Monday, February 27, 2006

Break in the storm clouds

Victoria, and particularly Melbourne, is renowned for damatic weather changes, and last weekend just further proved the legend. Such rapid changes in the weather do produc dramatic skies, and if you don't mind getting wet occasionally such times can be perfect to get some moody photos.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Another Wallpaper in a breeze

A stiff off-shore breeze and some good surf gave me the perfect ingrediants to make yet another screen wallpaper. I used corel photo brush filters to enhace the muti-exposure composite (see post below) for the background, my olympus camedia software to add the background for icons and corel paint to assemble everything.
Venus Bay Collage Wallpaper

Friday, February 24, 2006

Multi-exposure Collage

I have been following the flight of gulls on the beach, as a mini-photo assignment this week and was mucking around with this series.

When I discovered it made a mneat ultiple-exposure collage created with Picasa

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Friday, February 10, 2006

Creating a Screen Wallpaper

This image returns to a theme I have explored before, lone foot prints on the sand, with some good results. The silver light nicelt fitted the norah jones song which begins "sSummer days are gone too soon."

Wallpaper Summer 1
Wallpaper Summer 1,
originally uploaded by imageo.
My Olympus camedia software (it came with my camera) has a neat ability to overlay part of the image with a pattern to act as a good background for you icons.

Wallpaper Summer 2
Wallpaper Summer 2,
originally uploaded by imageo.
I then added some of the sea gull sereies using Corel Photo-Paint and slitghtly feathering the edges. If you like the resukts you can click on the image to the left and this will take you to my flickr account. Click on the small All sizes Icon (a magnifying glass). You can then either download the large size, by clicking on the lick of right click and select the set as background option

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Overcoming the Delay

Photographing birds in flight can be easier than you imagine with a digital camera

It usually does not long before the new owner of a digital camera realises ther ia a serious problem with their camera. The delay between the time you press the shutter button and the actual time when the photo is taken. It is frequently seconds, even on good cameras. The explaination is it takes time to focus, time to read the lighting and even time to charge up the CCD light senor. Yes those reasons are trues but you can easily overcome these by using multi-shot mode. Here the camera just sets up the light reading and focus on the first shoot and then if you keep you finger on the button, the caera will keep taking shoots at regular intervals (this interval may even be definable on your camera). Multi-mode is usually found somewhere on most digital camera menus either as the code MLT or as an icon showin series of overlaping rectangles.

Photographing these sea gulls was relative ease, After setting my camera to multi-shot mode I watched as the gulls flew towards me, focused and pressed and held the button as they passed over head. My camera takes one frame approximately every second which gives me a great series.

Monday, February 06, 2006