In a post last December I have a picture of a participant in the Honolulu Marathon from a recent year. He’s wearing a goose tutu. Look for yourself if you don’t believe me.
It never occurred to me I’d see the same outfit again. I was wrong.
Maybe they are part of a not so secret society.
I made the leap to a DSLR in 2005 with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. The photo ops that pushed the limits of my 7D and lens combination were lowlight with alot of movement. I took a bunch of pictures that I knew weren’t great but they had potential if I knew how to work with them. Surfing subjects within an hour of sunset were a challenge. I could push the ISO up to 1600 but I wasn’t happy with those results. The highest I would go was ISO 800 with my 28-200 Sigma at full zoom. With the lens as wide as it would go the best shutter speeds I could get were 45th or 60th of a sec. After my initial post processing I set those pics aside to wait for a better day. Today is the day for one of them. With recent upgrades in both hardware and software plus additional skill with the software (Lightroom and Photoshop), I’m revisiting those early efforts. What ya think?
I’ve been doing more panorama’s recently with CS2. They came out pretty well. I just upgraded to CS4 and doing pano’s is even easier and faster than CS2. The obvious format is Landscape but turn your camera (literally) to Portrait orientation. Take a series of vertical images and then use your panorama stitching program to blend them together. This is a blend of four portrait oriented pictures looking out my back door. Terrible view isn’t it? While landscapes are typical subjects of this process, it should work equally well if you take a picture of a large group of people. Come to think of it I wonder if it would work with a Macro subject? Hmmmm.
This is right out of the oven without a final crop. I thought it was interesting in this unfinished form.
There is a slight distortion in the lower corners that would be less obvious if I did crop it.