Walking into Tesco and taking photos of their flowers is a little weird. This was a photo i done for a girl who wanted a picture to give to her mum for Mothers Day. It may be a great Mothers Day gift but at 800 iso I’m not so sure.
I’ve never thought of taking droplet shots outside in the sun (its rarely sunny in the UK) but today it was so i tried with great success although, I still need to get a better setup for my droplet shots as the background in my shots always look dull and need touching up in Photoshop. If you have any tips that would help me to gain better shots please comment below 😀 I’m always open to advice. I know Bopbie has some amazing photos which have inspired me to start trying droplet photography, without his wonderful blog these shots wouldn’t have come about so thanks a ton! Checkout his inspiring photos here: http://bopbiephotos.wordpress.com/
First person to spot 4 differences between this picture and the same picture (its on this page a few posts down) will gain a follower! 😀
The power of Adobe Photoshop is incredible! well, when you have the time 😀 look at how amazing this looks compared to the one below :O just an hours editing can make a big difference. Oh and also you can now purchase my photos from the commissions page on this site. Thanks!
Settings: 1/200 f/4.5 ISO 64 11mm
I can never quite capture the droplet in mid-air like Bopbie does…
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Settings: 1/100 f/5.2 ISO 64 19mm (On camera flash fired)
This is my first droplet shot! i know it’s not the best but i’ll keep trying to improve, it doesn’t help having to use auto focus all the while. I was inspired to take droplet shots by Bopie, who has some excellent droplet shots. check out his blog to see his amazing work: http://bopbiephotos.wordpress.com/
Settings: 1/160 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm
Check out this inspiring blog by Ron for some amazing photography: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/
I originally took this photo in colour but when i opened it up in Photoshop the colours looked realy awful so i then converted the picture to monochromatic. Much better! 😀
Settings: 1/320 f/4.9 ISO 100 14mm
Settings: 0.6sec f/12 ISO 64 18mm
This is why I’ve ordered some ND Grads. You cannot get a perfect looking waterfall shot without one well not in broad daylight of course.
Settings: 1/60 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm
My first black and white photo! I’ve always thought black and white was old school, but i was wrong. It really makes a scene dramatic, so thanks a lot carrieblueberry for the inspiration. Take a look at some of her amazing black and whites at her blog: http://carrieblueberry.wordpress.com/
Settings: 1/50 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm
Thanks a lot Aamna for the name of this flower 😀 true legend!
This is a tutorial I’ve made to contribute to the amazing WordPress community. And yes i mean amazing. Over the past few days my blog/portfolio has grown vastly, and that’s only because of you guys so thanks a lot!
Lets move on. In this tutorial i will be showing you how to replicate a Graduated neutral density filter using Adobe Photoshop. Keep in mind that the effect will not be as good as when you would use a real ND grad filter. But this is a great way for people starting out with photography, like myself.
First you’ll need to open up your image. I have one i was messing around with earlier:
OK next you will want to grab the selection tool, and highlight your sky as shown:
Now’s the effect part. Create a new layer without deselecting your sky then click on the gradient tool. Make sure your tool is from black to transparent (like in the image below) Then hold shift and click ‘n’ drag from the top of your sky, to the bottom half. Like so:
Wow, i say don’t over do it and i put it to 98%! But it looks great were it is. We still have one problem though, and that is that we have a strong vignette on our picture. We can remove that in these simple steps:
1. Deselect our sky (ctrl + d on windows and cmd + d on mac)
2.Highlight the two layers we have by holding shift and clicking on both of them in the “layers” tab. Then right click the layers highlighted in the “layers” tab and click “merge layers”
3. Next click filter, then lens correction . Now select the “custom” tab and adjust vignette. You can see that by dragging the vignette slider to the right the vignette will slowly start to disappear. Don’t over do it! i mean it this time because otherwise you will get a horrible white vignette around your photo. You should get a finished picture like so:
This is our results and i think they turned out great although they aren’t as good as a ND grad:
Thanks! Please be sure to rate and comment 😀 i would love to hear your thoughts and maybe results if you tried this out.
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
This is a Macro of a walnut orb-weaver spider taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S4300. This was a very hard shot to get and was later revamped with Photoshop to adjust the brightness and contrast due to working with low light.