I got my camera out before and had a play outside with it (subtext – I’m procrastinating from cleaning chores). I played with some settings and tried to get some interesting photos out of something I find pretty ordinary. I’ve mentioned before I’m a fan of the aperture setting so that’s what I used.
These photos were shot in RAW format and I played with them in the Photoshop CS3 RAW editor. Don’t know the exact name of it but the file extension out of the camera is CR2 and these open in Photoshop. I don’t know heaps about RAW but I do know that you can do a heck of a lot more when they’re in this format than you can when they’re in JPG format.
It’s enabled me to bring out a lot more detail in this photo than there was in the original and make it a bit more interesting than it was.
I included Monty below. She knows I was taking a photo of her. Again RAW helped me out here because it helped me to pick up more detail with her too. Because she has mainly black fur (although a steadily increasing amount of gray is appearing) most photos don’t pick up that much detail.
Now I’ve wasted just enough time that it’s nearly time to go do the school pickup. Procrastination is a wonderful thing.
The pics are great. I have a really good camera and I need to play around with the settings as well, to get some good shots. We went to the botanical gardens, and I was kicking myself because I couldn’t figure out how to get really good clear close ups of the gorgeous plants and berries.
Farmerswife, I hate it when shots I think should have been great don’t turn out as expected. Try manual focus in those closeup situations though – I reckon that works better than auto.
It’s a good hobby that keeps you away from housework lol 😉
Great shots!! I can’t even get my point and click to take shots at the moment, let alone play with them so professionally!
Jayne, I sit here and type and all sorts of housework awaits me. Grumpy pants is quiet at the moment so I’m sitting down for a minute before a trip to the hardware store to try and get a dripping tap fixed once and for all.
Jeanie – camera hardware problems. Damnit. Hope it’s fixed soon.
Procrastination can lead to beautiful things. I was procrastinating from work when I discovered a hummingbird nest in a tree nearby. Thank goodness I was toting my camera everywhere I went at that time.
Kristi, I remember seeing your hummingbird photos. What a wonderful thing to stumble upon.