A black and white version of a recent post on my Flickr stream. I have to admit I gave the reflections some help in Photoshop; the water of the Brisbane River is never quite this still. 😉
There doesn’t seem to be any accounting for taste.
This picture is now the second most viewed on my Flickr photostream. There are plenty of my pictures which I feel are much more worthy but, instead, a vintage Coke sign attracts much more attention?? Worse news is that my most-viewed picture is a Coke vendor.
I bought FotoFusion Scrapbook Essentials a little while ago and have been creating a few layouts with it. This one was done as the icon picture for my Flickr set containing pictures from a gig I went to a little while ago.
I reviewed the package on my computer blog a few weeks ago.
One common challenge to photographers is to go and find a picture within a meter or two of their back doors. I was musing over the unkempt state of the yard in our (allegedly serviced) complex, when I spotted the beauty, above, amongst the weeds.
In the picture below, I used my D90’s multiple exposure feature on another plant I found growing nearby.
This picture doesn’t look like much at first glance but it’s a testimony to how far digital photography has come and how it now surpasses film in many ways and for many purposes.
It came about when I was hurtling home down Inanda Road the other evening and saw a magnificent full moon rising through the skeletal trees on the Camp Orchards Estate. Here was a massive photo opportunity but the conditions were so bad that I had little hope of getting a result.
It was getting dark, blowing a gale, I had a slow f/5.6 lens, I didn’t have a tripod with me and, to cap it all, the moon was rising pretty fast, as it does. I knew I’d need a pretty fast shutter speed to freeze the moon so the only thing to do was to wind the ISO up as far as possible, brace myself against a light pole for the shot, and see what happened.
It was taken at at 125th, f/5.6, ISO3200 and underexposed by 2.67 stops. I’m not kidding myself that it’s any good, but I am amazed that anything at all was recorded by the sensor.
It was Scott Kelby’s third annual Worldwide Photo Walk on 24 July 2010 and I wasted no time in getting my name down for the Durban, South Africa, leg of the walk led by fellow camera club member Andrew Roos.
Our walk took place in Point Precinct Area which includes some of the beachfront and buildings ranging from the ultra-modern to the seriously distressed. The walk started and ended outside Moyo Restaurant at Ushaka Marine World and I noticed that restaurant had established a second instance of itself on the end of the adjacent pier.
I stuck a neutral density ND8 filter on the end of my 18-105mm lens and the 15-second exposure gave a misty effect on the waves that I liked, so I chose the shot as my entry for the Photowalk competition.
All my pictures taken on the walk:
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I seem to be doing a fair bit on panoramas lately. One of the first articles I wrote concerned how to shoot them and I wrote that you had to shoot a series of overlapping pictures. The picture below shows what a series of images looked like before and after I had stitched them.
One of the problems with shooting a panorama is remembering months down the line, which images are a sequence. Shooting a picture of your hand at either end of the sequence is a tip I picked up on another blog (can’t remember which one) and is a neat way of separating panos from each other and from other pictures shot on the day.
The other day I was visiting the Microsoft website and I discovered a couple of interesting little programs including AutoCollage 2008. It is a program which will produce various sizes of blended collages from the pictures in a folder on your computer.