View from my kitchen window ...
... Holiday Moon
Sorry about being away for a bit - started working, had computer glitch, now have new computer and wonderful monitor! This shot taken after dinner through double-pane window (room dark) of the full moon rising over a nearby pond showing some very nice holiday lights reflections. The odd cast to the image probably comes from the window. This was a fairly long exposure. Comments and suggestions welcome. Note-I was one floor above ground so going outside to shoot didn't get the same view.
Bi-Weekly Challenge - Shot in the Dark
Last summer I read two articles about low light photography. One was dealing with the high amount of noise we get in low light situations (which is even exaggerated at higher ISOs). The other article was discussing the EXTREME limitation of digital to handle all the levels in a "full range" light scene, as in a night photo with a moon or lights, as I have here. HDR (as Stan discussed a little) can expand the range significantly. I found these photos in my "Experimental" folder and thought they were appropriate for the challenge. If you care to bare with me, the following is the result of my experiment with these problems. Please be aware that I did not try to get the "perfect" photo (eg. the moon is blown out, next time...) Also, somehow in the moving the files around I lost the EXF data but as I recall I must have used an f-stop of 3.5 and multi-second exposures with no filters, on a tripod with cable release. I use not flash, only the lights that pre-existed in the garden. Although, on one of the HDR composites I used a led flashlight to paint the rose in the foreground. The thumbnail is the scene at sunset as I was setting up.
I read to help with the noise problem to take 2 or 3 shots exactly the same and merge them. Since "noise" is random it tends to cancel out. Hey, it worked. Here is the Final Image,Closeup before merge, Closeup after merge. (most of that is JPEG noise so would be better if I had shot it in RAW).
HDR images have a reputation of being over saturated, over detailed, and heavily contrasty. (I like that look) But they don't have to be, the technique described by Stan earlier can be use to capture the detail in the shadows and in the highlights that would be other wise lost. Here I simply used three exposures, one capturing all the shadows, midrange, and highlights (except the moon and lights).
BY night s.jpg
Shannon + Camping
Two quick pics from my recent camping trip. The first one is just a plain, ordinary shot I thought was rather well composed.
The second shot, however, is the interesting one. This picture, Shannon reading in front of the campfire, was taking with a 30 second shutter. I lit the scene by running around shining my flashlight on anything that looked interesting. I think it turned out pretty well, but I wish I had colored gells so I could emulate Troy Pavia.
Shannon at the Campfire
Ship at Night
Here's a shot from my cruise. Taken the first night on the ship while we were checking it out.
Thanks for looking! Have a Wonderful Day! :o)
Last night i captured the Howling Moon jan 29, 2010.jpg it was the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It offers anyone with clear skies an opportunity to identify easy-to-see features on the moon.
This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the notion that hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights.
* channel 11 fox news picked this pic to show on the news last night..
I am back ... :) i have been away far too long and this is where i have met many wonderful photographers who have taught me so much.. I am forever grateful to each of you for your patience and for not giving up on me...
blessings, Ms Judi
Howling Moon jan 29, 2010.jpg
Just went out to learn more about using my exposure time and aputure settings.
I have new garden lights that make a nice glow in my front garden. I decided to take some photos.
Let me know how they are. Would like to learn more on how to do night shots. This is a Nikon D40 camera, some limitations at what i can do with it. Tri pod used also.;)
1/10, f/10, iso400
Testing my digital
My wife and I spent the evening of July 4th sitting on the deck of a local restaurant where we had a good view of the fireworks. I shot several photos there, both the daylight scenery and after dark. pier next to the restaurant pier after dark freeway and dock
Last photo is a shot I used in sepia mode of the walkway of our temporary draw bridge. night walk
I think I get my money's worth out of the camera. My instructors at college always encouraged us to look at things with a new eye, and this camera has helped me do that.
White Sands Night
Roll 1 my first Autofocus SLR<revised>
Well This is some of my better shots from roll 1. You have to keep in mind i've been taking photos with this SLR camera for not even a week yet too, yet please be critical on my photos and help me grow in the field of photography.
These photos below are some I took of downtown Tupelo, MS my small town were i currently reside. Please feel free to mention anything that would help me improve those shots. They were the best I thought off this roll and perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
That of The Hardware store where Elvis Purchased his first Guitar
This is of our old captial building.
A time exposure with a telephoto lense. My first :)
This is roll one i have another roll of film of some nature shots i will be uploading very soon. Please again critique me let me know what I am doing wrong.
After Dark Theme
Playing On The Freeway
Well above the freeway anyway.
I'd been wanting to try this with my digital for a long time. I shot some years ago on film but there is so much guessing involved. All shots with my 20D and 50mm F 1.8 lens. ISO 100. The time period was from just after sunset until fall on your rear dark. Taken from a freeway overpass.
If you decide to try this... do NOT drop your camera. You will mess it up! Wear light colored clothes so you don't get your butt run over by someone on the overpass.
Sorry about the summer rerun. I'd rather have been able to go shoot new ones.
Building up the gallery
Well, the following are some pics of my backlog:
Steak 'n' Shake has been a rather big part of my life for the last few years. It's a great place to spend several hours, working on just about anything, open 24 hours, so they'll always welcome you. Though I haven't been there so much during the last couple of years, it still holds a bit of importance to me. Here's a monoscopic shot I did with my Stereo Realist. Had some major problems with the camera that night, so this is one of the few shots that came out decent.
Hibernia is where I live. It's the only apartment complex I've ever seen with its own cemetery right in the middle of the complex. But that was because Carlisle Cemetery was closely connected to the old town of Hibernia, OH. Hibernia, though, is now folded in as part of Columbus. I have some slides of the cemetery. Maybe I'll post them someday once I get the slides scanned.
This was a fun shoot... had my roommate go up and start firing the flash at the building to illuminate it even more. The ones living there didn't really enjoy it, though. This is some of my digital photography.
The Hunting Master -- well, Jaegermeister isn't something I actually enjoy, but I love the bottles. Another Digital photo of mine.
lookin east , looking north , looking north-east , looking striaght out , looking west looking down , looking up
And then the night shots
night-1 , night-2 , night-3 night-4 . Boy, I would love to live here. Lucky guy
Night of city
Lights from nightclub says. 'One more bottle of beer!'
Continuing the night theme, on Australia Day (Jan 26) we went to the South Perth foreshore for the fireworks (along with a few hundred thousand other people). Perth at Night Fireworks! More fireworks!
Sunset at Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle, on a warm summer night when there were big bushfires in the hills. As we walked down to the harbour there was ash falling from the sky, despite being 40km away from the action.
And finally, the War Memorial at Kings Park.