This is an update to the orignial post of Oct. 5. Thank you for the feedback KC. The before shot has been added.
I have been doing a little bit of exploring recently in between trying to finish off the summer outdoor projects. If you are a regular visitor, you know I take pleasure in detail. There is though a problem. Sometimes the detail I am interested in gets lost in background noise. So I recently took a series of photos with the idea of removing the noise. The first photo is as shot with no LIghtroom adjustments except sizing. The second shot is my first shareable attempt at getting rid of the distracting elements. As always, comments are welcome and sought.
I have news. As of about 3 weeks ago, I can now be found on Instagram at artspud80. The square format presents a new challenge, because I am usually so very conscious (or at least try to be) of the full rectangular frame. This means that many of my decent photos don’t work when cropped. So, one solution is to take photographs with the destination in mind. That would mean one for Instagram and one for project x. You could just say, hey why don’t you just load rectangular photos into Instagram. It is not a bad suggestion but where is the fun in that?
In other news, I have been thinking about what constitutes a 5 star image. Really good photos have a completeness about them that resonates with something more than just the visual eye. I rarely a capture 5 star image, and in fact, today’s photo is the first of the year. You may well question the score, and I’m ok with that. It is not really a wow photo, but there is nothing about it that I would like to change, whether it be focus, colour, light, or composition. It just needs to be printed big. It has calm, structure, tension, and it holds my attention – it is a winner, and that makes me smile. I hope you enjoy it. What do you think or feel?
I have spent the past week living by the side of a gorgeous lake just south of Algonquin park in Ontario. The west facing dock was the site of the following study.
The 5th photo is my first successful attempt at focus stacking. It is a combination of 3 photos and the resulting image is over 140 MB in size. Does anyone want an image of dock boards to cover a living room wall 🙂 ?
Well the last time lapse experiment was another learning opportunity, which means I am not going to share with you 8 seconds of banality. On the other hand, here is a dozen photos from our trip to England. I was not at the Glastonbury festival but I did climb to the Tor (photos 1 and 2).
This past weekend I participated in Neil Zeller’s July photo tour. We spent Saturday looking at Calgary from various new and familiar vantage points. We spent most of the Sunday session west of Turner Valley. Neil was an enthusiastic guide and was always happy to answer questions. Furthermore, those answer`s were helpful.
My current 5 star classification system is
2 Not particular good but have the germ of a location or idea worth revisiting
3 Air Canada; nothing particularly wrong with them; nothing particularly right with them either
4 Nice Photo
Of the 248 photos that made it into the computer here is what happened to them.
2 star – 67
3 star – 24
4 star – 07 – see below
5 star – 00
You may wonder, given the amount of effort I went to photography water why none made it to the 4 star bin. The answer dear reader is one of the weekend’s lesson. Water falls, for me, work well when the water turns to silk, or when the drops are frozen in time. I have photos that were neither.
Just before going to England, I went on an early morning road trip looking for a particular sunrise location. I think the sunrise pictures will become a time lapse experiment. I also found happy cows. Both cows and penguins make me smile. Cows though are easier to find in these parts.
Though I have not shared anything with you for a while I have been busy. Here are 3 recent ones. Unfortunately, the sky photo does not have the sharpness and range I Iike. Despite its flaws, it still though has merit. I had been playing with the jpeg format and had not switched back to raw – ah silly me. We live and learn (sometimes).
Yesterday was a good morning at Big Hills Springs Provincial Park just outside of Calgary. My friend Keith and I went for a photo tour. The place was new to us both. My one objective was to photograph water. I am pleased with the results. For this particular waterfall 1/50 of second seemed to work better than 1/25 of a second. ISO was 160. As well, there was this happy accident that once cropped and straightened made me smile.
As always, comments are sought and welcome.
PS – I am sure Keith will have something up soon and I invite you to visit his page too.
This past weekend we had a friend from the west coast visit us. Sunday morning we visited one of my recurring photographic destinations just west of Calgary in the Alberta foothills. We ambled over hill and dale for an easy 8 kilometers sometimes in silence, sometimes chatting, and often with fingers on shutters. It was a good morning.