Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Controversy For Dolomites Image #3

Seems there is a bit of controversy about the image I posted on Luminous-Landscape.com the other day.  A lot of people liked it and a number of readers had a difficult time with it.  Yes, I could have made a regular straight image as shown below (further down in the article).  It would not have had the appeal at least for me and many readers as the final image did.  So let’s see how the image evolved.

This is the image that was posted.

This is the image that was posted.

It has been worked on to bring out the details lost where there was no light and to generally give the image some pop.  I used a few techniques that have been coined by friends as being “Raberized”.  I like to think of it as RaberEYES.   So, to the people that want to know, I liked this image the best.

The image below is the original image straight out of Capture One with no work done to it.

Original Image with no adjustments straight out of Capture One

Original Image with no adjustments straight out of Capture One

Pretty bland if you ask me.  So, I made some adjustments in Capture One and began to see improvements but still not there.

After some contrast, saturation adjustments, as well as shadow and highlight recovery in Capture One.  Still not quite there.

After some contrast, saturation adjustments, as well as shadow and highlight recovery in Capture One. Still not quite there.

So, at this point maybe some people would like this.  I didn’t.  I ultimately went into Photoshop and with the help of Third Party Tools as well as some Photoshop tools and ended up with the image that I published.  I suppose we can argue to the cows come home what is right or wrong.  For me the only thing that is right is that I liked the published version.  Seems a lot of other people did too based on emails, comments and remarks published elsewhere. and on LuLa.  I am the artist I take full responsibility for my actions, techniques and images.  I had a lot of fun taking this and making this.

And,  just for sake of qualifications, I can make Capture One, Lightroom and Photoshop do amazing things.  I am an accomplished photographer and have been doing this my whole life.  I have fun taking and making my images and every now and then as the artist I take certain liberties with my images and stretch it just a bit.   when I do I get a lot of people that notice.  I love sharing and I like it when an image stirs up discussions.

Thanks for visiting and reading.

 

 


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Rusty Lady

Rusty Lady, near Cremore, Ontario, Canada

Rusty Lady, near Cremore, Ontario, Canada

Like in my previous post this image was made on one of our daily excursions to see what we could see. So much possibility for images is close to home. You just need to keep your eyes open. This shot was made at an old abandoned garage. On the wall of the building was an old Goodyear Tire sign. It was rusted badly and since I love rusty things so much I was attracted to it immediately. And, rather than just shoot the whole sign I looked for an image in the image and played around to I came out with this composition. This was not a crop but made while looking through the viewfinder. Shot with a Nikon D800e and 24-70mm lens. Processed in Capture One and then into NIK HDR single image tone mapped.


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Lonely Tree

Lonely Tree, Clearview, Ontario

Lonely Tree, Clearview, Ontario

I just got back from a week in Canada. During this week I have been working hard with my business partner Michael Reichmann on our web site Luminous-Landscape.  We are planning all sorts of new and enhanced things for this site. It is one of the most heavily visited photography websites on the internet.  every day after we accomplished what we had on our agenda we rewarded ourselves by going out shooting. We would aim the car and just go and with no specific place in mind we would just find stuff. Always a lot of fun not only shooting but having a great conversation while seeing the countryside. While we were driving we both saw at the same time this one tree on the hill with these great clouds behind it. We stopped set up our gear and shot. We both have different interpretations of the shot. This is mine. Shot with a Nikon D800e and 80-400mm zoom lens. Tis was 5 exposures combined in HDG then converted to BW image.


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Pah Head Billy

Pan Head Billy

Pan Head Billy

While photographing in Death Valley I visited the Artist Pallet are to shoot sunset.  There on the side of the road was this motorcycle guy leaning back on his bike watching the mountains light up in all the magic they do.  I went p to take pictures and I started talking to this guy.  Turns out he has been cruising the highways for 17 years.  everything he owns or needs is packed on the back of this bike.   I asked if he would pose for some shots and he was more than cooperative.  This is the result of the shot.  I did some post work on this image in Photoshop to make it a bit different.


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Second Beach

2nd Beach, Olympic National Park

Along the Washington and Oregon coast lines there are some classic places to take magnificent images of the coast and stacks and crashing surf.  One of the more iconic places is Second Beach in Olympic National Park.  A little bit of a hike through a well marked trail deposits you at this super location.  Sunset being the best time to be there.  I wanted my images to be different than others I saw before of this location. This was shot with an IQ180 and then processed out with one exposure to six levels at one stop increments.  So I had a 3 stop over and under and one normal from one shot.  The Phase One camera takes an incredible image with 12 plus stops dynamic range.  So in one image I was able to hold all details in highlights and shadows.  It’s quite the moment when you look at the histogram of an image like this expecting clipping on highlights and shadows and the Phase One back shows a very nice histogram with toes at both ends.  This allowed me to know I had the information to produce an image like this.  Then using Photomatix I processed them together to make an HDR.  I made adjustments so it didn’t appear to grungy or fake.  I retained enough detail in the rocks but didn’t overdue it.  I decided on a gold tone cast as that is how I remembered this image.  After the image was processed and saved I opened it using NIK Viveza and did some desaturation in the clouds and darkened some corners.  Finally I saved it, flattened it and then did a JPEG at a smaller dimension so I could post it on my blog and FaceBook.  There were number of images from this one nights shoot that were keepers and this was one.  I like the rock in the foreground and texture the water makes.  Hope you enjoy it.  This weekend I will make a 30×40 inch print.


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Big Ass Yellow Truck

Big Yellow and Rusty Truck

So, what do you do when you go to an industrial site (Gravel Quarry) and want to make the place look gritty and sort of apocalyptic?  You use a good camera and some of the app you can find on the iPad.  This shot was of a big old dump truck at the quarry, obviously not used much.  I shot a variety of angles of it and this is the one I selected.  I like the flat tire, low angle, and the hose coming off of it.  I pulled the image into the iPAd and used SNapSpeed to adjust the drama, grit, and selective colors.  Enjoy!


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Stand Pipes

Standpipes, Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN

A photographer I very much admire is Jay Maisel.  He is a typical tough New Yorker who has been shooting images forever and does so everyday.  You never and I mean never see Jay without a camera on his shoulder.  He finds a shot on the streets, in stores and anywhere he goes.  He never has the excuse I can come back and shoot it later or I’ll get next or I wish I had a camera.  His work is amazing and his philosophy towards photography inspiring.  So, why the rambling?  Because this is a classic case of seeing something and grabbing it.  These are just plain standpipes in Broad ripple are of Indy.  I saw the color, contrast and sun and had to shoot it and I let my shadow become part of the shot too.  I like the design of the shot.  Messed around with it a bit on the iPad and here is my image.  Enjoy.

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