Over the holidays, I spent some time working through the post-processing techniques of Joel Tjintjelaar.
Joel’s a master of long exposure black and white images – along with dramatic architectural images. His techniques have evolved – from using lots of hard selections to now using a combination of a few hard selections along with luminosity masks to shape the light in his monochrome images.
This is an early example of my application of some of Joel’s teachings. It’s the David Packard Electrical Engineering Building at Stanford – captured with my tiny vest pocket Canon Powershot S95 almost five years ago.
This image from 2013 was shot at the Cool Cafe inside the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. I love the symmetry of the square treatment, the glow on her hair and shoulders and the umbrellas outside.
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford has an exhibition of the photography of Carleton Watkins – a landscape photographer who was among the first to capture the essence of Yosemite.
While walking through the exhibition on Sunday, I captured this image of a portion of it – which, coincidentally, has an image of Three Brothers on the far wall just above the woman’s head. That version is from the 1860’s – here’s my version from a few years ago! Shot with my Fujifilm X-T1 and processed in Lightroom 5.
Here’s another quick shot from a recent Sunday visit to Stanford’s Memorial Church – with the lovely light steaming in.
Shot with my Fujifilm X100S.
I recently took a Sunday walk on the Stanford campus – something that was an almost weekly occurrence when Lily was alive. We always had a great time – she made lots of new friends and found lots of interesting smells along the way. And I got some nice exercise – which I’ve been missing!
On this Sunday morning, I had my Fujifilm X100S with me. Here’s one of the images – taken in the small area behind the Stanford Memorial Church. A great spot for peace and quiet – and for reading.
I post-processed this in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC – applying a bit of a painterly effect.
We headed over at lunchtime today to meet friends at Cool Cafe – Jesse Cool’s delightful cafe at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford. I’ve recently had foot surgery (hammertoe) so I opted to grab the tables for the four of us while the others ordered.
While waiting, I happened to look left and noticed this lovely shot – which I captured with my iPhone 5s and adjusted using a couple of the iPhone adjustment apps including Instagram. The colors and effect reminded me of the beautiful work of Edward Hopper!
On Sunday, I often like to take a walk around the Stanford University campus. Parking is usually easy on weekends (except game days!) and there’s so much to explore. I can get a nice hour long walk in and capture some interesting images along the way. Lily and I used to do this regularly – and I still miss her whenever I’m walking Stanford.
Here’s a shot taken with my new Fujifilm X-E2 at Stanford this past Sunday. I was walking around the Quad when I noticed this young woman coming towards me – right in the middle of the walkway. As she got to the stairs, she stopped, looked at her smartphone and began talking – clearly she was in a FaceTime video chat with someone. I thought the like was very beautiful with the striking contrast with the shadows – and snapped this image with the Fujifilm X-E2.
When I got home, I post-processed the image a bit using both Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. For shots that tend to be “busy”, I often use Topaz Simplify 4 to remove some of that busyness – and I did that on this image. If you look closely (click on the image to see a larger version), you can see that there’s lots of detail in the center where she is but that as you move out to the edges the details fall away and you just see the major elements of the image. That’s Topaz Simplify in action.
I also applied a touch of cinematic toning (orange-ish highlights, blue-ish shadows) using Lightroom 5’s split toning panel before declaring the image complete!
When I’m out shooting, I have lots of fun looking, shooting and enjoying. Photography is such a rich, deep pursuit – it’s a delight.
This morning I needed to get out and exercise so I headed over to Stanford – with nothing more than my iPhone 5s. A superb camera – in my pocket. As I headed into the Quad, I noticed this group ahead. Not sure why, but it struck me – another rock band visiting the campus! Perhaps they’d like a cover shot for their next album? I obliged – and smiled.
Nothing better than good photographic fun on a beautiful Sunday morning at Stanford. Superb.
How about you – a great Sunday?
Lily and I used to really enjoy our weekend walks at Stanford. We live close to the campus – a quick trip in the car to one of several of our favorite starting points. On most weekend mornings, there’s not a lot going on around campus – but she really enjoyed just getting out and walking as did I.
Sometimes, I listened to podcasts along the way. Other times I didn’t – just wanting to be in the moment walking with her and enjoying the beauty of this special place. Lily didn’t care what I did – she just enjoyed all of the sights and smells along the way – a semi-regular routine but not one that was frequent enough to be boring!
One of our favorite spots was inside the Quad. She didn’t particularly enjoy all of the stone footing – but when we got out into the outer area with some nice grass she was happy again!
Many times I’ve taken this shot looking back at Memorial Church. Yesterday, I took it without Lily at my side – while remembering all of our great times together wandering Stanford.
Lily and I took advantage of a beautiful Saturday morning to head out for a walk at Stanford. We parked near the old Chemistry Building and then made a gentle loop of the Quad.
The photo above was shot with my iPhone 5 and then tweaked using one of my latest Lab color workflows in Photoshop CS6.
The photo below was shot on my iPhone 5 in Panorama mode and then tweaked in the iPhone using Painteresque and Snapseed.
It was a wonderful fall day for a walk on the campus! And I continue to really enjoy my minimalist photography – with just the iPhone 5 camera in my pocket!