In a glance : September

These are all the pictures I posted this month. To see more you can go to my other site.
All the pictures are for sale. You can also contact me if you think they might help you with a project you have.

09/28 : Giraffe at the Bronx Zoo

Giraffe at the Bronx Zoo

09/25 : Over the Miracle Shops

Las Vegas - Over the Miracle Miles shops

09/25 : Peaks at Bryce Canyon National Park

Peaks at Bryce Canyon National Park

09/23 : Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

09/21 : Plants in Monument Valley

Plants in Monument Valley

09/18 : Vases in Santa Fe Market

Vases in Santa Fe09/16 : Dolphins at the Secret Garden

Dolphins resting in Siegfied and Roy's Secret Garden at the Mirage - Las Vegas09/14 : Bryce Canyon National Park – 2013

Detail of the edges of Bryce Canyon National Park09/10 : Cactus in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden – 2013

Cactus in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden09/08 : Ezequiel Lavezzi – PSG – 2012

Ezequiel Lavezzi and Frank Lampard during an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium09/04 : Reeds in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden – 2013

Reeds in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden09/02 : Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon National Park – 2013

Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon National Park

Long Exposure #5 : To edit or not edit?

As mentioned in “What is a photographer?” and again in “Fiat Lux“, a photograph is a succession of steps.
Once your camera caught the scene the next step is to deliver it to your public, but before you do that you need to answer the question that haunts a lot of photographers: Should I edit this picture or post it “as shot”?
For some people, to not edit their shot is a credo: the shot is over as soon as you push your shutter. For others the push of the shutter button is just one of the many steps towards their final picture. For me editing is a way to bridge the gap to my ideal shot.
Below is a before (left) / after (right) shot I edited recently using Adobe Lightroom 4. I played with the colors and tones a bit in order to get a picture more vivid. Don’t you think the right one looks better? (for a look at the final result just click)

Bryce Canyon Before / After EditSome photographer have more restrictions than others. If you’re a photojournalist you will not be allowed to amend details that alter the meaning of the picture. It means that cropping might be allowed, contrasts and tones amended but you won’t be allowed to remove or add anything from your picture. I suggest you have a look at this article on Gizmodo to see how pictures were edited in the past.
Recently, I went with Celine on another roadtrip and our starting point was Las Vegas. We have been there several times but never really thought of capturing the Welcome sign. Unfortunately for us we just remembered it on our way to the airport, during our final day. If I were to be a purist, I might end up with the shot below.

The Las Vegas welcome sign unedited

I didn’t like much all the cables or some of the buildings but it’s not as if I could just go an bulldoze the buildings or cut the cables down. The sky was also pretty uniform as the sun was high in the sky. With Lightroom and Photoshop I was able to get the result below, with more textures in the sky and a dreamy effect, closer to what I’d like my shot to be.

Las Vegas Welcome Sign Edited with Photoshop and LightroomEditing is for me one more tool, a way to get more control on the final result but like a super power it must be used responsibly. One of my proudest edit is a very subtle one. People liked the shot below, but very few people know that it was one of my first edit (to see the original version just click the image).

Statue of Liberty editedIf you want to see what edit can do for you I suggest you read Mike Campau guest post on Scott Kelby’s site.

By Sebastien Grobelny

Photoblog Challenges : Results #5

This week on Photoblogchallenges, the winners are Mittened Hands  for Best of 37 (02 Sep – 08 Sep), Harmonie for Theme 37 : Candles and Ruimnm for Technique 18 : B&W High Key.

Celine  and I are permanent guest judges and since the middle of the year we switched the roles a little. She has to pick one favorite from the winning pictures and I have to pick several “non-winners”.

Each week I will try to shed some light on some of my choices.

Results for Best of 37 (02 September to 08 September)

  • For Theme 37 – Candles : I felt this subject very intimate. I picked up Deja for being different and original, Shaker for a very moving focus, Steve Rice for showing us a bit of culture from down there and Tapio for an heavenly flare.

Results for Theme 37 : Candles

  • For Technique 18 : B&W High Key : Another challenge where it was very difficult to pick favorites. I picked Day One for her beautiful flower, Deja  for a very cute picture that makes me smile and Different Sensations for a very creepy picture that makes me cringe but is very good and on point.

Results of Technique 18 : B&W High Key

My pick of the week among the winners was the submission for Best of 37 (02 Sep – 08 Sep) by Different Sensations. This picture is in fact the work of Giacomo, Walter’s son.  Giacomo is 3 years old. I really loved the peacefulness and zen of this picture.

Blue Sky. Picture from different sensations

Picture by Walter’s son, Giacomo, 3 years old

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