After pondering the feedback about the image I submitted for RAJ’s closeup/macro lesson, I realized my understanding of shutter speed was a bit fuzzy and in need of study. So with a bean bag for camera support and the Nikon set on auto-focus (I did not want to be impeded by my lack of experience with manual focus), I experimented with 40 various macro images of peppercorn and Himalayan salt. Of the four posted above, my preference is f/11 at 1.30 seconds.
The image I submitted for RAJ’s “frame your subject” lesson was revisited to darken the lit rectangle on the left as it was noted to be a distraction.
RAJ’s notation about the sunflower image in portrait mode brought to mind a photo article about how, as a camera moves closer, an peanut in a match box transforms from an image of a peanut to one of a piece of sculpture. In the sunflower image (right) I cropped the image in portrait and followed up with a bit of clean up along the bottom with Photoshop’s content-fill.
At this time last year my photography was put aside due to eye surgery. This was followed by the discontent that overwhelmed me during January’s freezing snow storms, unrelenting winds, and gray-toned skies. In April it was grief that eventually moved me to pick up my camera as a way to visually honor my mother’s life. Reviewing the images created in 2016 brings forth gratitude as photography motivates me to move outside of myself and to see the world anew. Thank each and everyone of you for being a part of my blog journey. May 2017 be defined by your continued awe-inspiring creative works.
As I began my editing of Robin’s raw image in Capture One, I also applied a keystone adjustment to the ferris wheel before cropping and moving into ON 1 Enhance Effects and then Color Efex Pro 2. While in Color Efex, I played around with their Detail Extractor, Tonal Contrast, Vintage, and Sunlight layers before ending with Polaroid Transfer to give it a holiday souvenir touch. I then finished the image with Photoshop’s dodging tool to lightly bring out the reflections in the water.