Sunday, October 16, 2016

The first shot, before I remembered to turn down the ISO from 6400 - but as it happens, I quite like the effect. Unlike the previous shots that were monochrome with a tint added, this is original colour, left a tad cool, but colour none the less.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A bit more editing - darker along the bottom on the right, a tad more local contrast in the spouts, and just a whisp of raising highlights in the same area. Oh yes, and a tad more toning.


More with the Velvet 56 - I'm really liking this lens - especially if there are specular highlights that can be flared - in this case stainless kettles in an industrial kitchen.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Death Valley Floor

Found on the ground in a mostly deserted town in Death Valley. Shot on a Phase One that was part of the workshop.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Garden In Snow

First Snowfall

Soft light, flare prone Velvet 56 lens, Sunflower in snow.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - Cotoneaster

I'd never been fully satisfied with the Lensbaby Composer, except in one situation - where I used it for close work with an extension tube - this eliminated the distorted edges and came closer to the dreamy look I wanted. Recently though, I was made aware of the Velvet 56 and it seemed to have several characteristics I was looking for - the right look and the ability to do close work without adding extension tubes. This shot was made in our back yard.

Discovery WIldlife Park

As close as I'll ever get to a safari and a very pleasant experience, Bring you chain link fence filter. This was shot while it was still foggy, the fence close enough and the lion far enough for the fence to blur out, 300 mm. f5.6 on the Pentax 645Z, oh yes, and ISO 6400.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Badlands Gully

31 years I have been visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park and have yet to get bored with it. Time moves on though and this time I had to contend with mountain bikes instead of boy scouts. Still, there was enough left to satisfy me.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dinosaur Provincial Park 2016

It's been a couple of years since the last visit - and I always enjoy exploring. We'd hoped for sunset light but this was as much as we got and this was weak sun through cloud, and even that disappeared shortly after making this image. It's a stitch, using the 120 macro on my Pentax 645Z.

I realized that one reason I like to stitch is that the image is larger on the LCD, and composing carefully is more successful. I wasn't sure where to start and end the image so went over, using seven vertical images - but in the end trimming down to about four - for a 130 megapixel image file.

There's a bit of colour in the foreground plant material but in the end it was more distracting than helpful and I was not surprised to find the black and white image more sucessful.

The left hand side of the image is in shade, the right in weak sun, so there's a fair bit of editing to balance things, including some curves layers with the top right corner shifted left, as well as some Akvis Enhancer selectively applied, more to the background cliff face than to the columns.