Maze of Earphones

February 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm (kiranoncemore, S3 IS) (, , , )

Maze of Earphones

Maze of Earphones

Tv: 1/500s; Av: F/8.0; f: 6mm (35mm-equiv: 38mm); Flash used

Processed using GIMP2.

This was a totally experimental snap. I placed the the bunch of entangled and entwined earphones on a large white paper on the floor; and took the snap from right on top of the subject. I was experimenting with lighting conditions as has been suggested to me by many readers. I guess I still have a long way to go as far as getting the lighting and background right goes.

I tried several options while editing the image. My main intention was to get a raw B&W look. While I succeeded in that, I feel the image editing leaves a lot to be desired too. The intention of posting this image is to get advice from readers about how better this image could have been edited. On the lighting conditions front, I will continue experimenting till I get even the basics right.

What improvements would I like to see?

  • This image seems to be overly sharpened and overly contrasted – so 2 points deducted for editing
  • Light distribution is not uniform – the lower area is well composed but the top area is too cluttered – 1 minus point for photograph framing
  • Observing the lower left of the snap, one sees a white earphone wire on a white background – not at all distinguishable. I think I should tried to get the shadow of the white wire over the white paper. That would have increased the appeal several fold – 2 points down for composition.

And thats just the beginning, I am sure!

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Peacock Feather

January 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm (kiranoncemore, S3 IS)

Peacock Feather

Peacock Feather

Av: F/3.5; Tv: 1/200s; f: 46.3mm (35mm-equiv: 292mm)

This snap was shot at the annual Lalbagh Flower show at Lalbagh, Bangalore. Post-processing using GIMP2.

Comments about this photo:

  • I was satisfied with this photo overall – even though the crowd at the show ensured I had very little time for adjustments!
  • Decent picture quality, focus, light settings.
  • The picture composition (framing) could have been better – for example, you see another feather intruding in the lower right area of the picture.
  • I think the real improvement needs to be in creativity – I need to be more creative while clicking snaps like these. But before that, I think I should reach a certain level in plain-ol’-snaps. Only then should I take the next step and foray into creative composition.
  • I am learning photo editing with GIMP2. Still need to properly understand the “Layers” concept. But I am already seeing a marked difference between photo-editing with Picasa/IrfanView and GIMP.

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RoseCrafted

January 9, 2009 at 11:54 pm (kiranoncemore, S3 IS) (, , )

RoseCrafted

RoseCrafted

Av: F/8.0; Tv: 1/500; f: 6mm (35mm-equiv: 38mm); Super-macro with Flash.

Post-processed using Picasa

This photo is of a decorative piece which was placed above a wall mirror. The rose itself is smaller than one inch in diameter. When I took this snap, I closed the aperture fully and also had a very fast shutter. The flash however still had its effect. The top portion of the snap was obscenely overexposed.

The first thing I did during processing this image was of course to set right the lighting. However, since only the top portion was overexposed, it was difficult to adjust the lighting – too much darkening would make the bottom portion totally dark.

After much trial and error, I settled finally for Picasa’s “Focal B&W” effect. Other than that, I have applied the usual sharpening, contrast and color adjustments.

Improvements?

  • Well, the obvious drawback is the intense difference in exposure between the various areas in the snap. This is a classic candidate for using the exposure bracketing feature. I should have taken the snap using 2-step difference in exposure bracket.
  • Having done that, I suppose using a more advanced tool like GIMP/Photoshop would have done wonders. For example, i could have created 2 layers one each for the moderately exposed halves of the photo – and merged them together to get a perfectly exposed snap.

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Down Goes the Sun

December 31, 2008 at 6:43 pm (kiranoncemore, S3 IS) (, )

Sunset at Ranganathittu

Av: F/3.5; Tv: 1/1000s; f: 72mm (35mm-equiv: 454 mm)

I love taking sunset snaps – no particular reason – I just like the colors that are formed during sunset. As a result, you might see a lot of sunset snaps in this blog going forward 🙂

Some comments about this particular snap:

  • Whenever I see this snap, I wonder whether I was a minute too late in clicking it. Whether I would have got more colors had I taken the photo slightly earlier. But on second thoughts; it probably would have been difficult to avoid overexposure in that case
  • I liked the effect of the clouds just above the sun. I can only imagine how it would have looked had the “line” of cloud appeared right over the sun!
  • I tried to process this photo to remove the “numbness” immediately surrounding the sun. It however had undesirable side effects – so stuck to the original pic.
  • I do not have a UV filter on my lens. I have read contradicting reports about the potential damage to the sensor if the sun is photographed directly like this. What are your experiences regarding this?

By the way, I also have a couple of snaps of the reflection of the sunset in the river (which brings water into the picture – a perfect ingredient for good sunset photos!). Will reserve that for a later post.

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Lonely Coffee Cherry

December 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm (kiranoncemore, S3 IS) (, )

Coffee Cherry

Coffee Cherry

Tv: 1/400 s; Av: F/4.5; f: 6 mm (35mm-equiv: 38 mm)

Post-processing using Picasa (I’m feeling lucky)


This picture was shot at my native village where coffee cherries were being dried prior to extracting the coffee bean. Here are more details of coffee processing.

Some of the things I like about this photo:

  • This snap is an example of how the rule-of-thirds could be used to create a visually pleasing effect. This snap might not have been as pleasing had the coffee cherry been smack in the center of the snap!
  • I liked the shadow effect to some extent.
  • The depth-of-field is just right. The subject itself, and the area immediately surrounding it; is in focus. There is that gradual loss of focus as you move away from the main subject.

Having said that, here are some flip-sides of this snap:

  • Camera-shake – Even though I was shooting at 1/400s, and I was making good use of the “flip-and-rotate”-able LCD screen on my camera; I was still not able to fully eliminate the camera shake. My unbalanced posture, and the camera position (with the lens just inches from the ground) dint help either. However, I think I could have gotten the perfect still hand, had I tried a bit more.
  • Shadow angle – yes; the same shadow effect which I liked is also a negative for this snap. If you notice, some part of the cherry is under its own shadow! I somehow feel if I had shot this thing from the other side, I would have got the shadow effect; minus the darkening of the subject itself.
  • Size reference – It would have been nice if I had placed some other object unobtrusively in the picture (perhaps a flower), to give viewers an idea of the size of the subject. There are people who thought this thing was a dried coconut!

Readers’ comments are welcome as always!

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