Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Photography

Sign on the Wall

So, I enjoy going to the local art museum, but sometimes I come across things that I just don’t get.  Like this sign:

ISO 4.3mm f/2.7 1/5

I added a cloth feel and border in post-editing.  But there are some things at work here that I don’t get like, what does the saying on the sign mean even?  The bigger issue here for me though, was it’s placement.  It is in a stairway, no other items on the all, it just seems kind of random.  A random thought for a random wall? or did someone think this through and decide on this place in particular for this sign?  You could start a whole argument about what is art just with this sign I think, and maybe that is the point?

Just odd if you ask me.

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

Peregrine Falcon in B&W

I really like the colors in the Peregrine Falcon, but I thought I would try today shooting in monochrome:

ISO 160 50mm f/3.5 1/10

This was taken with a 50mm lens, but isn’t as tack sharp as I would have wanted it to be.  It is a little fuzzy at the tip of the beak, something I missed when I previewed it in my camera.  I will put the original photo below, but the one above has been edited in GIMP.  I cropped, changed the levels, added some contrast and sharpened it. There is a bit of detail lost in the tail, perhaps a flash would have helped with that?

I welcome all constructive comments!

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

A Chicken for Competition

I have entered this photo in a competition that has “macro or close up” as a theme:

ISO 200 50mm f/4 1/250

I titled it, “In the Blink of an Eye”.  It was taken with a 50mm lens and then cropped. I did some sharpening, but didn’t mess with the color because I liked the way the color came out in the camera.

Wish me luck, but feel free to leave constructive comments.

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Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Photo Editing, Photography

A Sign in Black and White

This shot I took with my point and shoot in its monochrome setting:

ISO 400 9.3mm f/4.5 1/80

It is unedited.  Here is an edited version:

ISO 400 9.3mm f/4.5 1/80

I did some cropping and also darkened the image.  How would you have edited differently?

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Canon 50D, Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

Purple.

Purple Haze, that is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge that WordPress puts on.  Here is my purple haze:

ISO 400 28mm f/4.5 1/1000

This a picture I took on a train of the passing Canadian landscape.  I have taken some liberties with the color in post-editing.

Here is a more “standard” purple:

ISO 100 4.3mm f/2.7 1/125

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Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Editing my Backyard

And I’m not talking about taking the discarded satellite dish that belongs to the neighbors out in the hedgerow, or dealing with my youngest’s very sad looking tomato plants.  I am working with my photo editing software again.  The photos today are of one of our black walnut trees.  Here is the original:

ISO 800 135mm f/5.6 1/80

Here is the edited version:

ISO 800 135mm f/5.6 1/80

It just occurred to me that I set the custom white balance, even though I knew I was going to mess with the color later.  I was going for a brighter green and softer look than the original.  What do you think?  it is more green.  At this file size, you can barely see the softening effect that I did.  Prefer one over the other?

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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?

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Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Nature, Photography

Landscape Photography with a point and shoot camera, a revision of sorts

Wow, that is a clunky post title!  I wrote this post that had a landscape picture taken in black and white with my new point and shoot camera.  I got some feedback on that post that got me to thinking and led to this post. I had taken the original shot in part because I had just read that one of the competitions in my photo club this year was going to be landscapes in black and white.  That’s cool, because I shoot almost everything in color, and it will give me something different to think about.

So, I took the landscape in B&W, and thought maybe I would edit it later.  I use GIMP to do my photo editing. I included the link because it is open source software that means you can use it at no cost.  I also use YouTube to find tutorials to help me use it more effectively.

So, I received some specific feedback in the first post about how to change the image. So, I thought, why wait till “later” to edit, when I had been given an interesting suggestion now. If you are interested, here is a link, to the blog of the person who suggested the edit.  The link is to a recent posting of his that I enjoyed.

Here is my edited landscape:

Here is the original:

I think I do like the edited version better.  Thoughts?

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Flowers, Nature, Photography

Here Are the Volunteer’s Processed Images

OK, this would be this first time I have attempted a re-blog, so we will see how it goes.  I am one of the photographers featured in this particular post.

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Here Are the Volunteer’s Processed Images.

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Flowers, Photography

A Flower I Borrowed

I guess it would be more correct to say I borrowed this flower image taken by Mike Moats.

I enjoy macro photography, so I follow his blog.  Yesterday he put this photo on his blog and 10 random photographers are processing it in our different ways.  Here is the original blog: http://tinylanscapes.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/lets-have-some-processing-fun/

On Monday, he will post the results of the different editing jobs.  Here are mine:

I use GIMP to process my images.  It is a free open source editing program.  I wouldn’t say that I am too technically savvy, so I have used some tutorials I found on youtube to try and learn how to use it.  In the first version I created, I just changed the color balance and the brightness and contrast of the image.  In the second, I tried to create a photo that looked more like a sketch.  What do you think of the different versions?

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