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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Backyard Safari

I came home from running errands today and noticed the sun falling of some flowers Deborah planted next to the walk. I unloaded the car and started taking pictures. The original flower selection did okay, but I found some other subjects that really rocked. I shot the tomato after the flowers, and went inside to grab my lunch.

I dumped my camera gear in the ofice and Deborah came in asking if I wanted to photograph a really cool bug. I followed her out and shot the top photo. She can spot a great picture.  After shooting the bug, I shot the middle photo of the Hosta. Love the subdued light.

THese were all shot as RAW files. I am really enjoying the control you get by shooting RAW.  I am doing a lot less in Photoshop due to using Camera Raw.

I also am using the Shadows/Highlights controls available in Photoshop Elements 9. I very seldom use full Photoshop any more. I miss the History brush, but it is easy enough using Layers and Layers Masks while working with images. The patches of sunlight on the tomato and the detail in the bug's wings show the effect of using the Highlights slider.

These three were shot in the backyard in less than thirty minutes, so I don't want to hear anyone else say "I can't find anything to shoot."
Go forth and create some kickin' images.

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