Monday, October 29, 2007

Overlay Digital Filters

Using a digital cutter filter in Irfanview
using overlay mode gives some strong effects.

I have just discovered that a Google Image search
links this photo to the following message:

"Image may be scaled down and subject to copyright"

I have no knowledge of who decided this and since
it is against the spirit of my blogging style,
I remove this link on
Sunday, 2nd December, 2007,
at 21h42 by my computer clock.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Neopan and Texture

Neopan 400 iso is worth using for close-up texture of
flowers and natural history subjects.

I was advised, in the past, to use a yellow filter with
black and white film, but in this case I decided against it.

The clarity is still better than applying a desaturation
effect to a colour photo, I think.


The original photo of the herd of cattle showed the golden hide of this breed.

The desaturation made for a cooler image, in every sense of the word.

Friday, October 26, 2007


Some flowers appear artificial and
benefit from enhanced saturation and
some work in Picasa to enhance petal veins
and stigma.

Desaturated Image, Bringing Out Texture

This fine herd are a lovely golden colour in the original photo.
Somehow, desaturating the image makes for a very clean and detailed

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dull Day in the Garden

400 iso is ideal for taking photos on a
Dull Day.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Taken in Sunlight with ISO 400

Kodak 400 iso colour film

Water Droplets

The weather is gradually getting damp here.
Droplets of water everywhere.

Herbaceous Walk

Herbaceous Gardens offer an opportunity
for the Gardener to become an
Artist in Colour Schemes.


The Last Wasp of Summer

Water Flows Gently

I took the advice of a photo expert and tried a fine-grained film at the weekend.
The results are almost like a digital effect, much smoother and less gritty.

We walked around Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow.
They have become a major tourist attraction, unlike twenty
years ago when there was no restaurant and there was a sense of
being out in the wilds.

Every second person was carrying a camera and the
Japanese Garden was especially popular because
of the vivid Autumn colours provided by maples
and species yews.

An exceptionally pleasant experience.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Real Colour

This is the first time using Fujifilm Reala, 100.
There is very vivid colour and a nice fine grain.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Reminder to Carry Spare Camera Batteries

It turns out that the Pentax SLR just
seized up in the middle of taking
a photo because it had run out of juice.

Professional photographers arrive with
enough equipment to make them bend
double at the knees.
Now I know why.

That mistake will not be repeated,
but probably many more pitfalls
lie in store.

This colourful image is an enhanced
version of the one on Photographe à Dublin.
The burn feature in Irfanview deepens colours
and makes the brack seem more appetising.


Friday, October 12, 2007

I was in a bit of a mood over the broken Pentax,
so a kind friend offered the loan of a very
precious Nikon digital camera.

This "state of the art" machine was a
bit overwhelming, but after much emotion
I managed to capture the
new Hallow'een Pumpkin
on our kitchen window.

It glows.

I've been meaning to share this photo
for some time now.

The gable ends of many Irish Houses
are very attractive indeed and
deserve to be documented with
more attention.

There is a section in Flickr for
posting photos of houses that
are representative of various
cultures around the World.

I must get back to posting there.

Recently I found a lovely book
of large format photos showing
cast iron decorations in gates
and on house fronts.

Melbourne is a remarkable city for
discovering very fine cast iron.
If anybody reading this has links
to good photos there, I would be
very grateful indeed if they could share.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Incentive to Buy a New Camera

Today my trusty Pentax went into spasm,
locked the shutter tight shut and decided
to have a major sulk.

There is no better moment to go buy new.

Digital here I come.