ReWorked Silos and Camera Arrivals
It comes around fast, these Fridays. Fridays mean it is almost the weekend, and I can have more opportunities to go and take photos, though I could possibly do it during the week as well, just isn’t always easier. This weekend is going to be exciting, two cameras arrived at my door today, but more on those later.
I posted this image the first time in September last year. It was taken during a trip to the Mallee on the school holidays. This image captured the late sun really nicely. However, earlier this week I had a request for one of my of images and I thought about reprocessing it. I wasn’t doing HDR images at this time, so I didn’t take bracketed shots, but you can do single image HDR’s, so I decided to process it that way. Then I got a bit carried away.
This image was done as a single image HDR using Photomatix Pro. I then processed in Camera Raw. I am hoping that you can also tell that I cropped the image. I wasn’t entirely happy with the way the silos were situated in the orginal. I like this one more. I also like how the HDR has brought out more detail and not so much of it is as dark.
Then I decided to see if I could accentuate the sunset, you know, put more colour in it. I added another layer, applied the image, then using the gradient tool I added some sunset like colours. I then used a mask to bring out the silos and the foreground. I also warmed it up a little more.
It is weird, I look at it and I think this is weird, but I also find I can’t stop looking at it. I like it, but I don’t know if I think it worked. There is a surreal quality about it. You will have to make up your own mind if you think I made it better or worse.
Arrivals and Changes
As I mentioned at the beginning, I had a parcel delivered today. Inside were two Canon EOS cameras, the EOS 600D and the EOS 1100D, plus two lenses, a 18-55mm and the 18-135mm. It was exciting. I am still overwhelmed that I have been given this opportunity. I have them until mid Novemeber, so that should be plenty of time to play with them and work out how to use them.
First impressions, not bad. Once I charged the batteries and put them in, I found as I worked my way around them, without the manual, I was able to work out nearly everything that I wanted to know. There were a couple of things I had trouble with, and was stumped, but as I played more, I worked most of it out. There is always a way, and you really can’t do much damage by pressing buttons. Mess things up, yes, but nothing permanent. Tomorrow I will find the manuals and start to seriously go through what the cameras can do.
I would have liked to go out and take some photos but we have had one of those days of rain one minute, sun the next, and then rain again, and on and on.
I did manage to sneak out to my front garden in between showers and take a few photos. I had to have a try. I used the 1100D with the 18-55mm lens. It was easy to use, and I wasn’t unhappy with the images, there are still some things to work out, but it was good.
The camera was very nice to hold in my hands, and the weight, while a lot lighter than my Nikon cameras, wasn’t too bad. It would be a good camera and weight for people and I can understand why people like using it. I will be using it a lot more over the next couple of weeks, and I will let you know how I go with it.
This leads me to something else that I have wanted to talk to you about for awhile. I love doing this blog, but it does take up a lot of my time, which is fine, but it isn’t making me a living, and while I do make some money from the cycling events I photograph, it hasn’t been much lately. I need to try and make this blog make money, unfortunately. Which might mean going to companies and seeing if I can get sponsors or reviewing products. I want you to know that I will continue to do the posts on photography as I always have, but there might be a second part to the posts, like I have done today, where I will write about things that I am trying. I hope you will help me and continue to support my blog. I also want to reassure you that I would never review a product that I thought was terrible or not very good. I couldn’t do that, so if I do review something or tell you about products, then they will be ones that I like.
Enough on that. I hope you have a very photographic weekend, I am hoping to.