Hope everyone is recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday. Getting back into the everyday routine is really difficult. The next three weeks will be spent in a frantic overload pace - as many other families will be as well. It was a nice Thanksgiving for us - family, too much food, and seeing some fall color. Seems we've shifted in weather to almost winter (34 deg this morning taking the kids to school) but hopefully next week we'll be back to our normal weather for this time of year. Speaking of weather (had to sneak it in), we've been receiving some rain around the state, not enough to alleviate the drought, but certainly enough to lift the burn bans on many counties - which is a step in the right direction. Hope you enjoy my one picture of fall color we saw in East Texas (the yellows are really visible, but the reds are just starting to show).
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|Galveston Island State Park|
The above picture was taken at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, in the middle of the afternoon (I know very bad time for taking pictures), but I wanted a few very quick pics to play with. I needed to do some research to figure out how to set my camera for bracketing and also quickly found out I would have to shoot in a manual mode (aperature priority) - not my favorite thing to do - but this will force me to get better. I used 3 stops up/down and fused 3 pictures together using HDR software (Photomatix Essentials). I didn't crop this - this is how it came out of the camera. Once in the HDR software I applied the "painterly" tone mapping. There are other choices & you can preview before you save the fused file/picture.
Here are some details of what I did/used to get this picture. Keep in mind that I've reduced the file size of this picture for the web - way down.
Camera - Nikon D90
polarizer filter on (for color saturation & glare)
bracketing set for F3 (3 stops +/- around the balanced photo
aperature priority (F4.5)
Here's another photo of a gull that I applied the deep tone map affect - wish our water in this area was that nice blue (it is usually kind of muddy), but it makes for a nice picture. Same camera, aperature priority, auto focus, with polarizing filter (because yes I was taking pictures in the middle of the day). This picture has been cropped. I really like the sharp/bright colors of the granite/rock he is standing on as well.
|Gull at Texas City Dike, Texas|
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|A rider's hands help guide the horse.|
FYI... the fingers should be closed.
|A young horse looks relaxed in her |
first dressage show.