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Trying HDR Darkroom 3

I used to do a lot of HDR photography, but I have to admit in the last few months I seem to rarely do them.  Well, that isn’t true, I will often think about it, do it, compare it with the non HDR and then often delete the HDR.  It doesn’t always make the image better and I have been learning how to work out which image is better as a HDR and when it is better to use the straight image.   A couple of months ago I got an email from Everimaging asking me if I would do a review of their latest version of HDR Darkroom 3.  I have reviewed its predecessor and can remember thinking that it wasn’t bad and that it could be quite good for people who were starting to do HDRs. It’s appearance is quite nice and seems very obvious what to do with it.  Though one of the things I found really weird was not being able to close one image when I was finished to begin another. …

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Mass Watermarking

Last week I was approached by a company to review their product Mass Watermark.  I haven’t been approached much before to do this.  Since it didn’t require much from me, I figured, why not.  I did ask to use it first, I don’t want to mention a product here that I don’t like and I would never recommend something that I don’t like.  So, I guess I am saying I was impressed with it.  I should also mentioned, I wasn’t paid to do this. I have done tutorials showing how to put watermarks on images, but the way I do it, you can only do one at a time.  However, with Mass Watermark you can put a watermark on several images at the same time.  I don’t know how many at once, but I did over 10, and there wasn’t a problem. The program works on its own and you don’t have to have other software to use it.  Apparently it only works on a PC. One of the good things about the software is how easy …

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Celebrating 30 years of Rick Amor at Niagara Gallery

That isn’t the exact title, I think it is more Rick Amor – Celebrating 30 years of Exhibiting with Niagara Gallery.  I couldn’t miss this show, in fact I try to never miss exhibitions Rick’s work.  So I was really happy when I received a comment reminding me of the exhibition, that it finishes soon, from someone who works at the gallery, so thank you for the reminder.   The exhibition is work done in the last couple of years and gives you a great insight into his work.   While I was viewing the exhibition I asked if I could show a couple of images of the paintings here on my blog and was given permission to do so.   There are many buildings in his images and I find the presence of people in them quite wonderful, the way the people just allow you that hint of scale, though if they weren’t in the above image I don’t think it would detract from it at all.   I just don’t think this image …

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Taking the Canon 60D to Harrietville

Last week, I’m sure I mentioned that I was allowed to have the Canon EOS 60D for another few days so I could take it to Harrietville and try it out.  I did take it and I managed to get out a few times with it.  It went back on Tuesday so it is time to tell you what I thought. On the way up we stopped at the Benalla Art Gallery for lunch and I saw this bridge close by and went for a quick walk underneath it.   With images like this I had no trouble using the camera, it did what I wanted and the images came out quite well. The bridge from the side.  Again, the colours are good and it is a good representation of what I was seeing. As I stated before, it is a nice camera to hold and to take photos with.  I found it easy to carry around with me and never though, I really want to put this away.  It would be  good to use …

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Reflections and Other Things Seen Through a 60D

Last weekend I showed you some images I had taken with the Canon EOS 60D and while all those photos were of the Supreme Court Building, I did take other photos.  I thought I would take this opportunity to show some more.  I am not going to go into much detail about using the camera, that is all still the same as last weekend.  I should have more to tell you after I get back from my weekend away.  I am looking forward to using the camera more. This was the very first photo I took with the camera last weekend, and the first image that worked.  The others I had tried didn’t really work out, I was using the wrong settings.  I saw some people staring down this laneway and wanted to know what they were looking at.  How strange is the pipe with the funny bend in it? This was taken in the hotel that Steph was staying in.  I was taking photos while I waited to see if Steph got my message …

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The internet and WordPress has been buzzing with the latest news from Nik Software by Google.  I thought it was time for me to keep you up to date with what is happening.  You can now get all of their programs in a special package for $149.  That is really amazing and a fantastic deal.  So to remind you of some of their programs, today I thought I would show you an image from my early morning in the city the other day and process it with some of the software. I processed this image as a HDR and then put it through camera raw in Photoshop.  I darkened it a big, maybe too much looking at it now.  Though for the next images I used the undarkened image. Then the image was processed with Color Efex.  I love the different looks you can get.  It is really nice.  The filter sunlight was used for this one.  It has given it a lovely soft glow.  I might have to use this one more often. You …

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A 60D View of the Supreme Court Building

Just over a week ago a parcel arrived at my door and inside a was the Canon 60D for me to try out.  It wasn’t a surprise, I knew it was coming as I asked if I could try it out. On opening the package I got the camera out and attached the 18-55mm lens that came with it.  As you do with cameras, I felt it in my hands to decide how it felt when I held it, conclusion, it felt good, it was a nice weight. Then I put it down, and got back to work. Yesterday I went into the city in the afternoon to try and catch up with Steph from Travel Oops.  She was in Melbourne and we were trying to hook up.  Unfortunately it didn’t happen, communication problems, no internet and no mobile.   I took the 60D in with me and thought I would play around with it, in case she didn’t get my message, which was the case. So I sat in the foyer for a little while …