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Mixing Portraits, D5100’s and Silver Efex to Get . . .

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Briony - My ChoiceThis morning I put the clothes horse with a black sheet over it, put a chair in front of it and sat Briony down on it.  Then I put up the tripod and put the D5100 in it.  I opened up one of the curtains, and let the light from our overcast day come in.

I am not going to lie, she hates having her photo taken, she thinks she looks ugly, but she did sit for me.  This was my choice of image and was the last one I took.  I started with the camera on portrait mode, then switched it back to Aperture Priority with the aperture set at f5.6.  I think it worked better this way.  The aperture in the portrait mode gave too much depth of field for images like this and you could see how crinkled the sheet behind was.

The image was processed in camera raw, then any marks and blemishes were removed from her face.  The image was then made into black and white in Silver Efex.  I showed her the image, she complained it wasn’t in colour.  I am starting to see that after all these years they are now finally starting to like their red hair.

Briony - her choiceThis was the image she choose and wanted me to do.  She likes how her jaw looks.  I think she looks angry in it, or not happy.  I don’t think she looks as gorgeous.  The first photo, well I can’t take my eyes off hers.

Her choice of image was processed in the same way as the first one, and given the same treatment in Silver Efex.  Though, I did use the burn tool to give her eyes and little bits of her nose more shadow.  I drew them on.

It is so hard to believe she thinks she is ugly, and that she doesn’t photograph well, she has always been good to take photos of.

It was nice to take photos with the D5100.  You can take just about anything you want with it.  It is a great camera, and so far it has passed every test that I have done.  Though, with sports I think the shutter lag would be a problem.  With cycling you need a fast shutter, so it would be a problem for that.  I can see how any new photographer or hobby photographer would enjoy taking portraits with this camera.


It has come to my attention that I have been nominated for some another award.

Blog of the Year 2012, I have received another nomination for this from

Teacher as Transformer

Thank you so much, and I hope others will go and look at their blog.

Acting Like a Tourist with a D5100

As I said earlier I wanted to go out this weekend and try the Nikon D5100 and see what it was like.  One place I’ve been wanting to photograph for some time was the State Library of Victoria.  So my daughter and I went into the city, I went to take photos and she tagged along so she could shop.  All the photos have been taken with the 5100 and then processed.  They were opened in camera raw and a few things adjusted, but nothing else.

State Library of VictoriaThis is a sculpture on the corner in front of the State Library, and you can see the library in the background.  It is the building with all the columns.  It is an amazing building.  First built in 1856, I think, and when it was first built it also housed the Museum and the Art Gallery.  All three were there until the 60’s when the art gallery moved down the road, and the musuem moved, I don’t know exactly when, but in the last 20 years.

State Library EntranceThis is the main entrance.  I worked here about 22 years ago and when I did there was a revolving door in front.  It was taken out because, apparently, it was too dangerous.  It was great, I loved the revolving door.

This image was hard to get, people kept walking up to see what time the library opened.  In the end I had to make the image out of two to get it with no people.  So more processing was done with this image, but not much more.

The inside is great as well.  It has been extended and extended.  The domed reading was built in the 1930’s and was based on a domed reading room in a London library, I believe.  It was further extended in the 1960’s, then when the museum vacated to new premises, more extensions were made and major refurbishment of what was left.  It is hard to believe that it is the same place that I worked in, so different now.

I would really like to go and get some photos inside it with no people in there, but I will have to see if they will let me.  I would love some geometric style images of the domed reading room.  I suppose I should ask.

We didn’t go inside, as I didn’t want to have to check in my bag, Klara just wanted to go shopping.  We headed over the road to Melbourne Central.  We went into an entrance that we don’t normally use and we saw this.

Library on the SideWe almost walked past this, it is a “Little Library”.  It is in a space on the side and you can just walk straight into it.  I don’t know if you can read the instructions on the window.  It says:

We believe reading should be for all to enjoy, so please feel free to borrow a book.

However, we ask that you adhere to our honesty system and replace another title in its place, so everyone can continue to enjoy our Little Library.

How cute is that.  I also took this.

From the Little LibraryThis is there in case you missed what was written on the glass, we did, missed it that is.  Klara loves books and she thought it was fantastic, she is the one in it.

Back to the Nikon, at one stage my daughter said to me, “mum you look like a tourist”.  A fair statement, then I realised that this particular camera is perfect for that type of photographer.  It has the capabilities to change the settings and you can have some control, no control or a little control, but as a camera for travelling it was perfect.

I know the other day I said it was heavier than the Canons I borrowed, but carrying it around today was no trouble at all.  It was easy to get in and out of the small camera bag I have, and the bag never seemed heavy.  I find when I am carrying my D300s around, it does get very heavy, but the D5100 was really good.

I did have a problem at one stage, I pressed something and it started doing some weird things.  It was trying to edit the photos for me, and it took a few minutes to work out what had happened and to change it back.  That was a problem with the photographer and not the camera.

I assume it will be going back soon.  It is nice have new toys to play with and try out.  I wonder if they will send me more.

Embossed to Sharpen

On Monday I was in at Photo Color to pick up some prints that were printed for an order.  Rob and I were discussing editing and different things you can do.  He suggested I try using the embossing for sharpening, in much the same way that I had used the High Pass.

I have tried the technique on this image.  The image was processed in Camera Raw, then opened in Photoshop.  A duplicate layer was added then the embossed filter applied.  The blending mode overlay was then applied.  I’m not going to lie, I am not so sure about it.  I find it little too much, though I might need to practice some more.  This image was also processed with Color Efex.

The same has been done to this image, though it was toned down a bit.  I tried to make it not as strong. This image was not processed with Color Efex.

It is an interesting step, I am not really sure about it, but I like to give things a go.  I will try it again at some point.


A parcel arrived yesterday, it was a big box and inside was a Nikon camera.  I have been sent the D5100 to try and see how it works.  I haven’t had a chance to go out and try it yet.  The D5100 is Nikon’s equivalent camera to Canon’s 600D.  I am looking forward to seeing how it performs.  My initial impressions have been quite positive.  I like the weight of it, and I have been able to figure out everything for myself so far, which is always a good sign.

My experience with teaching people how to use a DSLR seems to be that the people who have never used one before have no idea what they are doing and find it all confusing no matter what camera they have.  People who have come from film need some help, but work it out with the manual.  Those that have had DSLR before can pretty much work it all out themselves.

Thanks Nikon, so glad to have received the parcel and I look forward to trying it out.