Guess The Photo… LIVE!

If you keep up with my shenanigans online you probably already know about Guess The Photo, a little game we play where I post a photo, and people try to guess what it is. (See the Flickr set.) We’ve been doing this for about 6 months now. It’s played across Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Sometimes people guess it right away, and sometimes I end up giving out a bunch of clues and people get it eventually. If you don’t mind being frustrated and annoyed, it’s a fun time.

When I heard the organizers of the Delafield Art Walk were looking for artists to exhibit their work, I pitched the idea of showing the Guess The Photos images, saying it was an interactive piece, and they liked the sound of that. But showing your work online is way different than showing your work in person. I had to get photos printed (I used AdoramaPix) I needed to mount them (I got boards, blades, and such at Artist and Display) and I had to find the time to get it all together. I ended up getting a tent and grid from Luke at Beyond Studio + Publishing, and with the help of a co-worker and the wife, somehow managed to get everything I needed to display my work pulled together, at pretty much the last minute.

Guess The Photo LIVE!

Now, my original plan was to make a little card for each image that you could flip over and it would tell you what was. But since I ran out of time, I ended up making a sign explaining that this was an INTERACTIVE display, and questions were encouraged. This worked out well, and as people came into the tent, I welcomed them and told them I could provide hints if needed.

It ended up being a lot of fun. People would come in, and I’d challenge them to Guess The Photo and mention that if they needed clues, they should ask. Most participants seemed to enjoy it, and it was great hearing people’s guesses. Many of the photos got the same (incorrect) guesses over and over from people. When I finally revealed what something was, I’d get an “ooooh, yeah, now I see it!” response.

The hard part was when more than one group of people would be in, as it was hard to work two groups at once, but I tried my best to bounce around as people stared at the images trying to figure them out.

This was a lot more work than just putting up some photos and letting people look at them. It was sort of a cross between an art showing, and performance art, and it was a bit exhausting, still… it was a good time, and I’m glad I got to do it.


HDR Process (Red Barn)

I love Fall… it’s probably my favorite season. Not too hot, not too cold, at least in Wisconsin…

Fall should be a great time for outdoor photography, what with the colors and all, but this year, I just didn’t manage to get out in time to capture the magic of the trees, but I did make it out to Lapham Peak (this sounds more pathetic if you know that I live about a mile from it) for a few shots. This is one of them…

Red Barn

For the nerds in the crowd, my workflow for an image like this is such: I use a tripod to shoot multiple exposures (all in RAW) and then when I process the shots I choose the one that is properly exposed, as well as one that is overexposed, and one that is underexposed, and run those three images through Qtpfsgui to create an HDR image (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range) and tonemap it. The thing about HDR is that you can achieve some really amazing things, but you can also create some really cheesy images, so the trick is to not overdo it.

HRD Process

Once I’ve got an HDR image that is tonemapped, and looks very… uh, HDR, I then output that image for later. I’ll then go back to my original properly exposed shot, open that in Photoshop, and bring the tonemapped HDR shot in, and place it on top of the normal shot. For this one, I ended up putting it at 50% opacity, but you’ll need to eyeball it. I also added another layer, consisting of the grass in the foreground. Grass tends to really stand out in HDR images.

HDR Photoshop

Once I’m happy with the image, I just save it out as JPG and call it a day. The purpose here it to get the detail that HDR gives you, without getting the “overdone” HDR look, so it’s really just enhancing an existing image with a little bit more dynamic range.

(Oh yeah, I sort of dubbed this technique “HDR+” a while back…)


Delafield, WI


BTW, we moved to Delafield…