Looking closer… #5

Fokus stacking… I shot 6 images of this object and changed the focus point for each shot, adjusting and fine tuning the focus for the selected area. I then imported these images via Lightroom into Photoshop where I did the alignment and blending of these images. After saving and returning to Lightroom I made some minor color adjustments to the final image and created a vignette to frame the center. I think this technique is essential for certain compositions… this one isn’t perfect, but I will keep trying.

Happy days. Reinhold

Don’t believe what you see…

Revised version after comments

Added more sky on Photoshop to the top image. More breathing space for the poles.
Stopped letters “Area 51” from fighting against the poles. Added “51” to the sign in the bottom left corner.
Now the UFO is flying towards the car.
Added a little bit of blurred, red color to the breaking lights of the car.
Added a bit of fog/smoke around the space ship.
Cleaned the image up from distracting objects.
The road starts as a leading line in the bottom right corner.
Changed the font of the quote.
Changed the crop to 5:4.

You can find the “old” version at the end of the post.

Special thanks to Sherry and Vicki for their comments.

I created 2 versions of this poster. Which one do you like best?

Have a great weekend and happy days. Reinhold

Old version of the landscape format

Fineart Berlin

As ususal I couldn’t resist to do some Photoshop manipulations to my recent Berlin images. You know this feeling? You see a composition, you know how you want it to look. But there are disturbing objects in the frame, there are missing objects in the frame. Now this is the time when I start working with my MAC, my Wacom tablet and Lightroom and Photoshop. And to be true. It is not always the result which creates the fun factor. It is the process creating an image the way I see it in my imagination.

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Reichstag

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Halle der Kulturen
Halle der Kulturen

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Siegessäule

If you missed my previous post and like to see a collection of my Berlin images in a short video please follow this link.

Thanks for stopping by and happy days. Reinhold

Race to the Lighthouse

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Race to the Lighthouse

Image taken at the Formula 18 cat race last weekend. Added some modifications. So let’s call it an image of my fiction series. 🙂 I added the Lighthouse, a motion effect for the sail and some modifications to the background. The boat did fall to the left side in the end. They were already a bit over the limit.

Vanished into Gold

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Vanished into Gold
Develop my personal style

Image 13/20 – Vanished into Gold… another composition of my “Fiction Series”. If the weather is bad… rain and storm over here… again… I connect my WACOM tablet and start painting in Photoshop. I’d rather be out in the landscape. Maybe tomorrow…

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 12 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!


RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Abstracts
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Abstracts

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Abstracts
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Abstracts

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Abstracts
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Abstracts

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Abstracts
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Abstracts

… the condition or quality of being singular. A unique, distinct, or peculiar feature or thing. Physics a point or region at the center of a black hole, where, it is theorized, the force of gravity compresses an object such that it has infinite density and almost no volume. Created with multiple motion blur layers and blend if.

White Trees

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - White Trees
Reinhold Staden Photography – White Trees

Adjustment layer “Black and White” and Preset “Infrared”. The more green and blue colors in your RAW file, the more black and white is created by this little tweak. Turning an old camera into “infrared” would be another (but expensive) option. This turns the bright sunlight hours during daytime into a “productive” time zone for photography.

Tears in Heaven

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Tears In Heaven
Tears in Heaven

Watching the news, reading newspapers or listening to the radio can create one reaction only: TEARS IN HEAVEN! I created my composition in Photoshop using an image taken in Hamburg and 2 layers (eye and tears). This image is part of my Fiction Series…wish you a tearless time! But may be that is fiction too!

Lighthouse (Fiction Series)

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Lighthouse

Some of you know that I like to play around with Photoshop. Since I decided to concentrate at landscape photography there is no need and not much room left to create compositions in post. I start a “landscape fiction series” with this post. So… in between my regular landscape photography posts… I will create a Photoshop composition of 2 or more photographs I have taken.

This one is made of a lighthouse located in the harbour of Bremerhaven and sand dunes at the beach of Schillig. A lighthouse should have a beautiful spot at the coast.

© RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography

August 2016

A plugin, 3 images and a bottle of wine

Inspired by a post from Laura I wanted to see what the plugin Topaz Impressions 2 could do for me and my landscape photographs. I downloaded the 30 days free trial version and installed it on my MacBook Pro. After the installation I had 3 options: stand-alone, integrated into LR, integrated into PS. I decided to go for the LR version. I played around for quite a while and soon I had the feeling that creativity is reduced to waiting for the plugin to apply the filter (and I have a powerful MacBook with lots of RAM) and more important is reduced to clicking through presets, filter options and moving sliders from left to right. After a while you see the result “created” by the plugin. Now that is really a “jump and run” (clicking as fast as you can) experience. The problem is the workflow is not near to “jump and run”. The bottle of wine did not help. After a few hours I was bored and tired looking at the results of “someone (something) else”.  I think the plugin produces some “interesting” results but it depends a lot on the underlying image. And may be it is me not being able to work with such a workflow. I was always looking at my Wacom tablet and pencil getting ready for some paint work. But I think that is not the purpose of the plugin.

Images I thought would work well were crap, others were better than I thought they would be. I did 10 images in 2 hours. Here are some examples. What do you think? I decided to let it alone for a while but my tendency is to not use it for my landscape photography. I think there are areas where it could produce additional interest to the underlying image. Objects, flowers, isolated objects in the landscape. I saw a really good example in Laura’s post. I have to get going to pack my bag and see if the weather is good enough to leave home this evening and get some photographs.

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography
Before with >>> Selfie <<<

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography

All the credit for the after images goes to Topaz Lab. I was only the operator…