Friday, February 15, 2013

Swans on the River Stour

Swans on the River Stour by right2roam
Swans on the River Stour, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.
It seems so long ago. I had just bought my first digital camera, a second hand early generation Sony Cybershot. I was having so much fun trying out all of its bells and whistles, and I was instantly addicted to my new ability to see my results and process images without waiting.

At the time, to me, digital didn't offer many advantages over film, but seemed like more of a trade off. This camera was rated highly for its class, but sometimes the colors just didn't seem quite right. Greens and yellows didn't appear natural. The camera didn't offer a RAW file option, dynamic range was lacking, and the low resolution and graininess compared with today's equipment left something to be desired. One technique I played with and found somewhat effective was using the camera's black and white preset while holding a yellow or orange filter in front of the lens.

This morning I "rediscovered" the folder where I archived all of these images, and enjoyed the flood of memories from travels and experimentation with that old fossil. This is one of my favorites, and I'm considering posting a few more, perhaps as a small portfolio of my earlier photography. Then you can be the judge as to whether or not my work has gotten any better over time and with better equipment.

I wonder where that dinosaur is now and if it's still being used.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frosty Contrast

Frosty Contrast
Frosty Contrast, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

Sometimes you just have to look a little closer. Most of my portfolio consists of landscapes, but I'm always on the lookout for interesting patterns and textures on a smaller scale. I came across these frosted leaves while hiking in the Bavarian Alps late last Fall.

This morning reworked the full color version of this frame into several editions. In this monochrome conversion I applied a little dodge and burn to intensify the highlights and shadows, accentuating the textures and patterns in the leaves.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Silver Streams

Silver Streams by right2roam
Silver Streams, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

I don't consider this photo to anything spectacular, but I'll share it anyway. The direction I'm going with this is a little different than my usual posts. I don't have access to the RAW file for this image, but I thought I'd process anyway, in jpeg. Yeah, yeah, what a waste. Right? Maybe you're right. Not surprisingly, the jpeg file just doesn't contain enough detail to really make this scene shimmer. Maybe the RAW file doesn't either, but when I get home I'm going to re-work this and hopefully see a significant difference in quality. I'll share the result here soon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Day's End - Sfinari Beach

Day's End - Sfinari Beach by right2roam
Day's End - Sfinari Beach, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.
First of all, Happy New Year to you all. Wishing you a peaceful, prosperous, and blessed 2013.

January 1st brings me some long overdue down time, and I thought that part of the pause should include a long overdue post to Right2Roam. For anyone who has been following this, thank you for taking notice. Comments and feedback are always welcome.

In my last post I mentioned that I would be going to South Africa for my 1st photo safari. Unfortunately I had to cancel the trip, but certainly not remove it from my bucket list. In fact, I've been on the road a lot lately, but without my good camera. Travel highlights include a short stopover at beautiful Chain Lakes. The downside of traveling so light: I'm now very low on quality new material. The plus side: I've had some time to study new post-processing techniques and practice them on old material. Purists don't worry. I still haven't tainted my work with HDR techniques. Traveling light means added challenge as lately I've been working only with my now 5-year old notebook computer, but with good results. I'm still sticking to basic masks and layers, with a little dodging and burning added in. Natural and subtle are the key words here.

Here's a shot that I took back in 2009. I was fairly pleased with the original, but in this version the foreground and sky are better balanced, and I was able to subtly bring out some details in the rocks.

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 16 mm
Aperature: f/20
Exposure: 1/5 second
ISO 50