5.01.2012

Rockin it nu skool. Is it just me or did I go over the top on the post processing?


I was out shooting a restaurant yesterday and I photographed the chef.  And his hands.  And when I came home I put the photo into SnapSeed and started playing with my favorite sliders.  Now I don't feel so left out.  I can do work in a modern  vernacular. If I append a magnificent manifesto then the sky is the limit.

I think it all looks perfect.  Well, maybe the blur on the sides is a bit heavy handed.  And, well, maybe the color is a little...too juicy.  And, well, maybe the clarity slider got away from me a little bit.

But...ta da!  It's my new style.  And I wrote down all the filters I used to it's repeatable. Bon Appetit.

Post #997.


Edit:  My client says "This is not your new style!  Not if you want another P.O....."


note to self:  It is possible to overdo the modern idiom.

For the gear boys:  Sony a77 with 16-50mm Zoom.  Two small LED panels.  

22 comments:

  1. OK, I am smiling and I agree. However, I have to ask, how many years has it been since they started over saturating every TV ad. Remember the old Agfa color films, with their muted and more natural colors? Fuji and Kodak blew them away. My feeling is the way were are moving very quickly the above image will look perfectly normal to the average viewer any day now.

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    1. I liked Agfacolor, sorta a pastel look. They also made an Agfacolor motion picture film that was popular with Indy Flim-makers, in the US, at the time.

      Kodak made an Agfa like motion picture film that they only sold in Europe. Several DPs who shot TV Commercials imported it themselves, from Europe.

      Every film manufacturer had their own look. Fujicolor was great for Jungle Movies, but you couldn't use it for "Blue Screen" work.

      c.d.embrey

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  2. The grunge look just isn't you Kirk. :-)

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  3. I'm OK with everything but the blur which isn't subtle

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    1. With the trajectory that photography is on right now, that shot will practically be black and white compared to everything else in about 5 years time. ;-)

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  4. Kirk, puh-lease! It's cool to see one photo like that, but certainly not cool as a "new style" - for you.

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    1. But Gregg, All the other kids are doing it...

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  5. Kirk: As my grandmother used to say, "If everybody else jumped off a cliff would you, too?" I loved that lady!:)

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  6. Trey R will start inviting you to G+ hangouts now.

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  8. Thanks for the laugh.
    If this was a serious post you could go into business selling Photoshop actions to create this look. The last photo trade-show locally had several guys selling actions that made this processing look tame.
    The look reminds me of paintings on velvet. ;)

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  9. Kirk, please keep in mind that some people read your posts over breakfast!

    Sam

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  10. Actually, I think the treatment is perfect for the subject matter and composition. Although monochrome might work well here, too. Yes, the blur is a bit overdone.

    Phil

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  11. "And I wrote down all the filters I used to it's repeatable. Bon Appetit."

    Please throw away your cookbook. From an editor's standpoint, which is actually the day job for me, I'm going to say "not".

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  12. Wait, you're not done yet. Where's the ColorEfex Detail Extracter, Color Gradient, and Graduated Fog??

    Actually, I think we need to play with all of these tools and get to know them. They are relevant on occasion to expressing our vision. Ignoring them would be akin to deciding to stick strictly with film when digital dawned.

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  13. You also forgot to crop it square and apply a border to it. How else will it play on Instagram!?!

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  14. Nah sorry Kirk, not HDR "cartoonified" enough for my likes. :-)

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  15. Sure I´m wrong but can you associate the working class with the hdr ? like the cheap beer, digital;the beer mostly cheap and film something like fine wine.

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  16. Congratulations on your new iPhone! Heh, heh, heh...

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  17. Needs more fake background blur. Also, wait here while 8 run out to the truck and fetch some more megapixels.

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