The other night, I upgraded to the most current version of Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2. LOVE this conversion plug-in. My aim was to take selected photos from my recent Washington vacation (April 2012) and convert them to black and white.
This software has a lot of very cool presets of which I made ample use, then tweaked here and there with my own changes. One of the things that popped out immediately is how much black & white delineates texture, light, dark, shadow, and detail. I saw things that I never noticed with the color images. This is especially apparent with photos that have lots of clouds.
I’m also pleased with my black and white conversions of people and pet photos.
I’d planned on posting this a little closer to Easter, except that I’m going to be on vacation over Easter (woo hoo!).
I’m a pretty secular soul, so in this post, it’s going to be all about the Easter egg hunt. These photos were taken back in 2009, when my great niece was two. I can’t remember the last time I took part in hiding Easter eggs filled with candy, and it was great fun to watch “Gammy” and “Cho” hide the eggs for one very excited little girl. As most of you probably already know, the hunt is fun, but it’s really all about the candy in the eggs
Hiding on the fence.
Hiding on the bubble machine (please note how nicely color-coordinated the egg is to the bubble machine)
Hiding underneath the Harley Skull.
Sometimes, hiding a little too high (what on earth was the Easter Bunny thinking??)
Aha! Found that egg!
Lookit all the loot!!
On inclement days, my part of southeast Texas can get kind of blah. I don’t always feel like taking the risk of getting the camera / lens wet. On those days (when I don’t need to be logging into my office to get some work done), I try to think up ideas for a bit of photography. It helps that there are some holidays (Easter, St. Patrick’s Day) just around the corner. With some ideas in mind, I got some interesting shots (no pun intended) using whiskey and green beer. This image is one of several.
Did I drink the whiskey when I was finished with the photography? What do *you* think? 😉
This is a funky little shot, but since I like longhorn cattle (dunno why), I just had to capture this image. I attended an awesome barbecue recently at a north Houston home and my hosts have a gameroom (hence the neon squiggle in this photo) with a mirrored display case. I used my Canon 5D Mark II and 24-105mm lens. It’s my all-purpose lens that I use for almost everything, but it’s not a fast lens, so I had to bump up the ISO to get this shot in the dim interior lighting of the room. I then used a little noise-reduction software.
And now for something a little different: Big bubbles. My sister keeps a gazillion bubble machines on hand for when the grandkids visit. I just love those big bubbles! The trick is to keep the grandkids from popping them so I can get a photo of them floating away. I really liked this bubble for its iridescence and the reflection of the trees.
I got this wild idea the other day for some great photographs and just couldn’t wait until the actual holiday. Even though it’s a month early and not a Sunday, I figure the Easter Bunny must have started early in some country somewhere.
Besides, I was hungry.
I was walking toward the back door of my apartment, tired and grumpy as usual from my day at work and the long commute home, when I caught a brilliant flash of bright green from the corner of my eye. I looked toward my window and saw a beautiful brilliant green lizard called an Anole against the glass. These little reptiles are abundant all through my part of southeast Texas; I see lots of them in my mother’s backyard.
I stood there staring at it, and when the little guy didn’t move, I thought to myself: photo op! So I fumbled around for my keys, unlocked the door and carefully entered making sure the door didn’t slam and scare away the anole. I grabbed my camera, turned it on, made sure a flashcard was installed, then went back outside. Pointed the camera toward the lizard…..took the lens cap off then pointed the camera at the lizard again, and fired off a number of shots. The anole was very obliging, bless its heart.
I used my all-purpose 24-105mm lens, and although it is not a macro, it did a nice job with the close-ups, and my full-frame Canon allowed for some decent resolution after the crops.