I nearly forgot to blog today, amidst a load of other distracting head stuff, so we went for a stroll down the lane looking for photo-ops in the deepening gloom of dusk.
I managed to catch a surprising variety of interesting (albeit only vaguely) shots...but mainly I learned that it's not that easy to get good shots in low light...or maybe it's just not that easy when you don't know what you're doing?!
Another thing I learned is that you really do need to tweak the photo's afterwards...and this in itself is something of a gamble...sometimes it produces great images, other times it just looks over-processed and a bit rubbish.
The one above is a crop from a much larger photo, but otherwise doesn't have much processing other than a bit of (admittedly aggressive) contrast...I can't decide whether it's too processed (yeah it probably is...), but I quite like the depth.
This one was taken 10 or 15 minutes later, and the evening had clearly settled in a bit more...
|cotton candy sky|
This one isn't cropped - I decided to stick with the original framing...now I'm looking at it thinking I should have cropped it...doh!
I have tweaked it a little for contrast and colour...although I don't really know how to do that, so it's a general colour tweak to try to bring out the pink, which was quite vibrant in reality.
|no eye deer|
This one isn't cropped either, but was the naturally nicest of around ten photo's I took of these autumnal colours on a 5m strip of set-aside (or whatever) down the edge of this field...there was a deer of some type hiding in there, possibly a muntjac, but I didn't manage to get a shot of him.
In any case, the image is still tweaked a little for contrast and colour...and the light is so much better than the previous shot...if only I understood why that is!
As we turned for home, the waxing crescent moon presented a rare opportunity...invariably when I notice an interesting or even simply a clear view of the moon, the camera is nowhere to be conveniently grabbed...but tonight, it was right there in my hands!
I've tweaked this a smidge to try to bring out some of the detail on the surface, and cropped it down too. I think the out of focus foliage gives the shot some context...especially as the moon wasn't super bright and detailed.
Finally, a flock of seagulls flew overhead...
...and not the 80's New Wave band, much to my great relief...nobody needs that.
I think conditions were all wrong for a wildlife shot like this, but I took my chances anyway to see what would happen.
I've cropped this, adjusted the contrast, and sharpened the image a little too.
Still not a great photo, I grant.
But, it's a new species for the ongoing Bird Species of South Warwickshire Series, which threads its way back through this blog.