Flying the flag

Flying the flag

As I surveyed the harbour at Seahouses, I was struck by the boats flying the Northumbrian flag. Then I noticed the prevalence of red and yellow in this scene. So, I took this shot with a view to doing a ‘pop out’ of these colours.

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HDR sunflowers #2

HDR sunflowers #2

I was wondering if I could do anything to improve the image that Google produced from my shots (see yesterday’s entry). I came up with this:

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Simply, I de-saturated the blue and cyan to turn the sky grey. This seems to put more emphasis on the flowers, which I prefer. Of course, I’m a bit biased – so let me know what you think. Which version do you like most?

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HDR sunflowers #1

HDR sunflowers #1

Earlier this week I mentioned that I’ve struggled to get decent photos of these sunflowers.  My efforts to capture their size and height have not succeeded.

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In fact, I deleted all of the files from this particular shoot.

But, I had uploaded them to my computer to view them. And, as a result, Google Photos automatically uploaded them and then produced this HDR version for me. I quite like it, but it’s a complete accident. Maybe, I wasn’t patient enough with my original shots, or lacked the imagination to process them as HDR.

Anyway, I’m happy with what Google has done with them!

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Isolated peony

Isolated peony

This week I’m going to post some ‘alternative’ treatments of flowers (and leaves).

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I’ve noticed some photographers using this approach for flower photos. So, I’ve given it a whirl with this peony.

I don’t think I’ll repeat this isolated approach. For me, the lack of context detracts from the image.

Or, maybe I’m doing it wrong?

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Abstract blossom #2

Abstract blossom #2

While I was attracted to this bundle of petals (as I described yesterday), it’s one of the rare occasions when I could see the post-processed image before I took the shot.

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Instinctively, I thought that it would work in monochrome, with some petals picked out through a layer mask.

I like it, I’d love to know what you think.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Urania reflections – variation #2

Urania reflections – variation #2

Having converted this image to black and white, I felt that it had something to offer.

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So, given my limited Photoshop skills, I added a layer mask to bring the colour through on the reflection only. I really like this version. Then, I confused myself by reversing the idea.

Now I don’t know which version I prefer. Any thoughts?

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Urania reflections – variation #1

Urania reflections – variation #1

I’ve decided to use an image that I posted earlier this week for my weekend ‘processing variations’.

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. While the reflection is still evident, I find the image is a bit flat and lifeless. But I had a feeling that there was something to be extracted from the monochrome treatment. So I gave it another go… which you’ll see tomorrow.

 

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Southbank in motion

Southbank in motion

Continuing the theme of motion blur that emerged on our recent visit to London…

This one is taken on the Southbank at approximately 8 p.m. There were plenty of people around to create movement and energy. I used a five second exposure, so I’m grateful to the people to the right of the image for sitting still!

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I seem to be going through a monochrome phase in my post processing preferences. If you want to see the colour or the simple black and white versions, check out my Flickr page.

 

Borough High Street reflections #1

Sometimes my eye catches something, and I know that I want to capture it. The first thing that grabbed my attention in this image was the reflection of Southwark cathedral.

But I felt that there was more to the shot than that. As I stood considering what was missing, I became aware of the bus approaching. Beyond a vague notion of the ‘rule of thirds’, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. As luck would have it, the bus stopped in the bottom right of my viewfinder! Ideally, I’d have liked it a few feet further back – to get more red in shot and to cover the letters ‘ST’. But i like what I got anyway.