Feb 17

Repost: what an awesome WP plugin !?

Here are just a few words to speak about Repost plugin … I was looking for a plugin which will help me to publish interesting links to my friends, as you can find on facebook: you just put the URL then excerpt as well as featured image are automatically generated. I tried Repost which does not match at all: it consist in a plugin to repost uninteresting links with embedded Google advertisement which will make the visitors clicks to enrich somebody but you … very interesting plugin indeed, enjoy Repost!

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Twilight Australian shepherd

 

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My 5 years old Aussie at twilight. Off flash with a 80cm umbrella
Canon EOS 7D + EF 17-40 f/4L + 430EX

 

Jan 28

Guardian of the track

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In Evian neighborhood (France) we were strolling when we met the Tree, full of red berries with bright green leaves contrasting with the deep blue sky. It lets me think about being the guardian of the track we were following.

Jan 28

Autumn’s first snow

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First snow marking that autumn was now over. Leaves were still present on the trees, giving a subtle mixing of autumn color and fresh white snow. The electric lines were there during my shoot, I first anticipated removing them numerically but finally I found the right shot angle from where these geometric shapes fading out into the top of the mountain seem to enhance the picture composition.

Canon EOS7D + 17-40 f/4L

Jan 27

How to transform a misty shot into a enchanted forest ? A 12 steps recipe

Here is my first tutorial on post-processing, I want to show you how you can easily transform a misty landscape into something enchanting with Photoshop. I used a picture of the forest in my example but it will the recipe I describe here will perfectly work for other kind of landscape.

Here is where we start, my original picture of the forest. It was a rainy day with a mist that produces a very interesting light -> this can be enhanced 😉

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Step 1: First I want to enhance the colors (the ocher leaves and the green pines) as well as intensify the misty light on the top of the picture. I make a copy of my background layer and use the color lookup Photoshop filter (Image > Adjustments > Color Lookup), more precisely I use the filmstrock_50 3DLUT file which gives a pretty good result here. Of course you can do that with a couple of curves but the Color Lookup function is just more straightforward and time efficient for reaching the result I want:

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Step 2 : I want to enhanced the mist, so I make a copy of the previous layer and apply a second color lookup adjustment filter using the FuturisticBreak.3DL 3DLUT file which desaturates the picture and applies a subtle blue tint. I want this layer to enhance the mist (add mist in fact) so I didn’t want any accurate details in it. Therefor I apply a Gaussian filter with a radius of 10px (Filters > Blur > Gaussian blur). Here is the result I get for this layer:

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Step 3: I turn the blending mode of the layer to screen (usual for adding light rays to a picture) and lower the layer opacity to 25% (you can adjust the opacity to the level of mist you want on your picture):

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Step 4: I intensify the haze by adding a new layer and using the Clouds filter (Filters > Render > Clouds) with a light gray color (60% luminosity). Then I lower layer opacity to 27%, change the blending mode to screen (as usual for light effects) and use the blendif mode slider to avoid adding a white veil over the darker areas of my picture (press Alt key when moving the slider to get a smooth effect):

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Step 5: I add a curve adjustment layer to darken the picture in the middle tones:

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Step 6: I add a new layer filled with a middle gray (50%) and change the blending mode to soft light, then I use a soft low opacity black brush to darken the lower part of the picture:

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Step 7: I desaturate the ground with a new saturation adjustment layer (saturation set to -65)

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Step 8: I create two new adjustment layers to increase saturation (+36) and vibrance (+19) of the whole image:

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Step 9: I create a new curve adjustment layer and bend the curve down to darken my image. Then I invert the the mask layer and paint in white the parts I want to darken (mainly the ground and the trees on the right side):

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Step 10: I creat a new blank layer and chang the blending mode to color dodge. I pick up the slightly yellow color of the background light and paint around the center of my image so as to add more intensity to this yellow glow. Then I add another clouds layer (like in step 4) to increase the perception of haze.

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Step 11: I use three curve adjustment layers (with masking) to enhance light reflection on the ground, add a vertical light glow and a halo on the center of the picture, I play with each layer opacity to adjust the level of each effect and avoid a supernatural render:

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Step 12: Finally I create a copy of my original background, apply a color lookup filter (EdgyAmber filter), change the blending mode to color and reduce opacity to 15% to add an orange tint to the whole picture. Here is the final result:

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to ask questions and submit your own picture using this technique.

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Sep 01

Essai de la softbox Walimex Pro Octagon 60cm

I was looking for a transportable softbox for quite a long time. Indeed Softboxes produce soft and diffuse light which fits perfectly for portraits shooting indoor  (the light is more focused than an umbrella which avoid too much reflection on the walls and the ceiling) as well as outdoor. However, the Here are the models and features of currently available in France:

Cela faisait quelque temps que j’étais à la recherche d’une softbox transportable, permettant d’obtenir une lumière diffuse et douce en intérieur comme en extérieur (pour les couchés de soleil par exemple). Après avoir regardé plusieurs modèles, entre autres :

  • l’aurora firefly beauty (50cm de diamètre) que l’on peut trouver chez LumiPhot.fr (je n’ai trouvé la référence que chez eux d’ailleurs). Elle dispose apparemment d’une monture universelle spécifique pour les flashs cobra (prix 110€HT tout de même !)
  • la Walimex Octagon 60cm (pour flash systèm) livrée avec un adaptateur pour flash cobra et que l’on peut trouver dans une multitude de boutique et notamment sur Amazon.fr pour 80€
  • La Walimex pro Octagon 60cm pour Aurora/Bowens qui, après coup s’avère être le même produit que la Walimex Octagon 60cm pour flash cobra mais sans la monture flash cobra, on la trouve sur Amazon pour 56€: ici

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Aug 30

Canon EOS 70D: a brand new camera body with outdated image performances ?

Recently I published a comment on DxOMark website about the brand new Canon EOS 70D. My comment was entitled: “A brand new camera with outdated image performances: back to 2009?” and describes my thinking about Canon technological choice compare to Nikon ones. You probably think “Oh no, yet another guy arguing that Nikon is better that Canon !” No, I want to highlights some facts that make Canon and Nikon different and may help you to make a choice between these two brands depending of the way you will use your camera.

As soon as I heard the news about the 70D dual pixel sensor and the fact this new body will replace the existing 7D that will not be produced anymore, I was very excited to hear about its performances. As a canon photographer currently using a 7D I was expecting a brand new 7d-like camera body with enhanced performances but it is far from the reality. The new 70D sensor is obviously equal to the 7D (a camera body launched in 2009!) in terms of image performances, according to DxO rating:

Sensor performances of the brand new Canon EOS 70D are hardly the same the the 7D dating from 2009. Copyright DxOMark.com

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Jul 24

A480 motorway

Photographie de l’A480 prise depuis l’avenue de Belledonne à Claix (38).
La photo a été prise après 22h et il y avait peu de trafic, j’ai donc utilisé un filtre neutre (Kenko ND8) pour avoir des traces de phares plus présentes.
Au résultat, 16 minutes de pose avec les gendarmes qui sont venus voir ce que je trafiquais au bord du pont 😉

Matériel: Canon EOS 7D + 17-40mm (@ 17mm) f/4L + Kenko ND8
EXIF: ISO100 f/9 16s
Post-traitement: passage en mode noir et blanc -> masque en mode lumière tamisé + fusion + white neutralizer (pour récupérer la teinte jaune de l’éclairage public) + sharpener + réglages locaux (lumière tamisée, contraste, luminosité, saturation)

L’originale (pour info):

Jul 18

Essai du Nikon D800 + Sigma 24-70 f/2.8

Pemiers pas avec le D800 😉

Mes premières impressions:

  • très ergonomique, je trouve plus simple de modifier les paramètres de prise de vue sans décoller l’oeil du viseur que sur Canon (7D en tout cas)
  • AF au top non seulement en suivi mais propose également la possibilité de changer de collimateur de suivi rapidement pendant la prise de vue –> 😀
  • mesure de la lumière parfaite
  • résolution impressionnante en crop 100% (et encore… probablement limitée par le piqué de l’objectif)
  • maîtrise du bruit à fort ISO au top (cf. image prise à 1200 ISO)
  • un peu lourd, un peu cher 😉

matériel: D800 + sigma 27-70 f/2.8 + SB900
EXIF: 1/13 s, f/4, ISO800

matériel: D800 + sigma 27-70 f/2.8 + SB900
EXIF: 1/20 s, f/4, ISO1200

Crop 100%:

May 19

Capone et Dickens en pleine action

J’ai posté une version couleur sur ma page Facebook mais je trouve le résultat moins bon 😉

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