When the sun sets

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Friday 27/7/13, Sunset Botany Bay, With Micah. 1/125, f4 ISO100

Being out when the sun sets like this is always stunning, Botany Bay (even), is no exception.

On Thursday (at tech) we looked into photo merge. Between LR and photoshop you have some pretty smart programming. This is my first attempt, so there are areas to work on. I have about 50 images (joined) here, maybe I could of used less,maybe more in the outer corners, next time. Jim, (my teacher) recommended these tips:

1)Focus on your subject that you want focused, then turn to manual focus. 2) Take your image 3) move up and down your subject, either side to side , or up and down, taking images,MAKING SURE you overlap by 30%. 3) Import to LR, apply lens correction, white balance if needed 4) Resize your images ( or else it will take for ever in the alignment ) and open up in photoshop either through LR:photo, edit in, merge in LR as panorama, or import under Merge to Panorama which is somewhere in Photo shop, file,merge as panorama. 4) follow the pop upsThe program does the rest. Have fun.

Photographic study

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I took these images at the beach on Thursday. Some of it is really ugly. The chair has become a bit of a photographic study, but I’m a biggy for beach textures. I shot the night before and didn’t check the ISO which was set too 1000, and thought it strange the camera was metering at a fairly fast shutter speed in the gloom and rain.: I was really time pressed, but still the study turned out interesting for me. I always try and stick to the native ISO, but Ive got to say, I dont mind a bit of grain and I used to push process in film to create more grain. In some circumstances its nice. I was really surprised that before editing, the images picked up in strong sepia tones, but still, I opted mainly for the B&W. I suppose the different  colour rendition is partly from the jacked up ISO as well as  lighting conditions, it just renders differently.The 70-200 lens did a nicer job than my wide angle, and the chair has stayed in the same place despite the tides.

Ouch

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As some of you may know Sydney had a huge storm on Saturday night. There was so much lightning it was surreal, like one of those fake movies. In the morning there was debris everywhere. Theses pine balls probably weigh over a kilo each, because they are green. They fell from really tall trees, so I’m glad I was in bed.

The Rosella

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This has been a little project that I started with the children when on holidays.It describes summer stuff,  and will complete a little family book Ive been working on. I think the backdrop still needs some work. I’ll see how time goes, now that I’m back on the study track. The kids are straight out of the pool, but I think I’ll try shooting earlier in the day next time too. Can’t believe how sore my fingers are from drawing.