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A journey in Photography and sharing of how I go about taking various types of photos. Discussions include software and camera equipment and how to make the most of your equipment in a given situation.

HDR to extend Dynamic Range

Over the last few years you have probably heard about and seen some HDR or High Dynamic Range photos.  There is basically 2 types of HDR images that you see - the ones that have very vivid and almost cartoonish appearance and the ones you don't recognise as being processed this way.  Well, whenever I use this technique I am for the end result to not be recognised as an HDR if I can help it.  It is a process I use very sparingly.

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Rural Panorama

I have just found the time to get around to processing several photos I took a couple of months ago. The photos were taken as a panorama image and I have finally joined them all together to create the 1 image.

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A walk in the Bush

I recently discovered a wonderful resource that I have started exploring. I found a website that lists 40 Great South Australia Short Walks and have been reading about them.

I used this list to "discover" the short walk I took a week ago to Morialta park and the Waterfall. See the post I made from last week.

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Raw Workflow software

A few Days ago, when I got a new CF card it came with a free version of Capture One LE Raw Workflow software.

Well, now I have had a chance to have a bit of a look at it and evaluate how it compares to my current workflow and software.

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Holiday snapshots

In my post a few days ago about filters I mentioned that I had a fair few photos from my holiday that were not real good. A lot had very little detail due to the very bright conditions in NZ.

Today, I grabbed one of the photos that I liked and spent a little bit of time working on it.

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Panorama Updated

A couple of days ago, I posted about the Panorama I created. Well, after a few people on a forum took a look, they commented on how I might be able to improve it.

So, with their tips, I loaded up the cropped image into the Gimp and had another go to try an improve it.

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Adelaide Panorama

A comment was made to me a few months ago about my photoblog - It is called "Adelaide thru my lens" yet has hardly any pictures of Adelaide in it! On reflection the comment was correct. So today, I went out and rectified that!

A few days ago, I came across a little lookout that is about 8km Due east of the city and around 600 or so Metres high. I took a series of photos from there and created a pano of the cityscape.

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Low Light Photography

I have avoided photographing anything where I needed to use high ISO settings. I have always been concerned about how noisy the phots turn out, and how much effort in post processing it might take to get any sort of reasonable pictures from the effort involved.

Well, Last night I took the plunge in a big way - A friends band were performing at a local Pub. I asked them if they wanted any pics and they jumped at the chance! so, I grabbed my bag and went along to see If I could get some shots.

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My Digital Darkroom workflow

I shoot nearly everything in RAW format and as such, I need to "develop" every image into a useable format.  The normal format for me is to end up with a jpg file in order to present the photo in my photoblog. In some instances, when I am going to do a large print I produce a tiff file.

A large print to me is 9x12 inch or bigger, and the pro lab that I use to do my printing can print either from a jpg or 8-bit tiff file. If possible, I use a tiff file, as I normally get them to do colour correction on all printed images. They match the colourspace to their Printer colour profile and I get a much better looking picture.

Now, onto the software that I have settled on....

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