ReWorking Scraggy and Craggy
For those that have been following me for a while might remember this tree.
I took this image on a trip to Daylesford with my daughter. I first saw it when we were going, and on the way back I stopped to take photos of it. The image was first posted in June. I also had a couple of goes workings with it. The image was a HDR that was processed in Photomatix, and turned into black and white in Photoshop.
Since getting Silver Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software I have been playing with it quite a bit, and I thought today it might be fun to try some images, or one anyway, that I had done in black and white previously and do it using Silver Efex.
First of all I had to redo the HDR, so this time I used HDR Efex to do the HDR conversion.
This is the image straight from HDR Efex, I didn’t do any other processing to it. I am quite happy with this. I have tried some other images and got the horrible halo, but it isn’t here, and even the areas around the branches have been processed well, something that Photomatix can struggle with.
This was the first attempt in Silver Efex. I did use the Add Control Point tool to give more detail around the tree trunk, but I quite liked what the preset did to the sky. I used Low Key for this, it is becoming one of my favourites. Once it was back in Photoshop I used the gradient tool to do some vignetting.
I like the darkness and the scariness of this one. I went back past this tree when my daughter and I were coming back from the Daylesford Market, and I stopped to take some photos, but it didn’t look as good any more it had leaves on it. It was beautiful, but it didn’t have that scariness about it any more
I do like the Silver Efex ones more. Though, if you didn’t have Silver Efex you could probably do a lot of this stuff in another editing program. I think Topaz Adjust would help a lot too, you can get some detail in that.
While I was looking for this image I found a lot of photos that I could rework, I couldn’t believe that I had once thought they were so good, makes you question lots.
Disappointment and Nikon
The D5100 is being picked up today, sometime. It was nice having a go at it. I also found out today that Nikon is not going to sponsor me, not for anything. I am so disappointed, but then again, most of my dealings with Nikon have been disappointing. They are terrible at responding to emails, and you are often left in the dark with no idea what is going on. The first email I sent them, actually the first two, got no response until I told them that Canon were lending me cameras.
I did ask about sponsorship, and I will admit I thought there would be more discussion than simply getting a no. I thought they would want to know more information about the blog and what my plans were for it. I don’t think they even looked at me or my blog seriously.
When I got the email, my first thought was “I knew it”, then I got really angry and disappointed. They sponsor some crap things, and things that can’t possibly help them, so why not me. They sent me some crap merchandise the other day, and I will admit that all I wanted to do was throw it in the bin. Here is a brand that I have been using and talking about for over 15 years, and this is how I get treated by them.
I even started considering how I could sell the gear I have and jump ship to Canon, which at this point I would really consider, except that I can’t afford it. So, from now on, when people ask me what brand of camera they should buy, they will get an honest answer and consideration will be given to other brands as well. I will have to start doing research. I am no longer a Nikon girl, and Nikon no longer deserve my loyalty. In my book loyalty works both ways.
Disappointment is a terrible thing. Would I buy a D800 now, no, my research into the camera has led me to believe it would probably be a disappointment. I would probably be better off staying with what I have right now.