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Zoom Zoom

Back to a couple of “somewhat” abstract images that I took last weekend while attempting some in-camera effects. Both of these images were taken while zooming during the exposure. This first image was taken with an exposure time of 0.4…

…while this second image had an exposure of 1/2. Both are single exposure. the top on is straight out of the camera. I only slightly adjusted levels in Photoshop. The image below was tonemapped first in Photmatix Pro as a single exposure. What do you think?

As always you can click on the image to see a larger version.


A Flower By Any Other Name….

Project 52 – Entry #10

There’s a flowering plant in my backyard that’s been there since I moved in. I don’t know what it’s called (I’m really bad with plant names) but it amazes me as it keeps coming back year after year. You might be saying…”why is that so amazing?” For those of you that know me, know that my thumb isn’t that green and plants don’t tend to do well with me over the long haul. Anyway I don’t pay too much attention to the plant in question but I do water it and it rewards me every summer with pretty orange flowers.  The other evening I was sitting in the backyard as the sun was starting to set and the light hitting the flower was amazing so I ran inside to grab my camera.

This was the result. There was no additional post production on this image with the exception of tweaking levels slightly in Photoshop.

Canon XTi, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/6.3, 1/100, 51mm


The LIfe of a Cavalier

Project 52 – Entry #9

Sometimes you have to get creative close to home and photograph what you love. Let me introduce you to my 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel…Brady.

Brady asks for little. All he needs is a good run in the park to chase his ball, food and most importantly a cuddle with his family…which we’re only to happy to oblige.

Canon XTi, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/6.3, 1/500, 154mm

For this image I used Topaz Adjust to create a “painterly” look to the grass and then used a layer mask in Photoshop to mask in the original shot of Brady.

Regardless of where we are in the house or out Brady comes looking for us.

Here he found us relaxing in the backyard and wanted to join us.

Canon Xti, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/7.1, 1/80, 2

Once he joined us in the backyard he assumed his favourite position…on my husband’s lap….Ahhhh…it doesn’t get any better then this.

Canon XTi, Sigma 18-200mm, f/5, 1/125, 51mm


Chasing Sunsets

Project 52 – Entry #6

The photographic goal for this week was to capture a sunset. My plan went a little awry when I got to the pond not far from my home and came across a whole bunch of geese (I guess the correct term is a gaggle) and ducks and their respective families.

So forgetting about my original quest for the moment off I went chasing my fine feathered friends.

Canon EOS Xti, Sigma 18 - 200mm f/7.1 1/50 200mm

This duck was watching over its many ducklings as they were playing in a muddy patch on the side of the path. She was just in a perfect spot because the setting sun was coming through the bushes which gave this shot it’s golden glow.

Canon EOS Xti, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/6.3 1/100 24mm

As the geese were parading down the path I got down low and prepared to take a picture of them walking towards me when all of the sudden this little girl ran in front of me to see the babies. Perfect! Sometimes things happen for a reason. I desaturated the background a touch to get a more “vintage” look.

Canon EOS Xti, Sigma 10-22mm, f/22 0.4 20mm

Finally what I came for. This is a 3 shot bracketed exposure processed as a HDR image (this post is getting lengthy so I’ll save the HDR conversation for next week’s post)

A Parting Shot…someone wasn’t so impressed with my picture taking abilities.