Durban @ night

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Things have been a bit quiet on the photographic front. Not so much on the taking, as on the processing side. Nevertheless, I did like this one taken at the weekend on a trip downtown. It’s made up three of stitched images and would have made a much wider panorama, had not the fourth picture been as soft as something out of a Canon 😉

I should have shot a couple more safety shots but it came on to rain and there was plenty of lightning around, not the healthiest time to be one of the highest points in the city.

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Took a while

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It took a while to get round to processing the pictures from a shoot during which I wasn’t thinking all that clearly. (See Doofus) I did have a very high discard rate but there were a few decent pictures as well, thank goodness.

The one of Mieke, above, is one that pleases me a lot. It was pretty chilly and the poor girl’s hands were turning blue, so I did what every self-respecting photographer would have done; I converted to black and white.  😉

There are already more pictures from that shoot in my Model Shoot Set on Flickr, and I will be adding a few more in the near future.

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Blurry good?

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I was fiddling with the trial version of Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro Photoshop plug-in and came up with this version of one of my favourite pictures, after trying a few different effects. Silver Efex seems to be a great way to convert images to black and white, offering everything you might want under under one roof, so to speak.

You can pick from a variety of presets and then customise the look of your picture by simulating the use of coloured filters, toning, and adding film grain. Using Control Point technology, you can apply effects to selected areas in a picture.

The package is pretty easy to use although I found the interface a trifle cramped, with there being no obvious was to maximise the work space to fill the entire screen. I like Silver Efex but the $199 price tag is too much for my slender means at the moment.

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