Dual-Exposure Sunset

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cascadehush/476964667/ I was struggling to figure out how to select the AE point, and constantly reviewing my bracketed exposures, when my camera decided that it would flag a memory card error. I rushed to put another card in, and missed the crucial point where the sun was siting on the horizon. Such is life. I had been waiting over an hour in cold conditions with no warm clothes, to capture that moment.

Well, this is the moment I got. This is a somewhat quick-and-dirty dual exposure in Photoshop Elements 3. The give-away is the tops of the trees, which as silhouetted above the horizon, but not below. I don’t mind the effect though, it is, perhaps, a little more honest than some kind of tricked-out HDR.

There was about 4 stops between the sky and the ground in the original shots.

Three’s Company

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I wasn’t sure if the overcast conditions would work in my favour or not.

It was mid afternoon and I was due to go and photograph a constructions site, but the appointment was cancelled. So I headed to a local reservoir on the off-chance, not sure if it would rain or if the light would be unusable.

With the sun behind these three, contre-jour as they say, the partially overcast sky allowed me to properly expose the shadow side facing the camera.

The almost square crop was forced on me by some other detail which needed to be eliminated from the shot. I think it works well though.

I took about a dozen shots of these 3 pelicans, this was the first of the lot and clearly the best.

Mother and Child

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There is something emotive about this I can’t really explain. It doesn’t really obey any normal rules of composition, but I find the expressions on their faces makes me feel contemplative and restful.

Notice how the joey’s fur is wet. Kangaroos don’t sweat, so they lick their fur like a cat to cool themselves down. Even though this shot was taken at 9am, it was quite warm and the Kangaroos were already resting; they are mostly active at dawn and dusk.

Click through to view the larger image size on Flickr. If you find the bottom of the frame a bit dark you may need to up the brightness a bit on your monitor.

I went to Caloundra and all I got was this lousy sunset…

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Actually what I got was an education. I’ve only had the K10D for a couple of days, and I decided this time I’d just go out with the Sigma 18-200mm and a Hoya Polarizer.

I took a lot of pictures of seagulls, and some snaps of the local area. None of them turned out to be anything special. But it’s all good practice.

Lightroom does an excellent job of removing and CA that the Sigma produces, not that the CA is that bad. I’m really liking Lightroom. For a version 1.0 product it’s got most of the basis covered. What it desparately needs is applescript support and an iPhoto importer.

I took this shot walking back to the car. With the right clouds it could probably be a special shot. As it stands it’s really rather ordinary.

I didn’t enjoy the trip up there at all, fighting through Brisbane traffic to get to the Bruce Highway, which itself is a boring stretch of almost perfectly straight road through pine plantations.

So on the way back I cut accross to Kilcoy on the D’Aguila and took the back-road through to Fernvale, then Pine Mountain Rd back to the Warrigo… a much better trip. Maybe takes an hour longer, but I’ll take sweeping back-roads at 110 over traffic filled suburban nightmare any day.

Zooooommmm…

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Here is a photo of a Pelican taken with my Optio W20. Look closely, it’s right in the middle of the frame…

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…and here’s the same pelican taken with a 170-500mm Sigma telephoto on my Pentax K10D.

(I realise this is a bit juvenile, but it’s my first dSLR, and my first seriously long lens, so you’ll forgive me for showing off a bit)

Immature Pied Butcherbird

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I didn’t have to leave my yard to get this shot.

It’s a hand-held shot taken using a Raynox teleconverter. You gotta love image-stabalisation.

When this bird grows up, the brown will turn into a deep black. The distinguishing feature of this species is that the entire head and kneck are dark.

Coming soon…

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…my new Photography blog.

I plan for this to be a bit more fun than my last blog.

Apart from being a place to showcase my favourite photos, I’ll be discussing some of my gear and software.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of a Rednecked Wallaby taken in Bunya Mountains National Park, Queensland, Australia.

See it on my map.