It’s been a long time since I last posted. I’ve been focusing a lot on college and work for the past few months that I didn’t have time to relax! Well I got the chance this week to really get back into my photography so I took a trip down to Stratford – Upon – Avon. I managed to get loads of great pictures at the butterfly farm which is a mere 10 minute walk from the shakespeare theatre. Before that though we needed to get something to eat. So we decided to give this place called No.37 Café a try. This cafe is one of the best cafés I have been to, and the customer service is amazing! Definitely worth eating here if your passing by!
37 SHEEP STREET STRATFORD-UPON-AVON CV37 6EE
It’s been so long since I had last uploaded a photo. I just don’t have the time anymore, which sad because I really do love taking photos and uploading them for you amazing bloggers out there. Maybe I will pursue my photography after my accountancy exams (One next week Friday and also another one right before Christmas). I was planning on going on a little adventure to a national park. Nothing like yellow stone but I sure should be able to get some great pictures wherever it is I plan to go.
Today I’m uploading two pictures. Not ones I’ve taken recently, but ones you haven’t seen yet. The picture above was taken when I visited Becky falls in the UK. I really love the long exposure effect on the water. Makes it look nice and smooth and really does enhance the overall picture.
This is my first photo of a Dragon Fly taken with the Nikon D3200. And I know your thinking “Another macro?” yes indeed. Ive been focusing a lot on macro photography lately, theres always bugs out and about for me to take photos of. Now its starting to become winter ill have no choice but to move onto doing other types of photography.
Other than that I had a go at making stop motion videos with lego mini figures. I don’t know how you stop motion guys do it! Its so long winded just to make the figurine look like he’s walking. But I must say the videos you make are amazing and so creative.
I start college on the 9th (I’ll be doing an AAT Accountancy Course) which means ill be working less and earning less. I currently work at a local convenience store which in fact i love doing. But anyway my hours are going to be way less as I’ll be at college so… Ive decided to sell digital downloads of my photos for a small price. For only £0.50 Im selling my photos full size in which you’ll be able to use as your desktop wallpaper or you can print them up to size A0 without loosing a hint detail! Tiff files can be provided if needed.
May was a great month for me with my photography. I managed to get tons of great macro shots but I just haven’t had the time to edit and upload them yet but I’ll get onto it.
“Life isn’t always amazing; there will be times of trial and times of struggle along the way but don’t give up, be strong, believe in yourself and show life that you are going to make it no matter what it throws at you”. ~ Unknown
– Salim Willshire
A little twist to the waterfall shot taken at becky falls.
Becky falls is a great place to go if you’re interested in trying to get a waterfall shot with that silky smooth water look. Beautiful waterfalls but too bad about the admission costs. Well i guess £7.49 is alright to get into such a scenic place…
Haytor is one of the most visited locations in Dartmoor. At high altitudes it is blisteringly cold and nearly makes it impossible to hold your camera still, without shaking. Luckily i managed to get a nice panoramic before making a dash back to the warm car.
Once i had given up with trying to get shots of the coast, i decided to check out the pier. It turned out to be quite promising…
This is my first car trails shot taken with the Nikon D3200 and the 18 – 55mm kit lens.
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! 😀
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.