Bonus Photo of the Day
It is funny how things work out. At the end of the week I was out of ideas, and stretching for things to get pictures of. Then yesterday comes along, and I have many pictures that I like. Some of those may end up on this site in the future. I think that I shoot better when it isn’t forced. Yesterday was shooting when I wanted to, and I had a lot of targets to shoot. That is how it should be. In a few days this project will be over, and I won’t have to get a picture everyday. Over the last year I have really learned a lot though because I needed a new shot everyday. I have opened my eyes a bit, and perhaps become a better photographer in the process. I do look forward to shooting when I want to instead of needing to though.
This was a shot that I might not have thought of in the past. I shot a lot of sports, but it was always about capturing that great moment of action. Getting the decisive play or series on film. In the end I missed moments like this because my eyes were not open. To me this shot is what roller derby is all about. They are very cordial, but when the whistle blows it is on. The colors also pop out a bit, and I think that it also makes the shot. I will have some more pictures up on my Facebook page from the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls and the Twin City Roller Girls bout during the day.
Part of the colors popping is the use of the vibrance slider. I never have played with the slider much because right away I associated it with the saturation slider. A small tweak of the saturation slider, and your photo looks unreal. Vibrance on the other hand gives you a subtle way to get the colors a little more vibrant. I have been using it a bit more. I also performed the usual highlight and clarity adjustments on this shot. I also cropped to take a horizontal picture portrait. I also added a vignette that just draws you in a little more. I didn’t think it needed it, but now that I added it I can’t see how I nearly posted the shot without it.
Kelby Worldwide Photowalk
Here is that part of the post where I talk about the photowalk that I am leading on campus after the Wisconsin game in October. The date is October 13th to be exact, and the walk will start at 4 o’clock est at the Neil Armstrong Statue in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Over 1,100 photowalks are planned around the world. If you are not near West Lafayette then you kind find a walk near you on the Kelby site. Sign up now to be part of this event. Over 22,000 walkers have already signed up so far. You don’t have to be a pro (I am far from it) to attend. Any kind of camera is welcome as well. Here are a few links to the various sites which promote the event. If you want to sign up you should do so on the Kelby site in order to be eligible for the prizes though.