Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Photography

I don't do any tampering with my photos when I put them on my blog, although I do take them at full size, umpteen megabytes with the camera and then reduce their size to post on my blog. Very occasionally I will crop a photo, but that is it. I don't enhance. Maybe some of you think I should. Maybe when I no longer work, I will have the time to learn about enhancing photos.

At Diane's suggestion, I have played a bit with my camera exposure setting and improved some photos as I took them. I takes time and I am used to just instantly snapping and hoping the auto setting will work. Mostly it does, but at times it doesn't.

I've never understood why people don't turn their flash off when taking long distance photos in low light. I have wondered if it makes a difference to the photo, and so here we go, it does make a difference.

Flash on.


I turn the flash off and here is the result. The foreground is better shown but it is not really the sunrise I am seeing.


I turned the flash back on and this is very close to what I was seeing, as the sun was about to appear on the horizon.



Talking about weather and sky photos, I am chucking in another couple of photos that I am happy with, clouds. Looking east as the sun sets.


Looking west as the sun sets.

28 comments:

  1. The picture with the flash on is breathtaking.
    I had no idea the flash would make such a difference!
    Have a great one, Andrew.

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    1. Me either Sandra. Clearly the camera adjusts its settings when the flash is on.

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  2. Wonderful sky photos. Greetings!

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    1. Thanks Blogoratti. Good to see you back on the www.

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  3. Big Aussie skies
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    1. John, with a very hot burny burny sun.

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  4. The flash-on photos are stunning...dramatic and beautiful.

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    1. Lee, I wish I had taken some more, one just as the sun pokes over the horizon.

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  5. Ohhh, like the sky photos.

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  6. That first cloud photo reminds me of the Sistine Chapel where God is touching the finger of Adam.
    You are so artistic, must be all that Swiss/Italian ancestry.

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    1. Thank you Jah Teh, but I am not at all arty. I do very much appreciate photography though, my favourite art form, I suppose.

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  7. Mum crops her photos but that's it. All that other fancy stuff doesn't look real to her. The sky, at any time of day, is spectacular as long as there are clouds around, aye??

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    1. Charlie, so long as she doesn't crop you out of the photos. Yes, a cloudless sky is boring.

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  8. I do miss my camera.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, yes, I read where it is. You will get it back. Your phone can't take photos?

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  9. Wow your photos are great good job

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    1. Thanks Gosia. You can get lucky at times.

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  10. I don't play around with my photos either, apart from resizing for the blog and adding the blog name. I never use the flash either. I will occasionally change the settings if I remember, for instance I will set it for flowers if I'm taking photos there, or text if I'm photographing something I want to read later but can't take with me, maybe a takeaway menu in a restaurant window for instance. Beach setting for beach photos and so on, but most (99%) of the time I forget and rely on auto.

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    1. River, yes auto is mostly fine, but I find at times things aren't properly lit. I guess by adjusting the settings you do, you are taking some control of what the camera is doing. Mine has some of those settings but not as many as cameras in the past.

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  11. That is interesting to see the difference with flash on and flash off. The flash will only illuminate the first few metres of a photo. In this case there probably wasn't anything in the first few metres. The camera automatically adjusted to a flash light so it probably was a small aperture and that is why the background is dark and more like it was in real time. When you turned off the flash the camera adjusted to the dark and opened up the aperture to let as much light in as possible and that is why it looks lighter than you saw. Good on you for trying out something different with your camera. There is nothing wrong with using auto. These days the technology is so good at working out the settings. In photography it has been said that post processing is 50% and taking the shot is 50% of the final picture. It is not tampering it is processing. Its been done for years in darkrooms. you will have fun in retirement learning more about photography. It becomes addictive but you can also loose the mojo sometimes.

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    1. Quite dramatic I thought Diane. Thanks for explaining about the aperture. I am not really against post processing, it is just not for me, yet.

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  12. What a difference with flash on and off, who would have thought! I never use the flash, in fact I've taken it off my camera, if I'm shooting in low light I tend to change to a prime lens, let's in more light. I read somewhere that a high percentage of professional photographers use the auto setting, I know that I do most of the time 😊

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    1. Interesting about you using auto settings, Grace. I once heard a photography expert say, if you have to use the flash for a photo, don't bother taking the photo at all.

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  13. I don't fiddle with my photos before I post them on my blog just resize. If I have fiddled I usually say as you might recall.
    I'm of the belief that the photographer should show his or her talents without interference. They should be clever enough to show their own skill with out fiddling in other words.
    Vast difference when using flash - not always recommended, it does depends on what you want to show.

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    1. Margaret, I should have mentioned that I do resize, now down from perhaps 3mb to 300kb. For me, that is what I think about photography, but I know if I got into enhancing, I would love it.

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  14. I have a little paparazzi camera, which I can hide easily, it makes good pictures, but often I have to correct it a bit, I do that with Picasa. It's set on automatic and for the moment I don't need anything else. I don't have the patience to set a camera for macro, landscapes etc or measure the light, I do that in a min with Picasa, and I think the results are not that bad !

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    1. Gattina, you have at times mentioned that you spend some time working on photos. I know my blog photos get uploaded to Picasa automatically, but I don't have a clue otherwise.

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