Happy Easter! OK, yes, it was a few weeks ago, but that’s retail. It being my Easter Holiday I find myself with a spare day. Time for a short road trip. We had planned on letterboxing, but there are scant boxes in the area we had chosen. So we embraced, as ever, our taphophile nature. Brown County is one of the most beautiful places in Indiana. Just a short drive (one and a half hours) from the North Side of Indy. We spent time driving the little back roads and stopping at a few half forgotten cemeteries along the way. These were mostly taken at Beck Cemetery, Freetown, IN.
The temperature jumped about 40 degrees, the snow turned to fog, so we rushed out to take a few snaps.
I was just browsing through CGSociety and came across a guy who creates monochrome sci-fi images. Which is not something I really had considered. Sci-Fi should be bright and colourful. Or at least dark and colourful. So I took some of my favourite CG images and ran them through Lightroom. Not totally unhappy with these, give an alternative feeling to them. They use the same Lightroom filter that I created to convert photos.
Today we took a trip to a few graveyards closer to home. Less than 20 miles from home. And found some great graveyards.
A few photos taken at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne. Gale got a new 84mm prime (maybe an 85) so I played around with her 17-40mm. Lots of leaves, slightly missed the real colour, but it was still very nice, if a bit freezing.
Today, I’m feeling more myself and so we took a quick trip to Hope, Indiana to visit a cemetery Gale had read about.
It was fine and I took a few snaps. On the way home we stopped at a cemetery in Flat Rock. I think it’s Morristown, but Gale would know better. This was actually more conducive to photography and the sun was playing hide and seek behind a cloud.
I took a lot of photos at both places. I wasn’t blown away by any of them at the time, but since I’m still on this split-tone kick, I thought I’d try it on some of them. I’m slightly happier in monochrome.
For the technically minded. Canon 6D with a 17-40mm and 50mm. Postworked in Lightroom 5.6.
Black and white photography. Gotta love it. With an absence of color the mind can concentrate on shapes, shades and contrast.
But you can do more than just remove color from a photo. You can tint the monochrome to a slight color, brown to give an aged look, blue to give a cold look. Or split-tone. This is a way of tinting highlights and lowlights to a subtle color. Back in the olden days of film, it would be accomplished by using different chemical baths that reacted differently depending how exposed the print was. Digitally, it’s much easier and less smelly. In this case I’ve tinted the highlights to blue and the lowlights to red.
See how the dark clouds around the edge have a slight red tinge and around the cross are more blue? Neat huh? It adds more dynamic to an otherwise monochrome image.
Here are two more:
A quick trip to Cave Hill for a few photos of the fall color, which wasn’t quite there yet.
Today we went to Crown Hill to take some fall color pictures. Which I didn’t, but I did get to use my new 6D and then play around with Photomatix.
Gale got a new camera a while back. Her first full frame. Big deal I thought. Is a full frame really that different?
YES IT IS
When I first looked through it I couldn’t stop laughing. Not that it’s funny, but just what a difference it makes. I literally did a double take. She has a 17mm lens and I’m sure it has a 90 degree field of view. Actually I just looked it up, it’s 93 degree! For comparison, my 40D was 67 degrees with the same lens! This is HUGE!
But it meant that I got her 40D for a great deal. I was happy, she was happy, we was happy.
Until it broke. I was taking shots of flowers and it shuddered, gurgled and stopped. Then all it would do was give an ERR99, which is a generic fault for a million different things. I suspect it was the curtain lens busted. $200+ repair. Or I could just spend the extra and get a 6D.
So I did.
Today we are going to Crown Hill to try it out. her with her fancy 17mm and me with my 50mm (which I love)
FYI on my old camera my 50mm acted like an 84mm which gave me a 24 degree field of vision and now gives me 40 degrees!