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Creating the Vintage look in photography

  I have been ask  how I go about getting the vintage look I use in the horse photo’s, so I decided to put together a photo board showing the steps I use.   First off if I am photographing a race horse in training, I will shoot 3-4 shots as they run pass. I get what looks like a film strip of shots to choose from.

Four shots as horse passes

 Then I will choose one photo to work with ……

Sharpest of the four

 Turn this one into black and white………

Black and White copy

 Now I add a small amount of color back into the photo and soften it….

Selective color added back into shot

Now I begin adding texture on to the photo. This step takes the longest time and I will normally go through and change the photo many times before I feel good about it. Does it make a photo better? I don’t think it is better, just different.

Final shot with color and texture added.


August 7, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keeneland -Vintage look

Though I would put up a few photo’s that were taken at Keeneland during the morning workouts. Photo’s were turned into B&W and then color layered back on to it. 

Morning worlouts at Keeneland

B&W with color layered back into it

July 28, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Minimalist Photography

I have found when I am looking at art I’m drawn to the Minimalist look a lot of the time. Seen mostly in paintings and occasionally in photography, the Minimalist look as I understand it is to strip the art or photograph down to its essential components. Simply, anything that is not needed is removed. Well it sounds simple in principle, but seems for me it is going to take some time to work out what can go and what needs to stay.  I see in my mind when I look through the lens what I want the photo to look like, then reality sets in when I see the photo…… So I decided to look at some of my photos that didn’t stand up to what I had in mind when they were shot and try removing the unwanted after the fact,  opposite to the way most minimalist photos are created.  This first picture was taken in Amsterdam’s at the cobra Art Museum. I was drawn to the interior design of the building and took several photos that showed the curves and angles, but none lived up to what I had in mind. I began by turning it into a black & white and then started cutting…. this seem to be close to what I remembered. With the second photo, there were distractions in the background, so I began there and then removed the parts of the horse that I felt where not needed….  How much can you cut? I am still trying to figure that out… Seems to be different with each photo and what the mind will accept. 

Cobra Art Museum- Amsterdam


Horse - Keeneland



July 14, 2011 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Daylilies – Photography

The daylilies seem to be doing great even though the hard rains have hurt everything else.

Daylily from the Arboretum


Nice daylily at Arboretum

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heavy dew on flowers – Photography

I arrived at the Arboretum at 6am just before the sunrise and found heavy dew covering the flowers. The resent storms had not helped the roses, but I found a few nice flowers in the upper section that looked nice. Most of the time I use a 70-200L with extension for closeups of flowers, but today I decided to try an extension on a 17-40L and found that it worked good. It seemed to give me more dept of field, but required me to get very close. (2-4 inch)

Heavy dew on cone flower



July 11, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wild Flower – Photography

While looking at the weed patch behind the garage, trying to decide if I want to clean it out, I ran across these small flowers. I’m not sure if they are a wild flower or weed, or maybe a combination of both, but I thought they were pretty enough to get the camera out and maybe leave the weed patch to grow. 🙂  They are not much larger than a dime, but viewed up close remind me of dayliles.

Found hiding in the weed patch


Small flower about the size of a dime


Small blue flower

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abstract – Photography

We have been getting so much rain and wind the flowers are stressed out and really looking bad, so again I turn to the leaves. This time though, I’m putting the zoom to good use by ZOOMING! 

Iris Leaves - Abstract


Mint Leaves- Abstract

May 27, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Horse Racing Workouts- Photography

Decided to take a break from the normal type of photography I shoot and spend the morning at Keeneland watching the workouts. I have never photographed fast paced action much before and found the panning for sharp pictures takes some doing. It seem’s to be one of those techniques that will take time to get it right. Hopefully I can get to the morning workout ‘s 2-3 times next week and try out some ideals I have.

Morning workout turns serious


Head strong!

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rose Leaves in Rain_ Photography

 Today makes 4-5 days of rain this week and the rose are showing signs of stress. They are starting to drop petals from all the wind which made finding nice ones this morning harder than normal. But as I walked around the Arboretum I noticed that the rain and heavy overcast had brought out the colors in the leaves.

Rose leaves in Rain- Lexington Arboretum


Rain on Rose leaves- Lexington Arboretum

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Red Rose in Rain- Photography

Red Rose with rain drops

  Photographed this rose early today in the rain. Sky was starting to lighten some and made for nice light. The hardest thing about shooting in the rain is focusing with a plastic bag over the camera and the fact you look really stupid. 🙂

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments