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Vintage Cadillac Hood Ornament

Posted in automobiles, black and white, Canon 7D, Huntington Beach, Photography, vintage auto by Bridget Casas on October 19, 2011

Canon 7D, Raw, EF-S17-55mm, 54mm, f/8.0, 1/200, 320 ISO, SilverEfex

I was lucky enough yesterday to take photos of a completely restored 1949 Cadillac. This one is my favorite. I absolutely love this hood ornament. I did some work in camera raw and Photoshop, then I took it into OnOne Software’s ColorEfex program to maybe convert to black and white. I decided to go with their pinhole choice. I liked the way it makes the face stand out. I then went back into Photoshop and did some dodging on the face and also to get the eyes to stand out more. I hope you like it. Let me know!


Mother and Child

Posted in black and white, Canon 7D, Casas, Family, Larry and Shelley, Photography by Bridget Casas on April 12, 2010
Shelley and Lily

Canon 7D, Raw, 47mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 1600, Nik Silver Efex Pro Software

 I took this photo on Easter Sunday. We played around a lot by putting Lily in a basket with her bunny slippers and Easter eggs. She also went through three wardrobe changes (not counting some topless ones)! Out of all the photos we took that day, this is my favorite. I did a levels adjustment, noise reduction and then converted it to black and white. I love the different choices you have with the Nik software and there are many options to customize any of the settings. It is fun to play with the different settings. The rest of the images from this day and others you can see here.  I will be adding to and removing photos from this gallery so check back.


From the Desert, the Ocean or Both?

Posted in black and white, Canon 7D, rocks by Bridget Casas on February 27, 2010
Camera Raw, 45mm, f/11, 1/100, ISO 400, Nik Silver FX Filter

I walked outside with my camera today and said to myself, “What are you going to photograph?” I walked around and then I saw this. Isn’t it gorgeous? How many little creatures do you think have lived in and on this rock? How old do you think it is? In post processing, I changed it from Raw to DNG. Isn’t the texture and the depth fantastic? I made a few adjustments in Camera Raw and then brought it into Photoshop. There I used a filter from Nik Silver FX to convert it to black and white. I then used a high pass filter to bring out the edges and changed my layer blend mode. That made all the different levels of this image really pop. 


Brand New Camera, Brand New Photos!

Posted in black and white, bridges, Photography by Bridget Casas on February 10, 2010
Bridge on Rosecrans Ave.

Canon 7D, Raw, 21 mm, f/4.5, 1/1250, ISO 800, Silvery FX Infrared Filter

 It was a cold, dark and rainy afternoon. I was driving and saw this train bridge in the distance. When I got up to it I was surprised to see how close it was above the road. Looking up, I told myself I have to take a photograph of this. Willie was with me and we found a place to park so I could get out. Luckily the rain had stopped so my camera would not get wet. I took many photos and this one was from standing in the crosswalk at almost the same location as I was in the car. I like the angles and the details in the photo. I was a little self- conscious and I had to time the signals just right. But I am happy with the results and the look of the infrared filter on the image. I definitely need to get out of my comfort zone and this was a start!

What other info would you like on what I do in post processing for my images? I am willing to give you any info that might help you to create your own images and/or more info about mine.