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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:50 am 
Ok, please let me know if this get's boring :) , but here are a couple more shots I took this weekend that I wanted to share.

These were taken at a small beach town called Pearly Beach about 2hrs from Cape Town, South Africa. A friend of mine has a house there.

My favourite time of the day on this beach is before 10am as the area has quite amazing light. There are some very interesting, quite intense colours to capture in the morning (although my pics don't do it justice).

While thinking about B&W photography the night before, I decided to set Mono in-camera for a couple shots. I enjoyed how I began to 'see' differently and regard subject matter & compose differently also.

1. 'Themba', the Rhodesian Ridgeback
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Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

2. My friend Lena & Themba
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Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 78 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
I think this would have been much more interesting quickly switching to Tv mode and using a much slower shutter speed to enhance the movement.

3. Themb's starting to get tired
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Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

4. Themba
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Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

5. Themba loves the beach!
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Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

6. Oystercatchers
Image
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

7. Themba scanning the beach for birds to chase
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Exposure: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 140 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

8. Oystercatchers being chased
Image
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

9. Fishermen
Image
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

10. Recent storms pushed these stones right up the beach
Image
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

11. Storm erosion
Image
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
I'm not sure if this is a successful shot. I wanted to capture a sort of "below and above the ground" scene. The background is a little too distracting tho.

12. Flowers in the dunes
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Exposure: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 145 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

13. Dunes
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Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/22
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

14. Dunes
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Exposure: 1/3200 sec
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:55 am 
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These are excellent shots mate, you obviously have an eye for this photo lark. I particularly like the dog photos. Keep it up.

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Hi Roland, lovely photos! Did you apply any colour filters when you shot (or converted into) black and white?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:49 am 
Thanks!

Hi Gordon,
No filters applied. I did check how they looked with the different filter options, but decided to leave it.

After looking at these pics, are there any post-processing suggestions you could make?

I find post-processing quite a challanging aspects of digital photography at the moment. There are a few things I know I need to do to make life easier for me:

1. stop using my bad laptop screen and buy a good stand-alone display for true colours.
2. get it properly calibrated (still need to learn about this).
3. get more advise of how to evaluate and modify pics where needed


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:00 pm 
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When converting to black and white, there's lots of tricks you can do to simulate the use of coloured filters - these can turn blue skies or green leaves very dark for a more dramtic effect...

If you have Photoshop and a colour photo, try this technicque...

Black and white photographers employ coloured filters to generate more dramatic results – a red filter for example will darken a blue sky. It’s quite possible to emulate this effect digitally in Photoshop using two Adjustment Layers. Create a Hue / Saturation Adjustment Layer, select Colour as its mode, then click OK. Now create a second Hue / Saturation Adjustment Layer on top of the first and reduce its saturation to -100. This will turn the image into plain greyscale.

The clever part is that the middle Adjustment Layer can now be used to simulate almost any kind of coloured filter. Simply double-click the adjustment icon of the middle layer in the Layers palette to bring up the usual Hue / Saturation controls. Now just drag the Hue slider back and forth to simulate the effect of different coloured filters.

Give it a shot! But you'll need to start with a colour image...

Gordon


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:44 am 
thanks for the advice Gordon. I'm not using PS at the moment, but will be setting up a new PC and installing it soon, so will let you know how I get along.

thanks again.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:15 am 
Nice pictures Roland :) . I really like picture 5.

Ohh ye i found out that laptop screens were bad when i was doing some graphical design in school :P .
you will notice a real difference with the new screen, ur eyes may hurt for a few days (hehe).

Keep up the good work :!:

Jay


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:02 pm 
Hi Roland
Your
I was just wondering whether you managed any slower shots during your beach outing ? Any tips since the wind element is pretty much a deciding factor. I tried a few long exposure pics and the results very horrible - since the wind was 'against' me taking anything slower than 1/100.


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