Posts tagged ‘Photoshop Elements 6’

December 2, 2009

Getting Lost

Panasonic LX1, f4.9, 1/80 sec, ISO 80, 28mm equiv., Blue ‘Duotone’ effect in Photoshop Elements 6, (click to enlarge)

I’m finding my way around the parish the hard way! Occasionally I kid myself that I know which road to take to get home again after being out visiting. The result is often that I end up in the middle of nowhere (see picture). It wasn’t always this way – when I was a curate in East Belfast it was possible to do nearly all my visits by parking the car at one end of the street and then working my way along from door to door. The contrast with rural ministry is considerable.

Coincidentally I was reading (in the Message Bible) about Jesus being “The Road”:

I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life.

(John 14:6)

In life there are so many roads to take yet Jesus tells us there is only one Road that leads to God and eternal life and that is found in Him…

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May 20, 2009

Not bad for a mobile phone

Sony Ericsson K800i (Mobile phone), 5 pictures @ f2.8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 80

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, taken two days ago using five pictures from a Sony Ericsson K800i mobile phone, stitched together on the computer using Photoshop Elements 6.

One of the great myths about digital photography, particularly with small pocket cameras and especially with mobile phones is the idea that the more megapixels the better. The problem is that the sensor is tiny (smaller than a fingernail) so the more photosites you cram on to it the harder each one has to work to get an image. In good light this is fine but in dimmer light when the ISO has to increase to over, say 200 this leads to excessive “noise”, i.e. coloured blotches and loss of detail in the picture. That’s why you can look at a low-light photo taken with a five or six megapixel camera bought a few years ago and it will look a lot better than today’s latest twelve megapixel monster – the sensor is the same size – but having to work twice as hard!

Anyway, I got a new mobile phone recently (well actually second-hand off eBay for £60). It has a camera on it that’s not bad, though not as good as the pictures from a ‘proper’ camera, such as a digtal SLR or a film camera, like my Olympus OM-1 from 1973 (I’ll put up some pictures from the latter in due course).

March 27, 2009

The Great Glasshouse

Nikon D70s, 5 images at: 1/100 sec, f5, ISO 200, 36mm equivalent (click to enlarge)

We are just back from visiting family in Wales for a few days (availing of the recession-friendly ferry prices)! One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the National Botanical Garden of Wales. The Glasshouse is very impressive: Designed by Norman Foster, it is the worlds largest single span Glasshouse measuring 110m long by 60m wide. The internal landscape covers 3500m square metres. The dome consists of 785 panes of glass, most of which are 4m x 1.5m and weighing about a tonne each!

With all the talk about the bad stuff we are doing to our planet it’s great to see an example of us being the “co-creators” that we were made to be.

Anyway, I highly recommend a visit to these gardens if you ever find yourself in South Wales – even the drainage channels are interesting…

Nikon D70s, f5, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, 60mm equiv. (Click to enlarge)
March 18, 2009

Ballybrannigan Strand

Nikon D70s, f9, 1/320 sec, ISO 200, 27mm equivalent (click to enlarge)

This beach can often be found deserted throughout the year (save for the odd sunny day here and there). Yesterday the sun was out – and so were the crowds (sort of). I think the people on the beach help to give depth and scale to the picture.

My inspiration here was that greatest of photographers, Ansel Adams, specifically his picture “Point Sur, Storm”, taken in 1946. Have a look at the link it is a great photo.