Play datePosted: February 7, 2012
While out and about and playing in tungsten, I also took a few photos with the white balance set to Open Shade (also called “Cloudy” and may have some other names I’m not familiar with) which brings warmer tones to your photos.
I like to use the Open Shade setting when I’m taking photos outdoors in the bright sunlight. It keeps things from being overexposed, and helps to bring out the shadows as well as a warm light.
Remember yesterday’s feather in blue? Here it is with the white balance set to Open Shade:
The colors and tones look almost normal, but you can see a touch of warmth at the end of the feather.
Since clothespins are so popular (people actually search for photos of clothespins or pegs), here are the two shots collaged in my opening photo, one in tungsten and one in open shade.
I’ve found on my camera that I can vary the amount of blue or warm shading by playing around with some of the other settings (shutter speed and aperture).
And now, for some post-processing play. Yay!
Since it’s nearly impossible for me to take a photo of the stars reflected on the pond, I went to Picnik to pick them up with one of their textures.
I realize this kind of post-processing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I used to be a purist too, then gradually started tweaking my photos to sharpen them or improve brightness and contrast. I suppose that was a gateway drug for me because now I’m adding textures and effects occasionally. I like the fun aspects of this type of processing. I get bored when it’s all seriousness. And since I’m not a photojournalist trying to record reality and nothing but reality, I can afford to play.
It allows me to do the impossible, such as place the moon under water.
In color and in black & white.
Sometimes, of course, reality is so magical that it doesn’t require any kind of tweaking or post-processing. If I come up with anything like that, I’ll be sure to share it here at the blog.
Thanks for visiting on this rather gray day in the Bogs. It’s chilly, cloudy, with a slight chance of snow flurries tonight and tomorrow morning. It probably won’t amount to much. One of the local weather wizards keeps teasing that we’re going to have a snow event over the weekend. None of the other wizards seem to agree with him so we’ll just have to wait and see.