They surround us on a daily basis yet so often go unnoticed – signs.
Here’s a collection of 27 images that feature signs to hopefully get you noticing what can be an interesting subject.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Leading moving enterprise, Harrington Moving & Storage, announces its most recent environment friendly changes.
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Harrington Moving & Storage, starting today, will implement a widespread environment friendly program, entitled Green Wheels.
The Green Wheels program aims to disband the use of Harrington Moving & Storage’s gas guzzling trucks. Instead, for long distance moves, Harrington Moving & Storage will use their customers’ hybrid vehicles. For local moves, Harrington Moving & Storage will transport their customers’ belongings by bicycle with the help of an attached trolley.
“We are discontinuing the use of our trucks and instead we will only cater to hybrid vehicle owners,” said Jeff Harrington, owner of Harrington Moving. “In addition, we are the only moving company to transport belongings by bicycle.”
Harrington Moving & Storage will perform long distance moves using their customers’ hybrid vehicles, the company will only cater to customers who own such fuel efficient vehicles.
When customers request Harrington Moving & Storage services, they will be asked regarding their vehicle type. If they cannot obtain a hybrid car, then Harrington Moving & Storage will refrain from assisting them in their relocation task.
Harrington Moving & Storage has been preparing for the latest changes that go into effect today. Some of the company’s movers have never ridden a bicycle, therefore Harrington created a training course to teach safe cycling and proper handling of the belongings while pedaling on two wheels.
Harrington Moving & Storage’s latest announcement is just one of the many changes the company is undertaking in an effort to go green. Last month, Harrington Moving announced the use of the Green Packer, large packing crates that conserve on using traditional wasteful packing materials.
“Harrington Moving & Storage always tries to offer the best possible service, as of late we decided to expand our notion of good customer service to include our environment,” Harrington said.
About Harrington Moving & Storage
Harrington Moving & Storage has been a leader in the moving business since 1996. Harrington Moving offers high quality moving and storage services of all types. It is the only moving company in its region to initiate monthly charitable services. Its benevolent services have helped various organizations, schools, and even individual community members tremendously. Many non-profit organizations have reviewed Harrington as 'irreplaceable assets to our community' and 'the moving company with the biggest heart'. Harrington Movers is concerned with reducing its carbon footprint, it recently has implemented various environment friendly changes.
European adult processing firm turns to Online Reputation Management after one of its American clients charges its innocent customers unwarranted fees.
A European adult processing firm recently turned to Online Reputation Management after receiving negative online press when one of its American clients, an adult film store, charged its customers groundless additional credit-card fees.
The adult processing firm, a leader in its field, serves both European and American clients, it specializes in setting up payment processing for adult businesses that need to accept credit card transactions.
Recently, the European firm’s manager, Wagner, discovered during a routine Google search that negative comments were written about her company in various blogs, review Web sites and complaint Web sites.
“I was really surprised to read the comments customers were writing,” said Wagner. “I honestly had no idea what everyone was speaking about, customers kept mentioning ‘unwarranted charges.’”
The unfavorable feedback caused a decline in business profits, resulting in Wagner deciding to change the company’s name and turn to Online Reputation Management.
Online Reputation Management repair specialists created a strategic approach to Wagner’s “complicated” situation.
“It isn’t easy when someone posts negative reviews that stem from no where, the negative reviews tend to multiply into hundreds of negative reviews that eventually lead to a loss of profits,” said Online Reputation Management founder, Ed Eshel. “The Internet is a wild animal, fortunately, we know how to tame it.”
Online Reputation Management used their detective skills to decipher Wagner’s situation. The repair specialists discovered that one of Wagner’s clients, an American adult film store, charged its customers with groundless additional credit-card fees. The adult film store’s customers received their monthly bills and saw the additional charges, so in response, those customers immediately blamed Wagner’s company and posted negative reviews.
“I was shocked and very angry,” Wagner said after learning of the situation. “My company is extremely honest, we charge reasonable varying rates and amounts pending on the service. In this case, the film store charged additional fees to profit on behalf of their customers.”
Since Wagner changed the name of her company, Online Reputation Management repair specialists stressed the importance of maintaining her clean reputation, the specialists designed Wagner’s business Web site and implemented a public relations stint to promote Wagner’s renamed adult processing firm.
In addition, the online repair specialists exposed the adult film store’s shady practice, which resulted in all its customers, who were overcharged, to receive a full refund.
“Online Reputation Management saved my company and exposed the truth,” Wagner said.
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When I first heard about this little number I was sceptical: Why? Whaffor? What’s doing?
Then, when I actually held the magnesium alloy bodied, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera in my sweaty palms at a spiffy harbourside press preview, the penny finally dropped.
It comes at a time when some camera companies are doing major rethinks about the future of upper level digital cameras: like Olympus with its retro OM-D and Nikon with its bare bones N1.
It appears Fujifilm for one has done a mighty rethink about gaps in the pro market and come up with a camera that has some pretty clever answers to some profound questions.
Question 1: does everyone in the game aspire to a DSLR?
Question 2: does big always mean mighty?
Question 3: are we currently heading in the right direction?
Right now, Fujifilm appears to be answering this trio of queries in the negative!
The Pro-X1 is quite a departure for a camera with such high ambitions, although anyone who has spent some time with the earlier X10 model should have suspected something major was in the wind.
The review camera was supplied with three lenses: f2/18mm, f2/35mm, f2.4/60mm macro.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 Features
The body is all black, with text IDs very visible in clear cut white text.
The maximum image size is a hefty 4896×3264 pixels, leading to a 41x28cm print. There is also a sweep panorama function which captures images up to 2160×7680 pixels in size … and it’s unlike any sweep pano you’ve ever encountered before! As you swing the camera around (up, down or across) you can hear the separate frames of the pano being captured, followed by the (silent) in-camera stitching process. Absolutely love it!
Movies are there but you wouldn’t know it! Only a few pages in the manual are devoted to it … however, don’t be misled: the X-Pro1 can shoot 1920×1080 pixel Full HD or the lesser 1280×720 video res.
Powered up, the first chore when out and about is to choose the shooting mode: stills, movies or panorama. This obviously means you cannot shoot stills while capturing video. And let’s face it, few cameras can do this successfully!
The button (Drive) that takes you into stills or movie shooting mode also gives access to continuous shooting (3 or 6fps), exposure correction, ISO bracketting, film simulation bracketting and dynamic range bracketting.
Beneath this button on the left side/rear are controls for the auto exposure area (multi, spot and averaging) and position of the AF point.
The four way jog dial offers the main menu plus a macro setting. Above it is a button which allows you to lock exposure and focus … handy once you’ve found focus via auto AF.
Top deck: your eye is initially drawn to the largish shutter speed dial, delivering access to all speeds between 1 second and 1/4000 second plus Bulb (which runs all the way to 60 minutes), Time (varies between 2 and 30 seconds in 1/3 f stop steps) plus auto. For me, this is one of the many phenomenal aspects of the camera. Control! Control!
You can also directly compensate exposure with the help of a dial found immediately behind the shutter button.
And there is the familiar Fujifilm Fn button to which can be assigned such functions as multi exposure, ISO setting, image size etc.
The useful Q button takes you directly into ISO, white balance, image parameters, AF, self timer etc.
Overall, the controls are a delight to use. After powering up, you need only cycle through the display options, then decide whether you want to use the rear screen for viewing or the hybrid viewfinder, which is in fact, an optical finder overlaid with a display of the fitted lens’ coverage; you can also opt for an eye sensor to detect the approach of your baby blue to the view!
The advantage of using the hybrid finder is that shutter lag is minimised. Taking this track means you need only use the rear screen to check exposure info, white balance information and depth of field.
The menu list is enormous but straightforward. Fortunately, once you have set the normal parameters like image size, file format, etc you can drive the camera quite easily with the external controls.
What did make the camera sing and dance in my all too brief stewardship was the arsenal of lenses supplied with it. The camera itself is not overly large nor heavy, nor were the the three review lenses: each was a delight to snap on and start shooting with.
However, missing was a zoom. If I correctly understood the company’s brief at the launch there will be a zoom for the camera ‘in the near future’, but as to how the hybrid finder view will be implemented is not yet known.
The X-Pro1 also takes another departure mostly ignored by the others: its newly-developed colour filter array removes the need for an optical low-pass filter to solve moiré and false colour issues.
In this array, RGB pixels are arranged in 6×6 pixel sets with high randomness, emulating the seeming haphazardness of film grain. Increasing randomness eliminates these artefacts, a problem found all too often when shooting repetitive patterns like cloth texture etc. This approach also removes the likelihood of false colour capture.
Even the lenses’ aperture blades have been attended to: the blades are curved to create a circular image at all aperture settings, with the very edges of each blade rounded off rather than simply chopped off, delivering a sharper image.
Once you attach the lens, the hybrid finder automatically switches the frame display and finder magnification; this does of course mean that longer focal length lenses will have a diminished frame area.
A really novel feature that will win many hearts is the camera’s ability to apply internal filtering for B&W photography. How about a yellow filter to slightly darken blue skies? Or a red filter to emphasise cloud shots? Got me!
In the case of the X-Pro1 it shoots video with some limitations and, in use, you’d be advised to shoot movies with little or no camera movement or plonk it on a tripod: also, auto focus can take a few seconds to lock on. There is no internal stabiliser but the word is that the zoom, when it’s delivered, will have one.
This review is the first to include a test clip made with the test camera. Handheld, it was shot on the run to commemorate the removal of the much-hated 23 year old Sydney monorail.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 ISO Tests
Wow! What a performance! The increase in noise was only visible after ISO 6400 and then only minimal. For me, ISO 25,600 is entirely useable!
Visitors to this review who would like to see the full, untouched files shown below can request to me via this site; if I am not overwhelmed by the demand, I will send out the examples.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 Verdict
Quality: phenomenal! Razor sharp, precise colour capture.
Why you’d buy the Fujifilm X-Pro1: you want full manual control; you need access to high quality lenses.
Why you wouldn’t: maybe you want to wait for the zooms to appear! you want a stabiliser to shoot shake-free video; you want a swinging LCD screen.
A minor gripe: I found it odd that a camera with such high ambitions should stow its card slot under the camera: very tripod-unfriendly.
This camera is a wave-breaker. May the other companies take note!
Fujifilm X-Pro1 Specifications
Image Sensor: 16.3 million effective pixels.
Metering: 256 zone, multi pattern, manual, spot.
Lens Mount: Fujifilm X mount.
Exposure Modes: Program AE, shutter and aperture priority, manual.
Sensor: APS-C type X-Trans CMOS 23.6×15.6mm.
35 SLR Lens Factor: 1.5x.
Shutter Speed (stills): 60 mins (Bulb) to 1/4000 second. Flash sync: 1/180 sec.
Continuous Shooting: 3/6 fps.
Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): Stills: 4896×3264 to 1664×1664.
Movies: 1920×1080, 1280×720.
Viewfinder: Optical plus 12mm electronic (1,440,000 pixels), 7.6cm LCD screen (1,230,000 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
Colour Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 25.600.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, remote control.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 139.5×81.8×42.5 WHDmm.
Weight: 450 g (card and battery).
Prices: Get a price on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 Body Only. Also check out the lenses – Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 35mm F1.4 Lens, Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 18mm F2.0 Lens and Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 60mm F2.4 Macro Lens.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
It is time for another reader Poll – this one comes out of a conversation yesterday with a reader who sheepishly admitted to having 13 lenses for his DSLR. In fact he had spent around $1000 on his camera body but had lenses with a combined value of over $15,000!
So I thought it might make a fun poll – how many lenses do dPS readers own?
Of course this poll is mainly focused upon the DSLR owner – although really anyone with an interchangeable lens camera can vote.
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Once you’ve voted – tell us what your lenses are in comments below. It’ll be interesting to see what ones are most popular!
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Another truly incredible week in the world of photography passes us by, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy compiling a list of the best tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone. This weeks list contains some really great works by some really gifted photographers and artists, and we hope you enjoy viewing these images and reading the posts as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.
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7 Action Sports Photography Tips You Should Know – an introductory article into the genre of sports photography is presented here. This challenging field presents its own technical challenges, as discussed, with a few tips and pointers on how to get that next great action shot.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): Part III – But I do it like this… – our friends at Dakota Visions Photography continues their great in-depth series on HDR image creation. This post discusses the workflow and outlines some really great tips and tricks.
PTGui Tutorial – Mark Blundell shares very detailed tips, tricks and secrets in regards to the phenomenal 360* panorama shots he produces. This tutorial takes the reader step-by-step through the process, discussing some problems and caveats. This is a highly comprehensive tutorial.
How to use Photoshop Selection Tools – Tutorial – a fully interactive tutorial that takes the reader through the process of using selection tools in Photoshop. If you’re trying to use Photoshop with minimal experience, this is a great place to start.
India > Rajasthan | India > Mumbai – two very wonderful galleries of photographs taken in India by Hunaid Hussain are presented here. This large series of images produces unique and vivid views of this beautiful country and will be enjoyed by all who visit. Hunaid, a fabulous photographer, is also the author of the iPhone/iPad app Photoverse that we use and love.
In the frosty morning – an epic and slightly surreal image is shared by Fedor Fedor complete with great tones in the sky and a frosty mist adding tension. The natural beauty of nature is explored leaving the viewer amazed and delighted.
Ghost Sunbeam, Slot Canyon, Arizona – a magical plume of light comes in through an opening above to dramatically paint this canyon feature. Mark Paulson captures a beautiful abstract scene with the light presenting a ghostly feel, guaranteed to mesmerize all who view it.
In Conjunction with… – a fabulous lesson in astronomy is coupled with a breathtaking image from the folks at Goldpaint Photography. This nighttime sky shot was taken with Jupiter and Venus peeking up over the horizon, creating a captivating piece.
Sunset out at Four Peaks – wonderful colors in the sky are accented by the great details in this landscape shot from Mike Olbinski. The Four Peaks mountain range gets dusted in snow, and Mike is ready as the sun sets to grab this most wonderful photograph.
Never Never Land – wow, this is amazing! Surreal, mystical and definitely mesmerizing, this color muted shot depicts some people in a boat with a marvelous mountain backdrop. This shot by Teuku Jody Zulkarnaen is a must-see image in this week’s list.
Piering Into The Blue – Curt Fleenor masterfully plays on words in this great shot. The pier that Curt has captured here forms a wonderful natural leading line that also serves to bring a vanishing point to life for all to enjoy.
Crew Arno – a wondrous Italian landscape scene is captured by Rob Nopola. Rob explores the incredible architecture and its stunning colors and tones in this picture, producing a piece well worth the time to visit.
Museum of the Weird – weird is definitely the word of the day with this location, as shot by Tim Stanley. A colorful and vibrant shot of an unique museum in Austin Texas forms the perfect subject for Tim in this detailed night photograph.
Half an Anniversary – A milestone is reached and noted in this great post by LensScaper (Andy Hooker). His 6 months of active photography related blogging has resulted in countless hours spent enjoying his work and in this great post he shares his top images as shared to-date.
The Brilliant Red Northern Cardinal – Steve Creek captures and shares a pair of images of this beautiful and vibrantly colored bird. Great details in these shots really bring the beauty and grandeur to life for all to enjoy.
Luke, I’m Your Fava – Rob Hanson continues his tradition of mixing truly top drawer photography with witty words. This wonderful play on words is accented by the strength of the image that Rob shares here, producing a wonderful piece to view.
Cholla Cactus – a bit of information on interesting plants and a great photograph combine in this post by Aaron Barlow. This detailed shot of the Cholla Cactus is really wonderful, well worth the time to visit.
Aisle Seating – gentle light drapes the seats in this moody and dramatic image by Bob Lussier. The abandoned theatre poses the most striking subject matter for Bob as he pulls out and accentuates all the great details and textures in this long forgotten place.
Spring Has Sprung! – the wonderful artistry of Viveca Koh is shared in this very unique image. This landscape image uses the natural elements of some incredible trees sitting in and near a fast moving creek to really bring this scene to life.
Approach – the most incredible owl shot I’ve seen in quite some time awaits the viewer in this epic post. The majesty and power of this gracious bird is eloquently captured and shared in this photograph from Johnny Krüger.
Winter Wonderful – the beautiful Aurora Borealis paint the sky with a delicate green as the beautiful winter landscape scene is gently illuminated and brought to life in this breathtaking shot by Arild Heitmann. Gorgeous tones in the sky and the wonder of the beautiful landscape converge to create a truly compelling image to view.
Winter Lingering – Jay Taylor shares another image of the beautiful Snowy Owl from his recent photography excursion and collection. This incredible bird is wonderfully captured with all the details and character brought to life for all the view and enjoy.
Mount Rundle Sunset, Banff, Canada – the majesty and beauty of the Banff National Park landscape is perfectly captured in this shot from Mark Paulson. A gorgeous reflection sits in the foreground of this shot adding some interest, and the commanding mountain peaks in the back create strong drama.
Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome – incredible details in the intricate artwork are masterfully captured in this shot of this iconic location by Erik and Kathleen Kerstenbeck. This is definitely an image that delivers more to the viewer as you spend time taking it in.
Celio’s Roll – a pair of dice are perfectly lit and captured by Gareth Glynn Ash. Who knew that such a simple subject as dice could be so captivating in a photograph? Perfectly composed and captured, this image is definitely a joy to take in.
Golden Reflections – wonderful deep golden hues drape this incredible landscape shot of incredibly detailed jagged rock formations in this wonderful photograph from Adam Allegro. A still pool of water in the foreground reflects the surroundings back to the viewer, creating a truly mesmerizing shot to take in and enjoy in this week’s list.
The Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater – Rod Arroyo captures and shares a small series of epic images of this incredible place. The wonder of the intricate architecture and the beauty of the venue merge in this great set.
Three Layers – Mike Victorino captures and shares a black-and-white shot showcasing 3 layers of interest. The foreground tree elements provide some drama and framing to the slightly mystical scene as captured and shared by Mike.
Sunday, Peaceful Sunday – another in the long running series of posts of images without words by Heather Neil. The majesty of the landscape as presented and shot speaks for itself, presenting a piece that is absolutely mesmerizing.
Coney Island Winter 2012 – NY Aquarium Station – great shadows and lines are accented by the rich textures in this shot from Mark Garbowski. This fabulous shot is intricate in its simplicity, creating a compelling piece to view and enjoy.
“Evening on the Huron” – a beautiful sunset is reflected back in the still body of water, producing a compelling image. Rachel Cohen visits the Huron River in the evening and captures a beautiful shot to share.
Sheffield Abandoned Factory – a wonderful composition of a long abandoned factory awaits the viewer here in this great shot by Mark Blundell. Fabulous textures in the natural decay are all perfectly captured, and these are accented by a great leading line that delivers a vanishing point due to the size and scale of the facility.
Sunrise on a country road – I really love great leading lines that produce vanishing points in imagery. A captivating country road produces a line that takes the viewer’s eye right through the scene, culminating with a road that appears to go on forever.
Orchid Pearls – beautiful, beautiful details and colors are captured in this photograph by Barbara Youngleson. This distinctly spring scene is perfectly captured and shared for all to visit and enjoy.
Revisiting Brickworks – this textured image is slightly ethereal and surreal in its form and subject. Edith Levy captures and shares a wonderfully detailed image of a brickworks, producing a piece that is sure to delight and amaze all who visit.
Light and shadow – Dave DiCello captures and shares a pair of cityscapes that will take your breath away. Incredible details in the city as it sits below are all masterfully captured and shared, producing a compelling pair of images to enjoy.
The Front Door – a wonderful image from the studio of Jim Denham shares a view of a now closed train depot. Absolutely mesmerizing details and textures in both the weathered wood and the brickwork converge here to deliver a great piece to take in.
The Mount – a grand manor sits perched atop a beautifully landscaped hillside, producing a dramatic and captivating piece to take in and enjoy. John Sotiriou delivers a highly vibrant image that is sure to be enjoyed by all who visit.
Grandfather’s Legacy – I can stare for hours at great shots of tractors, absorbing all the details and textures that well-loved and used farming tools can present to the viewer. This epic shot from Rob Hanson delivers all that and more, by sharing the wonderful story behind this tractor as well as the top drawer image he has captured and posted.
Boiler Room – a long deserted boiler room produces a striking scene for the photography workings of Scott Frederick. The light coming through the open door adds a huge element of drama and interest to this texture and detail-rich scene.
Living in the edge – guaranteed to captivate and mesmerize you, this image of a castle sitting atop a rocky atoll is produced by combining several images into the one presented. This make-believe world is just gorgeous, as created and shared by Robert Weber.
The Guinness Brewery waterfall – Jim Nix shows us why we love photography in this incredible post. Jim shares some great shots taken inside the Guinness Brewery of their waterfall feature, something we’d never have seen without the wonder of photography.
Abrams Falls – we find a most wonderful landscape photograph in this post featuring a great waterfall. Michael Lewis Glover captures a mesmerizing shot and shares some of the fabulous history behind the location in this post.
View from Brooklyn – an amazing and detailed nighttime shot of the NYC skyline awaits the viewer in this post from Hansrico Photography. The gorgeous details of the lit-up city at night really produces a stunning scene.
Blue Hour – incredible blues are all captured in this stunning shot by Micha H. A boat sits alone at the end of the pier bringing a strong sense of drama to this breathtaking scene. Well worth the time to visit and view.
Pandora Rising – an incredible landscape featuring the deepest greens and most intricate shorelines is presented in this great shot by Stanley Kozak. This gorgeous picture is guaranteed to delight and amaze all who pop by to see for themselves.
The Payung Man 3 – if you love tension and drama, you’ll be amazed at this image. A black-and-white picture is delivered by Meor Hasmadi here that pretty much defines this style of imagery.
In The Groove – a profound post that is acutely punctuated by a great image is shared here by Ehpem. The wonder and power of Mother Nature can be a great source for photography, and when coupled with the interesting facts surrounding a scene can produce stellar results.
Edgartown Light – an iconic lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard finds its way in front of Steven Perlmutter’s lens. He captures and shares a stunning image making both the lighthouse and its surroundings the main subject.
Breadcrumbs – Andy Gimino captures and shares a black-and-white landscape shot featuring a rock formation and the ocean it finds itself surrounded by. This picture is unique inasmuch as it’s both an abstract and a landscape in the same breath.
Higher Learning – doors can form the perfect subject material for photographers to capture. This great shot by Jim Denham exemplifies this perfectly, creating a mesmerizing image full of great tones, textures and details to enjoy.
Coney Island Winter 2012 – Papa Burger – Mar Garbowski leaves us all dangling on the fate of the bird in this great shot. Coney Island is a wonderful place for photography, and Mark finds and captures another really unique scene from the location to share.
Cactus Bloom – a beautiful flower poses for the lens of Aaron Barlow in this great shot. Wonderful colors present themselves here, and Aaron captures a great picture and the shares it with a great anecdotal story.
Yes, Honey! – oh good LORD! Bees make me nervous for sure, but Africanized bees? That’s a whole ‘nother story! Erik and Kathleen Kerstenbeck share a shocking image taken inside their porch of the bees handiwork. I’ll stop shaking in 5 minutes here.
This Old House – this picture is right up our alley; old and interesting architecture. Bob Lussier captures and shares a dramatic scene of a very old house full of great textures and character.
The Aragonese Castle – castles are our hands-down favorite photographic subject, and Adam Allegro captures a stunning set of black-and-white shots of this incredible facility to share. Each picture can stand on its own merits but when taken in as a collection, really take the viewer on a wonderful journey through this storied place.
Theme: “On A Shelf” Park City Boots – this is a totally unique and dramatic piece as shot and shared by Howard. Boots sit perched on a shelf and with a unique perspective Howard captures a shot of them that is absolutely wonderful.
Surreal Scotland – a wonderful and breathtaking series of galleries containing epic HDR images from Scotland. Wayne Crannell delivers site full of pictures that defy description and really showcase the power of great HDR processing. This site is guaranteed to delight and amaze everyone, well worth the time to visit.
Pathway – is it a painting, or is it a photograph? Or is it both? I am not totally sure, but it’s a beautiful image that beckons the viewer to walk into the landscape and into another world entirely. A wonderful picture by Sebastian Luczywo.
The gate – if the subject is crooked, weathered or worn I always find deep interest in it. This incredible photograph of a well-worn pier by Jorge Maia delivers a dreamy image to enjoy, complete with a wonderful vanishing point.
Wasteland – a moody and dramatic black-and-white image of the Arizona Desert awaits the viewer in this great image by Chris Frailey. The great composition and brooding sky adds so much interest to the image.
Grapevine Hills – a stunning and detailed landscape image is presented by Anne McKinnell, sharing a scene of a really incredible view. The lovely details in the valley as it winds out into forever is truly captivating.
Vised – Chris Nitz delivers a witty and entertaining piece in this post. A Star Wars Stormtrooper is busy delivering his particular brand of evil on the universe and Chris grabs a wonderful shot as the events unfold.
Stand Tall Stand Strong – the Rockefeller Chapel on the Univeristy of Chicago campus creates the perfect subject for CJ Schmit to capture and share in black-and-white. Great drama and a commanding sense of scale are wonderfully presented in this image for all to enjoy.
Tokyo night colors – city skylines at night can produce stunning results, as shown in this wonderful photograph by miya miya. The lights from the city sparkle and shine, and the viewer is drawn through the image by the brightly lit tower.
Rolling in – raw drama and tension is naturally created and captured by John Harrison in this breathtaking photograph. Clouds roll in from the open waters, cresting over the buildings on the shoreline and creating a breathtaking piece to take in and enjoy.
Wreck Outside – an underwater wreck is masterfully captured and shared in black-and-white here by Dmitry Vinogradov. This is a captivating piece, with the wonderful detail of a scuba diver adding a strong sense of scale to the scene.
just another gray day in paradise . . . – the wet and damp here in Victoria has been relentless this year, but dragonflydreams88 still manages to find a wonderful composition to be captured. A pair of eagles sit atop a rock by the ocean, surveying their surroundings.
A Misty Afternoon – an owl sits perched atop a pole, striking the most stunning pose as the mist swirls around it. Siegfried Noët captures a most wonderful and mystical image to share with everyone, producing a must-see piece in this week’s list.
Storm – nothing like watching Mother Nature at work, especially if perched from a high spot. This incredible landscape by luca eugeni delivers a breathtaking piece sure to delight and amaze all who visit.
Subway Riders, Toronto – a candid shot taken on a subway shares a view of 3 distinct riders as they wait for their stop. Ren Bostelaar captures and shares a unique view of Toronto with great drama and tension to bring the scene to life.
Central Park Reflection – the Manhattan city skyline is wonderfully captured by Hansrico Photography in this stunning nighttime skyline shot. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir reflects the city lights gently back to the viewer in this shot, producing a striking piece.
Pier At Union Point – a long exposure shot using a ND filter produces a piece that appears to be of a pier hanging in space. This wonderful and dramatic effect is presented to us by Curt Fleenor.
Calm Sometimes – this image truly brings the viewer to another world entirely. Some rocks protrude above a smoky waterline, producing a dramatic scene as captured and shared by Mostafa Ammar.
Strata – natural formations can sometimes be the producer of the most interesting lines. Steve Beal finds and shares a photograph that truly exemplifies this concept, and includes some wonderful words to describe his experience capturing the shot.
Under the Bridge – great architecture, drama and vanishing points are three of my personal favorite elements in a great image. Rich McPeek delivers on all three in this epic study of a bridge in Pittsburgh.
Spring In Black And White – a really unique study of the beauty of a flower, shot and processed in black-and-white to bring some drama. Eden R. Ellis does a great job in capturing and sharing something absolutely unique and special.
Staged – I find so much tension in images like this one from Scott Frederick. A chair sits in an abandoned lace factory, waiting for its inhabitant to return. Based on the wonderful textures and details that Mother Nature herself has been working on, it appears to be a long wait. This is an awesome image, well worth the time to visit.
Looking For Spring? – a wonderfully expressive robin poses for Kerri Farley in this fabulous bird photograph. The perfect depth of focus that Kerri used to capture this shot helps bring this gorgeous bird to life for all to enjoy.
Peacock Butterfly on Veronica – a beautiful delicate butterfly sits atop a flower, and Bev does a wonderful job of capturing an image. Fabulous colors and details are all exquisitely delivered in this picture, producing a must-see shot in this weeks list.
Photomatix Pro 4 v Nik HDR Effex 4 – Chris Maskell does a great job of comparing these two HDR software tools. Each produces different end results that Chris exemplifies with really great and dramatic imagery.
Over The Moon: 20 Photos – the beauty and mysticism of the moon as wonderfully captured by 20 different artists in this great post. Each of the shots posted could easily stand on their own as a masterpiece, but shown together as a collection they produce a truly captivating post to visit and enjoy.
Monochrome in a Color World – a great article by CJ Schmit discusses the wonder of monochrome imagery. He begins his series with a high level look at the how’s and why’s to get photographers viewing the scene in front of them in black-and-white before pressing the shutter.
Why I Started PhotoMint – this is a well written, thoughtful and profound piece on the state of professional photography, and specifically discusses the challenges in getting your photography business up and running. Lara White writes a great newsletter, and this particular post speaks to the reality of the industry and business. I actually come away from this inspired and ready to go.
Why You Should ALWAYS Shoot RAW – Adam Allegro shares a great article on the power, flexibility and importance of shooting in RAW. He punctuates this well written piece by sharing a wonderful photograph of a tree in a field; shot in RAW, of course.
Kauffman Center… Gold to Blue? – great tips, tricks and pointers are wrapped up in a set of breathtaking images in this post by Blake Rudis. These architectural studies are all breathtaking on their own, but when added to the tips and tricks that Blake shares regarding long exposure and nighttime photography, they take on a life of their own.
The 25 Weirdest Animals On Earth – a collection of the strangest and most compelling creatures you’ve ever seen awaits the viewer in this post. This is a very interesting set, guaranteed to amaze and captivate anyone who pops by to visit.
Go With The Flow – a well-written piece by Joe Baraban discusses the importance of losing control in our photography endeavours and how to embrace it and use it to your advantage.
HDR Concert #2: A Fading Fortune – the second in a new series hosted by Blake Rudis shares a series of images as post-processed by varying artists. The results are radically different images of the same raw source material. This edition is absolutely wonderful, well worth the time for a visit.
The Zeiss Distagon 21mm Prime vs Canon’s 17-40mm Zoom – Lee Brown shares a gorgeous photo of some spring flowers and delves into details surrounding the issues with chromatic aberration in photography. This well written article will leave you wanting one of the high quality prime lens’ that Lee discusses.
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Online Reputation Management, an Internet reputation management and repair firm, succeeds in assisting college graduate reestablish his online name.
John R. recently turned to Online Reputation Management hoping the Internet reputation management and repair firm could bury his past skeletons and reestablish his online domain.
When the client was 17, he faced a case in court and was charged to pay a fine for a piece of doughnut he forgot to checkout. The 17-year-old was accused of eating a doughnut inside the store and left without paying for it. He was charged with shoplifting and agreed to pay a $200 fine, $10 in court costs and 79 cents to cover the cost of the doughnut. Today, John R., 24, is hoping to bury that information showing he was involved in the case.
“It was a really innocent mistake,” said John R. “Even though I was convicted of shoplifting, it was an accident. I turned to Online Reputation Management because five years have passed and that information still haunts me.”
John, recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in electrical engineering. He plans to begin his job search in the near future, therefore he seeks to bury the distant trial information and start afresh.
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Within several weeks, Online Reputation Management succeeded in burying the afflictive results. On Google, John’s public records became nonexistent on the first two pages.
“Online Reputation Management succeeded in burying the silly incident, I am confident that I can continue living my life worries free,” John said.
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Here at dPS we have a wonderful array of talented writers, bloggers and photographers involved in creating our blog and eBooks.
One of this team – Rachel Devine, author of our Kids Photography eBook – Click! – has just released her brand new book (a real… paper book) that I’m sure many of our readers will love.
Rachel teamed up with photographer Peta Mazey to author this book and I think it makes the perfect companion to Rachel’s dPS eBook and will be perfect for anyone wanting to not only take pictures of their kids – but anything that happens in their day to day life – pets, family, friends etc.
Beyond Snapshots covers a lot of great topics including:
- Common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them
- How to take portraits of your children, friends, pets—even yourself
- How to capture light to make your photos more dramatic
- How to make colors pop, eyes sparkle, and skin tones more realistic
- How to capture the uniqueness and wonder of your family, friends, and world
Beyond Snapshots is available today for you to purchase at Amazon for just under $16 – 36% off it’s normal price – grab your copy here.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Classical or contemporary; architectural photography can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Here are some pointers to help you get started…
1. Be sensitive to the direction of light as this can increase contrast, shadows, textures and reflections. High levels of contrast can fool cameras into exposing the scene incorrectly, but shooters can easily overcome this by applying exposure compensation. Another trick is to bracket shots at different exposure values (exposing one for the highlights, one for the midtones and one for the shadows) and later merge them in a dedicated HDR program (such as Photomatix).
2. A fish eye or wide-angle lens (and focal length) is ideal for this genre as it enables photographers to frame the entire building within its environment. However sometimes your glass may not be able to encompass the whole scene, which is where the helpful panoramic format can come in handy. Many compacts now offer a specific Scene mode for stitching together several shots in camera, but the same effect can be achieved post-shoot with dedicated panoramic software such as; as Hugin or PTgui if you are shooting with a DSLR.
3. We are told it’s what’s on the inside that counts and sure enough architecture photography isn’t restricted to the facia of a building. It can be difficult to correctly white balance an interior setting, especially ones that are reliant on various forms of artificial lighting, so remember to compensate accordingly in the White Balance menu or take a reading from a grey card. Interior shots in older buildings tend to be more irksome because they traditionally feature small windows and doors – thus lack natural light. Try using a tripod and executing a long-exposure and remember you could always utilise an ND filter to stop highlights being blown out when shooting in the day. Alternatively you could use supplementary lighting, such as a diffused flash but be careful as this may rob the scene of its atmosphere and detail.
4. When the sun goes down a new form of architectural photographer can surface. To shoot a structure as a silhouette during sunset, position the architecture between yourself and the sun. Make sure the flash is deactivated and expose for the sky. If the foreground is too light set the exposure compensation to a negative value to darken it. This effect can produce particularly enigmatic results. Night shots can be very dramatic and atmospheric too, but remember to take them when there is still some light and colour left in the sky as this adds tone to the backdrop and help to illuminate details. As before get into a good position and set your camera on a tripod and wait for the dazzling display of urban lights from windows, street lights, signs – all of these in their rainbow of neon colours will add to the ambience. Use a wide aperture and long exposure, and if your camera is supported you’ll be able to employ a low ISO to ensure details aren’t depreciated by noise.
5. Unlike other forms of photography, exciting architectural images can be produced in all weathers. A church on a clear day may strike the viewer as pleasant but maybe a bit bland, revisit it when there’s a storm brewing overhead or a mist rising from the damp earth and the results can be altogether more intriguing. By revisiting and shooting the same building in these various weather conditions, photographer’s can produce a neat portfolio of shots – maybe select the best three and you’ll have yourself an interest triptych.
6. Reflections add an extra dimension to architectural images and allow the photographer to create a canvas on which the building can be playfully distorted. Urban environments are littered with a multitude of reflective surfaces, so you’ll never have to look too far to practice, for example: windows, water features, puddles and wet streets, sunglasses, rivers and modern art.
7. Research the reason why the architecture exists – you’ll be surprised how a little bit of background information can fuel a great deal of inspiration. Ask a guide to point out small yet interesting aspects that perhaps go unnoticed by the general public. Buildings of architectural merit usually include focal points so try cropping in close on these for frame-filling abstracts. Furthermore you may want to include repeated artefacts that are littered across the exterior, for example; intricate brickwork or chequer board windows. Use a telephoto lens to zoom in close and don’t forget a tripod to support those longer focal lengths.
8. The average building is far taller than the tallest photographer so there will inevitably be some element of distortion in an architectural photo, but this can be employed to create a source of tension within the frame. Simply position yourself as near to the base of the building as possible and shoot straight up. If playing with perspective isn’t for you then stand further back and add a sense of scale to your image by incorporating everyday objects such as people, trees, transport and benches, etc. To retain detail throughout the scene plump for a small aperture (large f stop) such as f14, alternatively try throwing out the sharpness of either the foreground or background by choosing a large aperture (small f stop).
9. Architectural images shouldn’t just be aesthetic and graphic; they should also provide dynamism and movement – so play with the lines, the light and the shadows to provide interest and consider the hierarchy of levels and areas. Architecture is built on the principle of symmetry, so capturing this symmetry will ultimately reinforce the subject matter and hopefully strengthen the composition. Discover the centre of the symmetry by placing your hand between your eye-line and construct your frame around this centre. Alternatively break free of the cold and sterile straight lines and rectilinear angles and follow the principles of nature by including curves and circles in the form of shadows or reflections can help to soften the structure.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Most of us have seen those fantastic time-lapse sequences doing the rounds of the internet at the moment. The really high end ones introduce motion tracking to the scene, making the video’s even more compelling. For most of us however, purchasing and carrying around a motion tracking rig is a little beyond our range. There is however a way to fake it, using Final Cut Pro X on a Mac. Whilst fairly simple, this tutorial assumes a working knowledge of Final Cut Pro X
To create the time-lapse sequence we are going to use Quicktime 7. Although QT 10 is the current standard QT7 is still installed on the latest Macs. QT10 removed the ability to load an image sequence which is why we must use the older version.
Batch resize your images to 4000 pixels length, this is to produce the highest quality movie. I have done this using Aperture but it could easily be done with a Photoshop automation as well.
With all your images in one folder, in Quicktime 7 goto File – Open Image Sequence. Select only the first image in the folder, assuming they are in the correct order, then click open.
The next box asks you to select the frames per second, this will depend on what time interval you shot your sequence at but I tend to aim for 50 frames per second if there are enough shots.
Once selected, click on OK and the movie sequence will open in QT player. From File, select Save As, give the movie a name and from the bottom select self contained movie.
Now open FCPX and create a new event, File – New Event.
Name your event, click on import files and select the movie you just created. From the bottom left of the FCPX screen click on the projects icon.
Create a new project using the Event you just created.
Click custom settings and make sure under video Properties, Set based on first video clip, is checked. Click OK.
Now we are going to drag our movie file to the timeline. You will get a warning message saying the video properties are not recognized: here manually set the properties to 4K and the frame rate should be the one you made the original video at. You now have a very high resolution video on the timeline and depending on your machine it may not play smoothly in FCPX, don’t worry too much about this, we will eventually output at a normal HD resolution.
Click on the clip in the timeline and from the viewer screen select the crop tool.
At the top of the crop screen, select Ken Burns.
You will now see a green rectangle and a red rectangle. These are the start and end points of your motion animation. If you wish to track across the picture, reduce the size of the green rectangle, by clicking and dragging in one corner, and place it to one side of the image. Make the red rectangle the same size and place it on the opposite side. If you wish to zoom, make the green triangle larger than red and place the red in the position you wish to zoom too. If you wish to reverse the zoom or track, click the reverse icon next to Ken Burns. Once you are happy with the effect click done and let the timeline render.
To export the movie, go to Share – Export Using Compressor Settings and select your preferred output, usually 1080p. Once rendered and exported you will have a high definition time-lapse with a motion track or zoom.
It is possible to create a similar effect using iMovie however due to the maximum resolution being 1080p you will get some quality loss when cropping into the image.
And here is the finished product.
Jason Row is a British born travel photographer now living in Ukraine. You can follow him on Facebook or visit his site, The Odessa Files. He also maintains a blog chronicling his exploits as an Expat in the former Soviet Union
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