Thursday, July 27, 2017

Safe Harbour - Trinity Bay, NFLD

This little scene was one I took a couple of years ago in Trinity Bay, NFLD. Tonight I decided that it would look much better as a panoramic, and did some rather severe cropping off of the top and the bottom of the image. Then I added a watercolour filter to give it a somewhat painterly feel. It had been my hope to travel down there again this summer, but other concerns have come to the forefront, and the possibility of a trip down East seems to be fading fast. Possibly, maybe, there may be a slight chance I can get to go for a vacation in the early Autumn, and I am keeping my fingers crossed....I have just about used up all of my material from down East, and the need for some time to "get away from it all" seems to be growing.....

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Two Tomatoes and an Ornamental Tea Pot...

In an effort to add a little variation to these images, I decided to go to work on this image tonight. When you get a week or so of scorching hot humid weather, you tend to want to stay inside with the A/C on, and try to occupy yourself as best you can. Hence this little image that I shot on the kitchen window sill. The colours were very vibrant, and when I opened the file, it seemed like a good one to play with a bit. After a bit of cropping, desaturation, and adding a bit of texture, this is the result. Sometimes it is a bit enjoyable to get away from the high saturation images that are in vogue nowadays, and go in the opposite direction. For me, the results are just as pleasing. Hope you enjoy it...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tiger Lily.....

Today I decided to get with the program, so I bought a new "Monopod" that everyone seems to be using these days. For years, I used tripods to keep the camera steady, but have you ever tried to use one along a rocky coastline, or while standing in a stream or river? You spend more time adjusting the legs to different lengths, to get something resembling level, before you ever get to snap a photo. The Monopod seemed somewhat of an excuse for a tripod to me, and how could it possibly be of any use. This image and the one below was shot at a shutter speed of 1/15 sec. and the thing seems to do a pretty good job of enabling to shoot at fairly slow shutter speeds. However, I must also figure in the fact that the in body image stabilizer was also turned on in my camera, so that probably helped as well....whatever it takes I guess. This Tiger Lily was hiding away in the shade behind my garage. It had not yet wilted as the temperature got up to +42C here in Windsor today. So later on when it cooled down to +30C, I ventured out to take a few shots in the back yard, and to give the Monopod another chance to convince me that it was not money wasted.....actually, I think the silly thing might just get used a bit eh.....Oh, BTW, in addition to the "Illustration" mode used to take this image, I also use the Craquelure filter in PS3, and added the frame using Corel software.

Hydrangea "Illustration" EFX.....

It would appear that I spent a bit of time playing with this image to get this "Illustration" effect. Actually no, this image is straight out of my SONY a77Mk2 camera. The software packaged in with cameras nowadays is amazing. Usually I just shoot an image, and play with it afterward, and in fact I had no idea this feature was stored away in the extensive menu items.....maybe I should explore inside the monster a little more. Anyway, for the purists and no nonsense types, this is totally a waste of time. But there are times when I just like to explore other areas of image making, and the fun is you just never quite know what the outcome will be. The "Illustration" mode seems to enhance the textures of an image such as this, and for me, it's all good.....