This past weekend I attended a children's birthday party, which was held at a local horse stable. It was great fun for the kids and I had a great time with the camera. Though HDR is my first photographic love, I made it a point not to do any that day and instead just focus on taking single exposures and try to find interesting things. At one point I was walking around and saw this old horseshoe hanging on the fence. I took several shots of it from the angle from which I initially approached it. Then, I moved on and shot some other stuff further up the path. When I came back down this way, I decided to have a look at it from this angle. The sun was streaming down on it in a nice way, the fence made a natural frame, and then - this old horse just walked into the picture. I thought the horse made a nice touch. This reminded me that it is important to look at things from different points of view, and that waiting and trying things later can pay off.
This is a single exposure taken at f/4.2 and the exposure bias was -1. Another thing I am doing these days is trying to stay in Aperture mode for all my shots. It forces me (in a good way) to think about my shot and my camera settings, instead of just letting the camera think for me. In other words, it makes me a better photographer.
New Version 4 of Topaz Adjust released yesterday!
I made some minor adjustments to this shot in PSE (Curves, Contrast, Unsharp Mask), and then ran it through the new Version 4 of Topaz Adjust. What a great product Topaz Adjust is. If you haven't seen it or tried it yet, you can read my review of it here and get a coupon when you buy it here. I love the product!
The new version was announced yesterday and I spent a good deal of time last night playing around with it. It is so much fun and a wonderful tool to have in your arsenal as a photographer.