17 April 2014
I was looking forward to the lunar eclipse on April 15th, but the weather foiled any plan to get a tidy sequence of shots of the whole process. For the very vast majority of the eclipse the moon was hidden from view behind cloud. Dammit!
I managed to get some shots with my new Canon 70D, but all appear quite grainy. However, I have to say that the expanded ISO range (up to 12,500!) helped to get shutter speeds fast enough in the very dim light.
Having very little idea what I was doing, I experimented with exposures–hence the variety of light levels in the below.
1 February 2014
I pulled the last of the tomato plants out two days ago — they had some sort of fungus and were more than ‘unwell’. Unfortunately, there were still a few green tomatoes waiting to get ripe. I picked them as well, and then had a photographer’s moment… or hour.
Stage I: Tomatoes, in beautiful wooden fruit bowl, on bed sheet draped over chair beside window.
No post-processing beyond a wee bit of dodge and burn.
Stage II: texture added to the bed sheet via layers in Photoshop.
Texture is a mixture of two images: one of round-leafed foliage; one of river pebbles.
Stage III: previous image put through Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4.
Filters used were Classic Soft Focus, Glamour Glow, and Vignette Blur.
Some dodging around the edges as well.
Stage IV: the previous image partially desaturated–just to see what it looked like.
Stage V: the previous image put through Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.
I started with the Antique Plate and tweaked from there.
30 January 2014
Some more images from my too-late-in-the-morning-for-good-light walkabout the other day.
Really enjoyed the walk. Shame I didn’t get up earlier to enjoy some great light too!
These first images are from Duder Regional Park.
After lunch on the beach, interrupted only by some training aircraft in the low flying area that borders the park, I spent a short while in the Clevedon Scenic Reserve.
28 January 2014
Went for an indulgent walk in Duder Regional Park today hoping to find some good nature-category images. However, being on leave and lazy, I didn’t get up early enough for the good light.
One image from today. More to come later if there are any worth sharing.