Monday, October 12, 2015

PhotoEditingTools :: HDR well After the fact

 The unprocessed Bracketedv Set of Photos

IMGP7994_HDR VersionSome time ago I used to take 5 photos in my bracketed sets. I was experimenting with different EV steps and this set remained unprocessed. Further these are all jpeg not RAW. Its not a gripping image but has a little potential as an abstract composition. I came aross the set when I was checking through my photos and thought I should give Aftershot Pro”s HDR merge a try out with 5 images rather than just 3. There was no need to worry it worked perfectly. The only item of note was, it is very important to run the feature based align when you are merging 5 hand held images, but Aftershot did a great job.

Not yet a great photo but a pleasing improvement none the less, much closer to what I feel I would have seen and attracted me to take the photo. These days I normally only take three photos but 1.5 EV apart and in RAW on my Pentax and 3 photos 2 EV apart on my Canon. There is lots of well meaning advice of the right settings for HDR, most of it apparently given with authority but totally prescriptive and usually without explanation. If you have decent software I suggest you experiment for yourself and find those settings that best suit you and your camera, and be gentle with the sliders during tone mapping (aka avoid the lurid colours).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

PhotoFriday :: My Favourite Location (this year)

_IGP9542-Jells Park
My all time favourite photographic location is still probably South Walkerville, but over the past year I have been taking a lot of photos just down the road in Jells Park. The scenery may not be  world shattering but I am enjoying capturing the migrating birds, the subtle changes of light and reflections.

For PhotoFriday‘s topic My Favourite Location

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ArtInspired :: becoming personal with your media

dream paint palette
Click on the image to get it as a free screen wallpaper from flickr 
Something very personal for many artists is there brushes, paints and pens. Maybe its because it can be  a windows into how they might make their marks. However knowing the brand and hue of the colours in the palette, that the artist use number 9 red sable brushes, is not going to help you recreate a master piece.

The artist however know how to use their media. They seldom have to think about the paints or brushes when they arew creating their masterpiece. I'm of the opinion camera gear is a lot like that. Gear envy will not help you to taking better photos. Taking photos with a camera at hand (perhaps the one in your phone or an old camera you can get a lend of) is going to become something personal you can rely on.

Friday, October 09, 2015

PhotoProject :: Tinkering with Luminosity Masks

Multi-image stitched panorama VB beach sunset 06

This is a multi-image stitched panorama, that I have played around with luminosity masks. Firstly with an inverted mask to lift the shadows a little and improve clarity(while protecting the sky), Then a second layer with a straight luminosity mask to add a glow to the sky.

All in the cause of recreating the feeling of being there.

Monday, October 05, 2015

An Antipodian Walk in the Woods

An Antipodian Walk in the Woods A dreamscope interpretation of a local track

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods