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OceanOak's Gallery Comments
I find the animal tracks interesting. Some look like bicycle tyre tracks but probably snakes pushing against the sand. We used to get a TV programme, here, called the Bush Tucker Man. He was in the Australian army and it was his job to investigate bush tucker and survival methods. He wore a felt hat with a dent low at the front rising to tall at the back like a shark fin in profile.
Good job. I use this lens too. It will take a full set of extension tubes which doubles the magnification. A problem with the extension tubes is that there is no exif information when you come to check the photos later so it is impossible to know when they were used unless there is some scale in the view. A notebook or a voice recorder might be the answer. I need to check if an initial flash will stun a insect long enough to take a second shot, bees never stay still long enough and mostly have their heads down. This is a great face to face shot. I use a flat sheet of expanded polyethylene closed cell foam A4 size fixed to the SB900 flash with a couple of elastic bands. With the flash pointing forward this slightly floppy sheet acts a canopy and deflects the flash down beyond the lens thus avoiding lens shadow on the subject. It is all very portable.
I used Akvis Sketch for the basic conversion to a drawing and saved it as a jpeg. Then I opened the jpeg in Photoshop to finish the rendering with a little HDR and attention to various levels like contrast. It is not necessary to come into PS as there are many controls in AS, I was just playing to see what might happen. I have a bought version of AKVIS SKETCH but fist downloaded a trial version and liked the results. Thanks for the votes.
Thanks. I downloaded a trial copy of Akvis Sketch a couple of years ago, liked the results and bought. Loads of variables that can be changed or adjusted, great fun . Works well for buildings and structures. Results are almost instant with little or no changes to the default settings.
I was experimenting with focus stacking in Photoshop. Always love that moment of pure magic at the end of the process when the in-focus image appears on the screen. I have only tried Photoshop but there are a number of dedicated software focus stackers that may do as good or better. The software can introduce artefacts where it is unable to resolve what is happening in the scene. This can happen on edges where one object is in front of another.
Agree about the frame. Doing City and Guilds of London photography level 1 (first year) so frame is for presentation and just to show that I know how to do it in Photoshop. He was running round the rim of an old plastic pill bottle where he lives. He was like a toy train on a track. The camera was handheld and flash was used to freeze the motion. F36 was required to get the depth of field so aperture was just about open and exposure time would have been too long. At the speed he was moving he would not have been recorded without the flash.
Don't have much against hosting the Olympics but part of the idea is that there is some betterment, social housing, training facilities etc. but here the turf will have to be lifted again, hardly a Champs-Élysées in the making. Maybe it will go to returf some Council property. Great photo, one for the history books. Assume that grass hasn't been added in Photoshop.
Thanks, Nathan, Not quite the Strand Road but very close. Note the railway signal lights towards the bottom of the picture. The only line into the city runs under the bridge on this Waterside bank of the river. I believe that developers would be happy to close this section of line and take this riverside land for building.