One thing that i have gotten considerable use from is Google+ with regards to photographers. Having liked the work of Trey Ratcliff, Martin Ollman, Christian Krieglsteiner, Ingo Meckmann, and more, it’s become quite obvious to me I really like their sense of photographic style, but also the technology they use in post processing.
I have seen HDR for some time and never really ‘got it’, because there is so much crap around. Obviously a matter of opinion, but this being creativity work, it’s all about opinions. When it’s over the top and super stylized, I don’t dig it. But the good stuff is really, really good. What these guys do has made me look into the tools of the trade and give it a go myself.
These images are all taken in 3 exposure bracketed raw files and merged in Photomatix, with some additional treatments in Aperture. The files are huge, my Mac struggles, but the end results are interesting.
All taken March 1, between 2030 and 2130 Melbourne. It was raining, and pretty shitty to be honest. But I’m happy to be on the streets with a camera. Shot with a 28mm 1.8 at around f.8.
—apologies for the incorrect title of 22mm; it is 28mm—
The second part of the drive was from Queenstown to Wanaka, where the wedding of secrecy was to be held. All we knew was to be at place x by certain time, but the photos here aren’t about the wedding.
As for the drive, the weather was wonderful for this middle part, and the drives were spectacularly awesome. Crown Range Road is one epic drive that makes giants look like hobbits – everything was massive. Not much traffic, great quality road and scenery that was jaw dropping at every corner. I will be back. The car – a Toyota Camera – was really nice to drive, and compared to my last road trip where everything went wrong, this was a dream.
So, usual story. I’ve got time to myself, and I head for a walk… Best thing about Richmond is being so close to the city.
Having A Camera All The Time…
I needed to head to Melbourne to get some more memory and iTunes cards – I have video shoot, and I can’t run out of memory, and there’s a special on iTunes cards, which I can use to buy Aperture 3 at a lower price. In any-case, I took my new best friend, old X100. Yes, my Friday night best friend is a camera. So, no flash, no tripod, and very little light and these are a couple snaps I got.
As for the colour treatments, they are razzed up with the new Aperture 3 preset called Toy Camera. Some of the shots are pretty dark, but i prefer more blacks than too much noise. Many of these shots were at 3200 ISO; any higher and they really fall apart.
Had a couple ours to kill, so I took the Fuji X100 out to see how it performs at night. Most of these shots were taken with a tripod, with ISO ranging from 800 – 3200. 3200 with enough light performs alright, but when there are dark blacks, the noise jumps out a little more than I’d like.
Shooting Raw Files
These images started as RAW images, but the real pain is not being able to use Aperture 2 with them – I need to upgrade to v3, which is $120 more than I’d care to spend… So, for now, I have settled with the dodgy RAW File convertor provided with the camera. As for the colour treatments, this was using a preset within the app called ‘Nostalgic Toy Camera’.
My walk around Flinders Street, Melbourne. No Tripod. Maxed ISO.
I decided to set my camera to RAW in monochrome (i.e. black and white) to see what I could find. Due to the pictures being RAW, the colour information is all there, so putting them into¬†Aperture¬†loaded them up in colour. What I’ve got here is both versions; I am not sure where I stand. There are some that I think stand out as winners in black/white VS colour, but others are line-ball.