sooty 36

If you have got to this page then you have clicked on one of my pics and i thank you for that. It's been a few years since i have posted here on a regular basis and have only recently started to upload again. Hopefully in that time my photography and processing has improved lol Thanks for any comments you leave and critique is always welcome.
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  • Times Past

    Tank you #Daisymaye
    • 11 May 2014 10:29AM
  • Under Milkwood - Y Wenallt

    Very nice capture.
    • 20 Mar 2013 6:32PM
  • The Great Train Dance

    Quote:Great editing work! what did you do?
    This is a HDR image made from a single raw file. Normally to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images you use 3 or 5 images or more taken at different exposure settings to make sure you cover the whole "Dynamic" range of light and colours. They are then blended/processed or to give it the correct term of "Tone mapping" in HDR software such as Photomatix which is what i have used on this picture. There are of course lots of different HDR software on the market. Photomatix is probably what most people use these days although Oloneo is fast becoming popular. Both are available for free trail downloads. Photomatix puts a watermark on any saved files, whereas Oloneo is fully functional with no restrictions. You just loose the save capability after 30 days. Both pieces of software have the capability to process single files.

    As for the workflow on the above image.....Like i have said it was made from a single raw file opened up in photomatix. After adjusting the various sliders to get something like the effect i was after i hit "process" This then gave me a tone mapped image. But because it was only made up from a single image it was still lacking in detail. So I tone mapped the tone mapped image again, giving me a double process if you like.

    The next thing to do is to open it up in photoshop once i had saved the image to do the final finishing touches. I used various Nik software plug-in filters. ie, Color Efex pro and Silver Efex pro, along with some selective sharpening.
    There are other different ways to process from a single image file, this was the method i used to process this image. Smile
    Hope this has answered some of your questions Smile

    • 19 Mar 2013 11:35PM
  • Happy Birthday

    Without getting too bogged down with lots of technical jargon as you're new to photography. in short the answer to your question as to why this pic has more yellow light and not so bright as your other picture, is that the flash went off in the other shot and not in this one and the only light from the candles is lighting the shot, giving you the warm yellow light you see here. If you look above this post you will see all the camera data etc Smile
    • 8 Mar 2013 4:58PM
  • Beauchamp Chapel

    Quote:Thank you for posting this beautiful chapel cuz this is going to be a place I would definately love to go to and marvel at the design and architecture.
    What is ghosting? Im new to photography.

    If you look at the picture to the left you will see a ghostly figure of a person. This happens when you take a picture and that person has moved while the shutter is open. In this instance the picture is what we call a HDR (High Dynamic Range) picture, made up of 3 or more shots (called bracketing). One shot is of the correct exposure. One shot is under exposed and one shot is over exposed. Then the images are processed in HDR software (i use Photomatix) and blended together, called tone mapping revealing the full dynamic range of light and detail etc that our eyes can see, but the camera cannot in just one shot. The saved HDR image is then further processed in Photoshop to get a final picture.
    When you are taking HDR shots the lighting may not be as bright as it could be so when the camera is taking the over exposed shot, the shutter could be open for a few seconds and during that time if someone walks through your shot, or moves, that's when you get ghosting. If you ever intend to do some HDR work in the future, you will need a try-pod. There are many, many web sites and forums all about HDR photography and that topic can be found here in EPZ also. Smile
    Hope this helps.

    • 8 Mar 2013 7:13AM
  • Lady Chapel Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

    Nicely done. Good balance in the processing.
    • 6 Mar 2013 9:30AM
  • Liverpool Big Wheel

    Nicely done.
    • 3 Mar 2013 11:38PM
  • Such beautiful images. You have a wonderful PF.


  • Hello Bruce.
    I`ve been going through your portfolio. Been through most of them, but just way too many right now lol. I havent commented on any, just left clicks! The main reason being lost for words without keep repeating myself lol. Just like you having trouble to find titles. The one word I will use to describe them is ...WOW!! The quality of your work is outstanding and have that wow factor and to be congratulated.
    keep up the excellent work.
  • Hello Jeanie. I have to say. You have a lovely portfolio and some fantastic pictures. You you be proud at your work. It can be very humbling when you take a shot of something and you think you have done a reasonable job...untill you see some of the work on here, such as yours. But rather than get downhearted etc. It only gives me more inspiration and ideas. Still trying to get the best from my cam and still learning. We can only get better...Oh well..."onwards and upwards" lol
    Keep up the great work.
    • Posted on jeanie's profile
    • 22 Mar 2006 11:11AM
  • Hello Rob. been looking through your PF and you have taken some awesome shots. I`m amazed you havent recieved more attention. Keep up the good work.
  • Hello Samantha. Been looking at your portfolio. Wow! Puts my pics to shame. But i`m a novice and got lots to learn. As you saw on my portfolio, I haven`t done many flower shots....Still trying to find my direction at the moment lol. Thought I would Have a looksee at your work. Brill is all I can say and it gives me inspiration.