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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: More Opportunities

Things are seemingly to be moving in fast motion around me and whizzing past, but I feel like I’m in slow motion, straining to keep up. It is a weird feeling. I know I can keep up and the key is going to be staying on top of everything. I’m sure I can do it. Weekend Notes I don’t know if many of you have heard of this or if it is more a Melbourne or Australian thing, but it is a great place to get information on events or places to go.  I have just started writing for them and just had my first article published.  I wrote it on waterfalls around the back of Lorne, surprisingly it is called Waterfalls Around Lorne. I was there on the weekend and got some great photos of the waterfalls. They are more a subscription based thing and you subscribe and get emails about what is happening. I think they are hoping to go the wider community. If you want to visit the site, go to Weekend …

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Tuesdays Bits and Bobs: Sorting Through it All

It has been a complete surprise to me how busy the start of the year has been.  The last couple of years it has been so slow at the start and taken a couple of months to get going, but this year I feel like I have started the year running.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done.  I keep forgetting things I have to do, and then I remember later on.  It does feel like there isn’t enough time in the day.  I just need to start being more productive with my time.  Of course, being busy doesn’t mean I don’t love it.  I do, and most of what I’ve been busy with has to do with taking photos, and there has been a lot of that. Newsletter It is coming together.  I have to do some videos for it, well tutorial ones, but should get those done in the next couple of days.  I was having a hard time trying to work out if I should do Lightroom, Photoshop, or Elements, …

Tweaking Your Images – Tutorial

This last week I have had a few people telling me that images shouldn’t need any editing at all.  I find this such a hard thing to understand, since, from what I can understand, images have been edited since the first images were made when photography first started.  I was surprised to find that the first HDR image was done in the 1850’s, so over 150 years ago.  Even Ansell Adams edited his images, he manipulated them to suit what he wanted.  Yet now, with the age of digital, for the first time, the camera is now supposed to be able to take the perfect image. Then you start reading stuff that digital cameras can’t take images the same way as film did.  I understand this.  When I was using film I would use different films for different types of photography.  You can’t do that with digital cameras.  I have been reading Enmanscamera’s Blog – Kamloops post on 10 tips for to make better prints.  There are a couple of points made about what you need to …

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Back to the other end of the city today and the Webb Bridge.  I wasn’t totally happy with the image I processed the other day.  I thought the first photo, which is, let’s face it, just a documentary shot of the bridge was much better.  I had thought I wouldn’t do any more “art” photos of it, but when I was looking at them, I had an idea that I wanted to try. I had this idea that I could make the mouth of the bridge shine and invite you into it.  I wanted to make it warmer than the rest of the image, but I also wanted to be careful because I know I can overdo the warm bit.  I hope this is okay.  I also blurred the sky, and then blurred the background so the sky has been blurred twice. If it is alright for me to say this, but I am rather happy with this image.  I like the tones and the lighting, though it is hard to believe it was taken …

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Red Wine with Grapes

While I had everything set up yesterday, I tried some other set ups.  I didn’t want to put them all up yesterday,  today I thought I would show you one without so much fruit.  I am going to do the same as I did yesterday, start with the original image and then show the HDR image, followed by two other images where I have tried other things. I have done some editing with this one.  Had to do a bit of work to the tablecloth because it was too bright.  I am also not happy with how all the glass just blends in and doesn’t stand out. This is the HDR version.  I am a lot more pleased with this.  I think the glass pops out more.  The cloth didn’t need any  work and I didn’t even notice it too much.  I like how this one works so much better than the original. I have been doing a lot of reading on how to grunge up images, wondering if that is what I need to do to get …