Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Extension tubes

When I was shooting with film, I was using an old Chinon CS-2 completely manual camera. It used the Pentax screw-mount lenses, and I had a set of screw-mount extension tubes for it. Playing around with macro-photography has been fun but frustrating at the time. Waiting for the film to come back was always an issue with me. Now, digital cameras to the rescue.
I received Pro-Optic extension tubes for Christmas for my Canon Digital Rebel Xt. I recently had a chance to play with it.
The photo on the right (or above depending on your browser) was taken with the the 31 mm extension tube on my 18-250 mm Tamron zoom lens. There was no cropping on this photo.
Because of the low light, I had to manually focus. I had a Canon 420 Speedlight for the flash, and because I was focusing about 6 inches from my cat's eye, there was no red-eye. I'm personally amazed she allowed me to do this, though catching it was luck. Cat's get distracted quite frequently...
More information at Outdoor Photographer.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

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HDR files are fun to play with. I don't personally own any neutral density filters, so I usually take bracketed photos of the scene I want to use and combine them into a HDR file. This works fine with a static image, but one like on the right becomes a little strange to work with.

Because the waves moved during the three exposures (take at f 5.0, 1/4000, 1/2000, and 1/640 of a second) Photoshop had some problems registering the image. The overall results were good. However, the people in the foreground were mis-registered. But, Photoshop to the rescue.

I was able to take the people out of one of the images, and paste them in as another layer so that they looked correct. I had a layer mask so that I could adjust them separately from the rest of the image. I'm not sure I am finished with this image, while I like the way the image turned out, I think the various exposure layers can be better adjusted.