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.