Vegas Street Guy

I decided to post another photo I took on street in Las Vegas. The photo captures the live version and the reflection of what was happening on the street. I edited the photo to make the live version black and white and then exaggerated the color of the reflection.

Vegas Street Guy, taken on 10 July 2013; edited on 19 July 2013

Vegas Street Guy, taken by Robert Bezduch on 10 July 2013; edited on 19 July 2013. Photo taken on the Las Vegas Strip

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Bellagio Arch

For an architecture photo, I chose a photo of an arch I took at the Bellagio. I cropped the photo, brightened the shot and changed it to Black and White.

Bellagio Arch; Taken 10 July 2013; edited 29 July 2013

Bellagio Arch; Taken by Robert Bezduch on 10 July 2013; edited 29 July 2013. Photo taken at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

Tuna Tartar

Tuna Tartar, taken on 23 Dec 2013 and edited on 29 July 2013

Tuna Tartar, taken by Robert Bezduch on 23 Dec 2013 and edited on 29 July 2013. Photo taken in Sierra Vista, AZ

The picture is of a Tuna Tartar and was taken on 24 December 2012. When cooking, I usually take photographs of the dishes I make to post onto my Facebook page. The photographs are taken close up and in portrait mode to best capture the design elements of plating. The Tuna Tartar dish was taken in such a manner creating a shallow depth of field to accentuate the first spoon of tartar. 

Smiling Sasha

For the photograph of an animal assignment, I chose to photograph my dog Sasha (Pit Bull /Pharaoh-Hound mix). Fortunately, Sasha is food motivated so a few treats helped to get her to stand still and smile. 

Smiling Sasha (original) Taken on 25 July 2013

Smiling Sasha (original) Taken by Robert Bezduch on 25 July 2013 in Sierra Vista, AZ

Smiling Sasha: Taken on 25 July 2013 and edited on 29 July 2013.

Smiling Sasha: Taken by Robert Bezduch on 25 July 2013 and edited on 29 July 2013. Photo taken in Sierra Vista, AZ

 

Portrait of Stefanie

My portrait photo is of my daughter Stefanie just before receiving an award at school. I think the shot captures her inner and outer self because her natural smile and beauty shows in the photo (I may be a little biased). I edited the photo by first cropping to account for the rule of thirds, placing the intersecting lines between her eyes to make them the focal point. I then used the healing brush to remove the unsightly handrail and chair from the shot. The exposure was increased to 1.0 to lighten the final product and a vignette was applied at the intensity of 41.

Portrait of Stefanie (original), taken May 2012 just before receiving an award at school

Portrait of Stefanie (original), taken by Robert Bezduch May 2012 just before receiving an award at school

Taken May 2012, edited July 2013

Portrait of Stefanie,Taken by Robert Bezduch May 2012, edited July 2013

Zip Line Stefi

The action photo I chose was one I took of my daughter on a zip line in St. Kitts. The original was a distant shot. I zoomed in to bring her to the forefront of the photo, cropped the image to adhere to the rule of thirds, increased the mid-tones to 25, and the highlights to 37, which made the photo more vibrant.

Original shot of my daughter on a zip line in St. Kitts; photo taken in AUG 2012

Original shot of my daughter on a zip line in St. Kitts; photo taken in AUG 2012, taken by Robert Bezduch

Zip Line Stefi: Taken Aug 2012 in St. Kitts, edited 26 July 2013

Zip Line Stefi: Taken Aug 2012 in St. Kitts, photo taken by Robert Bezduch

St. Kitts Sugar Mill

Sugar Mill in St. Kitts, taken on 2 August 2012

Sugar Mill in St. Kitts, taken on 2 August 2012 by Robert Bezduch

Black and White of St. Kitts Sugar Mill taken on 2 August 2012

Black and White of St. Kitts Sugar Mill taken on 2 August 2012, taken by Robert Bezduch

I am a big fan of photography that highlights how arches influence architecture.  My unusual angle photo was taken in St. Kitts at a sugar mill, or more accurately a rum distillery. The photo captures one of the exterior walls that was erected with several arches for structural integrity. The original photograph unfortunately included our tour bus. I cropped the left side of the photo to eliminate the bus, intensified the sharpness, and made the photo black and white.

Sunset in St. Kitts

Sunset in St. Kitts (Before)

Sunset in St. Kitts (Before), taken by Robert Bezduch in Aug 2012

Sunset in St. Kitts

Sunset in St. Kitts (After editing) taken by Robert Bezduch in Aug 2012

The landscape photo I used is a sunset on St. Kitts.  I actually did quite a bit of editing on this one. First, I cropped the image because I captured the side of our cab drivers head in the shot and I needed to bring the horizon off the center of the image. Next, I used the light/dark feature to increase the mid-tones and highlight the colors of sunset in the sky and on the water. Finally, I applied the tilt-shift feature, intensifying the clarity on the setting sun and slightly blurring the darker areas, I also increased the contrast to 48%.

Blooming Artichoke

My example of transforming an object is a close up shot of a blooming artichoke. The petals of the bloom when shot from very close perspective almost look like a microscopic view of a bacteria form. Before posting, I increased the sharpness of the inner petals, added glow to the petals in order to create a more obscure look to the bloom, then cropped the photo to leave only the inner most section of the bloom.

Blooming Artichoke

Blooming Artichoke, taken by Robert Bezduch in Sierra Vista, AZ on 19 July 2013

Rowboat by the Bridge and Creme-de-Menthe Kahlua Cheesecake

My first Depth of Field photograph is of a rowboat in the Bellagio Botanical Garden. The photo is an example of a deep depth of field as everything in the foreground and background remained in focus. I edited the photo by cropping the image to better place the boat into the bottom third of the photo and then I applied a slight vignette. The vignette effect was added to dim some of the lighting around the edges in an attempt to give purpose to the illuminated lantern affixed to the bridge. The second image is a Crème de Menthe Kahlua Swirl Cheesecake that I made not long ago for a dinner party, which demonstrates a shallow depth of field. The only editing applied was to add a bit of brightness to the photo.

Rowboat inside of The Bellagio Botanical Garden

Rowboat by the Bridge, Example of Deep Depth of Field. Photograph taken by Robert Bezduch at the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel Botanical Garden on 10 July 2013

Creme de Menthe Kahlua Cheesecake

Creme de Menthe Kahlua Cheesecake, example of Shallow Depth of Field. Photograph taken by Robert Bezduch in Sierra Vista, AZ on 9 SEP 2012