First Attempt at Subtle HDR

This is my first attempt at HDR using Lightroom 3 and the Enfuse plugin.  This is the result of 13 images with 1/3 stop difference in exposure between each image.

I’m quite pleased with the result as a first attempt, and I think that it looks reasonably natural and reflects what I actually saw in the field.

Compare this to the middle exposure of the batch.

This is the unedited mid-range exposure.  In an ideal world it probably needs about 1/2 to 2/3 of a stop more exposure, but I have used this as an example, and as you can see there is much more detail in the tree trunk and shadows.

Old v New

I’ve been using my old Canon 35mm bodies quite a bit lately, even more so since finding some Fuji Superia in date but going cheap at the Weymouth Morrisons.
One thing that I have really grown to dislike about my DSLRs since using my 35mm bodies is the pathetically small viewfinder on the modern cameras.
The comparison between looking through a Canon T90 or Canon A1 and an EOS 40D is like the difference between a 14″ CRT and a 32″ Plasma screen, the old 35mm cameras are just so much nicer to look through, and I notice more details in the larger viewfinder that I just can’t pick out in the DSLR.

Now I find myself preferentially picking up the 35mm bodies rather than the DSLR, despite the cost of processing.

Week 6 (2012-02-12) – Winter Skyline

We took a trip up to Compton Valence this afternoon to see the snowdrops, but were a bit disappointed with the poor show that has been brought on by the unseasonably warm weather followed by snow and ice.

The light wasn’t brilliant today, and I’m not all that happy with the shots that I managed to get, but I did quite like this one, though I think that it could do with a little more exposure.

Last of the Camera Gear Arrives

Last year, I spent a bit of time playing around with a 2 speedlite setup and have been meaning to get a third speedlite.  This week, I finally took the plunge and ordered an old Speedlite 540EZ, and it arrived today.  Its in excellent condition and works very well.  Now all I need to hope for  is a set of YongNuo radio triggers for my birthday.

Adobe Lightroom 3

I’ve been watching the price of Lightroom 3 on amazon.co.uk for quite some while, and since Adobe have been offering a 50% discount, the price on Amazon has also taken a fall (and quite rightly so).

After a book failed to arrive from a US based Amazon Marketplace seller, I had a £15 voucher burning a hole in my pocket, so decided to take the plunge and order a copy of Lightroom 3.

I’ve only dabbled with it at the moment, but am very impressed with how easy it is to use, and I can see this becoming my main processing and management tool.

Week 5 (2012-02-05) – Grey Squirrel Portrait

This weeks image is a simple B&W portrait of a Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).  Yes, I know they’re tree rats and responsible for much of the demise of the native Red Squirrel, but this chap was so bold that I just had to grab a few shots.

This is about the best of my shots and I’m pleased with the result.  Todays challenge was to shoot in B&W, hence the monochrome image.  I think it works quite well.