I’ve freshened up my theme and am looking forward to moving forward with my photography journey by posting here as much as possible. I will be posting  with great photos, informative tutorials and a few other surprises.

I hope you will rejoin me as I continue my journey in this fantastic creative process. I invite you to check out my website here. I will be posting only my best work there and if you’re interested in purchasing any of my work please go to the site or contact me @ mattafoto@gmail.com. Thanks again for visiting!