26 Mar

A Study in Colour (Part 4)

By Silver Blue

More photos from the trip to Busch Gardens:

Something to be said about varying bushes with flowers. The pom-pom effect is nice, though I don’t know what kind of plant it is.

More “bedrock” sprouting with a variety of flowers in copious colours.

From almost opposing colours comes a soothing flow of shape and form.

Nature has its own way of cranking up the saturation. 🙂

Even the repeating pattern of colourful umbrellas can be interesting, even when blocked by a tree that has yet to sprout.

The richness of a metallic purple carousel horse beckons one to mount and ride… one more ride on the merry-go-round.

Only I would look up and see…. Silver and Blue. LOL.

It may look like wood, or marble, but this is pollen, resting on the surface of the “Rhine” river flowing through Busch Gardens.


I call this “The Lady Of The Lake/The Rhine Maiden” (A hat tip to the legend of King Arthur and to Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”.) Can you see her face?


Silver Blue, who… is at a loss for words this evening.

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05 Jan

Beyond what the camera can see.

By Silver Blue

So, you’ve got a new camera (well, I do), and you think… oh, what a great shot!

You frame your photo, click your shutter and…are disappointed. Sure the photo looks good, but it’s not as rich and vibrant as what your eye could see.

That’s because the human eye can see about 18 “stops” of light. Even the best camera can only see 10-12. Which means that your eyes have a much broader “dynamic range” when viewing the world. Now, don’t get me wrong, The house in this photo, the wintering trees, the blue of the sky… all makes for a pleasing photograph. But it’s not as my eyes saw it.

There is a stopgap measure, however. Something called “High Dynamic Range”. You fire off 3 shots. One underexposed (for the highlight tones), one properly exposed (for the mid-tones), and one overexposed (for the shadow tones) [Now, that may sound opposite what it should be, but follow me here.] Then, using a program such as Photoshop, you merge the three pictures. It pulls the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights for something that appears to be able to display more than the 10-12 “stops” of light.

The key is to keep it from looking cartoonish. I went a touch OVER with the settings, but I think this is a much more accurate photo to what I was seeing with my own eyes:

I’ve so much to learn about photography, and the new camera… stay tuned… my eyes are open in 2012, and I’m ready to show you the world as I see it!

Silver Blue… who says “these are the moments that we make into memories.”

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