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Stupid Bad Lighting

by @ 11:17 pm on September 1, 2005.

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to posting, largely because of school starting. There’s always a rush to get back into the swing of things, but life should start to settle down in the next few weeks. Anyway, it was a nice morning, so I toted my camera outside to try again to get a good picture of the hummingbirds that frequent the feeder out back. The problem? There’s just plain not enough light in the mornings. Even though it was bright and sunny out, the feeder is in a well shaded place. The hummers like it, but it’s just plain not a suitable place to try for photos of fast moving little birds. I can try going out in the afternoon when the sun is shining that way, but I’m not sure how often the hummers frequent it in the afternoon. Worth a shot sometime, I suppose. I keep facing the problem of blurry and light, or dark and clear. You tend to lose either way. I did get two somewhat decent photos, which could have been really nice if I’d been able to get them a bit lighter.

Hummingbird3

Hummingbird2

I like how the second picture shows a little bit different position, which him stretching a bit. But because of the darkness it’s just not something to blow up and hang on the wall.

The final picture I took this morning that I’d call worth sharing is another flower photo. I tried upping the shutter speed to 1000, trying for that pop-out flower with blurred background. The original didn’t do much for me, but then I remembered what the Lomo effect did to my Snap Dragon Photos, so I decided to give it a whirl. It did some interesting things, as you can see below.

Original

Flower1

Lomo 1 Lomo 2

Flower1_lomo1

Flower1_lomo2

None of it really qualifies as anything I’d print to hang on the wall, but it just goes to show the difference you can get with various effects. Something else interesting I played with a bit (but didn’t end up with anything I really felt was worth posting), was Jim’s Bud Parker effect. In Jim’s case, he kept Mike in color, and greyed out the rest. The same idea can apply to use some of photoshop’s effect – so your main subject remains normal, and the rest of the background goes wonky. It’s kind of a fun thing to play with, and could someday yield something really cool if I ever found the right photo to do it with, I think.

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