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 →
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
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.
Taken at Knole on Friday 4th March 2016.. I just love how this deer is laying there totally oblivious to the bird.
Summer is fading fast here in the UK… blue skies are now being covered up by grey murky clouds and today the wind is howling. So what better way is there to finish summer, than with a picture of a seagull with blue skies as his background, with the occasional white fluffy cloud for company.
And there was I hoping that at the end of September when the dogs are allowed back on the beaches, that me, him, three cameras and two pooches will descend upon St Mary’s Bay and enjoy the sand, water and hopefully some sun. Who knows we might be lucky and get a good weekend’s weather.
Here is the colour version of the above photo….
Dirty beak… who moi?
Back in March, we visited Aylesford Priory near Maidstone in Kent. I haven’t been to the Priory, even though it is very local to where I live, since I went on a school trip… and that was many many moons ago, believe me. Continue reading →
Quick freshen up
Back in August, we visited Claremont Landscape Gardens, which is situated just outside of Esher in Surrey. The weather believe it or not, was warm and the sun shone and all in all it was a nice day out. As we were walking around we saw this bird from a distance preening themselves for what seem to be ages. Continue reading →