Above are a few shots from a commercial photography shoot for Wilson Security as part of their servicing of the Fremantle Port Authority. It was a great opportunity to get an inside look at the areas of Fremantle Harbour that i'd never been to before including some behind the scenes baggage and personnel screening processes.
These shots were taken on the 5D MK II and processed with Adobe Photoshop. I've been using Googles Nik Color Efex Pro software / Tonal Contrast filter to help process the final shots. I've found using this filter is a great way to enhance the tonal range and sharpness of shadow detail to really get images that provide exceptional level of detail. My preference is to keep the highlight and midtone contrast quite low and pump up the shadow contrast to a around 35 - 40. This creates images that are still realistic but contain a broad dynamic range with great colour saturation and are sharpened effectively.
After finishing a real estate photography shoot last weekend i was driving home looking at the Perth skyline and clouds and made a last second decision to pull off the freeway and head to kings park to try and capture a decent Sunset and cliche Perth skyline photograph. I hadn't been up to photograph Perth's iconic skyline from the much visited viewing platforms at Kings park since the start of the Eliabeth Quay project began. Thinking it would be a good opportunity to update my Perth Stock Photography collection of standard landmarks, the sunset didn't turn out to be an award winning one. I'll post the final photo of the skyline in coming days.
However half an hour before sunset, the sun broke through the clouds while i was walking from the Kings Park car park. This photo of the Perth War Memorial and eternal flame was a result of fortunate timing. I've shot this same scene several times but particularly like the cloud reflection in the water on this one.
This was shot on my Canon 5D MK III, with the 24-105 Lens and with a Hoya Polariser filter to bring out the contrast in the sky. Shot on my Manfrotto Tripod the several second exposure has helped to hide people moving about in the distance.
The resulting RAW File was processed in Photoshop CS5 and had shadow detail brought out using the now Google owned Nik - Color Efex Pro filter.
This photograph is of Busselton Jetty. Not the main one, but remnants of an old jetty about 30 metres to the North of the historic icon.
The water was so calm on this morning a long time exposure created a milky sea that was incredibly flat. For post production on this shot i created two HDR Compositions. The first was to create the background of the Sunrise blending into the ocean. The second was to maximise the contrast and tonal range of the jetty itself which was subsequently masked into the background in Photoshop CS5. Nik Viveza 2 was also used to help create the dynamic range of colours from foreground to background.
Another shot early morning of fishermen on the Busselton Jetty. Processed the RAW image using Adobe Photoshop 5 then ran the psd file through Nik Software Color Efex Pro - with the black and white HDR effect which creates an impressive dynamic range for a single frame HDR image.
This photograph was taken a while ago whilst on Holidays in Hawaii. Honolulu is the largest city on the Hawaiian islands with a population just under 1 million. Personally i didn't connect with the city of Honolulu or the Island of Oahu. It was over run with tourists, poor over priced restaurants and crowed tourist attractions.
The second week i spent on the island of Kauai and had the opposite experience. Quiet, peaceful, friendly people and amazing scenery combined with an ideal tropical climate made for paradise. I hope to dig out the archives some more photos from this amazing island as i couldn't of had two more contrasting travel experiences.
The photograph in question was taken along the picturesque waterfront of the tourist precinct of Honolulu with the sky rise hotels dotting the background.
This photo was processed using Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the Nik Software Viveza Plugin filter to help enhance the contrast between the sky and the clouds without the use of a polarizing filter.
_As i continue my love affair with Nik Software and its range of post production filters and photoshop plugins continues i thought i'd share 3 quick photos that i ran through Silver Efex Pro.
Silver Efex Pro offers an excellent way of processing images into black and white. There is a large selection of presets available varying in contrast, tone, key, and traditional film effects. And as with all Nik Software plugins you can also maintain precise control with micro adjustments to brightness, contrast, structure as well as the ability to control specific sections of an image with control points.
For those who grew up shooting film (or those stubborn enough to hang onto the benefits of still shooting film) you will be pleased to be able to apply your knowledge of coloured filters and replicating film type with specific grain and contrast capabilities of your favourite films including Kodak, Fuji, Agfa and Ilford.
For the shots above i've chosen a "Film Noir" preset then custom adjusted get the gritty contrast and reduced tonal range with the degraded / bleeding edge that used to add that fine art touch.
Again these three shots were taken during my recent trip through Rajasthan India, with the two portraits taken in Ranthambore and Ranakpur and the landscape taken in Jaipur.
These three portrait images are part of my initial portrait series from Rajasthan, India. All three a worthy shots on their own accord but i have just started to play around with the HDR Efex Pro photoshop plugin by Nik Software. I've been blown away by the power of this program and its capabilities to enhance photographs.
The control you have over the Nik software settings is astounding. You can easily add control points to alter small sections / tones of an image. You have mirco adjustment control over exposure / contrast / blacks / whites and other standard settings you'd see in Adobe Photoshop Raw. But then you also have a series of presets down the left hand side that make editing a very quick and easy process to achieve stunning photographic results.
As these three shots were of elderly men, i wanted a very raw and contrasty finish that really amplified the textures and wrinkles in the faces. Below is an example of the Nik Software HDR Efex Pro interface.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.