Photos are few and far between….

I’ve been a bit slack over the last year.  I haven’t taken anywhere near as many photos as I should have.  Actually, I should say I haven’t been out to take photos.  I realised this when I went to upload some pictures to Flickr from the 5k run at work, and saw that I hadn’t actually created many albums since the 5k run last year.  It’s at this point I should say “I will aim to create an album a week”, but targets don’t help me.  Deadlines do though, so I need to find a way to set deadlines.

Hursley 5k

 

 

How Far Should You Go?

The majority of photos needs a touch up (unless you know what you are doing or are Amazon of course with the patent for photographing an object against a white background. It needs no touching up.)

I took the photo below which was more for the record of the area rather than get a great photo.  I probably would have gone at a different time of day to try and achieve better light if I had time.  It’s underexposed (deliberately) and the sky was a wash out.

Bluebells

 

I decided I would replace the sky…. I’ve never been keen on this because I think it detracts from the effort that a photographer puts in to get the perfect shot.  If you’ve only got one chance to get a photo though, should it be okay to put in a new sky?  Probably yes as long as you don’t enter the photo into a competition. I used a combination of Photoshop and Lightroom to alter the photo.

Bluebells

 

 

Woodland Abstract

This was an attempt at some Abstract Photography!  I think everyone has had a go at this.  Slowish shutter speed and rotate your camera upwards.  It is quite a nice effect though.  I especially liked the curved trees at the edges.

I did do a couple of changes in Lightroom.

1) Decreased the Clarity

2) Applied a Split Tone.  Blues in the shadows, orange in the highlights.

3) Applied a small vignette.

 

Woodland Abstract

 

I bring you ‘The Highland’

Cows are very inquisitive.  You might think they stand in a field all day eating grass and heading to the barn to be miked, but if you wander past, even at a distance they will look up to see what’s going on, and probably even head over to you.  If they have calves and they head over to you, you may want to think about getting out of there.

These are one of my two favourite breeds, the other being Belted Galloways,   I love the Highland’s crazy hair, and knowing that you could leave them in all weathers and they wouldn’t bat an eyelid.

Highland

Competition Entry

I’m hoping to enter this into a local competition.  I suspect though that they may have seen a lot of photos of Farley Mount.  I’m waiting for it to come back from the online printers.  A nice lady phoned me up to ask me if I she should cut the white border off, as it will be smaller than the picture size I ordered.  I will wait to see how it comes out!

Farley Mount