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New Places

A friend and her daughter, who is a friend of my daughter, and us went out today for Yum Cha in the city.  We love Yum Cha and she had purchased some vouchers for a place we had never been to before.   It was called Dynasty and is just off Bourke Street in the city.  Check out this place.

Dynasty ReceptionThis is what we first saw when we walked in.  It was so amazing to see a Chinese Restaurant with a reception area.  We did wonder what we had walked into.  The level of detail was so nice.

The Hallway This is the hallway from the main restaurant back to the reception area.  I just loved how much detail was in it.  I don’t normally do the whole tourist thing, but I had to take some photos and show you.  They didn’t have any problems with me doing so.

The Yum Cha was amazing.  It was great food.  The variety wasn’t as great as what we normally get from the place we usually go to, but it was really good.  The vouchers turned out to be really good value.  They included drinks as well.  I thought after one glass we would have to pay for a second, but it was included in the voucher.  Very good value, did I say that already?

The city was absolutely packed with people.  So many going to the after Christmas sales.  We went for a quick walk through Myer, and were astonished that all their decorations were gone.  There wasn’t any sign of Christmas in the store anywhere.

I did take my new Tamrac camera bag with me.  It was great.  It is also comfortable to wear and getting my camera in and out wasn’t a problem at all.  It was easy.  Other bags I have used I have found difficult, but this one is brilliant.  Plenty of room for my other stuff as well.

For details about the bag, check out my post from yesterday.

Towering Above

This is meant to be a post about the school, and I hope you don’t mind, but I had to do one from the Manchester Unity Building.  I’ve looked at some of the others I have done, but I wanted to see what I could do with one of the images from the tower.

Towering OverThis is the image after I was finished with it.  I like the darkness.  I hope this is something like what he wanted.  It is dark, and perhaps has more a gothic feel to it.

This image started off being a four image HDR processed in Photomatix Pro.  I did originally process it with HDR Efex, but the sky came out really weird.  Though having said that, I ended up putting in a completely different one.  It was overcast when Towering Over - Original HDRthis image was taken and raining, so the sky became very white, as it does in conditions like that.  I will put the original HDR for you to see.    Hopefully you have seen that by now.

As I was travelling into the city the sky was overcast, but there was a lot of definition in the clouds, then it started raining.  Today it was similar, so I went outside and took photos of it.  (Remember when you are taking photos of the sky to take them at horizon level.)  It takes a long time to put in new skies, especially when there are lots of areas you need to cut into to.

Once the sky was in, the processing was pretty much the same as what I do for the school images.  Detail was added and layers were blended, which helps get the darkness.  Blur layers were added, and masking was applied.  I wanted the MU in the windows to stand out.  I also wanted some of the detail to stand out.

It was tempting to do this in black and white, but the building is famous for that colour, and I wanted to keep that.  I could try Colour Efex, and I might do that with my next attempt.

It has been such a wonderful experience, being invited to photograph such an amazing and iconic building.  I know I am envied by quite a few of my friends.  I have had many people offering to be my assistant.

Announcements 

I have been nominated for quite a few awards, but I hope the people who have nominated me don’t mind if I leave it for another day.

The River Muse

The River Muse article on me is up now, if you would like to read it, the direct link is here.  I hope some of you will check it out.  You might find out more about me, LOL.

Tamrac Camera Bags

I have been meaning to update you about the new camera bag as well.  I have used it quite a few times, and it has been fantastic.  I can’t believe how heavy it feels with everything it, then I put it on my back, and it is so comfortable and the weight doesn’t seem that bad.  I could wear it for a long time.  I used it on Thursday when I went into the city.  I was worried that I might take someone out with the tripod on the back, but it was fine.  I almost forgot to mention the rain, I had no umbrella, but the waterproofing of the bag meant I wasn’t worried at all.

To find out who distributes Tamrac bags in Australia go to C.R. Kennedy, if you are elsewhere in the world, then I suggest you go the Tamrac Website.

I’ve been thinking about getting another camera bag, just a small one, one that I can just put a camera in, maybe a spare lens, and a flash unit.  I am thinking of getting the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 75 Dual Access Photo Backpack, it looks like exactly the thing I want and it isn’t that expensive.  I have a Crumpler small camera bag, but I find it hard to get stuff in and out of.  I have to say if Tamrac’s other bags are anything like the one I have, well, I don’t think I can go wrong.  

Colour, Black and White or Both

This last week has been interesting, since downloading the trial version of Silver Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software, well I am finding myself addicted to it.  I love the effects you get with the images.  I know that the image on my rework Friday is going to be done using it, you knew that didn’t you? Remember a couple of weeks ago I got up really early to go to Point Lonsdale, really early.  Then I went over to Barwon Heads.  I took the above image then.  I haven’t shown it before, as I didn’t think it was that interesting.  It is nice, but not really great.  I had already processed it as a HDR in Photomatix Pro, as I have with all the images today.

Then I started to wonder how it would look if I processed it in Silver Efex.

I don’t know about you, but to me, this is a fantastic image, well it is a massive improvement on the colour version.  What do you think?

Then I thought I would do an image that I took last Saturday when I was there with Suzzanna.  This image was taken with my Nikon D300s, using bracketed shots.  All the images today were done with the Nikon.

I really liked the clouds in this, and one day I might see if I can get a lot more out of them.

Black and white can really add a lot more drama to an image, especially when you don’t need colour in the image.  I don’t think the colour is necessary here and I am more than happy with the black and white, though I would like to do more work to the clouds.  I will leave that for another time as well.

Here is another image of the jetty, you have seen this jetty a lot over the last couple of weeks.  I find this image quite boring.  So I wondered what else I could do with it.

I think Silver Efex has made this image come alive.  I find this one so much better than the colour version.  I hope you agree.

I am finding the option of colour and B&W quite interesting.  I like the presets in Silver Efex.  I hope those who haven’t tried it have downloaded a trial version to try it.

Bags, Bags, Bags

The quest continues, but I believe it might be over.  After so many of you said how good Tamrac bags were, I sent them an email, and can you believe, they emailed me back.  So I emailed them again, and I got another response.  That is what you want to see in a company.  They recommended the Expedition Range.

One of the biggest questions about the bags was whether or not they were available in Australia, so I looked up distribution on their website and was lead to C.R.Kennedy & Co,  and yet another email to them this morning.  Then I was even more pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call.  We discussed what I was looking for, and now negotiations are under way for a Tamrac Expedition 7.  I am so happy, it is so nice to work with a company that has really good customer service.

If you are in Australia, then don’t hesitate to contact C.R.Kennedy & Co for details on where you can also find and purchase Tamrac bags.

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