Monday, June 21, 2010

New blog site...

I have been working on new place for hosting all my blog posts. So you may not see much updates during this period but I'll update you with the new website address as soon as I have it up!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Adobe Lightroom 3

By the time I'm trying out new Photoshop CS5, Adobe released the Lightroom 3. The beta release was in November 2009 and people can still use till June 2010 end.
Although all the features are already available in beta, I'm curious about the actual release. This is because the release will allow us to migrate the Lightroom 2 catalog to Lightroom 3 catalog. This is going to be big timesaver for most of us who already have lots of images in Lightroom 2 catalog.
I am planning to upgrade to Lightroom 3 soon. I'll update on the blogs about my experiments with Lightroom 3 as well as Photoshop CS5.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Photoshop CS5

It was quite lazy May for this blog activity and when I looked back today, I had only one post for the whole month. I was busy and did not go anywhere to shoot for the whole month but I experimented and played with Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Towards the end of April 2010, Adobe announced the release of Adobe Premium Suite CS5. I was looking forward to CS5 as I had heard quite a few things about it. After getting it installed, I did play with it and some features are really much better than the predecessor CS4.
Layers adjustments have got a "make default" option added which helps remembering the frequent changes, HDR processing is improved and is not a separate menu item than Photomerge. It has also added quite a few camera and lens models which correct the lens distortion using the EXIF information.
There are lot of new features added such as content aware filling that eases the clone/heal process to remove an object from the photograph. New refining technique to the selection has been added to help us select the edges more precisely.
I'm sure there will be lot more as I will find out by using it more and more...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Japanese Gardens in Portland

The trip to Portland, OR was very short and I could not shoot much due to time constraints. One place I really liked shooting was the Japanese Gardens. This is a hidden gen in Portland and it appears nowhere in the middle of all residential area.

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The Entrance



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Sculpture at the entrance.


The Garden has five sections and each section is worth stopping for a while. Although it was not sunny day, but was perfect for shooting the natural green. I have experienced that the natural colors look more vibrant in overcast day than sunny day in order to capture in photos.

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The other objects to capture in here are the sculptures and little structures. The sculpture are normally monochrome so capturing them in monochrome or sepia brings out more details.

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Sand and Stone garden was a totally different one than the rest of the garden. This is way of gardening and landscaping with no water usage, also called as dry gardens.

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There is still a small hole in the nature here from where you can see the Portland and Mount Hood.

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It was well spent time, took about 2-3 hours to stroll around. One thing you must visit when visiting Portland.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Motion Capture

Carousels are fun and I always enjoyed riding them. Even now, I do enjoy riding carousels. I ride them whenever I find one. One of my favorite place is the Balboa Park. For San Diegans Balboa Park is a great place to hang out. It has variety of places to visit. From museums to Botanic gardens, fountains, zoo and amphitheater as well.

Last weekend when I visited Balboa Park, I experimented on the motion photography, either freezing the motion, motion blur or panning it. I started with capturing some of the still portraits of the carousel animals.

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The motion blur occurs when you capture a long exposure of moving object. This kind of motion blur makes an interesting effects. The Carousel gives a nice chance to capture motion blur. I could set the camera to even 1/20 sec and capture the motion blur.

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The other way of capturing motion is panning it. This is normally done by concentrating on one object and catching its motion on the background of other moving objects. Here you need very fast shutter speed and you need to follow the object.

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The other way to pan is to use flash. When you use flash with relatively faster shutter speed, you normally freeze action of foreground subject on background of moving objects.

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I just shared some of my experiments. These were few first experiments I did for capturing motion. I had about 70-80 shots out of which I could find only handful with some quality that I can share.