Saturday, 20 August 2016

Moonlight on water.


It's long been a goal of mine to take a good moon-in-a landscape shot.. (still is actually)..That dratted beautiful moon. It's shiny and it moves and it rises from the horizon so fast (at least in these latitudes). As with most landscapes it is very hard to get all of a landscape in focus. The classic idea is to focus roughly one third of the way in towards the horizon, then another third of the way up and then another and in editing software stack two or three photos to get that calendar quality.

I did none of that, I found a simpler way.

I took my favourite moon over the lake water shot and combined it with my best detailed moon shot from the same shoot and combined them by copying the moon (lasso, paste, content-aware move tool) and pasting it onto the other photo in photoshop (then lasso the original moon, edit/fill - content aware/black). Much easier than mucking about with layers.


This and this


equals this.


Hopefully, if I didn't tell you, you wouldn't even know. 
Have a good weekend,
Val.



Friday, 5 August 2016

A cloudy day by the sea

Sometimes, even mid winter, even in the rain, I need to go to the sea, I buy some fish and chips and throw the leftovers to the raucous seagulls. It brings a tranquility to my soul. These days, taking a camera adds to the experience.  In fact I find it hard to go out for a day without one  :)

On my way south I did not plan to stop at either end of the Sea Cliff Bridge but driving through I caught a glimpse of a different angle, a sort of snap shot in my head, so I parked at the southern end and walked back. There's parking at either end of the bridge because the walk has become an unexpected tourist attraction. The bridge itself is a thing of sinuous  beauty, but I wanted a more close up approach. The clouds were grey and the winter sea was surging against the rocks but luckily it wasn't raining.

I was experimenting with different shutter speeds to capture some of that sea action and the sun occasionally gave a backlit brightness to the clouds. My shots are not technically 'there' yet but I had a 'aha' moment at the southern end of that bridge about light and shutter speeds and the need for a neutral density filter that would allow me to take some photos at slower speeds without the white out effect that appears at the edge of some of these shots. Of course for slower shutter speeds you also need a tripod but I tried a variety of speeds hand held to see how far I could push it. The conclusion:  The experts are right, but at least now I understand why. I'll be back - later.

Meantime I hope you enjoy the mood of the shots and the reflection of a little swift that was dipping in and out of the sea water.

Click on photos to enlarge.










Have a good weekend,
Val.



Friday, 29 July 2016

More Sydney, the UTS building and tunnel


I don't live in the centre of Sydney but further out. I now work even further away from Sydney, zooming down the western freeway to work, but on my days off I seem to be heading into Sydney, getting to know places I haven't been or exploring well known places with my camera. A place I know well is the stretch between Central Station and Sydney University. In between these two landmarks is another distinctive building, the University of Technology or 'UTS'. The first photo is the underground walkway from Central to Broadway, the second and third photos are reflections of people walking past the glass walls of the UTS.







Have a good weekend,
Val.