manipulating nature photographs

working in a different way to manipulate landscape photos lately

I am working with two cameras these days: digital single lens reflex, Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens, and a point and shoot digital camera, Sony H50 (15x zoom lens).  The software I use to manipulate images is Corel Paint Shop Pro x4.  The technique I use varies.  Mostly it is two steps, local tone mapping which tends to brighten the image a little too much for my liking and then I darken the image by using the brightness/contrast function.   Then after that I may try a few others things with the software.  My goals is to get a darker, richer, more contrasty image.  A somewhat surreal image.  Sometimes that is the goal.  I am never completely satisfied.  My personal handicap is red green colour blindness which is a problem for more subtle colour editing.

early workstation

WAR of 1812 Fort York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – writing desk or secretary

visited there last week with my Nikon D3100 and a Metz 44 flash

organized and simplicity, wonder where the candlestick sat.  For those unfamiliar with the design, the writing surface is a fold down surface.  When writing done, the surface lifts back up and locks securely with a key.  There were also a few secret compartments in desks of this type.

early 19th century time travel always jars when it reminds how much we rely on electricity for absolutely everything.

Nikon D3100 battery finally caught me napping

Nikon D3100 with 18-55 Nikon lens

For once I got embarassed by not checking my Nikon DSLR D3100 lithium battery charge state.  I normally go for a week without recharging.  But at an art show opening, no juice in the battery.  Sheesh.  Thinking back over the week I had shot a lot of shots at Fort York in Toronto, many with the aux.  flash (Metz 44) in use.  But I had my Blackberry Playbook with me and it had half its charge left and so a few shots got taken.  Enough to put on the blog of the Huronia Museum where the art show is running until June 27…. Tim Mohan is the Métis artist. Huronia Museum in Midland, Ontario.