Mike Millar

About Light's Destiny

I love photography and I love talking about it and learning about it even more. My pictures have been sitting in a virtual box forever. It is time to get them out and talk about them. I hope you like what you see and please comment if you have something to add.

Tag: ‘portrait’

Summer Fun

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

This photo didn’t get much editing. There wasn’t a lot I could do without obscuring the water from the sprinkler and I liked it almost as is. They were facing away from the sun so I had to do some dodging to lighten up faces. Beyond that, there was a little color correction and levels adjustment. This was another shot taken in the backyard in Riverside, CA. We were all sitting out under a tree enjoying the weather. My uncle Leo, always busy working on something, had stopped to play with his grandkids in the sprinkler. I was tempted to crop out the left side of the image but I left it in to include more of the sprinkler drops. The drops seemed to look more like weird spots in a tighter crop.

Grandpap Nap

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Grandpa catching an afternoon nap.

I caught grandpa sneaking a nap as we sat under a tree in the backyard enjoying the Southern California weather in Riverside. I have been fussing with this image for a long time and the exact details of the process are mostly forgotten. I can remember that I used a gradient overlay B&W conversion process (hopefully I will remember to go into detail on that process soon) and a few other techniques to attempt to boost the contrast and detail in the hat skin and clothing. Most recently I used a layer mask and added some lens blur to further obscure the background. I’m undecided on whether or not to crop the photo and in which direction… I’ll play around with it some time.

Fiesta Bowl Parade – Olivia

Monday, May 30th, 2011



At the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Downtown Phoenix with my friend Mike and his family. In this photo I added some lens blur to push the background out just a bit more. I created a fake-HDR effect to sharpen the details of her knit hat, sweater and her cute face.


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