Clear blue sky, low sun, and a wicked frost -7c this morning. Various shots didn't really come of anything, but I'd held the camera just above the grass on the stage area and snapped Jessie wandering about. I liked the colours in this one.
The rest of the day has been mega-busy packing as I'm off to the Lake District tomorrow for a few days. I doubt I'll get net access so it may be a week before I surface again. I'll be in the hills every day with my camera (and Jessie - you'll get sick of seeing her!) so they'll be lots of photos when I get back.
Day 15. Oops. I couldn't see how rubbish it was on the camera as it was so brass monkeys outside and in the camper I didn't look at till the next day! Oh well. :shrug: oops by Beth at The Hug, on Flickr
Day 17. Jessie having a doze whilst I'm on the phone to my Dad, high on the Old Man of Coniston! Jessie by Beth at The Hug, on Flickr
Day 18. My Dad's place is right next to the North York Moors Railway, and 75029 came along as I was about to leave. So a quick grab of the camera was called for. It's being tested after an overhaul. 75029 testing by Beth at The Hug, on Flickr
Day 24. Really struggling for inspiration!
So wandered around the street! I liked the water droplets on the leaves of the yew tree lit by the street lights more than the pub sign, but they go together. Jolly Brewers by Beth at The Hug, on Flickr
Really liking Day 23, I recently well on the 1st of Jan went to the national memorial arboretum and it's an amazing place if your struggling for inspiration so forget thing's like still life images say a nice bowl of fruit check out the creative section for lots of ideas that can be attempted in the house without too much special equipment
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I think it's more of a rut - like 'OMG what am I doing this for, grump!' type thing. I can't take photo's when I'm like that, let alone good ones. And still life... only if it contains Teddy Bears. I've resisted else it'll be too easy just to set up a different Bear each day for, I think at last count, 80+ days
Anyway, went down to the lock for a play with the pano head and the nifty fifty. Sadly you'll see the flaw in the overhead wire
I tried cloning it out but only made it worse. My gimp/postprocess-fu is weak today! I'm using hugin for stitching. Originally I had 8 stacks of 3 bracketted exposures but it took so long to stitch and had more flaws. That image was the result of just the 8 middles with some manual tweaking to the control points.
I'm about to leave it stitching overnight with the full stacks and hand tweaked points to see if I can get a better stitch.
Pah! hugin usually does such a good job, but I've noticed it struggles with lots of wires or similar - maybe it's too tricky getting the barrel distortion correct unless you just manage to hit on the critical control points.
Day 27. Laars and Sam remind me it's drugs night. At least I'll sleep well tonight, and maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Laars and Sam by Beth at The Hug, on Flickr
Ooo look, a new version of photomatix, running under wine on Linux. Very nice, no blown out highlights and colour rendition from nicely natural to Mwhahahahah! I took a bracketted set of 3 handheld. Sunset v2 by Beth at The Hug, on Flickr
So this was 3 bracketed exposures played with in photomatix and then the perspective corrected a bit in hugin. The tower still bows very slightly but hopefully you don't really notice it that much. At least the tower doesn't look like it's going to fall over any second! Also managed to keep the roofline pretty straight too.
I think that you've done a really great job with your recent HDR's but I really don't like the perspective correction, I just don't think that it looks right :shrug: I've always been of the opinion that the perspective is there so it should stay there