City Beach Morning

29 03 2008

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Decided to get up early to take some photo this morning . Didnt get any thing great but .

The one above is a only 2 stitched one of City Beach just durring the first bits of light coming into the sky .

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This one was a 4 stitch job , Took this one as i was leaving still had the marks from the tripod wanted to see how much difference the lighting could make

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Trigg Beach

28 03 2008

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This was another shot from the other afternoon down just north of Trigg Beach of Western Australia.

It was almost dark when I took this shot but there was still a bit of light coming throught the sky .  

This was a 2 image stitch with 2 exposures for each shot , One for the sky and one for the land and water . I stitched the images in PTGui .

 I used the Layer Function in Photoshop to blend the different exposures of each shot .

I probally could have made it a bigger stitch but was worried about the fading light as the shutter timings of each shot where quite long .

Also experimenting with boarders .





3rd and 4th Image From the Sunset

25 03 2008

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This is the 3rd Image I have processed from yesterday .

So far this one is my favourite .

Again I used the layer function in PS to create multiplue layers with different exposures .

I have found this method yeilds a far better quality image with a Hi Dynamic Range then any of the HDR programs (eg. photomatix pro etc) out there .

I only had wished there was a bit more movment in the water to pull the viewer in  instead of it being so washed out .

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This is the 4th Image I have processed from Yesterday . Was really happy how the sky turned out . The only things I could have improved was to set my exposure brackets further apart as had to increase the RAW exposure of the ramp as it was a bit to dark which degraded the image slighly.





2nd Shot form Yesterday afternoon

24 03 2008

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This another shot I took at Sunset yesterday . Liked the colors in this shot , felt composition could have been better .

Only wished I had a wide angle lens .

Well Im upgrading my kit soon , I currently shot with a Cannon EOS 400D and standard Kit lens . I was looking at getting a new wide angle , prim lens and a telphoto zoom . The wide angle lens i was thinking of getting was the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

The prim lens I was thinking was Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM as I have heard the quality of prim lens are a lot better .

And i didnt have any idea on what Telephoto Zoom lens to get , was looking at spending around $1000 on it . I was also looking at upgrading my camera next year to a Canon 40 D . Any suggestions and advise would be great .

I have also found this website which I have found has the best prices for gear http://www.digitalrev.com , I know a few people who have ordered from them and said they were fast and reliable





Sunset At the Beach

24 03 2008

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After missing the last few sunset , I decided to head down to the beach after work .

I finished work at 18:00 so by the time I drove home to get my gear then drive north of the river to the beach , I just made it before the sunset .

 This was one of the shots i captured , It was actually 3 different expourse ,

One for the rocks , one for the water and one for the sky . I also used a Cokin ND filter on the sky to length the exposure time . Open all the images in photoshop again and created different layers for each then earsed the parts of the images I didnt want .

After that curves , levels , sat ect were done . 





Yesterday Morning

19 03 2008

I decided to get up early yesterday morning after I missed the amazing sunrise the following afternoon.Head down to the swan river fore shore in Attadale. Was really still morning on the fore shore and managed to snap a few pics off before I realized my camera battery was flat. I had forgot to turn the power on when I put it in to charge the night before.

I still managed to get this shot off.

Even though the water was really carm, it was still quite dark so I was using longer shutter speed. With the longer shutter speed, the boats were slightly blurred from the movement. So I took another shot with slower speed to capture a fairly sharp image of the boats.

In photo shop I opened the first shot I took of the landscape with blurred boats, I then made a new layer with the second shot I took of the boats. I used a light eraser to erase the entire top image except the boats. Which left me with a correct exposure on the landscape and still sharp boats in the image.

I had to dodge the boats a bit in photoshop to bring up the exposure of them, so they weren’t so dark. Also edited curves, levels, sat and contrast. Was quite happy with the end result.

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Mauritius Jetty Sunset

14 03 2008

This was a 6 shot panorama I took while in Mauritius a few weeks ago .

Its of the paradise Cove Resorts Jetty at Sunset . Probally not one of the best shots I have taken was a bit rushed taking it and composition could have probally been better , but liked the colors in this shot .

There are a few little stitching mistakes in the shot as just I just used a normal cheap tripod with no pan head .

 Comments and critisim most welcome as still fairly new and learning

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