Buras Photography: Blog https://www.burasphotography.com/blog en-us Michael Buras Photography burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:13:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:13:00 GMT https://www.burasphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u1019657015-o108491994-50.jpg Buras Photography: Blog https://www.burasphotography.com/blog 120 120 Is 2017 Really Almost Over? https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2017/11/is-2017-really-almost-over Is 2017 really almost over? I can hardly believe it. Yikes! And of course it's been ages since I blogged about anything. 

It's been a while since I had time to work on my own photography projects but I recently took a trip and got some great captures. All were treated to my Another Time custom filter, which has been modified slightly to be be closer to sepia tone. All other aspects of the series remain the same. 

Below are a few recent examples. Enjoy!

Mike

In Over Your Head - AT0011In Over Your Head - AT0011

Sun Touched Forest - AT0015Sun Touched Forest - AT0015

Fall Texture - AT0012Fall Texture - AT0012

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Adobe CC Privacy Information https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2017/1/adobe-cc-privacy-information So if you're like most creatives these days you're subscribing to some level of Adobe CC products. It's pretty much the only way we can keep up to date on their products and to be honest it feels like I'm getting a better deal because it's coming out in small, manageable chunks instead of a huge software purchase. I know, they've got me brainwashed. But I didn't start this post to debate the merits of monthly payments vs upfront for software. What I came to talk about is the privacy section of your Adobe account. 

Let's start by saying I'm no legal expert. Didn't play one on TV and can't pretend I'd know anything about the subject. But I do know that when I logged into my Adobe account the other day to update my payment information, and to be honest probably the first time I logged in since signing up, I decided to poke around the site and see what else was there. I found a tab called "security & privacy". Seems like a good thing to check, right? 

Under this tab you'll see a few things but let's focus on the left side. Below the Password section there's a section called Privacy. And within there it has "desktop app usage access" and "machine learning", both of them enabled by default. Hmmm...this seems interesting. I don't remember agreeing to these things but let's see what they actually entail. 

First up is desktop app usage. By enabling this one, remember it's on by default, you essentially agree to share how you use the Adobe apps with them. The information stays associated with your account and allows them to "provide a better user experience". I'm pretty sure my experience will be fine without you peeking over my shoulder as I fumble around Photoshop. Uncheck!

Next up is Machine learning. This one sounds more ominous but maybe only because I've watched the Terminator movies recently. On this one, again it's enabled by default, you're allowing Adobe to use a computer to scan all the files you work with in the apps and analyze them for content and pattern recognition to "improve their products and services". Ummm....hell no! Uncheck!

So I guess I'm glad I went poking around the Adobe site today. If you're paranoid about privacy maybe you already knew this or will make changes now. On the other hand there are probably plenty of you unfazed and not concerned at all about these settings in which case carry on, nothing to see here. 

-Mike

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Allerton Park Christmas 1945 Series https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2017/1/allerton-park-christmas-1945-series Hello and welcome to a new year! 2017 is already off to a good start. I have new images to share and for the first time it's actually a themed set of photographs. 

Very late in 2016, literally late in the year and at night, the Allerton Park Photography Group gathered to take images of the grounds decorated for Christmas. It was crazy cold out but good company and a good photo opportunity kept me warm. We all went our separate ways to find the perfect shot and practice our long exposure skills. It's not often I shoot at night so I appreciated being able to brush the dust off my brain and put it to work. 

Once I returned home and started developing the photos in Lightroom I realized I wasn't completely happy with what I saw. The images themselves were technically fine. They just didn't have that pop I was looking for. You know how it is, maybe with house shopping or car shopping, etc, you just know what you like when you see it. I'm the same way. Sounds a little corny but the images speak to me as I'm developing them and they call out to be treated a certain way. Anyway, these photos called out to be black & white. Despite my original assumption that colorful lights would make colorful photos I went the black & white route and couldn't be happier. And because Allerton Park & Mansion are very old I thought it'd be neat to imagine these photos were taken during Chirstmas a long time ago so the series title is Allerton Park Christmas 1945. Enjoy!

 

PATH TO THE LIGHT - UI0133 KPL_0080KPL_0080

ALL WRAPPED UP - UI0134

COURTYARD DISPLAY I - UI0135

 

COURTYARD DISPLAY III - UI0137

PRIMITIVE MAN SLEEPING - UI0138

HOLIDAY GIRL WITH A SCARF - UI0139

YING & YANG SEA MAIDENS - UI0140

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MOODY WINTER NIGHT - UI0141

20181124 - Jackie and Chris Wedding-348520181124 - Jackie and Chris Wedding-3485

All of these photos are now available for sale in the Allerton Park & Retreat Center gallery. Lots of options to choose from including canvas, acrylic, metal and just straight up prints. 

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Website Revamp 2016 https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2016/12/website-revamp-2016 Hello and welcome to my last blog entry of 2016. It's a been a great year for both my professional real estate photography and personal projects like car shows and outings with the Allerton Photo Club. And thanks to the HDR real estate photos I've already put over 25,000 exposures on my "new" Nikon D750 I just bought last new years eve. Yikes! At this rate I'll need another camera body by the end of the year. 

Anyway, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite photos from the past year. All are available for sale within my galleries on a variety of mediums to suit any tastes. And while you're navigating around the site hopefully you'll appreciate the new menus which are much easier to use. Thanks to all who have helped me grow as a photographer this year and I look forward to more exiting things in 2017. 

 

This first one was taken during a night photo shoot at the Allerton Mansion. I love both the symmetry and dark, gothic feel in black and white.

This next one was taken out on the farm roads in Champaign County. The sun was setting to the right but thanks to the clouds the whole sky lit up in fantastic pastels. I'm just a sucker for old, run down farm buildings.

Last Barn Standing - CI0046Last Barn Standing - CI0046

Ahhh....good ole car shows. I was raised around cars and studied as a mechanic in trade high school so I guess you could say they're in my blood. The annual show at Parkland College in Champaign, IL was rained out but even then I managed this really nice capture. 

Chevelle by Chevrolet - TRA0163Chevelle by Chevrolet - TRA0163

Did I mention I like cars? I just can't resist the tail end of the new Challengers. Just a very nicely done car. 

Challenger RT - TRA0173Challenger RT - TRA0173

During the heat of summer I traveled back to Allerton Mansion and photographed the koi pond with lillies in full bloom. Also worked on a blur effect around the edges which I think adds to the beauty of the scene. It's hard not to like Allerton. 

Mansion Pond - UI0126Mansion Pond - UI0126

Even when on vacation I've always got the camera handy just in case. Here I visited the ore dock in Marquette, MI in September. Oh, and by the way, it's cold up there even in December. I think it was close to freezing before the sun rose. Made me appreciate the sun all that much more and probably inspired this photo.

Marina Sunrise - TRV0043Marina Sunrise - TRV0043

Springfield, the capital of Illinois, plays host each year to a huge car show where they close down a dozen square blocks downtown and it's wall to wall cars. My favorite car shows are always in a vintage city location. And a nice sunset doesn't hurt. 

I made a concerted effort this fall to get out into the Champaign countryside and get some harvest pictures. It's always such a beautiful time of year with golden colors and brilliant sunsets. This images was taken almost at dusk. I stumbled into a large multi-combine harvest of soybeans and the dust they generated looked like a low lying fog across the fields and roads. Very cool effect!

And lastly this year is a light painting and long exposure outing with the Allerton Photo Club focusing on the Foo Dog Garden and House of the Golden Buddhas. This photo did require a decent amount of post processing. The lights used to illuminate the structure were daylight LED and came off too blue, while the sodium street lamp off in the background created a warm element that was pleasing. I dropped the blue saturation for the whole image and then used a mask to bring back the original sky with it's brilliant stars. I'm very pleased with the result and it's a great cap to the end of the year. 

Many thanks to all who follow along on Facebook or the blog, as sporadic as my updates may be. I'm always around should you have any questions or want to consult on an image. 

Wishing you and yours happy holidays and a great new year!

-Mike

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Recently Added Photos - September 2016 https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2016/9/recently-added-photos---september-2016 Featured below are just a few of the new additions to my Allerton Park photo gallery. Based in Monticello, Illinois, this beautiful estate is now run by the University of Illinois and provides numerous photographic opportunities during all four seasons. During August I found the very beautiful Lycoris Squamigera or common name "Naked Ladies" blooming throughout the park as well as the pond lilies. These finds just enhance the natural and man made beauty of this estate. 

 

Enjoy and remember everything is for sale through this site. Just click on the images. 

Allerton Gatehouse - UI0128Allerton Gatehouse - UI0128 Mansion Pond - UI0126Mansion Pond - UI0126 Flowering Primitive Man - UI0125Flowering Primitive Man - UI0125

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) allerton mansion allerton park buras photography champaign colorful courtyards flowers illinois landscapes monticello parks photography ponds summer trees uiuc university of illinois uofi urbana https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2016/9/recently-added-photos---september-2016 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:59:20 GMT
Recently Added Photos - May 2016 https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2016/5/recently-added-photos---may-2016 For whatever reason Zenfolio, my site host, does not allow anyone to easily see recently added individual photos. That's unfortunate but I needed a reason to blog anyway. Following are some of my favorites added over the past few months. 

Death of the Last Centaur at Night - UI0115Death of the Last Centaur at Night - UI0115 Last Barn Standing - CI0046Last Barn Standing - CI0046 Muskegon Breakwater - TRV0041Muskegon Breakwater - TRV0041

Enjoy! And remember that everything is for sale. 

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2016/5/recently-added-photos---may-2016 Mon, 09 May 2016 13:54:42 GMT
Change of Focus https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2016/3/change-of-focus For the last few years as I practiced photography on a more full time basis it allowed me to explore different aspects of the job. And I experienced my strengths and weaknesses in a real world environment. One of the key takeaways from this experience is that I'm not very good at marketing myself. I think I take good photos. Many people I've spoken to agree with that assessment. And yet that's just not enough in this day and age. 

Nowadays everyone has a camera, whether it's a DSLR, iPad, or phone. There are easy to use creative software programs available everywhere. And everyone fancies themselves an artist. And I'm not saying they aren't. I'm saying it's hard to compete in this new world and it's not enough to just be a good photographer. You have to also be a great marketer. Most of the photographers selling photos these days are able to establish and maintain an audience that buys into their story. And good for them. It's just not something I was able to do. 

So now what? Well, I did think about giving up for a while, but that just didn't seem like the right answer. Luckily fate intervened and I was connected with someone running a real estate photography service that is an outstanding marketer of her service and also appreciates the keen eye I bring to the table. I've now redirected my focus almost solely to interior photography as my primary means of income and life is good. Sure it's not as much money (on paper) as working for myself, but the schedule is flexible and I have someone filling in for my marketing weakness which allows me to actually get jobs instead of sitting and waiting for the phone to ring or sale notification to arrive via email.

Does this mean I'm giving up on cars, nature, travel and all the other photography I've pursued in the past? Absolutely not! I still pursue those in my spare time and it provides a great creative outlet when I get bored with my day job. In fact there's a car cruise, Draggin' Main in Paxton, Illinois coming up March 26th that I'll be helping shoot for the local newspaper. Last year one of my photos from that event was published on the front page so I'm hoping to make it two years in a row.

So I guess my long winded point is that what I originally though 2 years ago would be a cut & dry, simple business plan turned out to involve more exploration and real world experience. Don't be discouraged if you're first, or second, or third business plan fails. Just pick up the pieces, learn from the experience and move on. Photography is a great passion of mine and I'm happy to be able to call it a profession as well. 

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Newly Added - December 2015 https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/12/newly-added---december-2015 This photo of Thill's Fish Market was just added to the Travel section of photos for sale. While the other photos from this Michigan trip were developed some time ago, this one was on it's own schedule. Sometimes, most times, photos speak to me almost immediately and I know it wants to be black & white or color, warm or cool, vibrant or muted. And then every once in a while there's one like this that I could stare at for hours, days, weeks and months until it finally reveals it's true nature. I think you'll agree it was worth the wait. 

It's available in many different styles to fit every budget including standard prints, standout display, canvas wrap, acrylic base and metal base. 

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) b&w black & white black and white fish house lake superior market marquette michigan photography signage thills vintage https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/12/newly-added---december-2015 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:24:53 GMT
Featured Photo - November 18 2015 https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/11/featured-photo---november-18-2015 Today's featured photo is a wonderful fall color image of the School of Music on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Sometimes it pays to be a tourist and look up. Never know what you'll see!

School of Music - UI0112School of Music - UI0112

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) Smith memorial hall architecture buras photography campus champaign colors fall illini illinois photography quad school or music smith hall uiuc university of illinois urbana https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/11/featured-photo---november-18-2015 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:45:00 GMT
First Concert Photo Shoot Results https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/8/first-concert-photo-shoot-results As promised, here are some of the results of my first concert photo shoot.

(Canaan Smith & band. © Buras Photography 2015)

(Chase Rice. © Buras Photography 2015)

You can see additional examples from the shoot here

Overall it was a pretty smooth experience. The settings I gleaned from the interwebs were almost dead on as far as exposure, f-stop, etc. I'd say the only real challenge during the evening part of the concert was quick and accurate focusing with dark conditions, fast action and stage lighting. If you're used to a more staged type of photography where you have time to compose and make everything just right then this is a huge difference! Everything happens in an instant. 

Usually I'm not a fan of what some call "spray & pray", where you put the camera in hi drive continuous mode and just keep snapping pics, but concert photography might be one of the places it's useful. Capturing just the right facial expression or pose can be difficult to near impossible if composing single shots. With the size and low cost of memory cards these days it's easier just to shoot too much up front and edit in Lightroom. Once on the big screen the winners and losers become that much more obvious. 

I look forward to more experiences like this one so I can continue to hone my photography skills. 

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Prep for a Concert Shoot https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/7/prep-for-a-concert-shoot So tonight I have a very unique opportunity to shoot both a meet & greet and concert at the local county fair. Traditionally I shoot architecture, automobiles and landscape/scenery so this subject matter will be quite different for me. But in doing some quick research on the interwebs I realized this should be easier than I originally thought. 

My research brings up the following tips to make a successful concert photo shoot. 

  • Use the fastest lens available to let in the maximum amount of light, and shoot it wide open
    • I'm planning to use my Sony 16mm-50mm/f2.8 for most of the night and then I have the Sony 35mm/f1.8 as a backup depending on distance
  • ISO settings will likely be in the 1600-3200 range to capture the proper exposure at the best shutter speed
    • This setting will depend very much on what the shutter speed looks like in the light conditions available. The Sony A77M2 I'm using should be able to handle the high ISO without too much offending noise.
  • Shutter speed needs to be 1/200 or faster
    • This can drop slightly but depending on how fast the artist/band is moving it could start causing blur around 1/100

I'll also be shooting in high drive mode saving the files as RAW (for better adjustments in post) and auto white balance (can also be adjusted in post). This should take care of the settings portion. Then I just have to worry about equipment. 

Spent some time this morning cleaning all my lenses and making sure they are in good operating shape.

Charged all my batteries (I have one in camera and two backups) and formatted my memory cards. I plan on using Sandisk Extreme and Sandisk Extreme Pro cards because of their high write speeds which is especially handy when shooting with continuous drive with RAW files. Depending on my experience here I may upgrade all my cards to Extreme Pro.

Also handy will be a portable cleaning kit for any accidental smudges, a backup camera body in case the unthinkable happens and my beloved A77M2 has a failure and two sizes of reflectors (for the meet & greet) as I don't shoot with a flash and there may be some late afternoon harsh shadows. It's going to be hot out today so bringing some towels to get rid of any excess sweat and because it's summer in Central Illinois I'll definitely need bug spray and UV protection. Oh, and a small snack of granola bars in case I can't find time to eat some fair food. 

I'll post images to this blog afterwards and share any lessons learned in the field. Wish me luck!

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/7/prep-for-a-concert-shoot Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:11:50 GMT
Digital Noise https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/7/digital-noise Noise. It's something that was present in film since the inception of photography. And even the first few generations of digital cameras had quite a problem with noise. But nowadays many of the higher end cameras, and even some of mid-range cameras, have ferreted out noise from most of the commonly used ISO settings. And yet there's still a line of thought that when processing digital images we should make sure to blow up the image to 100% and use various software programs to remove every last trace of noise. 

I was this person for the first few years of my photography. I must abolish all noise! But now I'm taking a different course. I've chosen to not only live with any noise that may be present in my images, but also sometimes use processing software to introduce more film-like noise into the image. I've embraced image noise as something that adds character and interest to the image. And besides, if the image is captivating enough then no one except the most diehard critic will be mentioning the subject. 

Why not give it a try next time you're post processing images. Skip the noise removal. Or at least don't use a heavy hand. See if you can live with, and love, the result. I know I do.

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/7/digital-noise Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:56:09 GMT
Photographic Print Contest Winner https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/2/photographic-print-contest-winner Wow! It's been a while since my last post. Apologies. Been busy entering a few contests and starting a full time job.

There's some good news to report. I entered the maximum of three photos in the 2015 Urbana Parks/Champaign County Camera Club photographic print competition and all three took a prize, including two first place wins and one third place. Very hard to believe I've accomplished this in only a few short years of seriously taking pictures. Shows what some good old fashioned hard work and study can do. Along with surrounding yourself with helpful and supportive friends who can push you in the right direction.

So here are the winners with brief background on each.

 

1st Place B&W Category

     Between One and Three - Taken in Milwaukee, WI at the outdoor theater outside of the Performing Arts Center. Repetition of the seating pattern caught my eye originally. Decided to keep primary focus on one of the numbered seats and blur the rest. 

Between One and ThreeWinner 2015 Urbana Parks/Champaign County Camera Club - B&W category

3rd Place B&W Category

     End of the Line - Taken in downtown Champaign, IL in a back alley. I have a thing for lonely chairs and this one fit the bill perfectly. Abandoned and awaiting the trash collector. Some initially think there is a person on the ground, but that's not true. I do like that it evokes a response which is why it's one of my favorites.

End of the Line3rd Place Winner - 2015 Urbana Parks/Champaign County Camera Club Best in Show competition

 

1st Place General Category

     Buckle Up - This colorful photo was taken in Champaign, IL. I had been attending car shows all summer in 2014 and met some awesome people. One of them allowed me to shoot their ride and this photo came out of that series. It's a seatbelt from a 1966 Pontiac StarChief. The pop of red against blue is stunning!

Buckle Up1st Place Winner - General Category - Urbana Parks/Champaign County Camera Club 2015 Best In Show competition

 

Thanks to all who support & follow me. 2014 was a fun year for photos and rewards are starting to flow in for the beginning of 2015. Sometime soon I'll post another story about my winning photo for the CUMTD contest. Cheers!

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2015/2/photographic-print-contest-winner Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:07:27 GMT
The Goal of Photography https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/11/the-goal-of-photography What a great question. What is the goal of a photographer? Is it the same for everyone? Does it change over time? Is there ever an ultimate goal that is reachable?

When I first started becoming a serious hobbyist about 4 years ago my main goal was to take more amazing pictures of my vacations and trips than I had in the past. I would use something better than a standard point & shoot to achieve these results. Unfortunately, I didn't know a lot about f-stop, ISO, etc and mainly ended up using automatic modes without much understanding of why I would get certain results. Combine that with a camera system that had a serious auto focus defect (yes, I'm blaming it on the equipment!) and I ended up with a few years worth of just ok images. Sure the experience of taking 3,000 exposures was great but the end results are not something I'm proud of. 

About 2 years ago I upgraded camera systems (to rid myself of that pesky defect) and found a greater understanding of the inner workings of the camera settings. My goal then was to create tack sharp images that were perfect in every technical aspect because that's what all the great photography forums and news stories told me I should be focusing on. I honed my experience with Photoshop, Lightroom, and the camera, to try and achieve these ultimate results. 

Now fast forward to about 6 months ago. I've since upgraded my camera system again. I could afford some better specs and I had a few professional jobs so I wanted the best looking images. But now I've also surpassed 10,000 exposures in 4 years and with that much picture taking comes some clarity on my goals for photographs. They're not as strict as I might have thought just a few short years ago. 

  • Subject is everything. Having a great subject in a photograph will forgive many sins in execution of the photo and/or processing.
  • Composition and cropping are an important part of the process. Make sure to get most of it right in camera and leave a little room for adjustment after the fact. 
  • Don't worry too much about the "perfect" camera settings. Yes, it's nice to take a technically perfect image but most people don't notice the little details. And sometimes the imperfection adds to the character of the image.

My goal these days is just shooting things I like and putting my own twist on the image whether it's a cool muscle car or a nature landscape or a street scene. Take time to get to know your camera and be ready to shoot at all times. Enjoy!

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/11/the-goal-of-photography Mon, 01 Dec 2014 02:02:54 GMT
On My "OFF" Days https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/10/on-my-off-days Some of you may wonder what the glamorous life of a part-time automotive photographer is like when there's no car shoots going on. Alright, none of you are probably wondering that with the possible exception of my wife. But today I wanted to share my labor of love that keeps me busy many days. 

About 14 years ago my maternal grandmother passed away. She was an amazing woman. Strong. Social. And a great love of history, specifically her family. She spent years digging through paper files in dusty, dimly lit rooms documenting our family tree. Along with those documents she was an avid collector of photographs related to our family. 

About 6 years ago I came across a large paper box at my mom's house just filled with these photos my grandmother had collected. Wanting to help keep my grandmothers memory alive I decided to scan all of the photos so they could be preserved and possibly shared with others in our clan. The scanning took months and afterwards I was so drained I took time off from the project and didn't pick it up again until recently. 

So now when time permits I open one image at a time, process for color correction, cropping, and then noise/artifact removal. Some of the photos need more extensive repairs like creases, pinholes, or even slight burning. Those are the ones that take the most time. Below is an example image that represents many of the 1300+ photos I am working with. You'll notice this one has two large creases in the upper right corner and then some kind of artifacting on the left side of the girls face, by her ear. (BTW...this girl is a picture of my mom when she was little!)

And here you'll see the corrected version that was rotated slightly to the right and full repairs to all damage. 

So which tools did I use? The Spot Healing Brush is Photoshop CS6 works perfectly for the creases. I use a soft edge brush about 2-3 times larger than the crease which then samples enough material to match the plain background. For the artifacting on the left side of the face the Spot Healing Brush didn't work because there are complicated gradients on that part of the face. So I turned to the Clone Stamp tool and carefully sampled a similar gradient from another part of the face. 

Hopefully someday soon I'll be able to finish up this project and share the finished product with my family. Many of them may not have seen these images in many years, or maybe never at all. I hope it keeps our family connected to our history and keeps some of my grandmothers memory alive for myself and others. 

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/10/on-my-off-days Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:36:47 GMT
Working a Gig! https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/9/working-a-gig So this past weekend I had a fantastic opportunity come my way. The Sundowners Car Club asked me to shoot each car that attended their Mega Show at the gate in a posed format. And then the rest of the afternoon would be spent getting general shots of the show, attendees, etc. It started off a little cloudy but ended up being a superb day for a car show.

Not having done a gate shoot before, I arrived more than 90 minutes before the entry time in order to secure a good location and set everything up. I posed my own vehicle for the test shoot and once everything looked good, I marked the asphalt with a small spot of duct tape to assure similar position for each car. In the end this ended up being only a general rule as drivers weren't very attentive to my directions but overall it went well. Here is one of my favorites, a beautiful Dodge Viper from Fifth Dimension Collision Repair in Champaign, IL.

 

I finished up shooting the gate around 12 noon and then headed into the show for one of my first attempts at event photography. Cars like to sit still and wait for me to gather my thoughts and ideas. People on the other hand are always moving, and avoiding the camera if they see me. Turns out to be a tricky art getting nice candid photographs at a public show. Helps to have a zoom lens. I brought my Sony A65 with 18-135 zoom to help the cause. It performed admirably despite the harsh sun conditions. 

Here are a few representative shots from the show:

 

And if you're interested in more of them I have a larger gallery within my portfolio here

I hope you enjoy my auto show pictures. Should you need an event photographer or simply interested in a custom portrait session for your ride please feel free to contact me and we can talk. 

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/9/working-a-gig Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:15:16 GMT
Custom Photo Shoot: 1968 Nova https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/8/custom-photo-shoot-1968-nova This bad ride owned by the Rutherford family has a lot to love. The great lines, the red paint with black racing stripes, and a surprise under the hood that'll make you regret paying too much attention to the 327 badge on the side. In just under an hour I was able to capture the essence of this 1968 Nova/Chevy II and create 15 memorable photographs. Let's talk about setting up a magazine-style shoot for your pride and joy. Contact me here.

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/8/custom-photo-shoot-1968-nova Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:22:55 GMT
Custom Photo Shoot: 1965 Mustang https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/8/custom-photo-shoot-1965-mustang A few weeks back I had a great opportunity to do a private photo shoot with the Graves family and their 1965 Ford Mustang. This car is in fantastic condition and was a joy to photograph. Below are a few of the images from this photo session. If you'd like to schedule one of your own I'll be taking reservations shortly. 

1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/8/custom-photo-shoot-1965-mustang Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:46:35 GMT
Welcome to Buras Photography https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/7/welcome-to-buras-photography You've just found the home of all things having to do with car photography. From documenting local car meets to private photo shoots with the owners at scenic locations. This blog will keep you updated on an amazing selection of classic rides.

We're still working on a price list of services for clients who wish to schedule a private photo session with their vehicle. Updates are scheduled for August. Until then please enjoy the photos.

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burasphotography@gmail.com (Buras Photography) https://www.burasphotography.com/blog/2014/7/welcome-to-buras-photography Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:27:23 GMT