Purple haze all in my brain…


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“Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky” – Jimi Hendrix
With apologies to Jimi Hendrix.:)
I took this photo in 2011 with a now seven year old camera and lens. This is one of my favourite spots in Jasper and has yet to become popularized. I haven’t seen any photos of this spot yet but am sure that in time it too will be over photographed.
As I have written many times a great joy of mine with photography is that of discovery. I might not be the first person to photograph this place, in fact I know that I’m not but my joy comes from the fact that I didn’t pay someone to take me here or draw it on a map to find it. Discovery = creativity.
The title for this post should be obvious, the scene is very purple. I had never intended to write about this image but I want to give you some insight into how to look at your photographs in a different way. Not necessarily better but different.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a photographer from Europe named Max Rive. I believe he is a young Dutch photographer who has travelled the world capturing stunning landscapes. They are so different from what I do and know and in large part that is my attraction to most of his photos.
When looking at some of his images online I was curious about how he got a certain look in some of them. Weather is weather no matter where you are in the world and the same laws of physics apply to rural Alberta as they do to Iceland, Greenland or Patagonia. It occurred to me that it wasn’t necessarily the weather that gave that look but the processing.
I am a frugal person so understand that I didn’t take lightly the purchase of one of his tutorial videos on processing. After all, I have been using Photoshop since the early nineties, probably before or soon after Max was born but am smart enough to know that there are always better ways of doing things than I am used to.
So I bought a video, (it was on sale 🙂 )and proceeded to watch it.
A lot of the things Max did were how I did them and then I got to the part that was a bit puzzling but interesting. When the image was almost complete Max made a new document and then darkened it considerably. He then cloned from the dark image to the lighter image to give the image more depth. Genius! I loved what it did to the original image but the way that Max achieved this seemed overly complicated.
I knew that there was an easier (better) way to achieve the look.
I copied the original onto itself so that the original was two layers of the same thing. Darkening the top image considerably, I created an image mask and then started painting into the image mask to reveal only the parts the image below that I wanted to see which the way were of normal tone.
The result is a photo with much, much more depth than how I originally processed it.
Give it a try. You might like it.
Happy shooting,

~ by Dan Jurak on March 19, 2018.

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