Saturday, March 29, 2014

Photohunt and Art Hop


We three have been patiently watching all winter for birds to come feed at our window.
(Can you tell that's the photohunt word?)



Maybe now that spring is here, it will happen!

Heeeere, birdy, birdy, birdy.... 

For more Photohunters, please click this link here and join in the fun!

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 Caturday Art Hop

Last week (or was it the week before?) Sparkle asked if we'd show the 'before' shot as well as the 'after' shot once it was color-corrected. So for this week's art hop, here they both are!


I used luminance, color balance, desaturation, brightness and contrast levels in Photoshop to go from what you see above to what you see below.


Color temperatures play a huge role in my day job, where the location you're filming might even have a mix of light sources.

Here, I wanted to take the temperature from tungsten (which is around 2800K) to daylight (which is around 6500K).

What's with the numbers - 2800K and 6500K?

When filming, movie cameras are "shaded" (you are allowed to remap their color values) so that you change how the lens sees the scene. Some of this is done in camera, and some of this is done by physically gelling the light with either a blue or orange film, called a CTO ("color temperature orange") or a CTB ("color temperature blue").

What I did in Photoshop simulates the exact same thing. I took it from a more orange tint to a more blue tint!

(uh, and I also used the clone stamp to de-fur the chair - ha!)


For more Cat Art Hop fun, visit its host, Athena, at this link here!

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27 comments:

  1. Hey guys nothing beats a bit of bird TV. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. What a fun bird feeder! Our birds eat on the ground and come so close to the window we can literally taste them!! Have a great weekend! Purrs from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

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  3. Wow and we just thought the picture looked great! Interesting background on why.

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  4. If only de-furring the chair was so easy in real life! We love your bird feeder. Do birds actually visit it? If they do, we might get one like it for our sunroom window. We just had an off-leash dog eat all the stale bread that was out for the birds this morning, so we need a dog-proof way to watch birds.

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    1. If we put the right stuff in the feeder, they do. We've found that's the key!

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  5. Mom needs a personal photoshop tutor! As for birdies, we have plenty of them but I prefer squirrels and wabbits at the feeder. I do let the kitties sit with me to watch those bird sometimes...I have to share Mom says.

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    1. Faraday: Emma, mommy sez I has to share too. I kind of ignore her sometimes! MOL!

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  6. Mom wishes she could use that technique to actually defur our furniture. MOL. What an incredible difference between the two photos. Guess it helps when you know what you are doing. Concats on turning one great photo into two great photos. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  7. My human's camera runs warm (which I hear digitals sometimes do over time), especially in filtered sunlight, so she is always color correcting her photos - she uses the color balance adjustment and curves. There is probably a way to fix it in camera, but of course she is lazy.

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  8. ACK! INCOMING MISSLE!!! Oh wait, thats birdie-bait...

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  9. And we meant ta say "cool" (er "warm) pictures. But how did you guys manage ta hold the same pose fer both?

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  10. I think the coolest part is how you de-furred the chair! Very cool.

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  11. HAH! The clone stamp is TW best friend! I love learning stuff from my furrends. When TW takes a dark pic, it turns out grainy when she lightens it. What’s she doing wrong?

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  12. We hope the birdies show up soon for you. Waiting is so hard!

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  13. I hope those birds soon turn up. That was interesting to hear how the photo was altered. My mum hasn't got a clue though.

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  14. Great photos and such a cool blue explanation of the camera and colors!

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  15. VERY interesting! Mommy also would enjoy a one-click defurring tool...MOL!

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  16. We like watching the traps, errrr, feeders....for the birds too.

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  17. That bird feeder is so cool! We hope the birds show up pronto! Loved seeing both pictures and having your explanation too.

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  18. I'm always amazed at how much the color of the light can impact the photo! Even when you can't even "see" it with the naked eye. So enquiring geeky minds want to know...How do you adjust your color temperatures? Do you use levels? The histogram?

    Of course Waffles thinks levels is his cat tower. And a histogram is some kind of treat.

    ; )

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  19. Great job on the photography! Have you put a hummingbird feeder up before? We used to hang one outside out bay window when we had our cats. They LOVED the fast flying tiny birds!

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  20. They still look beautiful in both pictures but I do like the second one better.
    Marty's Mom

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  21. My mom´s dad have a birdfeeder just like yours on his kitchenwindow , boy do I love to watch birdies when I visit him and his cat Gustav :)

    XOXO

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  22. soon.. hopefully very soon

    (and thank you for the explanation)

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