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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Here is a photo of a family I am part of:

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

Like a lot of families, my hockey family has its ups and downs.  This shot I took to include my extended family, that is the folks who are with the opposing team.  While we might not all agree on things for the hour that the game is on, we are all part of the bigger hockey family.

This photo was a bit hard to get properly because I had my camera set to take photos on the ice which is very different lighting than the stands.  I wrote recently about how I set up for photos like that.  So, I took this shot knowing that it would be too dark and the white balance would be off, but because I wanted to get this quick shot and then get back to shooting the game, I left my settings where they were.

Now, a few days later, I opened the photo in Photoshop.  Because I shot this photo in RAW, I first edited it in Camera Raw.  I used the eye dropper to make a white balance adjustment, I also increased the exposure, lightened both the blacks and shadows, and increased the clarity.  Then I opened that version in Photoshop.  From there I did a levels adjustment, cropped the photo, and sharpened it.  So, I made several adjustments from the original, which I will show below, but like I said, I knew what I was in for when I took the photo.

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

So, that is my hockey family, you can see they are a bit preoccupied at the moment.  What do you think of my edits?

Cheers!

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The Family that Dropped By

While I was filling my bird feeders the other day, I accidentally spilled some bird seed on our front step.  After I was inside, I realized that some sparrows were eating it.  I thought this might be a good opportunity to take some bird pictures that did not feature our feeders.  Here is my favorite picture of the series that I took:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

I got this shot by setting up my camera on a tripod and using a remote trigger.  My camera equipment is outside and I am watching from inside waiting for the sparrows to come back and pose, which they were nice enough to do.  I set my ISO to 100 because although it was still pretty early, it was really bright out.  I used an f-stop of f/8 and shutter speed of 1/250 to stop the motion and retain detail.

Once I was finished shooting I cropped this image and then edited it in Photoshop.  I changed the levels and turned it into a black and white image.  I started with the blue filter setting, but did tweak it a bit as I thought the blue was too dark on the wings of the sparrows.  Here is the image as it was in my camera:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

Fifty two species of sparrow live here in North America.  That is one very large family, and family is the theme of this week’s black and white photography challenge hosted by Sonel

Cheers!

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