2024-06-04 Photographers Choice

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25 Responses to 2024-06-04 Photographers Choice

  1. Paul Fesko says:

    Ralph Klein Park
    Taken with my iPhone 15 Pro Max. (RAWW image)
    Edited in LR. Vertical lines made vertical, colours enhanced.

    • Henri says:

      I like the colour version even better than the B&W you showed at last Tuesday’s meeting. I like the red colour block in the center of the image. It draws the attention. The detail around it is a feast for the eye.

      • Paul Fesko says:

        Thanks. I think I like the colour better too. I’m trying to take a good picture of the public art projects I was involved with when I worked. This shows Hawk Hill by Beverley Piper. She was in her 90’s when she did this. Came to Calgary for the opening.

    • Frankie says:

      Stunning photo, Paul. I haven’t been there in years – this inspires me to go back.

  2. Paul Fesko says:

    Barn swallow in the nest at Ralph Klein Park
    1/125 s, f7.1, ISO 400
    Edited n LR. Sharpened in Topaz Photo AI

    • Henri says:

      Wow! What a great image Paul. I love the composition and the colour contrast between the bird and the nest material.

  3. della says:

    tried combing two images in photoshop with darken blend mode

  4. Frankie says:

    Under the iconic El in Chicago. We were there for the Memorial Day parade, so traffic was blocked for a few hours.
    ISO 125, 40 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec

    • Henri says:

      Hi Frankie, This is a great symmetrical composition. I love how you waited for the pedestrians to enter the center of the image. However it has a lot of potential for post processing improvement. Thinking of Ansel Adams and his equalizing filters and subsequent dodge and burn techniques during the darkroom post processing, I took the image above and used shadow sliders and then texture and clarity sliders, and even used haze removal in Photoshop to bring out the detail in the dark shadows. Maybe a bit over processed, but this gives you an idea what you can do with post processing. This was done on the low resolution JPEG you submitted, imagine what you could do with the raw image.

      • Frankie says:

        That’s amazing, Henry! Believe it or not, I had already used a bunch of the sliders and other techniques available in Apple photos to bring up more detail because the original photo was so dark. Here’s the original.

        • Henri says:

          How late in the evening was this shot? Amazing how much detail was recoverable.

          • Frankie says:

            It was 7 pm and sunset was 8:14 that day. Definitely underexposed because my settings were for the street scenes on the sidewalk I guess, and it’s dark under the El. The little Ricoh is amazing (24 megapixels) – the fixed 40 mm lens retracts so it fits in my pants or shirt pocket. It weighs 246 grams, compared to my Canon with the 18-400 mm zoom at 1.4 kg. Hard to handle with my thumb/wrist joint arthritis. Not a birding camera, but great for everyday shooting on dog walks, family and friends photos, architecture and of course street photography. Here it is beside my iPhone 12 Pro. It’s far superior to the phone camera.

  5. Karen Sandra McDaniel says:

    A while ago, I took a photography course where we learned to shoot high key. I have since forgotten most of the settings other than F5.6 and ISO 100 but I remember the effects on the apple blossoms.

  6. Henri says:

    Self seeded anemones in our back yard. 1/160 sec, f/16, ISO 1600. Used Highlights and Shadows sliders to equalize the extremes a bit.

  7. Beth A Hetherington says:

    Group of shooting stars at Reader Rock Garden. Shot with my 18-ff mm lens at f/4, 1/1300 sec, ISO 250

  8. Beth A Hetherington says:

    Always loved snap dragons as a kid. My Mom would take them apart piece by piece telling a story about a princess with each piece. Unfortunately the Princess stabbed herself at the end of the story with the last piece of the flower. Shot with my 18-55mm lens at f/4, 1/1300 sec, ISO 250

  9. Ron says:

    Back from a trip to Greece. These are a couple of street scenes from Athens. ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/400.

    • Frankie says:

      That jumble of stuff is a visual feast! What a lot of work to move the items on the sidewalk in and out every day. I was recently in a town of 800, Nashville, Indiana, (near Columbus, Indiana, where we stayed after our visit to Chicago – so many towns and cities and not enough names it seems!) and some of the gift shops just left everything out when they closed up, amazingly.

  10. Ron says:

    ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/100.

  11. Bill Stilwell says:

    My most recent collection is entitled “Artificial” and includes all photos of manmade objects representing something found in the natural world.
    This horse is found in a small opening in woodlands and surprises viewers when they first lay eyes on it. It is made of aluminium.

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