Hello Earthlings! It’s Friday and among many great things that Friday brings, here is the ABF Forum. Please visit Stacy Fischer’s blog Visual Venturing and enjoy some fabulous posts from other participants.
I borrowed Canon EOS 500D from a friend and played with it over the weekend. Oh my, what a joy. For a longest time I wanted to get my hands on a macro lens, but with no luck. I took some photos of my jewelry with the 18-55mm lens and managed to get some decent close ups. Because it is not a macro lens, it just wouldn’t snap the image once I was too close. So, one of the tricks I used was to start snapping from afar and gradually coming closer and closer, thus managing to get really close. It is far cry from what I would get with the macro lens, but I am very happy with some of the images.
Like these pearls. It was taken from the impossible angle, I wanted to get an interesting DoF, but because of that you can see the edge of the bed, the wall and even the blanket. My goal in post-processing was to lose that background, which wasn’t very hard. By decreasing brightness and deepening the shadows I almost removed it all. The piece of that white blanket was still visible, so I used a tool in PixlrExpress called Heal. It is basically a little circle which you position on a part you want to remove and it is replaced with surrounding predominant colors, removing the part within the circle. Or something like that. I really suck at this “explaining” part. I tinkered some more with the angle and the colors, but these were all light touches.
The mean Weather Man says it’s going to rain tomorrow and I was hoping to take some more photos. I even bought these delightful red apples, just like the ones from the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. See, I am planning my photo sessions, that is quite an improvement. Hope you all have a much sunnier and funnier weekend and keep your fingers crossed that I get at least one ray of sun.