Just playing around a couple of days ago... The first picture is with the Sigma 120-400 at 400mm f/8. The roses are with the Nikon 18-300 at 230mm and 125mm respectively both at f/11. All pictures were handheld and all were light with natural sunlight. To get the black background for the roses I hung my old work jacket over the back of a kitchen chair and set the vase with rose on the seat of the chair.
For those of you who use Photoshop, (I use Photoshop CS4) I found an adjustment that helps get the background darkest black. It also helps set the brightest part of the picture properly.
In Photoshop from the pull down menu above the picture you are editing select Image then select Adjustments then select Levels. That should get you to the adjustments as shown above. See the little eyedroppers about midway down the right side? Click on the black eyedropper then go find the darkest part of your picture and click on it. Do the same with the white eyedropper and click on the lightest part of your picture. Suddenly the brightness and contrast are set just as they should be!
Aaron asked if I had tried cropping into the center of one of the wild flowers I posted yesterday... Here are a couple of center flower crops. I had no idea Dandelions had little feelers with pollen all over them until I zoomed in on it!
"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art." Ansel Adams
As I sat at the computer editing photos last night, I decided to start trying some of my photos in black and white. While adjusting them in Photoshop, I couldn't help but think of some of the Ansel Adams images I had seen over time.
Here are four images that I converted to black and white and selected to post (I have a few more that I will post later). All of these have color photos to match that I will also post some other time.
This is the view the old man had from the end of the walkway out to the lake. This is an HDR image made from five bracketed shots in the D800. I could have taken a nine shot bracket but there was some kid behind me telling me to get out of his shot. LOL
Ron and I were going to get up early and try to catch a few photos of the sunrise. We just didn't wake up in time. But the cloud bank was thick that day and made for a beautiful view anyway. I couldn't decide which perspective I liked on the bottom shot so I just posted them both. As you can see in the top photo, a tourist decide to walk into my shot.
Aaron and I had just finished shooting a spillway waterfall when these geese started to show up on the lake we were at. Aaron was switching lenses at the time (I think) and I wasn't paying attention to the settings on my camera so these came out a little blurry. I was in aperture priority at the time and didn't have a fast enough shutter speed to completely freeze the action.
Taking photos on the fly is getting harder and harder. I'm not sure my brain works that fast any more!
Parker your picture of the two Canadian Geese sleeping on the sand bar brought to mind this picture I took several weeks ago.
While heading up to Quatse Lake one rainy afternoon I saw this pair walking leisurely up the road, the rain didn't bother them, it just ran off their backs. It was as though they were two old friends reminiscing about old times. Funny to watch.
Our feathered friends certainly have inspired many a post on this blog site over the years...
Aaron and I found a spot on a lake just outside the refuge where 10-12 ospreys were diving into the lake for fish. We spent about two hours there taking a ton of photos. It's very difficult to hand hold the camera with a big lens and try to track the birds as they are soaring and diving. A lot of the photos weren't in focus or the lighting was off, including a couple of these that I have posted. It's time to buy that gimbal head I guess.
I had to switch to the Nikon D700 just to up the frame rate so I had a chance at catching some of the flying. This first shot was taken with the D700 and the Sigma 150-500mm lens at 500mm and cropped about 30%.
Diving into the water was something I have never seen a bird do before but these ospreys were going completely under water to get the fish. This one was on his way down.
Found this pair hiding their heads while standing on an exposed sandbar in the middle of Lost Lake. I guess they were taking a midday siesta? When I left about twenty minutes later, the two were in the same spot and position!
My Step-Son Jake and I took the dogs to the beach yesterday... Buster got to be the Videographer for the day. He was quite proud! Check out his video on YouTube if you have fast enough internet... www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKOUAXtmGEM
Don't fall off the mountain when you're trying ot take a photo!!
And what was he trying to take a photo of?
There was lots of water this trip. The mountain area received 6.9 inches of rain on Wednesday before our trip and the flooding was massive since there is mostly rock in this area and nothing for the water to soak into.
All of the lakes are now completely full from being more than half empty before. They all filled up in just a matter of hours.
Saw this young person playing on the beach with their dog a great distance away. The distortion of the heat rising off the beach adds quite an interesting effect to the picture! The above picture is about 1/10th crop of the original.