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
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
Exposure: 1/5 second