Today’s photograph is brought to you by all the strange weather we’ve been having. A long dry spell followed by a long wet spell made for the perfect conditions for mushrooms. The Puffball is a common variety on the ESVA. In its young form, it’s edible but it has very little flavor and even less consistency when cooked.
Posts tagged ‘Photography’
Different situations promote different types of photography. Great lighting of subject with lots of depth makes me want to try my hand at Stereoscopic photos.
For near sighted people with a smartphone, it’s pretty easy to view some types of stereoscopic images – the ones with the left image on the left and the right image on the right of the stereo pair. You just remove your glasses, hold the screen close and relax your vision. The small screen of a smart phone makes this method easy. Far sighted people tend to find it easier to have the image order swapped, hold the image pair at arms length and cross their eyes. Larger images work better in this case.
My workflow is pretty simple. For panoramic vistas, I find a point in the distance and frame my picture on it. I then lean 8-12″ to the left and center the frame on that point and take the first image; lean 8-12″ to the right and repeat. Since the iPhone has the option to show a grid, it helps keep the images squared up.
I use the Diptic App to place the two images. It’s 16:9 frame gives two squares and displays well on a wide screen smartphone when held in landscape mode. You may need to move the images around a little if your two original pictures we not aligned well when you took them.
It’s interesting to see how photography has changed over the past two decades. While most will talk about the change from film to digital, the real change has come from the silicon chips and algorithms post processing all of that digital data.
More and more processing power is available in tiny packages and buried inside cameras and cellphones.
Of course, the creativity is still in the photographer – deciding on subject matter, composition, and how much image processing is “just right”.
The photograph attached to this post is direct from the iPhone Camera App using its built in HDR feature. The only additional manipulation is done by this blog which recompresses all JPEG files using a 75% ratio to save on storage and download bandwidth. it’s not perfect and I know a better image could have been created using multiple images from a DLSR camera and Photophop.
Sometimes the subject matter of a photograph is better told indirectly. In this case it was the antics of a dog eyeing a bundle of old dry corn stalks.
The stalks made an enticing rustling sound and the ‘just out of reach’ leaves were just too tempting.
Nick was on an invisible leash following as close as he could without running into me from behind.
The Mid Atlantic states are in the midst of a depressing weather pattern – humid days with a probability of short intense rain. All of this leads to very poor mowing conditions which in turn leads to long grass.
Every morning, the temperature and the dew point meet up for a few hours and breed the perfect conditions for ground level precipitation – aka dew. Heavy dew!
Of course it also breeds Mosquitos, deer flies with the stamina of an Olympic marathoner, and flesh eating Chiggers.
Welcome to the Shore !