Jeff Alu [AnimAlu]

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BIOGRAPHY
I'm a 3D Artist/Animator who has begun taking black and white photography in an attempt to get back to the basics of light and shadow. Many of my clients demand high-impact, colorful graphics, which have their place to be sure. But it can often become overwhelming, and the act of doing black and white photography clears my mind a little. The act of photography for me has come out of my love for hiking through the deserts on very hot days. I drive out to locations in my jeep, and then usually hike in the rest of the way. I'm not one to wait in one spot for very long, I'm much happier taking pictures while I'm on the move. Since I've started doing photography, I'm seeing the desert in a new way, and this in turn gives me new ideas about photography. Currently, I'm using a Minolta DImage G600. At this time I don't use a tripod. I take all of my pictures in color, and convert them to black and white in Photoshop. I generally convert to black and white via the channel mixer, because it helps to cut down on the graininess of the sky. Next, I dodge and burn, playing with different contrasts and levels. After dodging and burning, I always add some unsharp mask, usually with a large radius, and a small amount. This helps to accentuate certain features in the image and increases the overall impact. Next, I add another layer of unsharp mask, this time with a very small radius and a larger amount. This adds a more traditional sharpening to the image.

GALLERIES

Dry Mud

Near Niland, Salton Sea

Bombay Beach, Salton Sea

Mormon Rocks

Salton Sea

Fish Creek, ABDSP

Box Canyon

Trees

Construction

Burned Out

Pinnacles

Lava

Sand

Giant Rock

Palomar

Dust Devils

Changes

Storms

Clouds

3D

Downtown

California Fires, 2003

SHouse

Rods and Cones

NYC

Dunes

Neurons

NightShots

Puddles

Fire

StreetShots

Color

Irvine Deconstruction

San Pedro Jetty

Construction 1

Construction 2

Braided

Chris Murphy

Obi

David Bronner

Marjahni

Ponticello

Jere Mendelsohn

Philip Sayce

Robert Pina

Unclassified

PHOTOS

Trimetro

500 Feet Below Lava Level

Flow

Tumor

Third Track

Stolen Shadow

Smooth

TWISTER!

Soft Light Silver

Spectrum Canyon

Black Streak

Alien Invasion!

Dry Mud

Fish Creek, ABDSP

Martian Landscape

Snowcapped Mountain

Yellow Hills

Dark Hills

Dry Waterfall

Monster Rock

Family Portrait

Teats

Road to Everywhere

Signal to Noise

Angel

Ocean Waves

Rocktrack

Fossil

Wrong Turn

Abandis

Branches

Four Textures

White Brook

Cars

Dark Fantasy

DigiSwamp

Ground Zero

Intruder

Mess

Outcrop

Porch

Alien Surface

Spikes

Sticks

Two Tracks

Trees

Vision

Wall

Africa

Arch

Battlefield

Journey

Logs

Mounds

Protector

Survivor

Texture

Shack

Digidune

Leading Lines

Five

Bailout

Step Down

Shack 2

Trails

Long Dune

Lineup

Impression

Giant Rocks

Rock Monster

Moon River

Coaster

Particle Acceleration

Alone

Inside

Dream

Tilt

A Little Fibonacci

Salton Sea

Troph

Alone 2

Flow 2

Vortex

Avenue A

Garage

Meeting

Entrance

Posts

Submerge

Far and Away

Mud Pot

Pads

Aliens

Tunnel

Interior

Do Not Cross

Three Poles

Dust Devil

Cloud

The End

Post

The Edge

Pieces

Changes 1

Stiches

Duo

Jeepers

Self Portrait

Tree

Changes 2

Tilt Color

Portal

Boards

18 Inch Schmidt

Ghost House

Couch

Stump

Fish

Rift

Better Days

Family

Car

Three Posts

Glow

Great Hall

Storm

Convergence

Outpost

Poles

Dome

Conus

Fork

Dust Devil 2

Two Of Us

Burned Window

Dementia

Grow

Bridge

Across

Cyber Connector

Corner

Loner

Screw

Brick

Alley

Yucca

Channel

Storm Drain

Channel

Stain

Escape Route

Stairs

Cube

Light

Untitled

Crease

Angle

Darkscape

Darktree

Hanger

Tank

Grounded

Clothesline

Line

Mouth

River

WetRoad

X

Flatland

SHouse2

SHouse1

SHouse3

SHouse4

SHouse5

SHouse6

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SHouse10

SHouse11

SHouse12

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SHouse14

SHouse15

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