Saturday was the first time in ages that I have been out and our little trip took us to Hall Place. Anyway as we were leaving we saw a sign for Jambs Owls and decided to pay a visit. Believe it or not the above photograph of this owl straight out of the camera was bland and boring even after cropping. Continue reading →
Finally life is getting back to some normality… and this weekend has been one of the best weekends in ages. You see I am back out and about with my camera. Still having to take things easy has meant my camera has sat in the bag and not seen the light of day for weeks.
This weekend has been filled with mixed emotions for me. What with clearing my mum’s home and being able to get for the first time in ages with my camera. It has meant a lot of highs and lows over the last 48 hours. Continue reading →
It is Monday morning and I just can’t believe how fast the weekend went by… I am positive someone is stealing hours from the weekend…. they just seem to get shorter and shorter. Anyway the above photograph is one of a swan gliding up and down the River Medway at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent.
Normally I don’t apply filters when I post my photographs on Instagram but for this image I liked what colours one of the filters gave me… don’t ask which one it was because I simply can’t remember for certain… but I have a feeling it was Juno or something like that.
I liked how the filter gave the water a greenish tint..
My next photograph which I haven’t posted to Instagram yet is one of the Lighthouse at Dungeness in Kent.
Again this image was created using Topaz Texture Effects and Lightroom.. there were a lot of wires in the image so using Photoshop I cloned them out… and then from Photoshop I used a Topaz Texture Filter to enhance the sky and give the clouds some definition.
My last image for this morning comes from a trip we made on Saturday to Great Comp Garden near Sevenoaks in Kent.
Again this photograph was one where I used Topaz Texture Effects 2 and Lightroom… I am in the process of going through the photos we took on Saturday and will post them in due course.
I hope everyone had a good weekend, like we did, and that they were able to go happy snapping….
There he was squatting down taking a photograph of these Canadian Geese in the shade by the lake when this little guy decided to wander up.
I couldn’t believe how he just stood there posing waiting for his photograph to be taken… he seemed to be star-struck by the camera…
This swan was posing on the lake for anybody who had a camera in their hand.
With my beady eye… a woman in a wheelchair balancing a large lens on a camera bag… trying to take my photograph…
This little duck stood so still, he had me fixed in his gaze… but to shoot the picture I knew I need a fast shutter speed.. and for this particular photograph I selected 1/320 sec but the photograph was going to be way to dark… so I upped my ISO to 160.. which gave me the shot I wanted.
Now I don’t know about you but I play around a lot with the shutter speed and the aperture but I set my ISO to 100 and leave it there… as I have a fear that if I up the ISO I will get a lot of noise in the photograph… however on my camera I have found a setting…. that reduces the noise when shooting in a high ISO… it is by default set to standard but I use the high setting if I am going to increase my ISO by a lot.
But the moral of this story is this.. don’t just rely on your aperture and shutter speed…. increase your ISO if necessary and don’t be afraid of playing around with your ISO… by trial and error you will find the highest ISO you can use without too much noise… I wouldn’t have got that shot if I hadn’t increased my ISO a little, simply because the scene were this duck was standing was rather dark and dimly lit.
Yesterday at Northward Hill Nature Reserve we had this Little Egret who was quite contented to pose for photographs… the clicks of the camera didn’t bother him at all… and as we had the camera’s set to High Burst Mode… we have loads of photographs of this bird.
I wanted to create something different… and I knew that Photoshop would be used… so I did some of my processing in Lightroom before I exported my photo to Photoshop.
The first thing I did was Crop the photo using the Crop Tool in Lightroom. In the Basic Panel I played around with the Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Blacks and Whites. I then added some Clarity and Vibrance before lowering the Saturation a tad.
In the Details Panel I added some Sharpening and Edge Masking. After that I did some Noise Reduction. And finally in the Lens Correction Panel I ticked the Remove Chromatic Aberration and Enable Lens Profile boxes. After that I then pressed the shortcut on PC Ctrl+E to send my photo into Photoshop.
Once in Photoshop, using the Spot Healing Brush and the Content-Aware setting I removed some of the grasses from the water… After that, I then added a New Layer and to this layer I added a Graduated Filter in two shades of pastel blue. I then changed the Blending Mode of this Layer to Color.
Using a Layer Mask and a very soft Brush I then painted over the bird to remove the Graduated Filter from the bird. When using my brush I used low opacity and flow settings and gradually built up mask…
My next task was to add some sharpening to the bird… To add this Sharpening I used Lumenzia and then set the radius to 4.0. After that my next task was to only add the Sharpening to the bird. So I used the shortcut of Ctrl+I to Invert the Mask and then using a soft Brush I just painted gently over the bird and the reflection. Then I saved my file and it exported itself back into Lightroom.
Once I was back into Lightroom I then added a couple of Radial Filters one to increase the Exposure where the bird’s legs went into the water and another to darken the area around the bird. After that using a Local Adjustment Brush and a very small increment in the Exposure I then added some brush strokes to the bird.
In the Details Panel I then did some more Sharpening, Masking and Luminance Smoothing. Then in the Effects Panel I added a small Vignette. The object of processing this photograph was to use mainly blue tones and white for the bird… and I quite like the effect I have created…
Here is a 12×8 version of the above photograph in a frame
Today we returned to Northward Hill Nature Reserve between Cooling and High Halstow…. the sun was shining and it was a glorious day… This time we took the right path 😀 😀 and found the hides where you could watch the birds on the marshes.. Thank god it wasn’t too far to walk and there were plenty of resting stops.. it really made the effort worthwhile.
If you look at the first picture there is a wooden hide.. we sat in there for a little while and snapped away as this Little Egret was giving us a wonderful chance to photograph him in all his glory… I hope it is a male.. 😀 😀
Spare is the theme topic for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.. and for this topic I picked this bird as he sat on the railing by the cafe at Birling Gap wondering if anybody would spare him some food.