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4 Ways To Enhance Color Temperature In Your Images

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What Is Color Temperature ?

Of the three elements of color (luminosity, hue, and saturation), hue is the one most closely associated with temperature.  This is a psychological temperature not a physical temperature. Most people associate red with fire or blood (warm things) and blue with sky, water, and ice (cool things), where physically a blue flame is hotter than a red flame. You can identify which hues are warmer and which are cooler by their proximity to the absolute poles of red (warm) and cyan (cool) on the color wheel. When comparing any two hues you can always ask, “Which one is warmer and which one is cooler?”. Even when comparing two variations of the same hue, very often one will be slightly warmer or cooler. Color temperature is part of what creates color variety, which is one spice of life, a very important one, especially when it comes to visual communication.

The Things You Can You Do With Temperature

Many photographers think of color temperature as something to “get right” during exposure but you can also use color temperature creatively in post-processing. You can produce many compelling color effects with color temperature. You can make distant close layers feel closer by warming them and distant layers more distant by cooling them. You can make object feel more three dimensional by warming highlights and cooling shadows. You can add a warm glow that simulates early morning or late evening light. You can  You can even make day look like night, by dramatically cooling it. And every one of these moves will change the emotional tone of an image. Temperature is a critical element for communicating with color.

Lightroom & Photoshop

There are many color adjustment tools in Lightroom and Photoshop that adjust hue. Having used them all since the day they were released (or before) I regularly use four and consider them go to tools worth mastering.

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My Top Images Of 2019

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This is a selection of my top images of 2019.
Check back later – there will be some late entries.
This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion.

Geography

The locations include Antarctica, Scoresbysund Greenland, Iceland, and Namibia.

Process

Continuing the momentum from the previous year’s experiments I combined more images from the Hubble telescope (in the public domain ) with my own exposures, expanding my series Constellation with new images of deep space as well as stars observed with the naked eye.

Fog and glassy smooth waters in Scoresbysund Greenland offered surprise “straight” additions to my series Revelation. There are many other successful exposures waiting to be finished as composites. The images I released in 2019 all have a primal quality, a felt sense of being in the presence of another consciousness.

Concepts

Ideas about a living earth have been expanded to a living universe.

Where images in my Land In Land series present married views of the same land in both an overview and a detail seen by looking very closely, images in Constellation present married views of lands and the stars that surround them offering a glimpse into deep space and time. What’s beyond the object, behind the surface, and perhaps even within it shows through.

Magic Moments

We had ten straight days of full sunshine in Antarctica. Amazing!

Still waters and thick fog persisted for several days in Greenland’s, Scoresbysund.

Standing out the door on the rail of a helicopter above Icelandic rivers was thrilling.

It was a very productive year; more than 75 new works released; more than 150 new studies made.

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.
View more images in my ebooks here.
View my full Works here.
View my Series videos here.
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The Best Of The Best Photographs Of 2019

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The new year is a wonderful time to look at great photographs!

Dozens of media outlets collect their best from the past year.

You’ll find links to the best of the best below.

Enjoy!

Time’s 2019 Top 100 Photos
The New York Times Year In Pictures 2019
CNN 2019 Year In Review
CNN’s Best Travel Photos Of 2019
Bloomberg’s Year in Pictures 2019
Bored Panda’s 30 Most Powerful Press Photos Of 2019
Magnum’s Pictures Of The Year 2019
Top AP Photos Of 2019
New York Post’s Best Photos Of 2019
The Guardian’s Best Photographs Of 2019
The Guardian’s A Decade In Pictures 2010-2019
The Atlantic top 25 News Photos Of 2019
The Atlantic The Most 2019 Photos Ever
The Atlantic Photos Of A Decade 2010-2019
Reuter’s Best Photos Of 2019
CBS News Best Photos Of 2019
World Press Photo 2019 Contest Winners
Agora World Photography Competition 2019 Winners
My Modern Met
The Best New Yorker Photography Of 2019
National Geographic
Gizmodo’s Best Wildlife Photos Of 2019
Audubon’s 2019 Photography Award Winners
Business Insider’s Best Wildlife Photos Of 2019
Science’s Favorite Photos Of 2019
Sports Illustrated’s Best Photos Of 2019
The Guardian’s Best Sports Photography Of 2019
Best Photography Books Of 2019 – I
Best Photography Books Of 2019 – II
 
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26 Great Quotes On Commitment

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on Commitment.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi
“Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti
“Most people fail not because of a lack of desire but because of a lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”― Peter F. Drucker
“The most important element in the failure equation is your personal commitment to keep trying.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Commitment is the foundation of great accomplishments.” – Heidi Reeder
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” – Tony Robbins
“You don’t know what your abilities are until you make a full commitment to developing them.”–  Carol S. Dweck
“Without commitment you cannot have depth in anything.” – Neil Strauss
“Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.” – Marica Wieder
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Celebrating The New Book Mask By Chris Rainier

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Get the Mask book here.

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Chris Rainier’s new book Mask is out!

Use these resources to find out more about the man and the book.

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View 12 Great Images From Mask.

View 12 Great Images By Chris Rainier

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Read Chris’ Q&A

Read our Conversation

Read Great Quotes By Chris Rainier

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View his TEDx talk

View his Aspen Institute talk.

View his National Geographic talk.

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Visit Chris Rainier’s website

Visit his non-profit’s website Cultural Sanctuaries

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Get Where Masks Still Dance here.

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12 Great Photographs From Chris Rainier's New Book Mask

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In his new book Mask, Chris Rainier focuses his lens on the uses of masks across cultures, religions, and eras to reveal something universal about humanity.
You’ll want to read this book twice. First, just look at it. Then, read the back matter.
The images are extremely powerful on their own yet the book takes us even deeper with the additi0n of ethnographer Robert L Welsch’s comments on the individual masks, traditions, and cultures.
Learn more about Mask and Chris Rainier here.
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Chris Rainier's Cultures on the Edge: The Race against Time to Help Empower Traditional Cultures


“Using the power of photography, Chris Rainier, National Geographic Society fellow and photographer, takes us on a journey to cultures that are using computers, cameras, and video to archive and preserve their quickly disappearing ancient traditions. He will show clear examples of traditional communities using technology to revitalize and maintain their way of life. Traveling the planet for over 30 years, Rainier has been in a race against time — to document ancient communities struggling to save their ancient ways of living for future generations. Now, with the advent of technologically driven storytelling and social media, he focuses his energy on helping to empower indigenous communities to gather around the “fireplace” of the Web to tell stories — stories of what it means to be alive and human in the 21st century.”
Discover more by Chris Rainier here.