whilst slowly and steadily regaining control over my Injured ankle, memories of a challenging trek in the Eastern Himalays four years ago resurface. Climbing out of a tent during a snow storm, changing route several times, and craving like a wild, untamed animal for hot food out of sheer exhaustion….
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how much post-processing is “right”, whatever right means. I originally was a hard-core non-processor, ie I restricted myself to minimal sharpening, WB and maybe exposure correction. Growing with my photography (or not…) I slowly come to realise that a RAW is a negative and it NEEDS some processing, like in the old days the path from negative to a paper copy.
So I gradually make the transition towards a moderate PP, I still cannot stand over-processed pictures, especially over-cooked HDRs, but de gustibus non est disputandum.
The three pictures are from L to R (hahahaha the LightRoom acronym), an almost unprocessed raw to jpeg, then simple processing (sharpening and exposure comp) and the one on the right used the “clarity” slider in LR5 a lot. I have to admit this thing does magic…
BTW: Im a total “sucker” for Martin Bailey’s podcast http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/podcasts. Take your time to listen whilst you have a quiet 20 minutes, this is photography ZEN in its purest form.
several month of a slightly swollen ankle, a little discomfort, every once in a while some pain… an MRI and a few doctor’s visits later (and a few hundred $$$$ poorer), seems the final conclusion is that walking and biking “only” doesn’t properly utilise the ankle….
so……..physiotherapy, off the bike and of off the hiking path and hopefully in a few month all is back to normal…
we joined a workshop hosted by Nikon (well hosted @ SGD 60..) to learn about light painting.
AngMoKio Park, Singapore, after dark.
what to bring
sturdy tripod (those freebee give-away thingies WONT do the job if you have a DSRL)
wide angle lens, I used a Nikkor 18-35 mm G
all kinds of light sources such as light sabre, bicycle lights, standard torch lights, let your creativity go wild here
a camera would be helpful 🙂
good things take time
some die-hard, hard core fanatics would bring an umbrella just in case, but I have no intention to spend a night in a park in the rain playing with a light sabre and my camera….
ISO at lowest setting (L1 on my Df), manual mode, aperture f8 for a start, bulb mode for the shutter
pre-focus with a flashlight then switch to manual or use manual focus right away, AF unlikely to work in the dark
use a strong torch light to paint a background, for example a statue or a sculpture, use slow, regular movements, don’t point the light towards the camera or your own face. A flashlight with colour gels mounted works as well, though I find that rather fiddly.
with the camera settings indicated above we needed to ‘paint’ app 20 seconds to get the sculpture lightened up
then move on to the foreground
if you have a partner in crime he/she can do the foreground simultaneously, if you are on your own, go and fetch a different light source, being careful not to point the light towards the camera and get into the flow…
the pictures below were exposed 60-85 seconds
all pictures (c) jrbc 2014, made with Nikon, Benro tripods and all kinds of light sources made in China