Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Tilted

Sometimes I think it is nice to have a photo challenge to push you to take a photo that you have been thinking about but haven’t taken yet.  When I saw tilted was the theme this week at Where’s My backpack? I thought of this sunflower that I pass almost everyday but had yet to take a photograph of.  So, I grabbed my camera, walked out the door, and went and got this photo:

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

The camera I chose to take this photo was my Canon Powershot ELPH.  I chose that over my Canon 50D because I think that my point and shoot gets really nice closeup shots.  Plus, it was hot, really hot, and my point and shoot weighs less.

As I was taking this photo I noticed that I hadn’t really paid attention to the background the other times I had walked past without my camera.  I was so busy looking at the beautiful flower I had just ignored all that was around it.  When I got to taking the picture though, I could see how distracting the background was potentially going to be.  Other than the distracting background, I felt that the other challenge in this photo was going to be light.  Too much light in this case.  I had set the ISO to 100, but still the original was a bit washed out looking in my opinion.

So, after taking this photo, I edited it in Photoshop.  I used the “levels” setting to make the color pop a bit.  I also sharpened and cropped the photo.

Here is the original from the camera version:

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Climbing, Photo Editing, Photography

At the Rock Wall

For the past few weeks I have been working on a series of photos for my digital photography class.  The assignment was pretty wide open, but one option was a photojournalism series of nine photos.  I decided to do a series about rock wall climbing.  Basically the nine photos show the process of going on a climb.  Here are two from the series:

ISO 2000 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/125

ISO 2000 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/125

ISO 2000 50mm 0 ev f/3.5 1/125

ISO 2000 50mm 0 ev f/3.5 1/125

Lighting was a huge challenge for this series.  I used my 50mm lens because I knew I would need a low f-stop.  I am also using a pretty high ISO.  These images are HDR images, processed using Photomatix.  After that, I put them in Photoshop and put a gradient mask on them.  I did that because I found the color in the originals was pretty distracting.  I also did noise reduction and sharpening in Photoshop.

For the assignment the prints are about 15×10.  I am turning in the assignment today, so wish me luck.

Cheers!

 

 

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Black and white this week

It is interesting that both my digital photography and design class are dealing with black and white this week.  While I don’t do a whole lot with black and white photography, I do enjoy it.  Here is one of my images from this week:

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/160

Some of you that read the exif data I include might wonder why I used an ISO of 1000 and the answer is simple.  I forgot to change it when I was setting up for these photos.  I did use a bracketed exposure for this image and then used Photomatix to edit.

What was most interesting to me in making this image is that the color version showed the frost on the leaves, while in black and white you pretty much can’t tell it’s there.

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Single Fall Leaf

This past week I was working on a color assignment for my digital photography class as well as a natural symmetry themed contest.  This photo fits in both of those categories:

ISO 100 50mm f/2.2 1/160

I tried a bracketed exposure for this shot of -1,0,1 for editing in Photomatix.  Once I had put the photos in Photomatix, I picked a version which I felt was pretty natural looking because part of what I was wanting viewers to see was the way the red was basically imitating the overall shape of the whole leaf.  When I was composing and editing the shot I was trying to blur the background as much as possible.  I liked the green color, but didn’t want any competing detail.

Any thoughts?  feel free to leave them in the comment section.

Cheers!

 

 

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Childhood, Photography

Photojournalism Looks Away

Yet again today I am going to be posting a picture and asking you your opinion.  I did a photojournalism series for my photography class and this is a photo that did not make the cut:

ISO 1250 f/5 1/25 50mm

For this assignment I was to follow an event from beginning to end.  I chose hockey evaluations for my youngest child.  I had 600 original images. Then 400. I saved 80, from those I chose 30.  This photo is one of the 30, but I needed to have less than 20 for this assignment.  The final project has 17 images.  I wanted to include an image that gave the viewer the experience of waiting for ice time to start.  This was one that I took in that series.  Do you think it conveys what I intended? how do you feel in general about photos where you cannot see the subject’s face?

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Animals, Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Another Walk in the Garden

It is a busy time for bees that live near a pond that I walk by fairly frequently.  Last week I took photos with my iPhone, this time I had my point and shoot camera with me.  It was so bright out that I have done some post-editing with this photo:

ISO 100 f/8 1/320 4.3mm

I will tell you at this point that I had set the ISO to 100 and I underexposed the original image by a whole stop.  It is still a really bright picture.  So, I have applied a Sepia filter, but then toned that down to bring back just a hint of the original color.  Different than what I normally do.  What do you think of the outcome?

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Photo Editing, Photography

Just the Basics: With editing this time

I am talking about photo editing in this post, something that I know very little about.  I tried photoshop a few years back, and they ended up having to give me my money back (I insisted) when they were unable to get it to import my RAW files. So, now I am using GIMP which is free, click on the link to check it out if you like.  This fall I will be going back to school (a habit of mine) this time for photography.  Since photoshop is the industry standard, I know I will be having to use it eventually.

That, I guess was a paragraph of background that is somewhat relevant to what I am writing here today.  From my post yesterday I took the two photos and edited them in GIMP.  Here is the result:

This is the image using my 28-135 lens

This is the image using my 28-135 lens

This one is the 50mm lens image

This one is the 50mm lens image

Both images have had various color changes made to them.  I also did quite a bit of cropping.  I then picked a different “artistic” filter to put them through.  I am just sort of going through the various settings to see what is there.

Thoughts?

Cheers!

 

 

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