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Further Adventures with Photoshop

I have never professed to be anything other than a complete newbie when it comes to photoediting software.  Indeed, I have always left that type of thing to Jeannette, who is many times more creative than I.  However, once again I find that in order to achieve the result that I want, I have to force myself to do some learning in the evening.  I am rapidly seeing the truth of the saying, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!’.  Never mind.  Whilst accepting that I never will properly master all of the benefits that can accrue from familiarisation with Photoshop, I have been having a go at one particular aspect tonight.  I have always been impressed with photos that somehow manage to have colour in the middle of a black and white image, so I resolved to learn how it was done.  Now, I am no expert, but after several hours of hair tearing etc, I have come up with two images.  One is my favourite phone box in Antigua, in Nelson’s Dockyard, and the other is of my old RX7 convertible.  I don’t think they are too bad for a first effort.  Let me know what you think  🙂

 

Phone Home from Nelson’s Dockyard

 

In Remembrance of Rose

Until the next time, enjoy.

 

Chris

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Landscapes

Following on from my last post, I have continued to work at understanding the Nikon Capture NX2 software, and it continues to confuse me.  Never fear, I will prevail.  It just may take a little time.  When I have had enough brainstorming, I then try to put into action that which I have supposedly learnt.  This week, I have been looking at my first efforts with landscapes (of one type or other).  It is a subject that I am interested in, so I thought I might share these efforts with you, my loyal reader.  So here we go:

This was the view from my study window in November last year.  I like the contrast in the sky, changing from grey to blue, and the way the farm and windmill are partially hidden by the snow-laden trees.  I suspect it is better seen as a larger image.  Just click on the image to get the effect.  The trees behind the house were still bare when, earlier this year, we had a striking sunset.  These displays tend only to last a few minutes, so there was a frantis searching for the camera, and knob twirling etc.  Finally, the shot was taken, and then submitted to trial by me and Capture NX2.  Actually, I quite like it:

I really quite like the warmth of the sunset colours in the depth of our winter.  A pity the snow had gone in one way, although I rather feel that snow lying could have made exposure quite difficult to judge.  Having done the 2 rather wintry pictures, I needed to cheer myself up, so decided to search out a picture of my favourite Caribbean island, St Kitts.  I took this photograph a year ago as we approached the island on our cruise ship, and it really did turn out better than I thought:

Again, please click on the image to get the best look at this picture.  It was considerably warmer there than it was here when I took the other two!

As always, please enjoy my pictures;  as usual, I would welcome any constructive comments, good or bad.

 
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Posted by on 12/02/2011 in Landscape

 

It’s amazing ……..

what can be done with software programmes and digital photographs. When I last took photos as a hobby, I was using a Canon slr film camera, and one was limited to using filters for special effects, unless you had your own darkroom.

Now, I use a DSLR, a Nikon D90, and I am just starting to learn a bit about the camera. I also have some Nikon software that allows all manner of changes to be made to your picture. It is a whole new world after film photography, and I am not sure I will ever totally get a grip of it. However, I am just starting out, and I liked what I did to this one – another photograph over my favourite river Trent power station 🙂

Constructive comments always welcome!

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2011 in Landscape

 

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CC Photography Blog

This will (hopefully) be a blog to showcase and publicise my venture into the world of photography. Ultimately, I would like to develop into a photographer that is capable of producing results that would be commercially viable. This is supposed to mark the start of the journey.

To that end, I would welcome any sensible and constructive comments regarding any of the pictures posted here. Although it is too early to decide upon any specialisation, I am interested in architecture and particularly in churches, so I suspect that they will feature prominently. Some landscape work, and local shots reflecting life in Lincoln and the county is another area of interest. Finally, I would like to try some portrait shoots, but have yet to find a suitable model (one who will work for free – or at least just for the pictures). I live just outside the city of Lincoln, UK, so if there are any other photographers, or budding photographers, out there who would like to get in touch, please drop me a line.

Thanks,

Chris

 
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Posted by on 29/01/2011 in Landscape

 

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