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Resorts World, Philippines
All photos captured in jpeg with a Canon Powershot G7 point and shoot at 10 mega pix and processed in Photoshop for upload.
Learning Photography From the Past
During the film days of photography, adjustments had to be done manually with dials before a photo was taken. Then a frame can only be checked for flaws after it has been developed into a negative or on photo paper. Photos from a bygone era can be bought in books and viewed conveniently on the net. Whats more important is studying why a photograph made it into a magazine.
Life magazine is now online and have some of the most comprehensive photographs on display-on the net, of course. My favorite section is Photo Timelines where most of the 20th century is divided into convenient years. My favorite is the 1920′s- History of the camera created by katetaylor808.
Study and learn. The best way to figure out a photograph is to stare at it and think like a photographer in those trying days of dialing in aperture, shutter speed, ISO and film type.
Another source that I re-read every few years or so is ‘Slightly Out of Focus’, by Robert Capa. Capa’s photographs can also be found in Life’s pages.
Here’s an excerpt from ‘Slightly Out of Focus’:
“Seven days later, I learned that the pictures I had taken on “Easy Red” were the best of the invasion. But the excited darkroom assistant, while dryin the negatives, had turnind on too much heat and the emulsions had melted and run down before the eyes of the London office. Out of one hundred and six pictures in all, only eight were salvaged. The captions under the heat-blurred pictures read that Capa’s hands were badly shaking.” -p.152, Chapter IX Summer 1944.
It’s a great read on Capa’s adventures throughout WWII in the European front. Not only do we get a glimpse of hardships of life in war but even better was how hard it was through a photographers eyes.
Here’s a link to the photographs in the book from Magnum Photos. Enjoy the links and when shooting on location always bring a spare CF card or back up on a portable drive. Wouldn’t want anyone to relive Mr. Capa’s emotions after finding out what had happened to the photos that were captured on the first hours D-Day. The photographs would possibly have been one of the most iconic sets of images had they survived.
On Boracay Island
Still have much photos to edit and post process. In the meantime, this is the full HDR version of my welcome photo (right sidebar).
Station 1 of White Beach on Boracay Island- Boracay is an island of the Philippines located approximately 315 km (200 miles) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. In 1990, it was voted by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world and again in 1996 by British publication TV Quick as the world’s number one tropical beach.- Thank you, Wikipedia
Captured in May of o-ten. Shot in RAW, converted to tif in Canon’s DPP and further enhanced in Photoshop. HDR was achieved through CS5 HDR adjustment tool from 1 exposure. Canon EOS 50D, 17mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/60 sec with circular polarizer (CPL) filter attached.
Notice the shadows-this was shot during high noon. It was perfect hot beach weather without any wind. Without the CPL the fine white sand of White Beach would have been overly over exposed. The CPL filter acts like sunglasses for the lens, darkens the blues and evens out the whole scene. As much as possible keep one in the gear bag. Without further ado- the before and after.
I first heard about the GigaPan EPIC around 2007/08 during my very social flickr days. Back then, I was already using my Canon Powershot G7 point and shoot. An online buddy pointed out that there was a new machine capable of shooting panorama’s in huge mega pixels without the photographer doing much work. I paid due attention to this awesome little fellow but never got around to buying one. Fast forward to 2011 and many photographers have taken the GigaPan and done wonders with it.
The GigaPan EPIC is a unique robotic camera mount that empowers most small digital cameras with the ability to capture gigapixel images. It is easy to use and remarkably efficient. Simply set the corners of the panorama you want to capture using the LCD interface. The built in software works out how many photos your camera will need to take, hundreds or even thousands. Then the EPIC begins snapping the photos, automatically organizing them in overlapping rows and columns.
Compact enough to fit into a small camera bag and weighing only 3.5 lbs the EPIC is versatile and travels well. You may attach a tripod for stability using the 1/4″ tripod mount and level with the onboard bubble level.
The most popular GigaPan pano would be the Obama inauguration shot in 2009. Click on the photo to see it in large and check out the details.
On May 25, 2010, Alfred Zhao, used a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EF 400mm F5.6 with 2X tele-converter and cannoned Shanghai. The pano above was stitched from 12,000 images at 18 mega-pixels per image. The 12,000 images topped off to 1.24 TB which is more than the capacity of many of my external hard drives. Ouch, imagine the time it took to process the images. Click on the image for a larger detailed view.
Now head on over to the GigaPan site to check out the other awesome panoramas.
Looking Back at September 2010
Various storm clouds captured with the most complicated setup being a sturdy tripod, DSLR, wide-angle lens and remote shutter. The DSLR was either an EOS 50D or EOS 7D (whatever was on hand) and lens used was mostly an EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 kit lens. The landscape were all captured in RAW then initially converted to workable file in Digital Photo Professional (Canon’s native software). All images were then put through various adjustments in Photoshop CS5 to get the final versions posted. Some of the photos were slightly HDR’ed to even out the scene. Can you guess which ones?
Here’s a tip: the real secret to getting a good sunset/storm/night sky is not an expensive DSLR (here’s lightning from a Canon G7 point and shoot) used but the post processing work done (RAW+Photoshop). For starters do a search on a good screw on CPL filters (B+W) or for shooters with some extra moolah- Cokin or Lee drop in filters.