365-301 Just junk

At least on the days where I don’t put much effort into getting a photo, I don’t mind having nothing to work with. I just took a few grab shots of junk while out running errands and I didn’t even do that well. Half of the shots were blurry due to camera movement. It was fairly dark and cloudy out and I didn’t really pay attention to my shutter speeds or ISO. That happens a lot and I certainly can’t blame the camera like some people like to do on gear forums. Nonetheless I ended up with a dismal selection of photos to pick from and they all needed some “help” in the digital darkroom.

One thing I have learned a lot about from doing my 365 is post-processing. My Photoshop skills have grown mostly from doing trial and error experiments. I still believe that digital photography doesn’t end with taking the photo. All digital photos benefit from good post-processing. Having the ability to perform “darkroom” work on the screen is not only amazing but you don’t have to deal with chemicals. I used to have a black and white darkroom when I was younger and, believe me,  those chemicals smell pretty potent.

For the BMW photo I went all out in post to make the photo somewhat more dramatic. Some levels, curves, contrasts, Topaz, vignettes, and textures where all thrown in there. It’s still just a picture of a junk car but now it looks a little more interesting. I also added some textures to the “Bins” photo and played around with levels on the graffitit shot. All in all just a bunch of junk. Pentax K20D, DA55-300.


© David Guidas




  One thought on “365-301 Just junk

  1. October 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    NIce work! You have a lot of detail in the car photo. I love working on my photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. After 5 or 6 years experience in PS, I’m better at processing than photography. I’m working to change that, but forget to change ISO, grab the wrong lens, even sometimes forget to focus when I’m in manual – yikes.

  2. Nathan Stitt
    October 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Love the BMW pic

  3. lemon*tree
    October 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I wish I could make as much of junk–wonderful colors in these! You have a great eye.

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