Tanker car light painting

20 09 2011

railcar before lightpainting

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The above image is a 3 frame HDR image to get detail into the shadows on a contrasty day.

Lightpainted tanker car

With this image I took the results from the HDR combined images into photoshop and did some light painting to give the car a little character and shape.


Couplers – Railway

19 09 2011

Coupler - straight out of camera - normal exp.

The following image is a 3 image HDR  that was taken from the HDR software into photoshop. While in photoshop I did some light painting in a levels layer mask to highlight edges and just highlight the features and details that I wanted to bring your attention too.

Coupler - Rail Road - Light painted

Crossfire large product photography

16 08 2010

Photo by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images Photographic Services
Westfield Chautauqua County New York

This photograph that was taken on the shores of Lake Erie in Westfield New York started out as an exercise in lighting a large product with small on camera type flashes. After finding the correct ambient light exposure using the shutter speed to record the sunset at the tone I felt was proper I set up two on camera type flash units facing back towards the trees with orange gels on each to provide some colored detail to the trees and surrounding foliage. The next step in the process was to place two additional on camera type flash units on the ground facing towards the car to illuminate the ground under the car. An additional single flash unit was placed inside the car to light the interior. One more stationary flash was placed on a small light stand facing the car from camera position to provide illumination onto the grass in front of the car. Each of the the flash groupings as described above were exposed separately to allow me some flexibility while combining the exposures in Photoshop. The headlights and marker lights on the car itself were also exposed as a separate exposure. The exposure on the car itself was accomplished with multiple flash pops from a unit in a 24″ x 24″ soft box. During the multiple pops of the flash unit I walked around the car to accomplish an even smooth lighting on the side of the car as well as on the front of the car and the hood. With the seven separate exposures in the camera one for the sunset, one for the trees, one for the ground behind the car, one for the interior of the car, one for the headlights and marker lights, one for the foreground exposure and one for the light painting of the car itself I took all these exposures into Photoshop and combined them to come up with the finished product you see here. The reason that I spent this much time and energy making so many individual exposures was to give me the flexibility I needed in Photoshop to control each element independent of each other that way I can control color brightness density in any of the other adjustments to come up with exactly the image that I have envisioned in my mind before I get started.

Lightpainting Studio Still life

9 05 2010

Photo and Image Editing by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images Photographic Services
Westfield New York
This image is an attempt to control the look and feel of a studio shot to a point that you can’t control the highlights, shadows, sharpness and focus when taking an images. This image is a composite of two images of the same subject. One has a -3 stop exposure of the subject shot with a small softbox directly over head. The other image is shot with a small softbox at 90 degrees to the left of camera and a correct exposure is used. Once the images were taken into photoshop they were stacked on separate layers, with the underexposed image on top with heavy diffusion added. Then with an adjustment mask added to the top layer it was painted out to reveal the image below. By control the brush opacity and size you control the amount of the upper layer you leave.

Hallway lightpainting update

4 05 2010

Photo by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images
Westfield New York

This photograph was taking in a condo at a local ski and golf resort here in Chautauqua County in Western New York. The image was taken with a point and shoot camera with built-in flash. After loading the image in photoshop and removing the elements as marked and correcting the perspective I duplicated the layer in Photoshop and them darkened it by about 3 stops and added some diffusion. With a layer mask added I painted out most of this duplicated layer to add some tonal changes and to give the image some sense of depth or dimension that the original image didn’t have straight out of the camera.

Lightpainting-Vidal Blanc

3 05 2010

Light painted with oncamera flash and flashlight

Vidal Blanc

Photo by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images
Westfield New York
Vidal Blanc is a self assigned project consisting of a photograph that is composed of five images of a bottle of Johnson Estate Winery’s Vidal Blanc wine. Johnson Estate is the oldest estate winery in New York State and is located here in Westfield N.Y. on the Lake Erie plateau. The light source for three of the five images was a single on camera type flash unit that was fired multiple times to build up the exposure. The light streak was made with the help of a LCD flashlight with a number of individual bulbs in it. The image that provided the main body of the bottle was illuminated with the flashlight during a failed attempt at making the light streak. Once I had the five separate image I took them into photoshop CS4 to combine them, color correct and clean up the the light streak as well as adding the text which was taken from the wine bottle label.

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