30 Nov

Ghosts of Christmas Past

By Silver Blue


(C) 2016 F. John Barker III/Silver Blue Photography

Silver Blue: I remember this lighted cardboard Christmas tree being placed in the front window of our home in Charleston, SC, every year until we moved in 1980. Then, it was on my parent’s mantel, and then was passed on to me. ┬áThe little cut out stars were, at one time covered from the inside with colored cellophane. ┬áThe light, a simple night light bulb, illuminated the tree.

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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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