Flashback Cardinal Photo Composite

Almost two years ago it snowed--much like it did last night--and I set out to do a composite of all the cardinals that were flooding our back yard.  I set the camera out on a tripod to capture multiple images of the cardinals as the flew around, perched on the fence, and plucked seed from the bird feeder.  Then I layered all the images together, pulling out the cardinals from each image layer in order to build the final composite.  I wish it had been a sunnier day, but I really like the final image.

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Photo Composite of Cardinals from (Originally shot 2/2/2014)

Photo Composite & Manipulation - Boy on Rhino

I just created a new photo composite.  I spent some time over the Christmas & New Year holidays practicing and working on my Photoshop compositing and photo manipulation techniques.  I grabbed multiple images that I had taken, and slowly started putting them together.  For the background I used an image of Multnomah Falls, in Oregon, that I captured when I was there.  I used an image of my nephew to add a human element--plus, he's just plain cute.  I composited in images of a rhinoceros, an elephant, and a bird that I had taken at the Indianapolis Zoo.  The Parthenon was taken in Nashville Tennessee.  The bridge was from Meadow Park Lake in Crossville, TN.  The steps and doors were taken here in Indianapolis, but the alligator was not--it was from our trip to New Orleans.  There's a few other pieces from here and there, but all of them were captured by me.  

Photo manipulation & composite of a boy on rhinoceros near a waterfall

Photo manipulation & composite of a boy on rhinoceros near a waterfall

Advertising Photography Mt Dew Cliff Climber On Spec

I had an idea/concept for a guy hanging from a cliff, that ultimately morphed into Mt Dew (on spec) advertisement photography shoot.  All of the elements of this composite image were captured by me:  I scouted and captured the cliff in Shades State Park in Indiana; the bear was captured at the Indianapolis Zoo; I used my roof, and a vine cut from my back yard to get the perspective, angle, and lighting right for the climber; and snapped the Mt Dew shot as well.  I pulled it altogether in Photoshop:  matching color, saturation, luminosity, and adding some light streaks to bring the final image together.  

Mt Dew Cliff Climber concept composite components, and final image.

Travel Photograpy at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

On a trip down to New Orleans we had a chance to visit Oak Alley Plantation (http://www.oakalleyplantation.com).  There were a number of other visitors there enjoying the day and touring the estate.  I only had a minute to capture this image without folks walking up and down the main walkway.  I did significant retouching in Photoshop to remove a number of dead leaves from the walkway and the grass to clean it up and remove the distractions.  I also dodged and burned the trees in order to bring out the texture and add depth to the image.   

Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road) Vacherie, Louisiana.

Just Out Shooting Photos -- Baby Bunnies

We have baby bunnies in our yard. They are about 8 days old. We had to ward off some preying crows (yes crows) shortly after their birth. You'd almost think that we were starting a zoo around this place. At least with the hawk gone for a few weeks, while he heals-up, they'll have a fighting chance. They are so cute--I must say.

Photo of baby bunnies by our house.  Photograph by Kevin Lee Medlin, Indianapolis, IN.

Photo of baby bunnies by our house.  Photograph by Kevin Lee Medlin, Indianapolis, IN.