Nature Notes

December 3, 2009

Something new

Filed under: Ontario,Processing Tips — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Bell Memorial, Brantford

Bell Memorial, Brantford

A couple of things new, actually.

I’m going to start posting images in a larger size as an experiment. People have larger monitors and I like to think some of my images are worth seeing in a larger size. At least I like them that way. As a downside this will make them easier to steal but I think it is a mistake to worry about that too much.  The biggest drawback is that some viewers’ screen resolution will be too small. My analysis from google analytics suggest that 25% of visitors will be at 1024 x 768 or smaller, which is down from 35% a year ago. Perhaps these people will not be too upset to adjust their monitor or browser resolution. If you feel it is a problem please let me know.

Here is a tip for those with a wheel on their mouse. Rolling the wheel while pressing the control key, changes the browser resolution, at least in Firefox, IE and Google Chrome browsers.

Also in the last year I have made some changes in my photography, or the processing of some types of images. I use HDR processing routinely to bring out range in landscapes and have become more willing to go a bit over the top for effect. The image above was produced using a Lucis Plugin for dramatic effect, and I will be posting more of these when I like the result.

I have just picked up the Lucis Plugin and I’ll write a review when I get more experience with it.

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  1. I like everything about the image except the dramatic clouds. They are such a give-away for the Lucis Pro effects, and seen too often in HDR images, they become banal, a turn-off for me. I like something more subtle; but that’s my personal opinion.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — December 3, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Harold,
    We moved from Chicago to Charleston, SC five years ago and have enjoyed the coastal wildlife. One of our favorite inhabitants is the Skimmer. So much so that we named our sailboat after it. I particularly like your photo:
    File information
    Image #: BLSK8
    Where/When: North Carolina, June/2007
    Sex/Plumage: Adult
    Can you tell me if you sell prints? I would love to have one that I could hang in the boat for all to appreocate.

    Comment by Gary McManus — December 3, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  3. Thanks Hilke:

    That is a good point. In my limited experience using the plugin, the skies are what I like least. I will probably look at masking out the lucis effects on that portion at least partially.

    I appreciate your comments.

    cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 3, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  4. Thanks for the interest Gary.

    I do sell prints and I will send you an email.

    cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 3, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

  5. Its much better large!!

    Comment by Benjamin — December 4, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

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