Monthly Archives: June 2014

Exercise in Color Composition

140628_Color Composition by © 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF55-200mm @ 105mm, f/11, 1/60 sec. ISO 200

This image is an attempt to just work with color and composition.  The deep pink and the adjacent dark green provided a strong color contrast as did the bright yellow and the adjacent dark green.  The round clump of pink flowers in the upper right corner was balanced somewhat by the white flowers in the lower left corner.  The diagonal strips of yellow and green provided the center focus.



Witherspoon Building

140612_Witherstone Bldg Sign by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF55-200mm @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec, ISO 800

Walking around downtown Philly, I saw this old stately building with ordinate sculptures decorating the facade.  This image spans the main building entrance.  From my viewpoint the vertical lines were perspective distorted.  I took the opportunity to work with perspective warp in photoshop to clean up the distortion.  Below is the overall main entrance facade.

140612_Witherstone Bldg Facade by 2013 Karl Graf.


Thanks Mom!

140604_Sea Gull Pan by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 170mm, f/32, 1/10 sec, ISO 200 – Motion Pan

Thanks Mom for teaching us to always look for beauty in the simple things in life.  What can be more simple than a sea gull flying along the sea shore.  What can be more beautiful than a sea gull flying along the sea shore.  You will always be remembered!

Lazy Day

140601_Lazy Day by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF18-55mm @ 53mm, f/8.0, 1/60 sec, IS0 800

Today was a beautiful late Spring day.  The temperature was 75 degrees.  People were out in droves in downtown Philly.  The lawns of Rittenhouse Square were covered with people laying in the shade enjoying the beautiful day.

I used NIK Color Efex Pro’s  Classic Soft Focus and Glamor Glow filters to create a slight soft dreamy look for the Lazy Day.